Petoskey Motorcoach Resort Part Two

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Here are a few photos from our stay at the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort. I’m hoping that these pictures will give you a sense of the place, a treasure in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

This is one of my favourite shots so far, a shot of Bob’s 2016 Dutch Star. He has a 4369 which looks almost the same as our 4002 — just a tad longer as it is a 43-foot coach. I caught his coach just as he was leaving the resort.

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There isn’t a bad site in the park. I really like this one, site 45, with a large area to the patio side of the coach.

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The premium sites face the various water treatments of the park. We were originally booked into site 5 below. However, our neighbours, all the way from Houston, Texas, loved this park so much that they extended their stay for a month.

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We had to make do with site 4.

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Let’s take a bit of a tour around site 4. Starting with the view from the inside of the coach. All windows open and every sightline is a great sightline.

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This is what we look at in front of our coach.

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And from our patio side.

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I have been doing quite a bit of photography and I take my laptop and my camera outside. This is what my office looks like for post-processing, email and blogging.

I could get very used to this life.

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Petoskey Motorcoach Resort

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This is our home for the week at the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort.

This is a small park with about 70 or so sites — although it seems to be only two-thirds full right now. It is a very quiet and relaxing property.

The resort is beautifully maintained and the landscaping details remind me of a high-end private golf course.

We have been here for a few days now and we are getting a feel for this part of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. So far, we are very impressed with the area. Lots to see and do.

I’ll post a few more details about the resort over the next few days.

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Port Huron KOA

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We made it! From our home, across the U.S. border, to our first waypoint, Port Huron KOA.

The drive was almost six hours and trouble free. We stopped for fuel at the Flying J in Napanee, Ontario. Another stop for lunch at a service centre near Cambridge, Ontario. And then customs.

How I worried about customs.

This was our first time crossing the border with a motorhome. The first time crossing the border with our dog. I prepared all sorts of documents including the vaccination certificate for our golden retriever, reservation confirmations, and various proof of residency documents — just in case.

All we got? Three questions: how many people in the vehicle, where are you from, and do you have any groceries.

That was it. About a minute and we were on our way.

Our first overnight stop was at the Port Huron KOA.

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The entrance into the park looks calm in this picture largely because I took the shot at around 9:00pm. When we arrived at around 5:00pm, it was very chaotic. People and RVs everywhere. This was one very busy KOA.

We had a super site for the evening.

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The site looks quite large and it is. For a KOA. We had neighbours very tight to the driver’s side of the coach.

Because this park is very large and very busy it is not very peaceful. Lots of activity. For us, however, we were looking forward to Petoskey where we knew it would be a different style of camping. Petoskey would be glamping.

That said, we had a wonderful evening by the coach enjoying the long summer evening with a pizza and a fire.

Our travels will take us to Petoskey and I will fill you in on our journey tomorrow.

Here are a few more pictures from our stopover.

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Bon Voyage

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We head out on our first real road trip with the Castaway early Saturday morning. The excitement is building as we get ready to cast off. Ok, I know. That was a pretty bad pun.

We built our packing list for the trip and we have been refining it as we go. It has helped us to get the coach prepared for departure.

We expect to cross the border early afternoon on the Saturday. We will be spending one night at the Port Huron KOA before making our way to our final destination which is the Petoskey Motorcoach Resort in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Although we are still very much newbies, we have learned to call ahead at the campgrounds to make sure our rig will fit.

We will have no issues at Petoskey. Their sites are very large and designed specifically for big rigs.

KOA sites? Well, let’s just say the ones we have used so far have turned out to be really tight for our coach.

Initially, our booking at the Port Huron KOA on the way up to Petoskey was a large super site. But then we changed our dates and we were assigned to a much smaller back-in site. We asked to be placed on a waiting list for an upgraded site. We called them up last night and success. We are back on a large super site, site 38.

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On the way back, we are assigned a pull through site at the Port Huron KOA which looks to be fine for our coach. But, we will check that site out on our way up to Petoskey to make sure.

This will be our first border crossing with our coach and with our dog. Hopefully it all goes well.

Two more sleeps.

Honey Wagon Service

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“I’m going to use it to get some honey!”

But not at an RV park.

We are newbies. Actively learning about our new lifestyle but still newbies nonetheless. And this means that we are frequently coming across new vocabulary.

We have been living out of our coach since we brought it home earlier this summer and we intend to keep living in the coach until we have to put the Castaway into storage later September or early October.

Although we try to make as much use of the house for our washroom needs, we seem to be able to fill up our grey and black tanks relatively quickly, even with the infrequent use of the Castaway’s washrooms, shower and sinks.

We decided to camp overnight at our local KOA to empty out the tanks and replenish our fresh water tank. This particular KOA is only a few kilometres from our home and it is a nice campground.

We reserved a 50-amp service with water only.

Our grey and black tanks were full and we needed to dump them before we could set up the coach on the site.

“Can I use the dump station on our way into our site?” I asked.

“You can. We can also arrange a honey wagon service for you later today if you would like.”

“Well, that sounds great but we really don’t need any honey.” I replied.

Confused look from KOA staff member.

What is a honey wagon service? Honey wagon is a traditional term for a wagon or truck that collects and carries waste and it can serve as a sanitation system at campgrounds and marinas.

The honey wagon service at this KOA comes to your coach and empties your tanks for you. They did come later that day and dealt with the tanks without us knowing until I had checked our gauges. Grey and black, empty.

This morning I filled our fresh water tank. The tank holds about 105 gallons and it was only 1/3 full.

I estimated that we needed about 75 gallons to fill the tank. At the typical city average of about 2 gallons per minute, that would take 40 minutes.

The tank filled in about 30 minutes. I guess I underestimated the flow rate. Thankfully I was checking every 15 minutes or so.

The tank obviously stops receiving water once it fills. There was no overflow or spillage but good to know that it doesn’t take much time to bring in fresh water into the Castaway’s tank.

Mission accomplished and we also had a wonderful evening. We even experienced our first campfire by the coach. Awesome.