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A group for those who love (or wish to love!) RVing in Mexico.  Lets connect here to share travel info and tips, plan Mexico meet-ups, and impromptu caravans!

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  • Bob & Kim Viva 23L
    Bob & Kim Viva 23L:
    Hello All, Is it a huge hassle with customs coming and going in a RV?
    • November 19
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    • Bob & Kim Viva 23L
      BMB231 No hassle with customs at all going into Mexico. US customs can be real jerks sometimes and sometimes they are great. Luck of the draw. Be sure to go to the US Customs web site and see what you can bring back from Mexico and abide by it. Generally no me...  more
    • Bob & Kim Viva 23L
      warrenk Going into Mexico we have found they are most concerned about the registration and checking the VIN nr. Coming back our biggest problem has been navigating the RV through the barriers. Hide 1 Reply
    • Bob & Kim Viva 23L
      Tom & Darcy Going into Mexico, stop at the Frontier and purchase your VISA and Vehicle TIP forms. You will need Mexican Liability Insurance for your vehicle. I use ADA VIS GLOBAL insurance co. An entire year cost the same as buying 5 individual days from the insuranc...  more
      • December 1
  • Tracy Humphrey
    Tracy Humphrey:
    Interested in doing a caravan to Mexico. We have a 36 ft Bounder, is that to large for the roads down there?
    • November 16
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    • Tracy Humphrey
      Summrbrz I doubt it. Our "beast" is 44' plus a tow, and we don't anticipate any problems.
    • Tracy Humphrey
      BMB231 We took a 43 ft. Motorhome with a toad all the way to Acapulco along the coast on the free roads and then back up through the center of the country. Not for the faint of heart but doable. A 36 footer will not be a problem. Just use care and caution.
    • Tracy Humphrey
      gypsy ken I have traveled in every Mexican state in my 38' diesel pusher, towing a car.  
  • Summrbrz
    Summrbrz:
    Headed to Mexico (Puerto Penasco) this February - our first time. Can someone discuss insurance needs for RV and tow? It's a two-week trip. Thanks!
    • November 16
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    • Kat and Den and 2 others like this.
    • Summrbrz
      BMB231 Check with your insurance company on your collision and comp. Most cover you up to 25 miles from the border, but check. Mexico does not recognize liability insurance from the US. You must purchase Mexican liability insurance. Not expensive and can be done...  more
    • Summrbrz
      Tom & Darcy As mentioned by 231, when driving in Mexico a Mexican Liability Policy is required for each vehicle. If you get into an accident without it, your rig is impounded and you go to jail until the Mexican Party is compensated for damages. You can p...  more
      • December 1
  • outwestbound
    outwestbound :
    Keeping my current rig, but also I bought a 2006 Itasca Navion 23J that I'm taking on a 12 month South American road trip. I'll enter Mexico at McAllen, TX around 6/1/18 and drive as far south as Ushuaia, Argentina, returning to the US around 6/1/17.
    • November 12
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    • outwestbound
      Joy & Shannon Wow! Sounds like a spectacular trip, please provide updates when you can. I would love to hear about the trip.
    • outwestbound
      Bob & Kim Viva 23L Would love to hear about your adventures
  • rajefferies
    rajefferies:
    Thinking of driving down to Hermosillo (Sonora) and over to Chihuahua, then up through Ojinaga (possibly) into Texas in the next month or so for a few weeks. Anyone driven in the central region at all? Thoughts?
    • October 13
    • rajefferies
      Jean777 I'd love to hear about it ...
      • November 20
  • WynersBytch
    WynersBytch:
    We've never RV'd in Mexico but are kicking around the idea of Baja.
    Are there web sites to look up campgrounds? We want something safe and gated. Preferably on the water.
    Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
    • September 25
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    • WynersBytch
      Bruce & Kris Have you considered Puerto Penasco?  We go there every year with our RV.  It's close to the border on right on the Sea of Cortez.  Town has a nice feel to it. No caravan necessary. Hide 1 Reply
      • WynersBytch
        Summrbrz We're going here in February (The Reef RV Park). What kind of insurance should we buy? Thanks..
        • November 16
    • WynersBytch
      telcoman i guess the only comment I have on that is it is not the real mexico.. People call it phoenix beach. Depends on what you want. For me the charm of mexico is its culture and you really need to get into colonial mexico for that.
      • October 11
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      • WynersBytch
        Bruce & Kris I find your (telcoman) comments rude and offensive.  I wonder what the folks in Puerto Penasco would think of your comment and implications regarding their culture.   We all have our preferences and we're all looking for our own experiences...  more
    • WynersBytch
      warrenk I recommend Vagabundos Del Mar for insurance and their guided caravans from San Diego to Cabo and back. Also the Church book on Baja camping.
      • November 12
    • WynersBytch
      telcoman It depends on what you want. I have driven all over Mexico for the last 10 years. I live 6 months a  year in Mexico. Puerto Penasco is just a beach town and really does not represent Mexican culture anymore than spending a week in an all inclusive in...  more
      • November 13
    • WynersBytch
      NPK640 We're thinking of Baja this winter too (leave Toronto in mid to late February and be gone for 2 1/2 - 3 months taking in the Grand Canyon and Route 66 on the way home).  We've never been to Mexico with an RV and thought Baja might be a good way ...  more
      • November 27
  • FPOOLE
    FPOOLE :
    Hmmm... TRUCK CAMPERS NOT ALLOWED INTO MEXICO - only with 1/2 Truck!

    Seems there might be a "Glitch here". While I recognize that Truck Campers, TC, are vast minority on RVillage, it might affect a few.
