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Old 12-14-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

The parents found campgrounds while on the road years ago using a campground book they carried. It detailed open season,cost, location, amenities and contact information. Are they still in use these days? If so, what is the best one?
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We live in Northern Wisconsin . Most public and private campgrounds in our area have closed for the season . There are some State Parks that are open year round ( Pattison , Mirror Lake in Wisconsin ), but the water and campground bathrooms are shut down and they only plow out a few camp sites
We have camped at various Casinos during the winter . They often have sites available with electricity and offer inexpensive meals.
Unless you run into a major snow storm especially in the U.P or a stretch of 20 below weather , you should have no issues traveling in the winter . I would suggest you bring warm clothes and a emergency kit , the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin are sparsely populated and it can be a long distance between towns , and cell phone service is spotty at best.
We also try to avoid Chicago if at all possible.

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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

The parents found campgrounds while on the road years ago using a campground book they carried. It detailed open season,cost, location, amenities and contact information. Are they still in use these days? If so, what is the best one?

Many of the campground books are out of date. Some of RV resort books are probably OK.
But, here's what I use US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS - FORMAL AND DISPERSED PUBLIC CAMPING LOCATIONS - Home A lot of good information at this site.
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Old 12-14-2016, 03:57 PM   #4
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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

Interesting route choice for a winter trip. IMHO, a more straight shot through IND and ILL would give you better road conditions if this Polar Vortex keeps dropping snow as you would be farther south. Also possible places to over night, even if it's a business parking lot. I'd be for avoiding Chicago too...at anytime .
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Old 12-15-2016, 09:56 AM   #5
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Lake effect snow near the big water can make the drive "interesting" if you're up to it.
Where in Ohio are you? If in the southern part you can avoid Chicago; go west via Dayton, Indianapolis, Peoria IL, north on I 39 to Rockford, then Madison, WI, I90/94 to the Twin Cites and up to Backus.
Of course, the weather can get nasty anywhere so drive safely!
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:33 AM   #6
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Winter travel in Michigan and even into Northernn Canada

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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

The parents found campgrounds while on the road years ago using a campground book they carried. It detailed open season,cost, location, amenities and contact information. Are they still in use these days? If so, what is the best one?
We have made the trip (using various routes) between Columbia MO and Northern Ontario on fourteen occasions over the past three years. On five or six of these treks we went during the winter months between American Thanksgiving and March break for the university. Traveling in winter makes it near impossible to find much open vis-a-vis camping and so we ended up trying to travel as far as possible each day (during the rather short daylight hours) and pulling into truck stops, rest stops and Walmarts. The down side is that you need a good battery to run the gas furnace (and propane in the tanks which is not always the case when you pick up the new trailer so be sure to check), and warm clothes and bedding. Our coldest night was 7 F and one morning we woke up to 8 inches of snow so be prepared and study the weather forecasts for all of your potential routes before you head out. Good luck, you have a huge advantage in not having to pull a lengthy, heavy unit so the major concern will be the road conditions.
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:05 PM   #8
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I would get on 80 w and go to Iowa, then north into Mn. When we went to backus the gps led us through Chicago, worst trip I ever had, thank god I was not towing. On the way back I came straight S to Iowa and hooked up to 80 E which brought me into PA. Tolls were about 39.00 though. Carl
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #9
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West on I-80 to I-39N
I-39N to I-90/I-94
At St Cloud go north to Backus through Brainerd
OR... Like Carl said

When on your way Home...We live in Morris Il. We have a flat driveway only a few blocks off of I-80 with electric hook-up and even a heated building if needed.
PM me if you would like to overnight here on the way home (its about half way).
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Full propane tank

If you would like a full propane tank when you pick up your new trailer, ask your salesman to add that to your sales order. The cost was minimal.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:27 PM   #11
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Beverly I would avoid the northern WS/UP route this time of year. I have taken the route many times and have been burned a few. Lake effect snow and long low populated areas can be dangerous. Going through Iowa to MN you have 35W and Interstate 94, in St. Cloud MN hook up with 371. It is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to Backus all four lane. When traveling in northern climes you need to be flexible and don't push to hard. Enjoy your Scamp. For those that are asking "why would he take it many times if it can be dangerous". I live in northern MN and my wife is from Escanaba, MI OK?
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:36 PM   #12
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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

The parents found campgrounds while on the road years ago using a campground book they carried. It detailed open season,cost, location, amenities and contact information. Are they still in use these days? If so, what is the best one?
: 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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Old 12-15-2016, 11:38 PM   #13
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Steve what bout the Dunes Campground south of Chicago?

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We live in Northern Wisconsin . Most public and private campgrounds in our area have closed for the season . There are some State Parks that are open year round ( Pattison , Mirror Lake in Wisconsin ), but the water and campground bathrooms are shut down and they only plow out a few camp sites
We have camped at various Casinos during the winter . They often have sites available with electricity and offer inexpensive meals.
Unless you run into a major snow storm especially in the U.P or a stretch of 20 below weather , you should have no issues traveling in the winter . I would suggest you bring warm clothes and a emergency kit , the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin are sparsely populated and it can be a long distance between towns , and cell phone service is spotty at best.
We also try to avoid Chicago if at all possible.

GOOD LUCK
: you can park there safely and take the train into Chicago daily with return daily.
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:42 PM   #14
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Beverly do u have to pick it up right away,

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Our 13' Scamp is scheduled to come off the assembly line in early January. At this time, we plan to pick it up, driving from Ohio via the northern route, Michigan's UP, across Wisconsin and into Minnesota - a route suggested by people we know who have made the journey in order to avoid Chicago. Has anyone made that trip in the winter before? (either northern route or through Chicago) Suggestions? Would you do it again? (The $1,500 shipping cost is steep for us.)

The parents found campgrounds while on the road years ago using a campground book they carried. It detailed open season,cost, location, amenities and contact information. Are they still in use these days? If so, what is the best one?
: could you not ask them because of the time of the year to leave it until there is better weather then go and pick it up say end of April? You cannot go camping in the winter out there as way to cold. Heck were in a Deep Freeze one the west Coast and it has not been like this for the last 4-5 years but this Year El-Nino is here.
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