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Old 01-01-2013, 04:45 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
tphan, funny response. You are the one that posted the off-topic post and I simply responded to it. GOOGLE is your friend.
Actually, I think you're confusing me with the member "Handn", who you quoted in your post # 37. I'm the one who later asked for a link to any evidence supporting your statement in that same post. Sorry about all the fact-checking, and good luck on your next trip down into Mexico with your Airstream.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #44
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We have moored our yacht in San Carlos for the last 5 years. We drive from Vegas 4-6 times a year. We stick to the main highway and do not drive at night, although I have driven early evening after dark and early morning before sunrise. Take basic precautions, do not go to the hotspots of drug violence, don't stop for hitchhikers, don't look like you have a lot of dough, don't buy more than user quantity of drugs at a pharmacia, don't get drunk in public and if you go to a bar go to a gringo bar and not a back street bodega. I am also a pilot. the many people I interact with in sailing and aviation generally feel safe in mexico. I have never heard anyone think the policia were out to get you. i suggest that anyone who feels that way was either breaking the law or is uninformed. military and federali have never been anything but courteous and helpful to us and those we have traveled with. although it is intimidating to see their automatic weapons and be forced to leave our protection at home. There are several cities I would not go to right now but to damn a whole country is ignorant. I have no doubt that I am safer in many places in Mexico than on 8 mile in Detroit, above 110th street in New York or in parts of Vegas (these are 3 areas with notoriously high murder rates) or anywhere the cast of jersey shore is throwing a party.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:01 PM   #45
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The Baja has always been good to me although my last trip was 3 years ago. I have been down 6 times since 1998, 5 on a motorcycle,1 in a auto. I have never been hassled or felt unsafe. Then again I grew up in the projects in Phoenix.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #46
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So- has anyone here traveled down into Mexico with their AS in tow lately? I was wondering if the travel experience has changed at all with Pena Nieto's running of the country. ? Stories, please.....
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #47
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We have passed through the border recently at Nogales a couple of times without our Airstream.
There has been extensive work at the crossing on the U.S. side and the plan is not RV friendly.
Going in, stay in the truck lane through the U.S. weapons checkpoint. If you are in the auto lane, you will never make it through the desert storm concrete barricades after the checkpoint. It would be nice if there was a sign telling rv's to use the truck lane.
Going out, follow the busses and go to the far left lane otherwise you will never make the right angle turn after the agricultural inspection booths. Again there is no sign.
Hopefully, the finished product will make it easier for RV's than it is now.
Pena Nieto has made no difference in Sonora. Most of it has always been safe.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #48
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Went there often in the 70's, Cancun in the 90's, and didn't leave anything I need to go back for, especially with the current lawlessness and risk. There are too many other places I haven't been but want to see to put up with the uncertainty.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:25 AM   #49
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:08 AM   #50
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I still have a desire to look at a winter Rally group to the archaeological sites along the eastern seaboard and Yucatan in the '18 or '19 timeframe. All the reading I am doing suggests heavy use of private roads, with a level of guide knowledge, etc. it's doable, but the idea right now is remaining an idea for now.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:08 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by Melody Ranch View Post
That's enough to keep me out of there.

Others go, and love it, tho.

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Old 04-15-2015, 05:57 PM   #52
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One of my retirement plans is to try to become fluent in Spanish, and in connection with that, to visit at least one Spanish speaking country a year. So far, I've visited Mexico twice, Spain, and Guatemala. I've thoroughly enjoyed all of my trips so far, and have found the people in each of the countries I've visited to be warm and helpful to a gringo trying to learn their language.

Ironically, while I was living with a family in Queretaro, Mexico during my first trip, there was a shootout near Denver, CO, where 12 people died in a movie theater. Because of that and other similar shootings or bombings here in the US, I think the family I was staying with probably would be more nervous about coming to the U.S. than any of you would be about going to Mexico.

I have always tried to pick places to visit that don't attract many other gringos, as I want to be forced to speak as much Spanish as possible, and places with a rich cultural heritage, which I think also tend to be safer to visit than more cosmopolitan places. I'm not interested in hanging out in sleazy bars, and have no desire to indulge in any drugs that haven't been prescribed for me.

Frankly, I wouldn't want to drive in any of the countries I've visited. The local customs and rules are just too different for me to pick up in a few weeks. However, I've met many American expats who have been there long enough that they feel perfectly comfortable driving, and I probably would too if I were younger and had quicker reflexes. I would be even less likely to want to bring my Airstream there, for the same reason. Also, in most of these countries they advise you not to flaunt your jewelry, iPhones, etc., and what bigger jewel could you flaunt than your shiny aluminum Airstream?

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Old 04-15-2015, 06:23 PM   #53
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I spend quite a bit of time in the Yucatan. Do not believe everything that you read about Mexico. Use the same common sense (if you have any) there that you use at home and you will have a wonderful safe time.

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:53 PM   #54
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I've traveled in the Mexican state of Sonora quite a bit, although much of that was 15 - 20 years ago. Much of that travel was back in the little towns up in the mountains. I had folks make a couple half-hearted attempts to cheat me out of ten bucks at gas stations, but that's seriously the worst thing that's happened.

We have taken the Airstream down to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) several times, again with no issues in Mexico. In fact, our forum icon picture was taken in Rocky Point.

The US Border Patrol can be a whole different story, clearly. You have zero constitutional rights at the border. Zero, none, nada.

There's enough money being made off the tourists in Rocky Point that it serves as kind of a shield against the narcotrafficantes, although common sense is still a requirement.

If you intend to get drunk, drive recklessly, flip people off, be rude and generally act like the north end of a south-bound horse, stay home.

If you have sense enough to know at least a little Spanish and be polite and friendly, you'll be fine in Rocky Point.
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:28 PM   #55
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Getting away without any incident does not equate with safety. Like riding a motorcycle without a helmet, It's safe enough until it isn't. Having gotten away X number of times does not improve the odds of the next time. Every time you roll the dice the odds are the same. sooner or later it comes up snake eyes.
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:39 PM   #56
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I live about 150 miles from the border, and my brother lives 5 miles from the border.

Y'all obviously can do whatever you want, but I WILL NOT cross the border, and I'm pretty much nervous and on guard when I visit my brother.

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