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Old 11-06-2010, 09:50 AM   #15
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Don`t think I would take a trailer down thru Mexico now unless I could have a 50 cal. mounted on the roof. Dave

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Old 11-06-2010, 12:54 PM   #16
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Shipping to Central America

Don't know about ferry service to Central America. But I was involved with a mission group that did projects in that area for 19 years. On several occasions we used a freight broker in Cincinnati that contracted Altamar Shipping in Tampa, Florida to ship equipment for us. They would do an entire container or half container. Don't remember the exact prices but I remember thinking it was a bargain.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #17
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RORO cargo shipping is an option, means "roll on, roll off" any frieght forwarder can get you in touch with a company but Florida is the cheapest exit route.
So far there is NO ferry or any plans I can find. Given the current civil war in Mexico, it is a geat buisiness opportunity waiting to be explored.
I have traded my motorhome for a trailer with living in Costa Rica in mind. Reasons: they have a yearly mechanical fittness inspection on all motor vehicles,everything must look and work like new. Second, I have found that many nice beaches are remote with little or no convenience stores, no grocery stores ect.. With a trailer you can park, ask someone to watch it(whoever you rented the spot from) and drive to a store for supplies, visit attractions. An RV is not so handy.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:24 PM   #18
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We drove down the east coast of Mexico around the Yucatan and up the west coast in a sob, pos travel trailer. The trip was hard on the trailer. The door wouldn't close and the body was cracked in half when we got back. The water tank broke twice. The bad roads flexed the wood frame of the trailer. An Airstream would fare better.
It was not that big of a deal--a mainstream adventure. We speak a little Spanish and took it slow--three months for the trip and had no problems.
I am sure there are banditos somewhere but we have never run into them despite tens of thousands of miles of travel in Mexico.
It is a little more difficult to go to Panama as there are several border crossings and they are always a nuisance. Mexican insurance is no good further south so insurance must be purchased in every country crossed.
If I had to do the trip over, I would do it in an older, expendable U.S. van camper and carry liability insurance only. Campsites are often makeshift and a small vehicle is a big advantage. Often we would see a place we wanted to stay but not be able to as we were dragging around a too big travel trailer.
The ferry is a pipe dream--never got off the ground.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:35 AM   #19
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Since I had to delay by one year, I am definitely planning to drive to Costa Rica this coming fall(2011). I will be leaving Ontario Canada, traveling the eastern seaboard to Florida then to Texas, follow the gulf down to the end of the mountains, about Mexico city and head west to the Pacific coast. Probably will avoid Salvador and I intend to take a month or more to see some attractions, open to ideas.Nothing cast in stone yet but I need to get some maps, and talk to some Mexicans to plan the route before going. I speak Spanish so if anyone wants to join, contact me and we can start to compair notes. Anyone who has done the trip lately? I would appreciate your feedback, route info, etc..Like I said above, I have room for anyone who wants to camp in CR for short or long term.Donald
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:40 AM   #20
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Times have changed

I sometimes think these posts are just bait for some of us so, I'll bite .

I'll preface my 2cents with background that as a kid in the Southwest, my parents carted us all about Mexico in an old Pontiac staion wagon, I've traveled extenisvely worldwide my whole life including time in Guatemala and Costa Rica in a 4wd.

That part of the world and the people you meet are awesome, yet Central America was never really what we romanticize it to be, and it dam sure isn't anymore. Traveling to well policed areas in relatively stable, gringo friendly counties like Costa Rica, Belize and Honduras is far different than weeks on the raw highways with a $50,000 travel rig. Please embark on this adventure with a realistic expectation and plan for all contingencies, many that never even enter your mind pulling an RV through US or Canada.

Everyone has stories of bandits, bribes, scams, attacks, and arrests. In recent decades nearly all these countries have, or are well on their way, to socialista regimes or worse. Politics are corrupt, dangerous and complicated with various resistance groups, criminal gangs, military, cartels and now foreign influences like China, Iran and Al-qaeda. If you get into any kinda legal trouble you are absolutely on your own with little idea of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Line up as honest an attorney as you can find in each country you plan to pass through in advance.

As an American you are a target at best, an enemy at worst. You need cash for bribes, bail and emergencies - and having cash makes you an even bigger target.

It is my opinion that anyone putting themselves in this kind of dangerous travel situation has a responsibility to defend themselves, be armed, have weapon training for self defense in tight quarters and know when not to use it. Problem is that having quality semi-automatic weapons makes you even a bigger target for bandits (uniformed and not), and can get you in hot water at border crossings including re-entry to US. Heck, my travel plans in the US put priority on concealed carry states.

Your trip sounds like a true adventure I'd not rule out myself but I'd likely ship the rig, or just the Airstream to where I want to spend the most time - like maybe Costa Rica where I can buy or import a 9mm to tuck under the seat and a 12gauge to stash in the trailer.

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:36 PM   #21
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We were checking the ferry for a different type of cruise a few years ago, didn't do it, since then they stopped running the ferry. Unless you found a different source of info on ferry, don't plan on it.

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