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Old 11-25-2014, 10:56 PM   #15
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See current travel conditions and warnings at this link, then decide for yourself:

Mexico Travel Warning

For us, the U.S.A. offers vast travel opportunities; and if that isn't enough, Canada is a much safer destination. Besides, we've camped in enough desert areas in the southwest.

Personally, we do not travel into Mexico.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:03 PM   #16
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We have been to Rocky Point (Perto Peñasco) several times...but not on the Baja, RPoint is not far into Mexico and an American-friendly place. We've never had a problem, but we have traveled with others. That said, if we were not going to actually USE our Airstream we would probably opt not to take it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:35 PM   #17
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This article was published by ABC News tonite. Maybe think this over once more. I wouldn't want to pull my 20ft FC "Daisy" through/into this situation. Safe travels if you do, however. Jon
The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.
The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. In the latest killings, two men bound, gagged and showing signs of torture were dumped onto streets in exclusive neighborhoods Sunday and another person was found shot to death Tuesday.
The local newspaper El Sudcaliforniano, which puts the mounting death toll in each headline on stories about violence, has reported 46 homicides in and around the city so far this year. That doesn't include the apparent shooting victim on a La Paz sidewalk Tuesday. Federal statistics through October counted 48 killings for the entire state.
Baja California Sur is better known for its beaches and Los Cabos resorts that draw thousands of American tourists. But since last year it has experienced a level of drug violence it had previously been spared.
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:56 PM   #18
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Looking for some advice. We are full-timers in an Airstream. Rented a house in Baja for Christmas week this year, we want to take our Airstream down and park it outside while we are there. Just realized the contents of the Airstream probably exceed customs limits for what people can take into the country. Does this mean I need to get rid of everything that doesn't meet the requirements, or is it better not to take it with us? Please let me know what you think. I already bought insurance for the coach and the truck! But if we have to find storage elsewhere for all our stuff it may not be worth it. Thank you!!!!! Wendy
Where in Baja?
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:46 AM   #19
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Doug refused to go to Mexico, and said that if he ever had to come in there after me because I went with others, there would be hell to pay.

We have friends who go regularly while wintering in Texas, to select border towns, and love it, have never had a problem.

Mexico always seems to be a black or white perspective.


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Old 11-26-2014, 07:16 AM   #20
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Full-timer Entering Mexico - Worth it?

Mexico always seems to be a black or white perspective.


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I have two siblings that are Border Patrol agents. So my perspective would be ''very black''.[QUOTE]
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:20 AM   #21
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Yes.

My darling son-in-law is law enforcement in NYC....he says "don't go".

It's one of those things where, if it goes bad, it can go very, very bad.

And, you are not in your home country.

Could happen anywhere, even in the U.S., 'tis true.


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Old 11-26-2014, 07:31 AM   #22
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Senator Jessy Ventura resides in Baha Mexico. He feels safer in Mexico than U.S. After watching his consperacy shows on youtube, I wonder if he's right.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:38 AM   #23
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I love all the misinformed or second hand based opinions being expressed here. Actually I ignore them. It is a wonder that some even leave the comfort and supposed safety of their homes. Go, meet some wonderful people, do not get drunk and stupid, insult your host or play the ugly gringo and you will have a great experience.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:51 AM   #24
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I love all the misinformed or second hand based opinions being expressed here. Actually I ignore them. It is a wonder that some even leave the comfort and supposed safety of their homes. Go, meet some wonderful people, do not get drunk and stupid, insult your host or play the ugly gringo and you will have a great experience.
I agree with AWCHIEF. I only here the worst from siblings which isn't that often. Stay away from bars,dogfights,cockfights,strip clubs and massage parlers. This is where the bad element thrives. Enjoy the resturants ,churches, outdoor shops, beaches and the friendly people. Don't judge the many buy the actions of a few.
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It is pretty amusing. But hey, different people have different fears. Perception is reality. We have had some of the most amazing experiences of our lives while staying down in MX. We travel there often and will continue to even more in years to come. Nothing like sitting in a commons area with folks from Italy, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico, someone tells a joke and you watch the laughs as it gets translated around the table.
The worst crime we ever experienced down there was when some prankster pre-teens were stealing the valve stem caps off the tires of motorhomes, they would drill a small hole in the caps and use them as whistles.....
The Mexican people are a warm, friendly, family oriented lot for sure. Its just a shame that they are victimized by these drug cartels. (who by the way, would go out of business if it werent for the insatiable desire for illegal drugs in America)
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Let me just clarify that I am not one of those that fears all things, nor was my husband.

Mexico was just a place he wouldn't go, period, in spite of tales from friends who had been to select border towns for years without incident. We also over the years met other travelers who had spent months in Mexico, loved it and had no concerns other than logical, common sense precautons.

One of his reasons was that he could not take a gun into Mexico, something he always traveled with unless flying.

Doug also trained numerous times with like-minded men at Gunsite, which did nothing to temper his position.

It is an individual thing, like so many others. Try not to make fun.

If I could stick my tongue out, I just would.


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Old 11-26-2014, 10:38 AM   #27
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From personal experience in Tijuana. 35 yrs ago I went to a meeting at the best hotel in the city. I tried to pay cash but they insisted on a credit card draft. The next morning I settled with cash and got the draft including the carbon paper for the duplicates. The next months statement showed charges at the race track over 2k worth. Thats alot of money in 1980, you could buy a corvette for 9 k. I've never been back since. The above post by me was being nice. If I shared what my brother in El paso and sister in San Diego share with me at reunions, nobody would visit Mexico. But to be fair, they see the dark side of desperate people and greedy cartel. It got to be too much for my sister and in 2005 transferd to the Florida Keys, she's much happier.
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Old 11-26-2014, 10:42 AM   #28
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Awwwwwww Maggie, I wasnt taking about you or ANY individual. I can only speak of OUR experience, i agree with you, everybody is different. To each his/her own for sure. But what i find amusing is that our experiences in Mexico are sooooo different than what some folks (who have never been there) say with such conviction. The way we look at it is like this, we wouldnt set up camp in the middle of the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, same holds true for traveling south of the border. We apply the same principles. If our gut tells us that we ought to move along, we move along. Sorry if I offended, didnt mean to. We have a good friend that owns and operates a beautiful RV park on the pacific coast. Near San Blas MX. He happens to be from right here in central IL. We have traveled there many times and just found it to be magical. Playa Amour RV and Camping Park San Blas Nayarit Mexico
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Now pull your tongue back in, its too cold, it might get stuck on some aluminum skinned classic motorhome....

All the best Maggie, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family.

Mike Spencer in balmy Champaign (up to 27, wooooohoooo)
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