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Old 05-05-2015, 09:47 AM   #1
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Traveling to Cabo Mexico

Hi all, we are thinking to take our MH from San Diego to Cabo this August. Any thoughts? Should we go with caravan? Is it safe? Our MH is Two years old. Any mechanical concerns?


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Check with your insurance carrier about coverage in Mexico. Gasoline and diesel is different south of the border, with a newer RV you might have issues.
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I would consider traveling with a caravan. There are cases along that route where the "police" will pul you over and want a "safe passage" fee.
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Cabo was beaten up bad by the hurricane last year. LaPaz is just as nice and closer. The only issue is the road is not very wide. Go slow and be careful and you will be just fine. You will need additional Mexican insurance. August is not the best time to go, it will be very hot and humid. Average temp will be in the low 90's with high humidity and rain. Spring and fall are best. Don't listen to the scraredy cats that will warn you of the dangers. I feel safer in Baja than the US.
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First, insurance: Last I knew, Mexico did not recognize American insurance and you must buy a policy from a Mexican carrier. Because Mexico does not treat accidents the same as America, an accident in Mexico without insurance, can land you in jail.

Second, 2X Gormeys. Having been subjected to bribery efforts in Mexico (and when that didn't succeed, I was "escorted" to the Tijuana police station where I had to pay my fines), be prepared. (In fairness, I've been compelled to pay more police bribes in Chicago, than Mexico.)

Third and more troubling, having been to Mexico and traveled Baja numerous times over the years, and loving the geography, people and food (especially the food), now you couldn't pay me to spend any time along the Mexico border now with the drug violence, the influx of criminals moving north to cross the border, and the big target on "rich" Americans.

Fourth, you generally won't have much in the way of services between San Diego and Cabo. It is doable, but plan far ahead.
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....Don't listen to the scraredy cats that will warn you of the dangers. I feel safer in Baja than the US.
The only people that say that are the ones who have not been stopped by the police or the Federales.

I live in Southern California. As a kid, my parents would think nothing of taking the entire family down to Puerto Nuevo, (when people served lobster platters in their converted homes), just for Saturday lunch and dinner and driving back home afterwards, (Los Angeles).

As Americans, they "owned", (very long-term leases), several nice beach front homes in Rosarito, Malibu Del Sur, and San Felipe that we would sometimes visit and stay in, and they normally rented out to other Americans. I kept my sailboat in a slip in Ensenada all through college, (for weekend visits), and virtually grew up drinking in Hussongs, and saw Papa's and Beer being built!

So, yeah, I know Baja. And, you cannot pay me to go there now.

Yes, there really are decapitations and amputations of random body parts, (typically of Mexican citizens who get in the way of the drug cartels). But I don't want to be nearby when it's going on.

Yes, there are random drug cartel kidnappings of American citizens, (who demand cash ransom, and complete silence). And yes, the "police" expect you to pay for all infractions up front, (back at the station), in cash, or else. you will stay until the following Monday, or when the judge is scheduled to visit.

So if you must, travel in a caravan with an established Baja motorhome tour company, (they pre-pay all the corrupt "police" ahead of time). Travel only during the early daylight. Take plenty of cash. Be prepared for anything.
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Here's the U.S. State Department's Travel Advisory:

Mexico Travel Warning

Driving a newer, shiny RV would not be my choice. There's nothing there worth your life.
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My neighbors just drove their 28Dp to Punta Penasco for a month. No problems. I drug my TT from Tecate to Loreto and back last summer no problems. Have good Mexican insurance, bring your passport and drive slowly. Don't drive at night. Good food stores and restaurants, GOOD water is available most everywhere 'Agua Purifica"!
Take a look at Baja Nomads forum.
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You can not get low sulfur diesel in Mexico. Newer MHs are limited to the range of a full tank of fuel purchased in the USA. Cabo has very warm weather in August. The majority of Mexico is a safe place. The geographic pockets of cartel activity (ever shifting) are very unsafe. Nine years ago I felt very safe up and down the Baja peninsula traveling alone for months. I am not willing to take that chance in today's environment. All the best with your decision for this summer.
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Having lived in Central America in my pilot days my personal opinion would be not to go. When your in a 3rd world country it's best to keep a low profile. Not sure how to do that in a Rock Star Bus. Yes the good ole USA is not always safe but my personal experience in 3rd world countries taught me to not make myself a target. JMHO.
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I live in San Diego, and have not crossed the border in over 15 years. Living here, we hear some of the body counts, there was actually a tour bus of tourists from a cruise ship robbed. Go if you must, I don't. (I live 6 miles from the border)
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Thanks to all for great advice. We changed our mind. There are still many places in US that we could visit.


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Traveling to Cabo Mexico

We were in the Rio Grande Valley for the winter and a large group from Quebec assembled there to caravan through Mexico. At the southern end they split into smaller groups and came back 3 different routes. Talking to a few upon there return they all said never again-they were done with Mexico even though some had done it several times. Because of the violence the parks are empty and no one is going down anymore. As the parks were empty thieves stole the wiring and even some of the plumbing. The most they could get was 15 amp service and in one case it took most of the day to fill several coaches water tanks. We used to love Mexico and went often but no more. YMMV


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