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Old 09-24-2019, 09:00 PM   #15
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Iíve done both, the Lake Express and the Badger, itís night and day in terms of experiences. As stated above, the LakeExpress canít take RVs, but itís a quick trip. Albeit, itís a shorter distance. The Badger is a slower pace & much larger ship that can accommodate RVs.

Back to the OPs question, as stated, if you want to save $, drive around the lake. But if you want an experience, try the Badger, itís a nice trip.
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Chicago traffic is awful!
An AMEN to that statement and it is bad 24/7. We nearly had our trip ended by a ping-ponging driver nearly clipping our front half on a late evening.
On our return we opted to side step through Indiana and southern Illinois.

Look for the safer adventure and take the ferry. INHO
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Don't forget about the beautiful northern route following Lake Michigan. Traverse City area on up to Mackinaw Bridge is crazy good. We live in central Wisconson and love that area. Easy drive over the top.
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Don't forget about the beautiful northern route following Lake Michigan. Traverse City area on up to Mackinaw Bridge is crazy good. We live in central Wisconson and love that area. Easy drive over the top.


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Just completed the trip from Ludington,MI to Manitowoc,WI on the Badger the 1st week of September. We crossed with our 22' Winnebago Minnie Winnie. I live in SW Mich about 1-1 1/2 hr. from downtown chicago and will do everything possible to avoid going thru the city. We spent the night before the crossing at a very nice RV park in Ludington called "Poncho's Pond". I am 72 y/o and had never been to northern wisconsin and especially the pictured rocks in michigan's UP. Probably hard to compare the cost of the crossing to the cost of gas/diesel but like visiting many parts of the country it is an "experience" on a national historic treasure(USS Badger)....you will not drive your own motorhome onto the boat. All vehicles are driven aboard by their drivers with the exception of motorcycles. It was fun........bob
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