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Old 05-06-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo? Has anyone taken an Airstream road trip to Western Mexico? Is

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo? Has anyone taken an airstream road trip to Western Mexico? Is it safe?


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I wouldn't go out of the country and that includes Canada. Jim
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I drove down to Aticama in Nayarit last fall...no real problems at all. Get Mike and Terri Church's books for Mexico and you are good to go.

For three months I was camped right on the beach. The Airstream was very popular...now I am in Southern Baja (Todos Santos) in a town full of retired Airstreams including a 1974 Overland in my campground.

Words of wisdom for Mexico. Bring extension cords, plugs of all sizes and something to control what electric is coming into your Airstream. Electric current here is subject to outages and pulses, so prepare your self. As to water, you can buy clorox in any mercado and a little bit goes a long way. I have not been sick but....wash your produce with cloroxed water!

The biggest issue is the narrow streets in towns, just think ahead before you go anywhere...

If you have questions feel free to e-mail me....
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I havent taken the rig down yet but we will be in the next 24 months. Spent a great deal of time in Aticama, playa Los Cocos, San Blas, Zihuataneho, and other areas on the west coast. Never ever felt the least bit threatened or unsafe. We love the people in those areas. They are warm , friendly family oriented folks. I have no apprehension about driving my 310 down there. A friend owns a beautiful campground just south of Aticama called "Playa Amor", really gorgeous place right on the ocean. Its on the way to Zihua.
You just have to use common sense the same way you do when you travel here in the US. We stay away from the big cities, just like here, we dont travel to high crime areas, just like here, we use our heads and stay away from the wrong side of town, just like here. Educate yourself on some basics about the differences in the laws and customs. For instance DONT CARRY OR BRING GUNS. I dont carry anyway but there have been folks who ignored this and have gotten themselves in deep doo-doo. They are serious about their gun laws and will lock you up in a heart beat.

Just apply the same basics while traveling Mexico as you do here and you will be fine. 99 times out of 100 all the horror stories you hear about travel in Mexico are 2nd or 3rd hand or you dont get the WHOLE story of people doing stupid stuff and getting themselves in tight spots.

We have had some of the most wonderful times of our lives down in that area and plan on many more. Have fun, be smart, and safe travels.

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What kind of rig do you have? Would love to hear of your experiences?
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We have a 1982 310 Turbo Diesel motorhome. In fact my user name, MAYCO, is a direct result of a fun experience we had while traveling by bus on the west coast. Somewhere north of Vallarta. I was buying tickets for our next leg and the beautiful young lady behind the counter spoke no English, I speak enough Spanish to get me in trouble. She asked for our names so she could write them on the tickets. I told her my name, Michael, and when we sat down and looked at the tickets she had transposed Michael into Mayco.......my wife liked the name so much that she still calls me Mayco regularly.
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What do you mean, Buying Tickets? What kind of tickets did you need for driving an RV?

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Like I had said earlier, we havent taken the 310 down yet, we have done most of our traveling while in the country by the bus system. Their bus system us great! Cheap and pretty reliable. We hope to take the 310 down the winter after this coming. We cant wait! Our first trip down in the rig may be limited to the "no hassle zone" in the state of Sonora. Just to get our feet wet traveling in the motorhome. If you stay in the no hassle zone, the border crossing and such is much less paper work and you dont have to even register your vehicle. If youre not familiar just google it up and youll see how easy it is. It does limit you to travel mainly in Sonora so if your destination is much further south, like Zihua, then youll need to fully register your vehicle at the border. No big deal just more paper work
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I wouldn't go out of the country and that includes Canada. Jim
You wouldn't go to Canada, or you're including Canada as part of "the country"?
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I wouldn't go out of the country and that includes Canada. Jim

If you think Canada is also unsafe to travel, you better stay in your driveway. As the majority of the USA is much more crime ridden than Canada ever will be.


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Over the years we have traveled many miles in Mexico with various travel trailers, motorhomes and now our boat.
The worst things that have happened to us is attempted gas station cheating and identity theft credit card fraud. These problems can be solved by paying cash for gas and watching the gas transaction like a hawk. We have never had a theft or a crime against our persons and always feel safe and comfortable.
We haven't made it to Ixtapa, but we have been as far south Barra de Navidad in the Airstream.
Highway 15 takes you as far south as Mazatlan and hwy 200 along the Pacific coast. The latter is slow and scenic. Plan at least a month for the trip, two is better.
If you are in a hurry, you can go to Mexico City and then to Acapulco.
It helps to speak a bit of Spanish and to be flexible. There may not be a campground at every stop and the ones that there may take a bit to looking to find. The book by Dwight and Terre Church is a must.
People either like Mexico or don't and you will hear from both on this forum. Unfortunately many of the latter have never been there and the "information" they impart happened to a friend of a friend of their brother in law.
Ixtapa is an ambitious rv trip. If you haven't been to Mexico, you might take an easier first trip. San Carlos, Sonora is a suggestion it is 270 miles from Nogales, Arizona on a 4 lane road with a nice campground in town.
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Like I had said earlier, we havent taken the 310 down yet, we have done most of our traveling while in the country by the bus system. Their bus system us great! Cheap and pretty reliable. We hope to take the 310 down the winter after this coming. We cant wait! Our first trip down in the rig may be limited to the "no hassle zone" in the state of Sonora. Just to get our feet wet traveling in the motorhome. If you stay in the no hassle zone, the border crossing and such is much less paper work and you dont have to even register your vehicle. If youre not familiar just google it up and youll see how easy it is. It does limit you to travel mainly in Sonora so if your destination is much further south, like Zihua, then youll need to fully register your vehicle at the border. No big deal just more paper work
We live in San Carlos, Sonora in the winter. You may bring your car to San Carlos without importing it in the "no hassle" zone, but you must temporarily import your travel trailer or motorhome. Bring your title and be prepared to post small bond on your credit card. When you leave Mexico, turn in your permit at Km 21 near Nogales. Like you say it is no big deal. You have to stop at Km 21 anyway for a tourist card.
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