Really glad to read that people who have visited recently find Nogales safe. My early trips and memories are of a lovely friendly tourist town. My recent visit a few years ago seemed more like entering an occupied war zone. I have read how the Federal Government is trying to clean up the border and fight the cartels. I do hope Nogales can return to being the tourist Meca is once represented.
NO. We visit Mexico regularly, and we just returned from a trip to Rocky Point aka Puerto Penasco. A wonderful place to visit, about 2 hours from Tucson. Cross into Mexico in the small town of Lucesville, near Why. We went in a motorhome and stayed at The Reef, although the other frequented park, Playa Bonita is also great. If you just want to do a weekend trip for tourist shopping there are plenty of condo's available and a few nice hotels. Playa Bonita Hotel is small and well located. Highly recommend this vacation tourist spot in Mexico.
Now, back to the border and Nogales: Lived in Tucson for 4 years while attending UofA back in the late 60's. Nogales was the place to play. Students and tourists were totally safe, as the city thrived on the tourist trade. Today, Nogales is a war zone. Shops are gated or boarded, it is a hot spot for drug trafficking and people trafficking. I'm not picking on Nogales by any means, I feel the same way about downtown Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. There are places in these cities you do not want to be in during the daytime, and must be avoided at night. Nogales, being a small urban area does not have the ability to maintain safe zones, it is all just scary.
Again, I love Mexico. I just would not go near the major border crossing town. JMHO
Easy drive, with some long steep climbs along the way. Never had a problem with the previous gas RVs and the present 360 diesel RV, always towing a car. You won't maintain highway speed, but it is a beautiful drive, so going slower gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery.
I would take the 99 to South Yosemite, I like KOA Maraposa/Yosemite as a basecamp. Then continue up the 99 with a stop at the wineries at Lodi, The Jackson Ranchero RV park casino is lovely and central. Then take the 50 to Reno, come back on the 80 all the way to the 101. Then up the 101 through the Redwoods, Benbow KOA in Garberville is excellent and the restaurant at the Benbow Inn is wonderful. Lots to do and see with lots of choices of routes. Enjoy.
I seek out KOA's because at very least, they are consistent. Some are exceptional destination resorts. Petaluma, Benbow Valley, Circle of Pines in Williams, San Diego, and Santa Cruz/Monterey are but a few of the true gems in the franchise. This week we were returning from the FMCA Rally in Chandler and decided to stop at the KOA in Kingman, AZ for an overnight. Kingman, really, I certainly did not expect much, but is was NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, so an early arrival was out of the question. The Kingman KOA was certainly pleasant and friendly. We were escorted to our site. The site was gravel, clean, almost level (acceptable) and the hookups were excellent. Good electric from newer posts, easy access water, clean sewer connections. The dog run was clean and large enough for some exercise. We did not use the clean pool or the well maintained miniature golf park, and we did not use the spotless laundry. As for the WiFi, even at resort parks, the WiFi is shared by so many that it is often almost useless. We travel with a Hot Spot, so I don't bother with the park WiFi. $47 or $50 a night for a secure, safe campsite, maintained and functioning utilities, and amenities available, even if not used, seems reasonable to me. Happy Trails.
The Navigation system on my Tiffin has a memory. During the walk through explanation of the system the instructor accessed the memory to show that the top speed the rig traveled with 90mph. I never drive over 60+ with 55 to 60 being the sweet spot. GUESS WHO. Oh, and the driver signed onto the hands free cell use, which is good at least he was not holding the cell phone, but if anyone was interested it identified the driver. No one cared, not even me. Great coach.
Enjoy. We like Jackson, it is a lovely beautiful town. We stayed at the Virginian RV park on both trips, it is a small gravel full hookup lot at the rear of a small, nice hotel, right in the heart of Jackson. It is all about location. Yellowstone is wonderful. Plan on at least 4 days of touring, at very least. We have stayed at both Grizzle RV and KOA West Yellowstone. Grizzle is right at the park entrance, well groomed, but with few amenities. KOA is a great KOA, large sites, heated pool, gym, small restaurant, and the preferred sites have concrete tables and benches and an adult swing bench. Really, just nice. Its been a long time since we were at the Black Hills, but it has great memories.
There is an FMCA National Rally in Chandler next month, starting March 6th. Day passes are offered. With about 1 to 2 thousand RVers and a large display from vendors it might be a great place to talk with people who are or have done rebuilds. FMCA.com., you don't have to be a member.
JMHO: There is no privacy. It is only paranoia if it isn't true. Just don't post or publish anything you don't want to be made public. By using a secure WiFi network you are making access more difficult, but on the other end the store, the intermediary, the bank, etc, are being hacked regularly. Get into the habit of checking your online accounts regularly/daily.
I received a better price from Good Sam for a 3 year contract. Both Coach Net and Good Sam use contract service providers. Service will only be as good as the location and the provider. We were left on our own by CoachNet, which is why we have Good Sam. In my opinion your paying for a phone tree, so price matters.
I too keep a door and ignition key in a non-locking compartment, hidden and secure. We were at the beach with the family and friends when on of the children must have pressed on the lock before leaving the coach. Shortly thereafter we found we were locked out. As luck would have it, the bathroom window was ajar, and we were able to shove one of the children up and through the window to open the door.
Glad GS came to your rescue. It is always nice to read a positive post.
Wholesale warranties has an excellent reputation as an RV company. They have been a fixture at many RV rallies and shows. When I had a warranty problem, and they were the agent, they went out of their way to make sure everything was completed to my satisfaction. Helped make the claim, followed up, called me regularly to make sure the work was progressing. I could not have been a happier camper (well maybe if it didn't break in the first place). I won't try to compare the to companies, since I have no experience with GS warranty.