View Full Version : Winter RV hook-up

01-31-2016, 09:57 PM
I have my sled trailer set up for camping and am looking for available winter sites with electric hook-up near snowmobile trails in the UP. I have been looking at campgrounds and very few are open in the winter. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't need much for accommodations but electric hookup and restrooms would be great. Thanks for any advice.

01-31-2016, 10:16 PM
I'd check with Krupps resort they have RV hookup in summer and are open in winter. They may have winter hookup.

02-01-2016, 06:23 AM
Thanks. I will check with Krupps. I was looking for somewhere further south since I plan on heading up for just one night this weekend. But that is still a good option.

02-02-2016, 12:13 PM
For anyone interested (which may be very few), I did contact the Iron River, MI Chamber of Commerce and Klint Safford Memorial RV Park does offer winter RV hook-up. I believe this is located relatively close to downtown with restaurants/bars located within walking distance. I have not stayed there and would welcome any feedback on this location, etc. Thanks in advance!

02-02-2016, 09:45 PM
It is close to downtown, 3 blocks away with food and drink close by. I used to travel that area for work and stayed at the hotel across the street.

02-02-2016, 10:13 PM
Great to know, thanks bayfly!

02-03-2016, 07:16 AM
I have also found that Running Bear in Paulding allows winter RV hook-up. Another other option that may be available to us is Jack Pines near Munising. Their RV camping is not cleared for winter (a common theme I have found) but they may allow electric hook-up in their parking area. Waiting for a callback from them to confirm the ability to hook up. But we can use the generator if electric is not available. (I do like the convenience of plugging in for the furnace, lights, etc.) With the available options (Iron River, Paulding, and Munising area) we will see how the snow conditions compare and take the best. My trailer is set up to unload the sleds, turn on the heat, ride all day, and return to a warm, insulated trailer for drinks, dinner, and sleeping. I can comfortably sleep 3 people on cots. We have used the trailer for summer/fall camping but have not stayed in it yet for sledding. I am hoping to work out the bugs in more convenient locations first then try more remote camping using trailhead parking areas, etc. I would love to hear from any others who have done this for suggestions. It could be a great way to keep our travel plans flexible and head to areas with best conditions on relatively short notice (if I can find enough available options).

02-03-2016, 07:24 PM
Ezra has the best set-up I've seen here. I finished off my 3 place inline a couple years ago, but I sold it this fall. Only winter camped in it with the sled once but it was fine until my heater quit. Here is a link to the thread I started back in 2014 asking questions, Ezra posted some photos of his, I ended up posting photos of mine as I went along.


02-04-2016, 06:48 AM
Nice. I had viewed these before ordering my trailer. After reading and seeing what you guys did I was convinced that a DIY project was beyond my capabilities. I ordered a custom trailer from Beckers. It is a 27' Stealth finished off with insulation, heat, electric, cabinets, fold down table, pull down sofa/bed, and slide out queen bed. We use it for extra sleeping/living space at the cabin all summer then trailering sleds all winter. This year we even went camping with it in Door County (we got quite a few stares with that!). This weekend will be the first attempt at sleeping in it on a sledding trip. Assuming all goes well I hope to use it on more remote locations bringing the generator for backup electric if the batteries run down. Does anyone know if it is legal/acceptable to stay overnight at trailhead parking areas? I have seen some in the Seney/Munising area that look interesting. Waking up with the trail right outside the door would be awesome.

02-09-2016, 12:02 AM
53333We ended up staying in the trailer at Jack Pine Resort around Stueben, MI (about 20 miles south of Munising). They didn't have any RV sites open but they were kind enough to allow us to park and hook up with electric from one of their out buildings for a small fee. It turned out pretty well since they have a bar/restaurant right there so we had a place to eat close by. We drove up Saturday morning, unloaded sleds, converted the trailer to camping (it takes about 20 minutes), turned on the electric heat, and then rode the rest of the day. We returned to a warm trailer and turned on the LP furnace for added measure. I had the thermostat set about as low as it goes but it still got a bit warm inside. Got up and rode to Munising for breakfast Sunday morning. We did a quick 100 miles and were back on the rode for home at about 1 pm. There are still some things to work out but I think this will work just about anywhere we can park. The electric hook-up is very convenient but a generator would work fine as well. Definitely not set up for the wives, but maybe that's not such a bad thing . . . (Sorry but I couldn't get the pic to post upright)

02-09-2016, 07:30 AM
Look nice. They did a good job on the interior finish of the trailer for you. What do you have on the floor? I know what you mean about taking the wives. I did a summer camping trip with my wife in mine, she said "I can take going camping in that for about 3 nights..... to bad we were gone for 4"

02-09-2016, 01:57 PM
I should have taken a pic from the back also to show the additional cabinets and table in the nose. They did a nice job on most of the finish work, although I had to return the trailer initially to have Stealth replace the flooring. Their workmanship in that area was not great at first. I believe they used NuPoly flooring for the hard surface, and then we just use 4x8 carpet squares to lay down for camping.

04-09-2017, 03:25 PM
Everyone has my idea. I have an electrical hook up door for my sled trailer so I can sleep in it when ice fishing. Have yet to get around to installing - probably this summer.

04-09-2017, 03:41 PM
Heres a couple pics of our set up
Both 110 and 12volt lights inside and over trailer deck.
Run a generator and a 1500 watt electric heater.
Gen. runs all night on a tank of fuel 8+ hours. Usually don't run it daytime it only takes a half hour or so to warm up to temp.
We park at Walmart quite a bit, then we have access to bathroom etc. Or some trailheads have porta-potty. Saves up mega$ over motel stays.

04-09-2017, 06:29 PM