Winter RV Camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Winter RV Camping in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Ever thought about winter rv camping in the snow? You should try it! Here’s our annual winter camping trip in the snow at Tahquamenon Falls in the Michigan UP. Come on along! Did you enjoy this video? If so, please SUBSCRIBE to our Channel:

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  1. Cynthia Armstrong on January 28, 2023 at 6:06 am

    What about road salt damaging the underneath of your van? And what about preventing freezing of black tank and water lines?

  2. Caribou Dave Adventures on January 28, 2023 at 6:06 am

    Good to meet you at the after party! Saw you finally got off the porch and on a Harley. It was soo packed. Safe travels

  3. Michael Gehrke on January 28, 2023 at 6:08 am

    I’ve always loved the Tahquamenon Falls area . Thanks for sharing your adventure .

  4. canis lupis on January 28, 2023 at 6:09 am

    I’m just here for the Elk Hound. Winter is their prime habit. They are a member of the ‘Spitz’ dogs and skeletons of them over 12,000 years old have been found. The best dog ever for your kids. They are aloof to strangers but dedicated to their own family. When we travelled ours couldn’t wait to jump in our big van. She could never settle with just one of our 3 kids. She was constantly shifting between them. You see how they love the snow. Ours would shovel her head under the snow. They are such clean dogs, they rub themselves on the snow and have clean coats. Ours took turns each night sleeping with each kid ending up with our youngest and they would sleep neck on neck. A better baby sitter you will never find. When our oldest kid was finally ready to be trusted to baby sit the other 2, we would give the dog the run of the house and we knew she would never permit a stranger to get into the house.

  5. Rosie Simon on January 28, 2023 at 6:09 am

    I’m enjoying ur videos, sooo much snow. Would u put a link to where u got the fur mittens large enough to put gloves in under them. Thanx Jennifer . Hubby 💕 luvs winter me not so much

  6. Lisa McNeil on January 28, 2023 at 6:09 am

    my husband and I rented out our 3 story home to live in an RV for a year, this is our first time ever owning one let alone living in one. We are in Colorado during the winter. love your video and so far loving the RV life feeing blessed.

  7. Yidne on January 28, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Bo is so happy

  8. Living The GoodLife Rving on January 28, 2023 at 6:12 am


  9. dfinchermd on January 28, 2023 at 6:16 am

    In one of the LTV marketing videos Dean clearly stated that their travel vans where designed as 3 season vehicles, winter operation not so much. He provided no detail but the inference was that the systems weren’t design to operate in winter conditions. Are there modifications you have made to counter that statement or is he possibly referring strictly to personal comfort?

  10. Lacy Lobdell on January 28, 2023 at 6:17 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I live in south Louisiana and it’s unlikely (never say never!) that I’ll ever get up there in the winter, so I love seeing these adventures. The snowshoe hike looks awesome!!!

  11. Heather7 Light of Christ on January 28, 2023 at 6:18 am

    Anything MI, I live here and love the UP, I am s u b i n g, thanks for sharing guys, you rock!!

  12. De Frost on January 28, 2023 at 6:18 am

    I lived less than 10 miles from the shore of Lake Superior from ’84 o ’97. Still miss it. So envious of your trip. 💓

  13. Tom Larimer on January 28, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Did you have any issues with your lithium batteries in freezing temperatures? How are you keeping them warm? Any lower temperature shut down?

  14. M Webb on January 28, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Great video!! I loved seeing Bo enjoying the snow. Beautiful park!

  15. Blowgun Man on January 28, 2023 at 6:24 am

    I have been to the UP serval times in my teen oyears i am now 29 an have not been back in alittle over 11 years. every time that i have been to the UP it has been in desent weather to Isle royale Natinal park tequaminan falls and pic. rock and shipwreck musem but there is so moch moore that i would Love to do up there especilly in the winter time. just found your channel and subscribed.

  16. Julie Hand-Burke on January 28, 2023 at 6:24 am

    I am from Newberry living in Florida now.

  17. Philip Tarnaski on January 28, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Hi to you all! We love to visit the U.P. This past summer we were in Ramsay, Ironwood and Black River Harbor. I hope to winter camp in the U.P. Someday the snow is beautiful and no bugs! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Ask Ms Lynn, LLC on January 28, 2023 at 6:27 am

    When I was a child in Lansing Michigan we had an elk hound. She loved winter snow. She wanted to be outside most of the time during the winter.

    During the summer we would take her when we would go blue berry picking for wild blue berries. She would find the patch but we had to pick quickly before she would eat all the ripe blue berries. She used to put her mouth over the bush and get all the ripe berries and leave the green ones.

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  20. Bill Strait on January 28, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Subscribed for Bo.

    I’m about to get my first RV, the plan is to full time in it for a year or two. This video helped me be a little less scared of winter. Thanks!

  21. Lazaro Ibarra on January 28, 2023 at 6:31 am

    May I suggest a flu shot Mike? You three are lovely, thought I’m partial to Bo. When I grow up I want to be just like you. Maybe soon I can take my Colombian bride up there to experience it. I lived in Massachusetts, but she wants to see snow. Great video. God bless.

  22. David Barry on January 28, 2023 at 6:31 am

    That was fun! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. You have lovely smiles.

  23. JodyCoyote on January 28, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Are you water lines for your shower inside the RV for winter showers?

  24. Timothy Johnston on January 28, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Enjoyed the video as we visited the UP and the same restaurant and campground in late Oct-early Nov. Colors were ridiculously beautiful then, could rival New England for sure. Our only problem was most if not all the private campgrounds/resorts were closed for the season and some of the state parks had already closed their bathrooms. By the end of our trip even the dump stations were closed which is a serious problem. I believe they closed the dump station at the campground you stayed in on the last day we were there. You can usually find water somewhere and you can run the generator to charge you batteries when there is no electricity, but when you gotta dump, you gotta dump. Was wondering if you guys ran into a similar problem in you winter camping?

