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Old 04-12-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Michigan State Parks

Looking for someone to offer some advice on Michigan State Parks. This is our first trip to this area. I know other states up here have the same set up. My question is this...how do you handle the public water spigot as opposed to a singular hook up? This is our first experience with this. To elaborate, we like to stay 7 to 14 days in a park and explore both the park and surrounding area. We have a 60 gallon fresh water tank and are naturally very conservative. However, we don't use park showers. My main question is, how do you fill/refill your fresh water tanks? We're not interested in trying to carry 200 feet of hose. Do you have to pull out to refill? Any suggestions? With a 37ft MH, it is a hassle to pack it up and move it just to get water even once a week (have tote, so don't do that for black/grey dump)...and we haven't tested (yet) out how long 60 gallons will last us, but thinking several days for sure. We're finding many park and spaces that seems just beautiful and would like to explore them, but some suitable sites are "near" spigot and some are over 200 feet from it. Appreciate all advice, experience, ideas and suggestions!

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Old 04-12-2015, 02:39 PM   #2
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I would suggest that you skip the state parks in MI with your motor home. The low branches in most parks would scratch your coach pretty good. I pulled a 2010 318SAB Cougar that was 35 FT and I stayed out of the state parks since I did not want damage to the roof. We now have a Forest River CC34RL and will defiantly stay out of the state parks sites which are too small and sandy for my liking.

I would suggest that you try either private parks suck as Duck Creek or Sunny Brook RV parks and take your toad to the state parks and visit them.

That's what we do with when we are in MI we have travel the entire western side of MI and stay in private RV parks with full hook-ups.

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Look at it like this; moving to a dump station or filling the water tank is just practice of backing and parking your rig. In the scheme of things it's just not a big deal. Its not like setting up the first time. Don't have to store chairs, or pull up the mat, and pack everything down for a road trip.
The more you do it the less of an issue it becomes.
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We love and prefer the state parks. We use their showers and drink bottled water so having enough water on board is not a problem. Your options are limited and obvious, you just have to decide what is most important to you and adust accordingly.
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There are three State parks in Michigan that have full hook ups. Sterling State Park in Monroe, there is one on the west side, and Higgins lake North. Otherwise, Selah said, just move to the dump station, there is potable water there. And not all parks have low hanging branches that would scratch your motorhome.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses all. We do prefer the state parks, the private parks are expensive, too active, too close together and usually have too many "full time" and "seasonal" in the best spaces. Backing up the RV no longer requires any practice...but I liked that thought...thanks. Thanks Denlock for the info on the 3 SP's that have FHU. We are trying to stay in the central part of the state and work our way from bottom to top and down again. Figured on the bottled water, conserving on showers not a problem. Just really wondered if pulling in slides, taking up jacks and driving to a fill station was the only way known short of 200 feet of hose. If so, then I guess that's what we'll do. Will probably just spend a week instead of 2....but hey, we can visit more of them that way eh?
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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2 suggestions on the hydrant.. Either bring a "Jerry Can" To lug water with or...Move over to it when you need a re-fill and return to site promptly OR

Get one of those water bladder transfer bags.>Camping World sells at least one model and you can find more on the net (BEST OPTION).

One other suggestion.....Tahquamenon Falls State Park

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Michigan state parks

I use the state parks here alot I have a 38 FT coach dont have problems most of the time now and then there are some low branches. a good share of the MI parks do have at least water and electric some full hookups. I recommend Hartwick pines in Grayling great park to camp and explore. a fair number of USFS campgrounds also here they tend to offer less as far as water electric.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:15 PM   #9
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60 gallons of fresh should last 2 people 7 days. Buy extra gallons for drinking, coffee and cooking. Take 'navy' showers (perhaps every other day) and body wipes inbetween showers - don't let the water run; turn on and off while sudsing, shampooing, washing, use the camp restrooms for the toilet - at least for 'major' happenings, , don't do dishes after every meal, use paper plates, wipe pots out good with a paper towel and reuse the pot.

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We lived in MI for 10 years and camped all over the state. We moved to AR and did not return to MI for camping until 2 years ago. MI is upgrading their SP's. We stayed at Hartwick Pines last May and it is a beautiful park with full hookups. Many of the sights each have their own woods and there is a generous amount of space between sights. They are also beginning to upgrade the other state parks as well. I'd advise you to make some phone calls to some of the parks to get updated information.

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In NY, not Michigan but the same problem. Even if it does not last a week we just roll out, find a handy spigot and fill the tank. Probably need to hit the dump station too. ;-)
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Tawas Point State Park (East Tawas, MI): Hours, Address, Top-Rated Attraction Reviews - TripAdvisor
If you can find a spot this is one of the great state parks in Mi
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Interlochen across from southwest of Travis City across from the National Music Camp, the park in Alpena - Lake Huron, the park in Charlevoix - look for Petosky stones, Petosky, sleepy Bear Dunes Nat. Park. Michigan State Parks are among the best in the country.
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Experience from a long time ago and circumstances may have changed. At that time, you had to buy a $20 Michigan State park pass if you were from out of state. We were at an autocross event near Traverse City, left the car trailer at the site, drove the motorhome and car to the nearby state park, and had to buy passes for both vehicles. I was told that only one pass would be needed if I had the car on it's trailer. I paid, but we haven't visited a Michigan State park since since we have found commercial parks more convenient during our visits. That's just how we travel, no offense to the nice Michigan parks but maybe don't disconnect your toad before entering...

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