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Old 12-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #11
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Well, I didn't use my TT last winter, but went to Moab, UT (from my house in Kansas) for a month or so in May and June. In early July I pulled the ol' Jayco up to Seattle, stayed a couple of weeks and left it there, driving back to Kansas. I rented a U-haul and hauled all my possessions back up to WA and made it my new state of domocile - no state income tax, and vehicle/TT registration is reasonable compared to Kansas.

I've been full timing since August 1 in the Seattle area. Drove around the peninsula a couple of times and stayed in a few campgrounds (and Walmarts, haha), then found a nice RV park in Bothell, WA, which is near where my son and his wife live. I spent the last month at Lake Pleasant RV park ($425 + elect. per month). I was getting tired of all the rain and the chill in the air, so I'm now on my way south for the winter.

I just parked for the night at the Oakridge rest stop, on I-5 just south of Eugene, OR. Tomorrow I'll hit California, primary destination being Death Valley. Plan to stay there for a month or so, then try out Slab City for a while.

Next spring I'll probably head up to Kansas from my snowbirding in the southwest. I still have two houses there I'm trying to sell, and one needs some work. Then I'll go back to Seattle in June to enjoy the nice summer temperatures. And then come November or December, back south.

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Old 12-09-2012, 11:13 AM   #12
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Besides our normal Pennsylvania weekend camping trips, my wife (then fiance) and I saved up our vacation and did 3 weeks out in Colorado & Utah. Colorado Springs, CO Brown County, IndianaWe had a blast!
Where in Brown County, Indiana did you stay? We were at The Last Resort Campground, which is an old KOA. We have stayed at Brown County State Park, too. It seems as I get older, the more of the comforts that I want!!!!
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We had two long trips one to Middlebury Indiana went to Shipshewana and the Jayco Factory (no we did not go for the Amish we live close to Amish country in OH). Second trip to Sauble Beach Ont. great trip. But had trouble with the 96 Dodge there and back with a service that did not help. Resulted in different truck. One short trip around home.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:11 PM   #14
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OUCH! Man, that had to hurt. I sure hope you are OK now.

I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. I'm guessing that you drove past it a couple of times.

I don't know if we would ever go south for the winter. I sort of enjoy the changing seasons. Of course, until it snows for the first time, then I'll be ready to go south!!!

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It's beautiful in the Lewis area. I was stationed at Hood and Benning. We went to a couple state campgrounds in MI and then had some health issues. Planning on 4-5 trips next summer though.
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Greetings JOF folks!! We picked up our new TT in mid-July and unfortunately only got to take it on 3 trips this season. We spent 5 days at the Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI. Beautiful park, waterfront campsites, lots of amenities--stunning sunsets!! We spent 4 days at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI. Most sites were full hook-up and/or pull-through, beautiful scenery with 100 feet tall Pine trees, nice lakes and the famous AuSable River just minutes away. Excellent, quiet CG!! Then we spent 4 days at the Rifle River State Park in Lupton, MI. Great park, too! Nice view of the lakes, hunting (deer) and fishing, kayaking. Some rustic sites available to boondock, all others are 30A or 50A; no full hook-up sites. All 3 State Parks have miles upon miles of hiking/biking trails, wildlife viewing, and lots to see and do. The folks in this forum from Michigan can back up what I have said. For you folks from outside of Michigan, come and see our State Parks; you will not be disappointed, and we would love to have you visit our great state. Happy Camping!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:29 PM   #16
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Greetings JOF folks!! We picked up our new TT in mid-July and unfortunately only got to take it on 3 trips this season. We spent 5 days at the Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI. Beautiful park, waterfront campsites, lots of amenities--stunning sunsets!! We spent 4 days at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI. Happy Camping!!
We stayed in Cedar Springs, MI and Covert/West Haven MI on our way to and from Mackinaw City. Had a great time in Mackinaw City. We are all ready planning another trip back up there. I will keep the state parks in mind. I didn't know the state parks in Michigan had full hook-up. We went all the way up to Whitefish Point, UP on a day trip. Gralyn Zoo, too. We had a great time. 2 weeks wasn't long enough for us.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #17
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Where in Brown County, Indiana did you stay? We were at The Last Resort Campground, which is an old KOA. We have stayed at Brown County State Park, too. It seems as I get older, the more of the comforts that I want!!!!
We stayed at Brown County SP in one of the electric sites. That was our second time there. It is a really nice park, with some great mountainbiking that was actually featured in a major bike magazine over the summer. We were glad we were able to stop there again on our way home from "out west".
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We stayed at Brown County SP in one of the electric sites. That was our second time there. It is a really nice park, with some great mountainbiking that was actually featured in a major bike magazine over the summer. We were glad we were able to stop there again on our way home from "out west".
Nashville Indiana is a very interesting place. All the small local shops. The only problem was finding a place to park the truck. Parking lots are kind of small. We had a good time, and took a side trip to Columbus, Indiana. My wife was happy because there is a Bob Evans right off I-65. Her favorite place for breakfast.
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We had two long trips one to Middlebury Indiana went to Shipshewana and the Jayco Factory (no we did not go for the Amish we live close to Amish country in OH). Second trip to Sauble Beach Ont. great trip. But had trouble with the 96 Dodge there and back with a service that did not help. Resulted in different truck. One short trip around home.
I hate having vehicle problems when on a trip. I carry a tool box, and even a 3/4 drive set for the hitch, but some things you just can't fix on the road. When we started through the mountains going to Pigon Forge area, I got the torque converter shutter that comes with a weak torque converter. I'm glad I knew what it was, so when I started up a hill, I could drop the truck out of OD and into direct, and run it that way. Took it easy for 2 1/2 weeks we were gone until I got home and to Schied Diesel. My wife said to buy a new truck, but I just couldn't get rid of Moose Truck. And, while it was in the shop, might as well "turn it up" a bit with some hotter injectors, and other goodies. A couple of years ago, I had some seats put in from Classy Chassy trucks in Valpo, Indiana, and to be honest, I have not found anything more comfortable then those.

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Greetings JOF folks!! We picked up our new TT in mid-July and unfortunately only got to take it on 3 trips this season. We spent 5 days at the Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI. Beautiful park, waterfront campsites, lots of amenities--stunning sunsets!! We spent 4 days at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI. Most sites were full hook-up and/or pull-through, beautiful scenery with 100 feet tall Pine trees, nice lakes and the famous AuSable River just minutes away. Excellent, quiet CG!! Then we spent 4 days at the Rifle River State Park in Lupton, MI. Great park, too! Nice view of the lakes, hunting (deer) and fishing, kayaking. Some rustic sites available to boondock, all others are 30A or 50A; no full hook-up sites. All 3 State Parks have miles upon miles of hiking/biking trails, wildlife viewing, and lots to see and do. The folks in this forum from Michigan can back up what I have said. For you folks from outside of Michigan, come and see our State Parks; you will not be disappointed, and we would love to have you visit our great state. Happy Camping!!
Have you tried Otsego State Park in Grayling? That's my favorite campground in MI and very close to Hartwick.
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