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Chicago to Crystal Lake, MI

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by kevincwelch, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Hello, everyone.

    My family and I are planning a trip up to Crystal Lake, MI this summer (end of June). It will be the first trip in the Model S. The trip is 310 miles according to Google. We will have 2 adults and 2 young children + luggage. I estimate about 450 pounds of human flesh along with about 100 pounds of luggage. Probably will be running a little AC, but not much.

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    Using plugshare.com, this is the charging map that I come up with.

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    Kind of slim pickin' from Muskegon up to Crystal Lake. I will likely be able to plug into a 110V at the destination. Has anyone made the trip up the west coast of Michigan for any reason in the Model S yet? Recommendations for charging? And lastly, provided I stop by one of these J1772 chargers, how long to range charge from 150 miles to 265 (generally speaking)?
     
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    Sorry to say that I haven't but that's going to be a beautiful trip. I use to go to camp as a kid on Crystal Lake. Just a beautiful spot. I wouldn't think you will have any trouble making it from Muskegan so long as you can charge when you get there. Enjoy the trip!
     
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    #3 scottf200, Mar 11, 2013
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    20-25 miles per hour? http://www.teslamotors.com/it_CH/forum/forums/j1772-adapter-charge-rate

    http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/ev-charging-stations/ :
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  4. elecblue

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    Kevin - your best bet is RV parks. There have to be some on the way up the west coast of the lake. In fact, most have 50-amp service (NEMA 14-50) and you'll get close to 30mph of charging if you drive conservatively. Charging is much better than any J1772 can offer. RVParkFinder.com (or a google search) will get you there. Most of the parks won't open until April. Hope that helps!
     
  5. kevincwelch

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    #5 kevincwelch, Mar 12, 2013
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    Thanks for the recommendations.

    There seem to be a lot of RV parks and state grounds that offer 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups. I will call for more information.

    Should I look into other adapters for some of these sites as well if they don't have 14-50 plugs?
     
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    I would find a free J1772 and have lunch, then do some tourist stuff.

    4 hours
     
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    I think the issue is what to do in Holland (if I don't make) or Muskegon. Muskegon looks like the better destination with a few RV and state parks there to charge up on 14-50s. That's about 200 miles from Chicago. Now, my car at home seems to charge only at 20 mph (console says 239V and 39-40amps/40amps). 10 hours to recharge? I would really only need to put on 150 miles to be safe, so maybe 7 hours. A state park would be the better place for the kids...
     
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    ADAPTERS? The only other plugs at RV parks are 110 volt 15 or 30 amp, which is WAY to slow. Check ahead, call ahead, email ahead, and know which ones have 14-50s. You can't adapt a 30 amp 110 volt because the car will only take 12 amps on 110.

    At least that is what I have found. Drove to Canada and back to Napa Valley with RV parks every day. About half of the RV parks I checked did NOT have 220 volt power. Even the 220 volt is separated into two 110 volt legs by the big RVs.

    I have found RV park owners happy and interested in helping me get a top up charge for my car for a couple hours.
     
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    Really quite curious how these various RV park charged you? Fixed price? Per hour? Did they call someone to figure it out? Aren't all these places use to charging a 24hr overnight parking fee?
     
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    I get all that.

    What I meant was whether to invest in something like the NEMA UMC adapters offered on the Tesla website.

    Either way, it would seem prudent to call ahead.

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    When you call RV parks, be sure to verify they have "50 Amp Service." They don't understand voltage, but their 30 A outlets are only 120v. You don't want that, but they are more common than 50 Amp 14-50's.

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    It looks like there are now HPWCs near the Crystal Lake area -- see this thread as well as Tesla's Find Us page.

    There's also a Supercharger in St Joseph as you go up the east side of Lake Michigan. A lot has changed in 18 months!
     
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    Wonder if they are for guests only.

    Regardless, I'd be more interested in SC development along the western coast of Michigan.

    More so than that: I80 SC development.
     
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    These are available and free for any Tesla owner. Though not required, we would be glad to host you as a guest too.
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    Very generous, Jim!

    Thank you. We're always looking for ways to support Tesla friendly businesses.
     
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    #16 sunnysailor, Mar 22, 2015
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    Hi,

    I was just up to Crystal Mountain Resort for a quick ski. I stayed there overnight and used the charging facilities. The skiing was good and the resort has great food and is charming. There is a place to eat near the chargers. I skied (downhill and cross country)-- but it is an all season resort with golf, mountain biking, an art trail and pool facilities. I did not meet Jim but we spoke on the phone as he was away on business. He is to be commended for his his continuing attempts to work with the Michigan political structure to help insure that Tesla is given a fair chance in Michigan.
     

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