    Discussed on the rv.net forums, several areas. So...  more
    RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Refused entry with a truck & camper
    • September 19
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    • FPOOLE
      FPOOLE Yah, not sure what's going on down there.  I thought Diesel was easy to get as all the trucks down there use it...  Geesh, always something new eh?
    • FPOOLE
      telcoman If you use Nogales, you will nothave an issue. Reynosa should also be Ok. Do not use Laredo or any other Texas or Arizona crossings. Nogales is your best bet. Mike & Terry Chrch finally got their Truck & camper acoss yesterday at Nogales. Hide 1 Reply
      • FPOOLE
        FPOOLE and able to get around and back ok?
        • September 25
    • FPOOLE
      telcoman yes, no issue. The problem at some crossings is due to a mistranslation of rules. We are working on it with Mexican Custoims. Until then those 2 crossings are OK. You can get more details at http://www.mexicorvforums.com/border.php Top of page, you can pr...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • FPOOLE
        FPOOLE great, thanks much Telco, for all the info..
        • September 25
    • FPOOLE
      Tom & Darcy I have crossed the border at San Luis, AZ. with a 3/4 Ton pickup pulling a Travel Trailer for many years, without a problem. I am aware several of the 1 Ton rigs were told they were considered commercial trucks and could not drive around once they got to ...  more
      • December 1
    • FPOOLE
      FPOOLE Yah, well I think they got it cleared up by now, maybe now.  It apparently was how the GVW was looked at, capacity or actual truck weight, something like that.    One Crossing, fergit which one, has the "lady boss" that started all this den...  more
  • DnD
    DnD :
    Please tell me about safety of RVing in Mexico. Would like to do Baja. I have heard stories about dangers. General Motors would not let US employees drive when on business in Mexico. Thank you
    • September 3
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    • DnD
      Croft & Norma Randle We have been lucky. BTW Ken, I think we have met in Merida and again I think it was in either Veracruz.or on the Emerald Coast. Croft & Norma in the Class C from Canada. Hide 1 Reply
      • DnD
        Croft & Norma Randle The last time was on March 22/09 at the El Rey RV Park in Veracruz. You gave us a potted cactus to take home but the border guys got it at Columbia Crossing. I did however talk them into letting us keep the beautiful pot. 
        • September 5
    • DnD
      gypsy ken Yes, Croft & Norma, I was in Anton Lizardo, Veracruz, on March 20-23, 2009, but I only know that because of the record I've kept, to which I had to refer.  I'm very sorry that I do not remember you.  Your memories are obviously much, much better...  more
      • September 6
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      • DnD
        Croft & Norma Randle We are so sorry to hear of John's passing, we remember him and his great big smile well from our couple of encounters. I could say I have a better memory because I am only 72 but I had to refer back in my Blog. When we last met you had just had that encou...  more
        • September 6
    • DnD
      gypsy ken I'm very sorry to report that even the photos on your blog didn't jog my very defective memory.  I have to hope that meeting in person would do it.  I now seek tolerable temperatures, and having suffered May-October last year in the heat and hum...  more
      • September 6
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      • DnD
        Croft & Norma Randle We spent some time in the RGV a couple of years ago and spent the night in a hotel in Silver City, NM early last year when we drove the car from Mesa, AZ to San Miguel de Allende to meet up with our Mexican friends Chris and Juan in a rental for a week. L...  more
        • September 6
    • DnD
      Gobuys Is there a way to link up with caravans headed to Mexico without paying the $5k to $9k in these caravan tours? I'm more interested in joining a group and sharing expenses vs a guided one. thanks!
      • September 20
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      • DnD
        gypsy ken Some years ago a group of SKPs (members of the Escapees RV Club) traveled all the way to Panama.  I was living in Mexico at the time but unable to join them, so I followed their adventure with great interest..  The group divided into two on the ...  more
        • September 21
    • DnD
      Gobuys thanks
      • September 21
  • Lynne (WinnieViews)
    Lynne (WinnieViews):
    My friends and I have RV'd across Mexico the past 3 winters with our Winnebago Views and have loved every minute. They recently decided to make Lake Chapala their winter home, and are now selling their '09 View 24J. If you're looking for a comfy, clean ...  more
    Winnie Views: Mexico-ready '09 View For Sale
    • June 21
  • Stefan & Eva
    Stefan & Eva :
    We're thinking of going down to Mexico in 2 years. We have a 45' motorhome and are pulling a trailer with our bike on it. Are we too big? Any advice?
    • June 8
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    • Stefan & Eva
      telcoman 2 weeks is too short. Laredo crossing is better for sure. For ruins your choices are teotihuacan outside of mexico city or the yucatan. The other 2 I can think off near Zacetecas & Guadalajara are not really accessible for disabled. Beaches would be the m...  more
      • July 24
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    • Stefan & Eva
      telcoman probably your best bet
      • July 24
    • Stefan & Eva
      gypsy ken Entering Mexico from Brownsville is a definite no-no, because then you would have to drive through Tamaulipas.  Many people think that the Columbia crossing, a few miles northwest of Laredo/Nuevo Laredo is the safest crossing nowadays, although I kno...  more
      • July 24
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      • Stefan & Eva
        Margaret and Victor Bissett Thank you for info am postponing trip to Mexico. Back to Texas coast for another winter. We can drive on the beaches there.
        • July 24
    • Stefan & Eva
      telcoman we cross carvans there, its pretty safe
      • July 24
    • Stefan & Eva
      telcoman Margeret & victor.  If you want to come on the 65 day trip we are doing from Lredo to nogales crossing in Laredo on oct 15th, we have losts of room.I am leading that, my own wife is mobility challenged. She uses a walker. We would work with you and d...  more