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We just crossed Lake Michigan from Manitowoc, WI to Ludington, MI on the SS Badger.  It was a great trip and avoided driving around or through Chicago to get from NW WI to NW Lower MI.  We are 57 feet and change and the cost was about $480 for us, vehicle and trailer.  If you have a Toad you will have to drop it.  They will park it.  The crossing is four hours.  The ship's crew moves your vehicle on and off of the ship.  it is a big ferry and was originally designed to haul railway trains across Lake Michigan.  We enjoyed trip.  Info can be found at SS Badger.

There is a charge for a vehicle, each passenger and a per foot charge for RV's.  The per foot charge for towed RV's is measured from your back bumper.  If you are towing be sure to explain that - the person I spoke with though RV's were only motor homes.  It makes a difference on price.

Wayne & Jinx
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2006 Carriage Carri-Lite 36KSQ

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Thanks for the Info. Did you have to make a reservation?

That crossing is on my Bucket List Hopefully 2022. I would like to visit the Ford Museum and continue  to the Northwest.

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3 hours ago, LindaH said:

Another great automobile museum is the

The Henry Ford museum is not an automotive museum. It does have some cars in places, but that is a very small part and very few are Fords. It does have the limo that Kennedy was shot in and  the one Reagan was taken to the hospital in after he was shot. It also has a couple of Indy & NASCAR winning cars. Cars probably make up less than 5% of the entire indoor museum. It also has complete trains, old farm machinery, historic clocks, the chair that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in at Ford's Theater when he was shot, and other things too numerous to list. 

The outdoor part, Greenfield Village is made up of historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved there. Buildings like Thomas Edison's laboratory, a rebuilt plantation house complete with slave quarters, Robert Frost and Noah Webster's homes, the cabin George Washington Carver grew up in, the bicycle shop once owned by Wilber & Orville Wright, a grist mill, a sawmill, a carding mill & weaving shop, and far too many more to list here.

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Is that where the Edison lab museum from NJ is now located?   I have been to the winter home and lab in Florida and would sure like to see the one from NJ.  Anyone seen both? If so what did you think.

sorry for the partial thread hijack.

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Just now, bigjim said:

Is that where the Edison lab museum from NJ is now located?   I have been to the winter home and lab in Florida and would sure like to see the one from NJ.  Anyone seen both? If so what did you think.

sorry for the partial thread hijack.

Yes.   It is really something to see.   We also loved the glassmaking work going on during most days they are open.  Really something to see.    

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8 minutes ago, bigjim said:

I have been to the winter home and lab in Florida and would sure like to see the one from NJ.

It is at Greenfield Village. Edison & Henry Ford were neighbors in FL and close friends. 

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21 hours ago, ms60ocb said:

Did you have to make a reservation?

We made a reservation. I don't know if it was necessary because you cannot see the vehicle deck from the passenger area.  We called two weeks ahead because it was the week before July 4.  The ferry itself wasn't too busy but there were some big trucks an oversized load semi and two chase vehicles.  There were three HUGE oversized load vehicles (est 90' length) waiting on the dock in Ludington going west. 

Wayne & Jinx
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If you visit Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford museum, you might also want to take the assembly plant tour offered at the Henry Ford Museum.  These are three separate places and three separate charges, but all are worth the money. 

One of my favorite things in the museum is the "camper" that Henry Ford used when he and his friends, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone took when they went camping.  They called themselves the Vagabonds, but what is often left out is the detail that the group also took along several heavy vehicles containing camping equipment, a full kitchen, and several servants to cook and manage the trip!  They also took a team of photographers, of course!!

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/the-vagabonds

The best tour is the Rouge tour where you can see F-150s being made.  https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/ford-rouge-factory-tour/   (Check ahead to make sure the factory is working on the day you want to tour.) 

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10 hours ago, Solo18 said:

These are three separate places and three separate charges, but all are worth the money. 

When we were there you could buy a package of any 2 or all 3 at a discount from what each one individually cost. We didn't get the factory tour but have since been told that we should have done so. 

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The other interesting place in the Detroit area is Belle Isle.  It is on the opposite side of the city from Dearborn, but it is basically an island in the middle of the Detroit River.  It is now a state park and has an entrance fee, but once you are on it, you can visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Scripps Conservatory, an aquarium, and the Nature Center.  You can also picnic there and just park along the river and watch the big lake freighters go by.  Best to go on a weekday, by the way, to avoid crowds.  Turn right as soon as you go over the bridge and drive all the way around the island on the outside circle drive.  Also, the island was in horrible shape until the state leased it for a state park in 2014.  Thousands of Detroiters got involved, and volunteers did most of the cleanup to make this place shine again!!  

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=736

The island was settled by French colonists and has a great, long history, which is described here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Isle_Park_(Michigan)

And, yes, I admit to being born in Detroit and lived in the area almost all of my life.  Other great places to visit are the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum, Eastern Market near downtown, and the downtown riverfront parks, especially if there is an ethnic festival going on.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g42139-Activities-Detroit_Michigan.html

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Solo 18, since coming out west from Penna. about 18 years ago, we haven't been back to Michigan. But watching the Indy Car race from Belle Isle last month that sure looks really nice. And of course the Motown Museum, I don't think was up running yet. I would have really been in Hog Heaven. "My Girl, My Girl"!

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