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Old 12-09-2010, 08:18 PM   #15
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Up until several years ago we use cross into Mexico from Del Rio and Larado but not today. It is not safe anywhere along the border. Several months ago IH-10 was closed in El Paso because stray bullets were striking building on the UT campas.

It is a sad situation because there are many fine people who live across the border and have no connections with the cartels. They are the big loser's in all this.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:42 PM   #16
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Last Jan. we pulled our 22'CCD to the Emerald Coast just north of Veracruze. We found the people to be very helpful and sincere. We crossed going and coming south of Harlingen TX.
This year we are concerned and have decided on Florida--hope it is safe there.
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:17 PM   #17
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We dragged the Overlander down to San Felipe last winter. Stayed at a lovely little place called Petes Camp. Right on the beach for $15 a night. Flush toilets, waste dump , bar, restaurant. Had a great time. Crossed into Baja at Mexicali. No problems at all. Well actually problems coming back into the USA at San Luis, Az. Rude customs people, and they stole our dog food! Will go down again this winter for a longer visit.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:55 AM   #18
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We live in Mexico in the winter. Our little town is safe and rural. It is also in the desert where there is no pot growing. That being said, I wouldn't spend a lot of time in the border towns. We drive through Nogales as quickly as possible.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:52 AM   #19
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A friend of mine got car jacked and shot driving through Mexico last New Years. You couldn't pay me to go there now. Link below so you know this not BS.
Wis. family survives carjacking, shooting in Mexico | Minneapolis and St. Paul | kare11.com
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:54 AM   #20
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Mexico con't.......

WOW......certainly a consensus of opinion......thank you.
we are leaving out next week in search of some sun in the rio grande valley. this will be our first visit to that area and understand there are a gazillion campgrounds and campers (not really my cup of tea) .......folks like us looking for some warmer temps.
i hope to talk to other campers and get a 'local' feel for a day visit to Progresso. i'll report back.
however, if you hear of two tourists shot in a border town in mexico.......that would be us.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:55 PM   #21
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Nuevo Progresso will be very crowded with winter Texans. I was there in December
last year and again in August this year. Just park on the U.S. side and walk over the
bridge. Passport is required on re-entry.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:24 PM   #22
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You should reconsider your plans to travel to Mexico as it really isn't safe to travel there with such an eye-catcher. It will instantly peg you as Americans who might have money back home and lead to your being kidnapped. There are plenty of places to travel in the US that are far away from home and generally warm in winter.
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We grew up on the border when it was marginal to take a vehicle across. Today I would rent a video instead of going there.
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Mexico is a terrible place for Gringos to travel to. Go to totally safe places in Texas such as Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth, and Austin. All these cities are far from the border and there is absolutely no crime.
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mexico is a terrible place for gringos to travel to. Go to totally safe places in texas such as dallas, houston, ft. Worth, and austin. All these cities are far from the border and there is absolutely no crime.
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Mexico is a terrible place for Gringos to travel to. Go to totally safe places in Texas such as Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth, and Austin. All these cities are far from the border and there is absolutely no crime.
Absolutely no crime except for Airstream theft from Houston, Austin and San Marcos of late... Also the El Paso area, but you didn't mention that as a "totally safe" place.

That said, I don't fear for my safety here in Texas, I just couldn't help making the connection, considering the context. I'm not sure if you were being facetious, but the situation in the border areas of Mexico are no joke these days. My partner's family live in Del Rio, and they don't go across anymore. People in Monterrey recently found out that even upscale cities well south of the border aren't safe from the cartel wars.
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I live in Texas and travel frequently to El Paso for business. I have friends in El Paso who have lived on the border for years and know the area well. They absolutely will not cross the border for the last couple of years. Not worth the risk. Sure there are examples of those who've done it without trouble. However you have to weigh the risk. As one other poster said as soon as you cross you give up all rights. It's just not worth it. Read the El Paso newspaper online on any given day to see whats going on.
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It's just not worth it. Read the El Paso newspaper online on any given day to see whats going on.
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