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Old 08-25-2015, 11:39 AM   #11
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When I drove around Lake Michigan on motorcycles with my bother, we used the ferry out of Milwaukee to avoid Chicago.

It was expensive; but very convenient. Motorcycles through Chicago are probably just as much fun as towing a trailer. The ferries have varying rules and rates and the Escape may be too big.
Hi: sturski... Ferry Xing. from Manitowoc Wisc. to Luddington Mich. $7. per ft.+ $66. per person for a 4hr. trip. Alf
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:43 AM   #12
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I-355 and I-55 is my backyard.

In general, closer to the city the worse the expressway traffic. I-355 is usually a decent bypass, but it's gotten busier year after year, and the tolls aren't cheap.

If going to I-80, I'd suggest I-355, even if heading west. I-55 has a knack for backing up and being slow in either direction at odd times of the day.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:12 PM   #13
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Hi: sturski... Ferry Xing. from Manitowoc Wisc. to Luddington Mich. $7. per ft.+ $66. per person for a 4hr. trip. Alf
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There is a closer (more southerly) ferry, called the Lakes Express. It is a "high speed" ferry with a catamaran style hull. It does take autos, not sure about trailers. It runs from Muskegon MI to Milwaukee WI.

I had the pleasure of taking both Lake Michigan ferries as part of long distance bicycle tours. The high speed ferry was facing some strong north winds at our departure time of noon. I should have guessed something was wrong when the PA system recommended purchasing Dramamine at the terminal building before departing, the stock on board the ship was running low. We called it the Barf Boat, for obvious reason, no one was allowed to leave their seat for the trip across. Amazing how when we pulled into the harbor at Muskegon everyone was better. We finished off a hundred mile ride that day.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:04 PM   #14
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As in just about every other sitation in life, timing, is everything.
I live just north of Chicago's Ohare airport. I'm hurt you all want to avoid this charming megatropolis? For us area traffic is part of our cicadian rhythm. We just know when to travel in the area...that, and Googlemaps Traffic.
Coming from Wisconsin I would also consider I-39 down to I-80 east if you want to get back to I-94. I-90 is being re-built east of Elgin, IL. Avoid it if you can.
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Old 08-25-2015, 11:02 PM   #15
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So my EzPass will work, even though I am towing dual axels?
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:57 AM   #16
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I use EZ Pass all the time on the Illinois Tollway. When Rod Blagojevich (former governor, now in prison) dedicated Open Road Tolling it became a feature. Of course towing a tandem trailer doubles your toll, but using the pass gives a discount over paying cash at a toll booth.
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I use EZ Pass all the time on the Illinois Tollway. When Rod Blagojevich (former governor, now in prison) dedicated Open Road Tolling it became a feature. Of course towing a tandem trailer doubles your toll, but using the pass gives a discount over paying cash at a toll booth.
They will know on their end that I have dual axels? Thought maybe I needed a separate tag, or had to notifiy them.
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In road sensors can now count the number of axles. No need to notify.
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Old 08-26-2015, 02:30 PM   #19
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When we changed trailers, we had to notify the state where we purchased the transponder (NH) of the new trailer information.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:13 PM   #20
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Chicago traffic is the worst part of a trip west from SW Michigan. We always say 4-8 hours to get to the other side. Makes planning the first travel day tough.
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