SS Badger car ferry.

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  1. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Last Thursday I got the chance to take the ferry across Lake Michigan. Best $325 I’ve spent in a while.

    The passenger vehicles park and their passengers start boarding early along with pedestrians, bicycles, etc. Commercial drivers stay with the truck and a spotter guides you on when it’s time to back on. Since I have my dog along we were the last to back on so she would have a nice breeze with the windows down in the truck.

    When you pay for a commercial spot you get use of a stateroom if you want one. They are equipped with a toilet, sink, and bed. I cleaned up and went for some lunch and after walking around to see what all was offered onboard I returned to my room and had a nice nap. There is a cafeteria, restaurant, bar, movie theater, and gift shop on board as well as a big seating area with tv’s. There are also plenty of lounge chairs outside on the deck if you want to sit outside.

    I went from Manitowoc WI to Ludington MI. About 15 minutes before reaching Ludington they took the commercial drivers down to the car deck so that we could get our trucks ready to drive off. It was neat being down there when they open and big seat gate at the rear of the ship and spin around to back into the dock.
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Looks like a cool experience. How long did it take?
     
  4. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Medium Load Member

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    Always a nice trip! Great way to change things up.
     
  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    It takes 4 hours.
     
  6. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    That's pretty cool ! And nooooo Chicago.
     
  7. Feedman

    Feedman Medium Load Member

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    Where did you go with the apple's? I've wanted to do that for a long time just haven't had a good reason.
     
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  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    They delivered right in Ludington just a few miles after you get off the boat.
     
  9. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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  10. Studebaker Hawk

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    It is a treat. In my career my tractor trailer and I were on at least a dozen different ferries. Across Lake Champlain in NY-VT, out to Put in Bay OH in the Lake Erie Islands, Nantucket Island in MA(2 hrs $350), North Sidney NS to Channel Port Aux Basques NF( 6 hours- $650) Someone else always paying the way.
    Pics of my truck on the ferry with a portable stage for a rock concert to Nantucket Island. Others are of the ship that runs between North Sidney in Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.
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  11. MacLean

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    I’m unsure of the price but I’ve taken the ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland many times. I hate that you can’t just sleep in your truck.
     
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