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Old 03-30-2015, 09:32 AM   #31
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Hey eland I am from the Detroit area and my wife is from Boston. We are leaving Phx some time in the not too distant future to go on a trip up the Pacific Hwy all the way up into Washington then across the top of the country to Wis. then to the u.p.. We will be there around July 12 to meet 2 of my sons and their families and we will all meet in the Det. area for a big family reunion. Man that was a lot of typing my thumb is sore LOL.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:03 PM   #32
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Hey eland I am from the Detroit area and my wife is from Boston. We are leaving Phx some time in the not too distant future to go on a trip up the Pacific Hwy all the way up into Washington then across the top of the country to Wis. then to the u.p.. We will be there around July 12 to meet 2 of my sons and their families and we will all meet in the Det. area for a big family reunion. Man that was a lot of typing my thumb is sore LOL.
Nice trip, as a matter in fact we were thinking about going home that way from Casa Grande. But got a fond liking to this area and we're just heading a shorter way now.
If you going thru the U.P. and need pointers, PM me. I live just south of Houghton, Mi.
PS I was born in Detroit.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:25 PM   #33
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I hope you guys LEVELED your units? Youroo!!
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:57 PM   #34
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:18 PM   #35
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Hey everybody we're back. We took our 2008 Salem T.T. up from Phx. to Woods Canyon Lake area up on the Rim. My 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd 4.7 engine w/ auto trans worked like a dog on those steep climbs. Several times it went all the way down into 1st gear, floored and the RPM's were 5K and above a couple times. So I don't know how the truck would hold up on a long country tour So now we are looking at Dodge diesel pickups . Now about the 23 foot Salem travel trailer with a slide. We left Phx. with a full water tank, extra gas, tons of food,chairs, tables, coolers, just everything you really don't need but we brought it anyway. We found a great spot right on the rim and the way we pulled in we didn't have to unhook the trailer, it was pretty level, so that part was nice.Then we made the trailer stable and put out the slide, the slide went out perfectly and didn't need any support. We wanted to try everything to see what worked and what needed to be fixed. Water pump, hot water heater,fridge, shower,the sinks,toilet,the awning, furnace,the Queen walk around bed (very comfortable)kitchen stove and oven,all the lights all worked perfectly. Then we tried out our new Yamaha 2600 generator and found that every 110 outlet worked, microwave worked perfect, the A/C would freeze you out, the fridge switched from Propane to 110 as it should, There is not one thing that didn't perform perfectly We are so pleased with our Forest River Salem Trailer everything worked flawlessly . So other then the truck crying a lot we had a great time up there. We are now thinking about our big trip up the Pacific coast then across the country to upper Michigan then down to Detroit area. Oh and one thing about the rim country this time of year it's very windy and cold Sorry for being so long winded but I told you I'd tell you what happened so there it is. Neil and Maureen (Old Goat Travelers)
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:25 PM   #36
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Glad everything worked great. BTW, good to see you spell your name correctly. So many folks want to spell mine Neal or Niel (plus some others with more letters).
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:32 PM   #37
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I've experienced the same thing Neil .
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:32 PM   #38
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Old Goat Travelers,
You might want to look at a Toyota Tundra w/ the 5.7 L V-8. We have towed a 32' Windjammer (fully loaded @ 7500 lbs) for about 25,000 miles, across the Rockies, everywhere with no problems. (Ours is a 2010) We get @ 10.5 mpg towing and gas is sure cheaper than diesel. Love the truck and that is not to say anything bad about the Dodge.
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Congrats on getting in that maiden voyage with nothing wrong. The big trip that you speak of sounds great.

Do try to take in (US Forest Service) Picture Rocks National Lakeshore area in UP and 12 Mile Beach and/or Hurricane River campgrounds. Both are primitive camping and they are hard to get a spot in, but you should at least try. The beach on Lake Superior is surprisingly nice. Also check out Straits State Park just north of the Mackinac Bridge when going south... easier to get into in the summer but don't wait too late in the day. Also try Platte River (US Forest Service) campground south of Sleeping Bear Dunes. The area around Glen Arbor is special. Michigan campgrounds in the summer are crowded. We have done that area twice in recent years, but both times after Labor Day. It can be very nice, but the weather can become iffy very quickly.

One thing that the wife and I have figured out after several years of camping now... we ONLY take things with us that we cannot purchase near to our first camp stop. That way you are not loading yourself down with extra weight especially on long drives. Same thing with the water tank... although we almost always camp at spots that have water so no need to fill the tank anyway. We drink bottled water while camping and use the camp ground facilities so our water usage is low. When we are finishing up at one spot, we eat off our supplies before moving then we go shopping at our new destination.

Have fun...
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Hey everybody we're back. We took our 2008 Salem T.T. up from Phx. to Woods Canyon Lake area up on the Rim. My 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd 4.7 engine w/ auto trans worked like a dog on those steep climbs. Several times it went all the way down into 1st gear, floored and the RPM's were 5K and above a couple times. So I don't know how the truck would hold up on a long country tour So now we are looking at Dodge diesel pickups . Now about the 23 foot Salem travel trailer with a slide. We left Phx. with a full water tank, extra gas, tons of food,chairs, tables, coolers, just everything you really don't need but we brought it anyway. We found a great spot right on the rim and the way we pulled in we didn't have to unhook the trailer, it was pretty level, so that part was nice.Then we made the trailer stable and put out the slide, the slide went out perfectly and didn't need any support. We wanted to try everything to see what worked and what needed to be fixed. Water pump, hot water heater,fridge, shower,the sinks,toilet,the awning, furnace,the Queen walk around bed (very comfortable)kitchen stove and oven,all the lights all worked perfectly. Then we tried out our new Yamaha 2600 generator and found that every 110 outlet worked, microwave worked perfect, the A/C would freeze you out, the fridge switched from Propane to 110 as it should, There is not one thing that didn't perform perfectly We are so pleased with our Forest River Salem Trailer everything worked flawlessly . So other then the truck crying a lot we had a great time up there. We are now thinking about our big trip up the Pacific coast then across the country to upper Michigan then down to Detroit area. Oh and one thing about the rim country this time of year it's very windy and cold Sorry for being so long winded but I told you I'd tell you what happened so there it is. Neil and Maureen (Old Goat Travelers)
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