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Old 12-16-2016, 05:57 AM   #15
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: the problem I have with Campgrounds today is they do not put in the price per night of the different options, If I could just go to the book or internet and it said $25/$30 for all hookups I would head there right away and if all booked up and they only charge me $15 for no hook up and a place to park for a night or two then I would still stay there, but s they do not do this I have to pay more money to make a phone call.
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I understand your point fully . Wisconsin State Parks used to have an off season rate which was lower . The water & bathrooms & showers were shutdown so all you got was a parking spot with electricity but at a reduced rate . Now under our new " improved " state leadership you pay the same "new higher" full rate year round .
In my conversations with State Park Rangers, they tell me that there winter business was always slow but now it's non existant.
What's the States answer , raise the camping rates & entry fees and get rid of the Park Ranger.
I refuse to pay anyone $30 to $35 / night for an unimproved parking spot.
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Old 12-16-2016, 10:57 AM   #16
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Another option.
We've taken a few of the state roads south of Chicago a couple times. Come S on I-35 to 34 in IA and work your way E to 24 at Peoria. 224 just W of Forth Wayne to 30. Gets you around Chicago, but less campground options. We spent a night or 2 in Walmarts.

The northern rt, which we've done, is nicer but we did it in the fall.

The only campground we've found consistently open year round, if it's not during or just after a good storm, are KOA's. We've not taken any routes as far north as you're considering though so you'd have to check on them. Keep in mind, they are mostly right along interstates.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:16 PM   #17
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Scamp says that we can't wait till April or something. We need to pick it up in a reasonable amount of time from the time she comes off the line. May be they don't have the storage space. We will just have to be careful and wise and pray for a window of good road conditions.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:17 PM   #18
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Unless it's snowing, don't be afraid of Chicago. The freeways are remarkably well signed. Traffic can crawl a bit, you just need to be patient and not try to lane change too much.
I drove thru on a sweltering September day. I was initially worried but once in the thick of it I realized I needn't have worried.
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Old 12-16-2016, 03:24 PM   #19
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The Wisconsin State Fair grounds (near Milwaukee, just off I94) are open year round for camping (I think).
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Old 12-17-2016, 11:13 AM   #20
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Hear you all

Thanks for the input one and all. Keep those cards and letters coming. We are not planning on camping either to the Great White North or south. Get in and get out. We do need the trailer by early February, however, which is why we're getting it in January. I understand the reluctance to take the northern route through the UP. I have also gone I-80 through Illinois and Iowa on many occasions. It's a mind-numbing experience. That's the route we'll take for sure when we leave the factory. We'll have just the Chevy 4x4 extended cab pick_up on the way to the factory, stopping before dark at motels along the way.
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:21 PM   #21
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Unless it's snowing, don't be afraid of Chicago. The freeways are remarkably well signed. Traffic can crawl a bit, you just need to be patient and not try to lane change too much.
I drove thru on a sweltering September day. I was initially worried but once in the thick of it I realized I needn't have worried.
I lived in Chicago for many years and have driven into, out of and through the city many times. I would not hesitate to do it again with a trailer but as reeves99 suggested, avoid snow, and be patient. Also, avoid peak rush hour traffic. Rush hour starts on weekdays at 6AM and ends at about 9PM. Saturday and Sunday are usually pretty safe bets. Early morning and later evening traffic is much more manageable.
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Old 12-17-2016, 01:18 PM   #22
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traveling, when tired we just pull into Casino Parking lots,

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I understand your point fully . Wisconsin State Parks used to have an off season rate which was lower . The water & bathrooms & showers were shutdown so all you got was a parking spot with electricity but at a reduced rate . Now under our new " improved " state leadership you pay the same "new higher" full rate year round .
In my conversations with State Park Rangers, they tell me that there winter business was always slow but now it's non existant.
What's the States answer , raise the camping rates & entry fees and get rid of the Park Ranger.
I refuse to pay anyone $30 to $35 / night for an unimproved parking spot.
:church parking lots as they are not used except on Saturday and Sundays, rest stops but have to use same area as trucks and listen to their noise all night, pull outs, off and on ramps like truckers do but make sure you find the flat spots, one has to sleep or end up killing a lot of people if fall asleep at the wheel.
Desert areas but be careful of soft spots hit one them your gone.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:11 PM   #23
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We picked up a scamp in early January a few years ago. The round trip from jersey took us 8 days due to terrible weather. We lost a day in each direction due to black ice on the roads making it impossible to drive. In retrospect, we figured the delivery charges were about the same as our costs for motels, food etc. I think we just hit a bad stretch of weather....saw more than 50 overturned 18 wheelers that week. Please be on top of the weather forecasts and delay your trip if necessary! That said, we made it home safely, the Scamp towed beautifully, and it was an unforgettable adventure! Be safe.


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Old 12-22-2016, 03:15 AM   #24
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To answer your question on a good Campground Guide Book, Woodall's is the one I use. The print is small but can be read with good light.
I believe we got ours from AAA.
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Campground Books, Camping world, Internet.

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We picked up a scamp in early January a few years ago. The round trip from jersey took us 8 days due to terrible weather. We lost a day in each direction due to black ice on the roads making it impossible to drive. In retrospect, we figured the delivery charges were about the same as our costs for motels, food etc. I think we just hit a bad stretch of weather....saw more than 50 overturned 18 wheelers that week. Please be on top of the weather forecasts and delay your trip if necessary! That said, we made it home safely, the Scamp towed beautifully, and it was an unforgettable adventure! Be safe.


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: best part about the internet is what people say about each and every campground, books do not usually have this kind of info. Also big problem with Books verses the Internet is that it is easy to change the Internet but with a book you have to reprint it if things change.
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To answer your question on a good Campground Guide Book, Woodall's is the one I use. The print is small but can be read with good light.
I believe we got ours from AAA.

If you have a smart phone, there are several "campground finder" apps. I find them much easier to use than a cumbersome book. The last book I had listed the towns and cities alphabetically, so you had to refer to a map and jump around the campground book to research potential nearby campgrounds, and then sometimes you would look for a town named XXXXX, and XXXXX wouldn't be listed because there are no campgrounds in XXXXX.
On the phone app, if location services are turned on the phone "knows" where you are and when you start the app, typically a map opens up showing pins where all the campgrounds are in relation to your position. Tap on a pin and you can get as much or more information about the campground than the book provides. If you don't own a smartphone and you are an RVer, this ability alone makes a smartphone worthwhile, IMO.


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