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RE: Best security cameras for travel trailer?

Nomadic Fanatic uses security cameras on his rv to keep an eye on his pets while away, people who may walk by or near his rv at night, and overall security. He can see what's happening via his cellphone while away and can check his flat screen when he thinks something may be happening outside. Installing 8 Camera Mobile Security System on RV
qtla9111 08/07/22 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Our most used adapters when towing with an Electric Vehicle.

Very nice setup. I bet it's fun to tow with. SLDS
qtla9111 08/06/22 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter 2022/2023 trip plans changed!

Maybe you can just fly to Florida for the event, and still have some time and money left for a Baja trip. When we relocated to Mexico permanently our families got told that we welcomed them to come stay for up to a week, we have a separate apartment at the house, but that we wouldn't be returning to the US for visits. Some thought it cruel, but it's realistic for us. Five years later, two friends come annually to visit, not a single family member! Ditto!
qtla9111 07/03/22 05:24pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Traveling via B&B/hotel vs RV

Same thing here, 22 years with an RV. I traveled for work most of my life and hotels were a common stay. Can't stand them. We have to use them on occasion, and the Mayan Riviera is not a standard hotel; beachfront, and all-inclusive. We find that AirBnbs suits us best but requires some research and using the "SuperHost" is the best. We prefer a king-size bed but that is not an amenity option. We would like to revisit the Oregon coast but with fuel costs (4800 miles R/T, 480 vs 130 gallons) and leaving the RV at home, we believe we could do much better in an Airbnb. We have thought about packing a storage container with what we consider must-haves for food items, drinks, and coffee. Even in my work days, I always carried my own pillow, 4cup coffeemaker, and lightbulb (hotel lights are too bright). At this stage in life, I won't do without any of my comforts. Rv rentals are out of the picture, way too expensive. I have been thinking about flying, car rental, and Airbnb as an option. We really enjoy the RV lifestyle but I believe now we are looking for a hybrid lifestyle that won't limit us because of fuel costs, harder-to-find boondocking spots, and of course the weather.
qtla9111 07/02/22 05:45pm RV Lifestyle
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Heavily subsidized. Why is there less gasoline? Because the government's policy is to buy less gasoline from the United States and to produce it here, however, national production is not enough to compensate for what was not purchased. Between imports and national production, in December 2018, Mexico had one million 144 thousand barrels of gasoline available daily, today it only has 839 thousand, a reduction of 27%. Producing gasoline in Mexico is still more expensive than doing it in the United States.
qtla9111 06/13/22 04:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

In January 2022 the Mexican government refinanced 3.2 billion dollars of Pemex debt. In June of 2022 Pemex debt increased by an additional 84%. I know very little about the oil industry but I can say that Pemex has been bleeding heavily since the mid-70s and each Spring the government either pays or refinances Pemex debt. There are also problems with the distribution of the ever-continuing huachecoleo or theft of fuel and natural gas. We were promised lower prices with the elections of 2018 but that obviously has never occurred. List of refineries. Deer Park Refinery (Pemex) Houston, Texas 275,000 bbl/d (43,700 m³/d) Tula Refinery (Pemex) Tula, Hidalgo 320,000 bbl/d (51,000 m3/d) Minatitlan Refinery (Pemex) Minatitlan, Veracruz 167,000 bbl/d (26,600 m3/d) Cadereyta Refinery (Pemex) Cadereyta Jiménez, Nuevo León 217,000 bbl/d (34,500 m3/d) Salamanca Refinery (Pemex) Salamanca, Guanajuato 192,000 bbl/d (30,500 m3/d) Francisco I. Madero Refinery (Pemex) Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas 177,000 bbl/d (28,100 m3/d) Salina Cruz Refinery (Pemex) Salina Cruz, Oaxaca 330,000 bbl/d (52,000 m3/d) Olmeca Refinery (Pemex) Paraiso, Tabasco Under Construction, Set to open in July 1, 2022.
qtla9111 06/13/22 08:07am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

True, in Mexico gasoline prices haven't changed much until recently like the rest of the world, but have been consistently higher than U.S. prices.
qtla9111 06/12/22 03:44pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Family Reunion 2022

Chicken livers breaded and wrapped in bacon. Dates wrapped in bacon.
qtla9111 05/19/22 12:00pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge Into Mexico

No trip is ever long enough. We returned to Monterrey today from West Texas. It has been over three years since we went to the U.S. via Laredo. Reynosa became our favorite for many reasons. Having Mexican plates the routine is quite different. We don't go to immigration which is to your right and under the bridge. We were guided to the right above the bridge where our SUV and trailer had the registration checked and the permanent importation papers checked. It used to be done outside by handheld but we were escorted inside. Took all of about two minutes and then an inspection of the trailer and declaring what we brought back to Mexico with us. The agent then guided us around and down to the TIP area where we were instructed to wait for the state police to guide us in a caravan to the autopista. We've heard about it but had never used it. It's a good thing. One leads with lights going and the group follows. At the intersection of Donaldo Colosio and Hwy 85 another police patrol whips around lights going and close off the intersection for us to pass and then brings up the rear. At the first toll booth, Km26 they leave us to enter the autopista. New to us, the autopista now starts at the Km26 point. Now there are two toll booths to Monterrey. For the first time ever, we were asked at the small INM kiosks to show our passports. The only downer is that the police have a short script that they recite to each vehicle: "You are being escorted by Tamaulipas State Police. Due to the increase and high rate of abductions, disappearances, and kidnappings, this is for your security". I guess that's how we live these days. We drove through Monterrey on the truck route which goes right through the city. If anyone is interested we have the map. Works great and no transito to hassle you. Took no time at all. We may do this again on future trips back and forth.
qtla9111 04/21/22 04:09pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Cassette toilet/shower

