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Old 10-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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Caravan thru Baja Mexico

Has anyone caravaned or traveled through this area? We are interested in going from Arizona to Baja and back, maybe January 2014.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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Baja

We have a 32 foot motor-home and pull a 16 foot trailer to haul our motorcycles. Is it possible to tow this and be able to stay at a trailer park? Are there rv parks along the way that have 50 amp power? Have you traveled along this area?
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We have a 32 foot motor-home and pull a 16 foot trailer to haul our motorcycles. Is it possible to tow this and be able to stay at a trailer park? Are there rv parks along the way that have 50 amp power? Have you traveled along this area? Thank you,
Well anything is possible....it's really just a question of your tolerance for "adventure".

1) I assume your Dolphin is gas? ULSD is not currently available for post 08 diesels on the Baja. Anyway, assuming your Dolphin is gas your biggest concern will be your length at 50'. The Baja does not cater to big rigs ......so you will often be getting your gas at regular automobile stations.....not a big deal.... but don't pass-up the big open trucker stations in favor of the next town down the road!

2) How big are the tires on your rig? Can you get them off on your own? Can you strap an RV tire to your motorcycle in order to get a flat to the nearest llantera? In other words....AAA, GoodSam, Coachnet, etc does not exist on the Baja ....so if you breakdown .....you are on your own! If you need a "tow" from Mulege to San Diego you're gunna need a "no-limit" VISA card. Stock-up on spare parts!

3) RV Dealers are also non existent .....so while you'll be able to get tires fixed, probably engine or transmission work down....good luck getting parts or service on any Coach related stuff....if the fridge quits say hello to a stryo cooler and ice! Stock-up on spare parts and service manuals.

4) RVers and RV caravans used to regularly go to the Baja in the 90's, but in the past years fewer and fewer RVers are up for the adventure. As a result, the economic viability of maintaining, improving or otherwise owning an RV park has become about as valuable as owning Kodak shares! Regardless, when you do find an RV park remember that electricity (30amp) is very sketchy ( be sure to have a top quality surge, voltage protection).....water is also sketchy! Pull throughs? Ha ha ha ha....good one! Seriously....good luck while at RV Parks, but no problem while you are boondocking on the beaches.

5) Mex1 is the main (well actually the only) road down the Baja and while it has been widen considerably over the past few years....it is still extremely narrow. In many sections it is "just" possible to get your rig past the semi coming the other direction...without clipping mirrors. Be sure you can fold-in your mirrors for these sections.

6) Medical care in the big cities is really very good but, for the price, make sure you have medical insurance & an air evacuation policy. Also...be sure to have good RV & motorcycle insurance that includes "bail bond" and an emergency number that will get you immediate support from a local (bi-lingual) agent. Even if you are stationary...if a local plows into you...you are at fault and will be going to the police station! O-ya.... what ever you do leave your guns & ammo at home ....cuz if you get caught nothing is going to keep you outta jail!

Anyway.....it's an adventure. Well worth the effort because the people are great...the food is fun...and the beaches outstanding.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: Mexican travel

One of the better and more affordable ways to travel, by RV with a group to Mexico, is the Mexican Connection - Chapter 8. It is a sub-group of the Escapees RV Club.

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I am interested in this trip as well. i have friends that live in Tijuana and have done this trip many times. the only concern is you must go in the fall or the spring. I live in Phx. we should get together and make this trip. I travel to Tijuana at least 6 times a year.
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Baja is fabulous. We go 3-4 times a year and have for over a decade. The only drawback to this great adventure, and I mean only, is the narrow road. South of San Quintin the road is narrow enough you have to s-l-o-w down. Other than that, everything else is an adventure. Or rig broke down in Mulege, and it was the best thing. Wound up staying longer than we ever would have any other way.
Do all you can in preventative maintenance, take a spare water pump, strap a spare unmounted tire someplace (I put it on the roof), stop at the border& get your FMM tourist permit, pack a healthy sense of adventure, and have a serious adventure.
You can join Vagabundos del Mar (Google) for a few bucks & they will help with all the insurance, and you may be able to buy the FMM there but will have to stop @the border immigration office anyway to have it signed so I recommend buying it at the border for the full experience.

In return, take the road to Tecate out of Ensenada & cross back into CA at the better of the US entry ports. Much better for an RV there as far as clearance.
Vagabundos has a Caravan to introduce folks to Baja, should be on their website.
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For new RV travelers to Baja, get the latest edition of, Camping Baja by Mike and Terri Church. Available at Amazon and most book stores. Many larger Pemex stations have been opened South of Ensenada. I have traveled down in a 37 ft gasser pulling a jeep with no problem. Now have a DP which is a little easier for fuel access where stations cater to semis.
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I am interested in this trip as well. i have friends that live in Tijuana and have done this trip many times. the only concern is you must go in the fall or the spring. I live in Phx. we should get together and make this trip. I travel to Tijuana at least 6 times a year.
We just signed up for Baja Winters about three days ago or would have loved to have gone with one other rig. We are in Minnesota and plan to leave here for the AZ home on the 20th (next Sunday). Maybe we can meet some time. A good spot to meet is in Fountain Hills or if that is too far we can meet anywhere.
Looking forward to meeting you.
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We just signed up for Baja Winters about three days ago or would have loved to have gone with one other rig. We are in Minnesota and plan to leave here for the AZ home on the 20th (next Sunday). Maybe we can meet some time. A good spot to meet is in Fountain Hills or if that is too far we can meet anywhere.
Looking forward to meeting you.
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I live in Scottsdale, not far from Ft Hills. We are going to Rocky Point at the end of the month. Would love to meet up with you.
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Our e-mail address is ssplettstoesser@yahoo.com if you want to get in touch when you get back. We should be in AZ by Oct. 26th for a wedding and until Dec. 20th, then back the 1st of Jan till the 8th of Jan when we will leave to meet up with the caravan we signed up for.
How long will you be staying at Rocky Point and where do you stay once there?
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Our e-mail address is ssplettstoesser@yahoo.com if you want to get in touch when you get back. We should be in AZ by Oct. 26th for a wedding and until Dec. 20th, then back the 1st of Jan till the 8th of Jan when we will leave to meet up with the caravan we signed up for.
How long will you be staying at Rocky Point and where do you stay once there?
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Going on the 25th for 3 days. staying at Playa Bonita. This is the first time in a MH. We will be scouting for beachfront boondocking spots.
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Baja amigos is the best outfit to use. Samll caravans of 6 rigs and the wagon master takes everyone around on tours in a multipassenger van. Much more intimate & fun. They are the ones Mike & Terri church who wrote the book on Mexican camping recommend.

See Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours
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