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Old 09-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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October in Michigan

We are planning to camp in the UP of Michigan in early October. So far, we have planned stays at Indian Lake and McClain state parks. I have camped in the area for over 40 years but never this late in the season. I know the weather can be a bit chilly this time of year and was wondering just how much propane do travel trailer furnaces use? With an enclosed but not polar undercarriage, how cold does it have to be before I need to worry about frozen pipes?
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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I don't have a TT or know your setup. My pipes and tanks are enclosed and 1 furnace duct goes in that area. So I have no problem in cold weather when we use it with the furnace operating. I would not be concerned in the UP using your rig if the temps got into the mid 20s overnite.

I can tell you propane doesn't last long in the lower temps. If you will have elec hookups, take some space heaters! In my 34 footer, I can burn up 25 gals of propane in a week easy in cold temps. The UP can be really iffy in Oct, so perpare for the worse and hope for the best.
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Thanks for the information. I have a 215swk FunFinder. As long as it gets in the 50 s during the day I would think I would only use the furnace to warm up in the morning, unless one of those early season snowfalls hit
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Be sure to check the campground closing dates of the parks in the UP. Some might close kinda early.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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I did think of that so, even though I don't like limiting myself with reservations, I did make some for part of the trip. My brother lives in Manistique so I do have an alternate plan.
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Traverse Bay RV Resort, a really super place, closes 10/31. We just got back from a week trip to the Traverse area and we stayed there. Most CG's are done by that date as far north as they are.

On the other hand, the color and things to do in that area in mid to late October are second to none. So get enough propane and go!

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Deek, . How did you like Traverse City? I actually lived there at one time. I may live in Ohio now, but in my heart I will always be a Michigander.
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IF you are in a trailer open just one propane tank or check the changeover valve daily, when tank one runs dri. RE-Fill, that is the best advice re-propane usage.

And I also carry electric heat

If you have exposed plumbing you may need to invest in some heat tapes.

If you have enclosed tanks.. Fill on-board fresh water and DRAIN THE HOSE you fill with.

likewise when you dump the waste tanks DRAIN THE HOSE even if you are on a full hook up site.

Beyond that.. Enjoy.. Michigan has a lot to offer in October. and remember, In the UP they have a town where it's Christmas All Year Long... Yup, Christmas, MI.

You can also get to Paradise (And a lovely area that is too) (Been there, was glad I made it)

But there is no Hell (That is in the lower Penna, been there, danced there.
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Thanks for the advice. With the pipes enclosed, it sounds like I will be okay.

Yes, I have been to Hell, Paradise, The Last Place on Earth, and the Gay Bar. Don't need a map when I go because if you go north or south you will hit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, 28 or 2. East and west you hit 75, 41 or 94. Love the state and enjoy finding those out-of-the-way areas.
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