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Old 08-22-2010, 01:30 PM   #1
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Upper Pennisula

We are planning to visit the Upper Pennisula in Northern Michigan. We have a 43 ft tag axle and are wondering if anyone has crossed that bridge in a large RV and if there were any problems.

Also, would like to hear about any campground recommendations there.


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Old 08-22-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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We have crossed the bridge several times in our 38 foot rig and toad. You will have no problems. If I had to worry about anything it would be the wind. But that has never been a problem for us.

Concerning campgrounds. We have stayed at the Bay Mills Casino which is a few miles west of Sault Ste Marie. It's a nice campground, right next to the casino and on the water. Another one we stay at is at Harris, MI which is a few miles west of Escanaba. There are a lot of other decent campgrounds but we prefer the casinos.

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Have been across the bridge many times in last 15 yrs. with motorhomes from 33 ft. to 43 ft. and towing. Never had problems. If it windy they have instructions you have to follow. They require 500 ft. between big rigs when crossing and they also will put a speed restriction on you at times. Great view going up and over the middle.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #4
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no problems with the bridge no matter the size. lots of great campgrounds! one you need to look into is the city park on the water in houghton. all sites are on the water with a great view. unhook the toad and go exploring for about a week you will never regret it. copper harbor, porcupine mtn's. lake in the clouds. the list goes on. we're heading that way the week after labor day, can't wait jim & sue
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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Just left the UP a few weeks back and presently as far east as possible in Quebec. If there are wind issues on the bridge they restrict large vehicles from crossing. Speed limit is slow also. It is a great view from the bridge. We've stayed at many places in the UP and love the country. be advised the bridge is open for the Bridge Walk on Labor day. I wouldn't cross that day.
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We crossed southbound first of August 45 ft no problems, no wind.
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We, also, crossed the bridge with our 40 footer pulling the toad. The only problem we had was paying the toll. Seems like it was around $12. I though it was a little expensive, but we had 4 axles. The wind was up in July when we went across, about 40 mph and the temperature was around 50 degrees, and it was cold, so the speed limit was 20 MPH and keep a long distance from the truck in front of you. (500 ft?) My wife has a fear of bridges so 20 MPH was fine with her...........

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I happen to be sitting at the Bay Mills RV Park at the moment, the campground is clean and the provided showers are very large, nice place. Also parked in Sault Ste. Marie, a campground called Aune-Osborn another clean campground. We crossed the bridge Monday in our 34' coach without a towed and the cost came up "RV $9.00" I've only used my coach once before so I'm still learning. With this in mind I had no problem crossing but we had no wind either, today the wind is strong and it's cold.

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Semi's cross it every day.. However if there is a strong wind the toll taker WILL advise you of it and may ask you wait till the wind dies down.

Last time I went north they warned me of high wind.. The Dodge Maxi van I was driving never even twitched. Was as steady as a rock crossing the bridge. (Well.. It had real good suspension)

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