For those with cassette toilets, is finding a place to empty the cassette ever a problem? After 22 years of rving I'm tired of dumping, leaking valves, and a leaking toilet.
qtla9111 04/19/22 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: State Hwy 1 Monterrey to Colombia

How about 85 Libre, then NW 2 to Columbia Crossing. Been a couple of years, but that worked for us. Yes, longer, but completely avoided downtown Nuevo Laredo and Laredo. That's probably the best way but since I was much younger it always seemed kind of spooky along that route. I got a ticket there once and the transito followed me to the OXXO to pay the fine. It's kind of a mixed bag but we are taking Hwy 85 back be it the libre or toll.
qtla9111 04/12/22 05:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
State Hwy 1 Monterrey to Colombia

Well that was a disappointment. We drove through Monterrey following the truck route that we obtained from a visit to transito last week. Not an issue at all. Headed on Hwy 85 libre and exited from Sabinas Hidalgo to Hwy 1 via Villaldama. We wanted to avoid the drive through Nuevo Laredo and it was a mess. Hwy 1 has deteriorated to the point that I won't be driving it again. There are the usually supposed plans by the new governor to turn it into a toll road direct to Colombia. Salinas Gotari created Colombia but the toll highway never materialized, that was over 30 years ago. There was no wait at the bridge and no trailer inspection. Travel permits for Mexicans now are done online and you still have to enter immigration and wait in line. Wasted energy and the idea is that there is no exchange of papers because of Covid. That was funny because they still man-handle your passport, laser visa, and then exchange money (cash only) and give you a receipt :) But we're in Texas and headed to Fort Davis Mountains.
qtla9111 04/11/22 08:21am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Diesel shortages??

After the last two years, I guess we just try to work around it! Funny! ;)
qtla9111 04/05/22 06:10pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Diesel shortages??

Confirmed. Gas lines at the border stations have disappeared. The stimulus or subsidy was removed over the weekend. Fuel prices are now 22 to 24 pesos per liter along the border.
qtla9111 04/04/22 07:55am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Diesel shortages??

Funny how we do things. Mexico imports 70% of its gasoline and it's now cheaper than in the U.S. The word from multi-chain franchises is that PEMEX is suffering from logistical issues and not shortages. Now, the government is eliminating border station subsidies and increasing prices. We are traveling to Texas in the RV for Semana Santa. We will need to fill up before the border or keep it topped off along the way. Wish us luck!
qtla9111 04/03/22 05:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: one more thing to worry about

Reminds me of an rv couple who would spend winters parked next to our house in Mexico. One day they went to the city to do some shopping. They called frantically saying their pickup was stolen. I arrived only to find out that the owner had been leaving the key in the ignition while keeping the key fob on his person. The worst part was that the generator was sitting in the bed of the truck as well. Complete chaos however their Mexican travel insurance paid the bill in two weeks.
qtla9111 04/02/22 08:44am Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel shortages?? Sonora: Reportan escasez de gasolina en SLRC, Peñasco y Sonoyt
qtla9111 03/30/22 06:13pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Bahia Kino?

Sounds fantastic! Maybe you could post a picture or two!
qtla9111 01/29/22 05:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Where are the RV's?

We had a change of plan when we arrived in SMA. We got an even better deal for storage at the Hotel San Ramon and Rv Park. The charge was less than 100 pesos per night on a concrete pad. We stayed in the RV the last night at 360 pesos so we could hook up and take off early a.m. The Hotel had many guests but the concrete rv pads had only two rvs. A fifth wheel in storage and a woman who comes yearly in a small Casita. The grassy rv park portion had five rvs and three were in storage and one was actually a very nice office-type trailer with a huge awning. Again, coming home we stopped in Matehuala at the Hotel Oasis. Over at the Las Palmas, the RV park was again empty. The highway and trip were very comfortable. We hit some construction on Hwy 85 north of Linares, Nuevo Leon. Nice to have the RV behind us and we are ready now to take some more trips. Have a good year!
qtla9111 01/04/22 05:33pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pandemic in Mexico V USA

The psychology is quite interesting. Here in San Miguel de Allende with very few exceptions, all Mexicans are wearing masks in public, on the streets, on buses, and even in their cars. OTOH, the majority of gringos are unmasked. Ah yes, human beings at their best. As written by Martin Luther in 1527 during a pandemic: "I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence." Five hundred years later, explain this one to me.
qtla9111 12/29/21 06:14pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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