  25. Mac Eldolaimy on January 28, 2023 at 6:32 am

    the guy in the caravan wins. Least amount of obligations. He got all he needs, a bed to sleep on 😄

  26. Eileen Fostel on January 28, 2023 at 6:35 am

    I love the wintertime! This video was fun…..wish I could have joined in!

  27. Shannon Parmelee on January 28, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Father Marquette was a socialpath

  28. Kevin 4real on January 28, 2023 at 6:37 am

    I always get nervous crossing the mac

  29. Living Coast 2 Coast on January 28, 2023 at 6:37 am

    We spent some time in the Upper Peninsula this past June. We spent a day at Tahquamenon Falls and State Park. It is a beautiful place. My and our girls went down to the falls and loved it. The girls nicked name the falls Rootbeer Falls they said it looks like Rootbeer flowing over the fall. I didn’t get to explore I was nursing my knee I had fallen a week before and tore the ligaments. We than went onto a Harvest Host Site The Gourd Barn in Maran Michigan it really peaceful and beautiful. The host were amazing. We are planning to go back again. I just told Rick and week camping in the snow would be fun. Not sure I would want more than a week. Your puppy had a ball. So glad you only had a 24 hour flu. Travel safe!

  30. Chris Lonsberry on January 28, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Looks like you had a great time. Hopefully I can join you next year.

  31. Wayne S on January 28, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Great introduction to Winter camping! Do you carry tire chains?

  32. Robert Jones on January 28, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Do your holding tanks have heaters?

  33. Nikki L on January 28, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Would love to know more about winter (cold-weather/snow) gear. I am from Texas, but want to go RVing in Colorado (and likely more later) … but have no clue about surviving truly cold weather (in approximate comfort). Layers or not enough room for layers? Shoes for ice/snow covered ground? Brands and suggestions? Clothes, blankets, "tech" (space heater, nor space heater?)… Being from Michigan, I am sure you have cold-weather down and obviously seem to have the cold-weather RVing down. Suggestions for those of us that had 70 degree weather just a week or 2 ago (in December) would be awesome. 🙂

  34. Glen B on January 28, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Love the video, especially when the man came down with the flu…like all us men we want to push forward but need a wonderful n beautiful woman with us to help keep us steady n healthy!

  35. Bill and Kelley Adventures on January 28, 2023 at 6:43 am

    I love the snow. I wish we could get some here in Alabama haha

  36. Robin Reese on January 28, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Bo is SUCH a rock star! I love how he has his own theme song. He looks so happy.

  37. Carol Jean Scott on January 28, 2023 at 6:47 am

    I love that video as it is all about having fun. I have a trailer but only camp in the summer. I would love to winter camp and so I always check out winter camping on YouTube. Usually the clips are instructions on what is done to keep warm and what to do keep your pipes from freezing. I liked your video because it was all about having a wonderful time in the RV during the winter. I am a seasonal camper from Nova Scotia Canada and once people winterize their units, they think it is over for the season because the electricity and water is turned off. The campers are still allowed in during the wintertime, once your unit is winterized, you could still go to the park. I would love to get a port-a-pottie and do some adventures in the winter. In my opinion as long as your unit is winterized and cook your meals outside to protect your RV or go to a restaurant to eat you can still have a blast with winter activities.

  38. KBeth on January 28, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Brings back my childhood memories of cmping thank you for the beautiful scenery. I am a born Michiganer. Stay safe and warm.

  39. Alpha Viper on January 28, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Respect for you not being elders but enjoying life to the fullest in Road Trip, especially when all same age group are bound in homes or just walk a while. Good luck for informative knowledge.

  40. Susan Ohio on January 28, 2023 at 6:50 am

    What a beautiful place! I would love to go on a trip like that! I have never been to the UP Michigan but plan to go there now,

  41. bs tr on January 28, 2023 at 6:50 am

    oh the river ! with the cascade 😍

  42. George B on January 28, 2023 at 6:52 am

    Idk, I think I’d use chains anyway. It could help on an iced over road surface. 😲

  43. Robyn Vontiedemann on January 28, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Just wonderful! Ive never seen snow! From Robyn, Sydney, Australia. The land downunder

  44. Thomas Lee on January 28, 2023 at 6:56 am

    I don’t care for winter climates but good for you guys😃

  45. Michel Paul Cote on January 28, 2023 at 6:58 am

    Good to know the stock Unity tires do well on snow / ice.
    We are taking delivery in a few days and will be without water for 3 days.
    We are new to macerator toilets, always had gravity. Can we just pour antifreeze in bowl and use macerator to flush, without having the water pump running? Or is the macerator working only if the water pump is on?
    Thanks, our decision to sell our Breeze diesel pusher and go with a Unity TB was greatly influenced by you.

  46. Merci Beaucoup on January 28, 2023 at 6:58 am

    I’m a yooper now living on the Canadian/Minnesota border. Love seeing this video!!!! Vacation homes and camping are plenty in the UP ❄️

  47. James Conn on January 28, 2023 at 6:59 am

    I live in Michigan the UP is the best, but plz watch BO, lots of wolfs up there i have lost dogs up there to wolfs

  48. Cookie Cracker on January 28, 2023 at 7:00 am

    How much do you pay to stay at that site per day?

  49. J Randy 19 on January 28, 2023 at 7:02 am

    Such a beautiful place to camp. Bo was having himself a good time. Mike, so glad you weren’t sick for long. We love y’alls channel. Stay safe and warm.

  50. David Overholt on January 28, 2023 at 7:03 am

    Mike, we are to old to shovel snow now!

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