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Old 10-11-2021, 12:17 AM   #15
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I have been to Tijuana 4 times in the past year, no issues in or out.
In an RV?
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:59 AM   #16
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Old 10-12-2021, 05:16 PM   #17
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I assume you're an American citizen.
I called the US Border at Los Algodones.
Canadians can get to MX but can't get back unless you fly.

Just a "heads up" for any Canadian Snowbirds reading this.
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I will be in Rocky point at the end of the month. There are always many Canadians there, I will see what the real story is.
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We have a trip planned to Puerto Penasco next year, and are getting some feedback that it might be difficult to cross the border with a converted semi as a tow rig.



Of course, there are plenty of people that absolutely believe that we'll be robbed and killed while there. I'm not really worried about this, but anyone experience being shook down or crime?



I know I need supplemental insurance as well.



Looking for first hand experience taking a big rig, either fiver or class A to this area. What should I expect, and what should I be aware of?
You will most likely not be able to bring your tow vehicle into Mexico. GVWR cannot be more than 7716#.

When you say converted Semi as a tow rig, I assume you tow a 5th Wheel with it. Is it a single axel class 5 or 6 truck with a RV style 5th wheel plate on it?

Puerto Penasco is in the "Free" zone, meaning you do not have to get a TIP to bring a car, truck under 7716# or an RV in.

I winter in Mazatlan, and we do need TIPs there. We have had several pickups with dual's turned back due to the sticker inside the door has a above the GVWR on it. Even had a one ton single axel that nearly did not get through. Even though the GVWR sticker was 6800#, they argued it was more with the 43' 5th wheel. They were adding the 2 numbers, truck and trailer. After several hours, and I assume a Propina, they got through.

Anything at the border above 7716# (the mexican standard is 3.5 ton) is considered a commercial vehicle. Motorhomes are exempt.

The argument has been used that the truck and trailer is an RV, therefore exempt. Sometimes it works, sometime buying new shoes for the kids of the agent at the border works.

Quick Edit: If you do go, buy your insurance online not at the border. You will pay twice what the online price is. I use Mexadventure.com.
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Maybe this will help. Remember, the Mexican Government keeps moving the goal posts so it is always a moving target. It is a good place to start. Hope it helps: https://www.mexpro.com/mexico/beforeyougo.html
That information is not very complete. Go to Mexadventure.com

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Unless there are two Puerto Penasco's it is not in Baja but Mainland Mexico in the state of Sonora. There is a HUGE difference between the two.
Northern Sonora is also in the free zone. Penasco is included. He won't have to worry about permits.
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I have been to Tijuana 4 times in the past year, no issues in or out.
.... just wondering .... what's so special about Tijuana with your RV?
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.... just wondering .... what's so special about Tijuana with your RV?
Lots going on South of the boarder. Prescription drugs can be bought over the counter at a fraction of US prices. RV detailing, excellent body work and painting that won't break the bank. Many gringos without good insurance come for dental work. There is a cancer center doing treatments that has not been approved in the US. The tacos taste better and in these times a guy could probably pick up a Haitian girl friend.
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Lots going on South of the boarder. Prescription drugs can be bought over the counter at a fraction of US prices. RV detailing, excellent body work and painting that won't break the bank. Many gringos without good insurance come for dental work. There is a cancer center doing treatments that has not been approved in the US. The tacos taste better and in these times a guy could probably pick up a Haitian girl friend.
I'm very familiar with prescription drugs when visiting other border towns - Algondonas, Nogales, Progresso...... but Tijuana? My uncle did the unapproved cancer treatment and died.
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We have traveled from Tucson to Rocky Point several times. We love it there! Great food, great people. Nice beach side RV resort.

You now need a passport to reenter the US. Your vehicle will need Mexican insurance. We buy it on line before the trip. If you take a dirt bikes or 4-wheelers make sure you have the registrations. You also need a vaccination certificate for your dog.

We cross the border at Lukeville AZ just south of Organ Pipe Nat monument. Then take Route 8 all the way to Rocky Point. Route 8 was built by the US Army Corp of Engineers, so its a good road.
The only time we had an issue was coming back into the US after a 3 day weekend the line was long. This was caused by the US, not Mexico.
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.... just wondering .... what's so special about Tijuana with your RV?
For me it is many friends that I have made over the last 16 years traveling there. Food is great. I also do work with a couple of orphanages and building homes for the poor.
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After hearing the news today that the borders will be reopened in November for land travel I am confused. I have made at least a dozen trips between RP and Tijuana in the last year and and a half. I wonder what will change? Lets go brandon.
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You will most likely not be able to bring your tow vehicle into Mexico. GVWR cannot be more than 7716#.

When you say converted Semi as a tow rig, I assume you tow a 5th Wheel with it. Is it a single axel class 5 or 6 truck with a RV style 5th wheel plate on it?

Puerto Penasco is in the "Free" zone, meaning you do not have to get a TIP to bring a car, truck under 7716# or an RV in.

I winter in Mazatlan, and we do need TIPs there. We have had several pickups with dual's turned back due to the sticker inside the door has a above the GVWR on it. Even had a one ton single axel that nearly did not get through. Even though the GVWR sticker was 6800#, they argued it was more with the 43' 5th wheel. They were adding the 2 numbers, truck and trailer. After several hours, and I assume a Propina, they got through.

Anything at the border above 7716# (the mexican standard is 3.5 ton) is considered a commercial vehicle. Motorhomes are exempt.

The argument has been used that the truck and trailer is an RV, therefore exempt. Sometimes it works, sometime buying new shoes for the kids of the agent at the border works.

Quick Edit: If you do go, buy your insurance online not at the border. You will pay twice what the online price is. I use Mexadventure.com.
We are American citizens.


The truck has been singled, has a hauler bed, and is registered as a motorhome. Wonder if that will cut it on the weight standard?


I'd gladly buy somebody some shoes, pants, shirt, etc to not have a big hassle and have to try to cross a bunch of times.



At this point, I'll probably give it a try to two, but beyond that, I'm not gonna push it. Too much stress.
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