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RE: LT vs ST's - Canadian Tires cries "Illegal!".

Canadian Tire is the worst retailer in Canada, From the meager .5% coupon money to the overpriced items that are on sale every other month! Not really a sale as the prices were 40 % high to begin with!
moisheh 09/15/14 04:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Forbes Magazine spotlights Mexico's auto manufacturing boom

au contraire: The quality of Mexican made vehicles is among the best. The Ford plant in HMO has been the #1 in quality many times. But the turnover is great. Ford does not put up with that BS. You don't show up you are terminated. What I cannot understand is once you leave Ford your new will be at half the wages with bad working conditions. Why would anyone give up a good job? Mexico gives the auto plants lots of help. They are treated like royalty and rightly so. These are the types of jobs that Mexico needs. I wonder if the workers in the central and southern states of Mexico have the same attitude? Many in the more industrialized states mock the people in Sonora. Similar to how people from Arkansas or Newfoundland are looked upon NOB. Moisheh
moisheh 09/14/14 08:09am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Changes @ KM21 and other border areas.

This type of corruption happens at KM21 in Sonora all the time. Only it is Mexicans who are the victims. In every town and village in Sonora there are local residents with second hand stores. Most of the goods come from yard sales in Tucson and beyond. Typically the owner of the store travels to AZ every week. He will usually have a 1/2 ton and maybe a trailer. When he gets to 21 the vehicles are loaded as high as is legally possible. Every nook and cranny is filled with goodies: furniture, appliances, clothing, small appliances and more. One of the aduaneros will examine the list of goods and come out to inspect the goods. At this point the driver is given a choice: Pay a "fee" to the audanero and carry on or unload the truck and trailer so the goods can be examined. The driver usually takes option one. Cost is between $100 and $150 usd. Option 2 is a disaster. At least 4 hours and the goods are scattered all over the parking lot. I have been told( not verified) that there is a system similar to tips in a restaurant. All of the "fees" are pooled with the shift boss taking the biggest share. Great business model. Moisheh
moisheh 09/14/14 07:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Is it Schwintek or the MH?

Doug: Lippert manufactures the Schwintek slide out system that RV mfrs. install in their units. Just go to the Lippert web site and watch the video. As for Kwikee/power gear: "Elkhart-based Lippert Components Inc. has acquired a Mishawaka-based competitor, according to an announcement Monday, June 16 from Lippert’s parent company, Drew Industries Inc. Lippert has paid $35.5 million for Power Gear/Kwikee Products, a subsidiary of Menomonee Falls, Wisc.-based Actuant Corp., Drew Industries said in a press release. The buy was financed with available cash and a loan from Lippert’s $75 million line of credit with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo." Lippert is becoming so big in the RV industry that soon no RV will be without some components made by Lippert. IMO most of their products are poorly made. It seems the products that are decent are those where they bought another company and continue to make those product with no changes. Moisheh
moisheh 09/14/14 04:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changes @ KM21 and other border areas.

Because I believe that corruption is traceable to the Spaniards and not the indigenous peoples that inhabited Mexico when Cortes arrived. Moisheh
moisheh 09/14/14 04:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Changes @ KM21 and other border areas.

I didn't see anything in the article referencing corruption at the border. That will not change in this century. Maybe never. You can thank the Spaniards for rampant corruption! Moisheh
moisheh 09/13/14 05:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Changes @ KM21 and other border areas.

By Murphy Woodhouse Nogales International | 0 comments The Mexican government has closed its customs checkpoint on Highway 15 south of Nogales, Sonora, eliminating a second layer of inspection at the border that President Enrique Peña Nieto said had become unnecessary and cumbersome. For southbound commercial and tourist vehicle traffic, the closure of the Agua Zarca checkpoint will likely mean shorter wait times for those headed south to Hermosillo and beyond. Immigration services at the facility, commonly known as Kilometer 21, will be unaffected. Miguel Pacheco, owner of Nogales-based USA-Mex-Can Transport, said that the change will speed up the truckloads of heavy machinery his company takes into Mexico up to five times daily during peak months. “It’s going to be really good because there will be no more delays at Kilometer 21,” he said. According to Pacheco, those delays lasted up to two hours, on top of crossing delays near the border, depending on “how many trucks are to be inspected.” Two other interior Sonoran checkpoints, Cabullona south of Agua Prieta and San Antonio near Imuris, were also closed, as well six others in in the border states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas, according to an announcement Friday by Peña Nieto. “Today we arrived at the last stage, the last step toward closing the last checkpoints that have no reason to be and which will make travel much faster, more comfortable and safer for those who previously had to pass through customs checkpoints,” the president said during a speech in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The checkpoints are run by the Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT), the federal agency tasked with enforcing the country’s customs laws. Mexican customs revisions at the border itself – including those immediately south of the Dennis DeConcini and Mariposa ports of entry – are not affected by the change and travellers will still have to pass through them. Also unchanged is the requirement that foreign travelers heading south of Kilometer 21 must obtain a tourist permit from Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM). Those who don’t pick up a permit at the INM office on the south side on the DeConcini port can still apply at the office at Kilometer 21, according to INM Nogales delegate Carla Veronica Vazquez. “Independently of the fact that there will no longer be a customs inspection, foreigners and nationals of other countries must come to the migration office to get documented,” she said. Vazquez said that she had received no word that indicated that the president’s announcement will affect her agency’s work south of Nogales. “As of right now, we have not received any other instruction,” she said. “We will remain at Kilometer 21 issuing permits to foreigners and nationals of the United States or any other country.” Vazquez said that Banjercito, the agency that issues vehicle import permits for drivers traveling outside of Sonora’s permit-free zone, will also continue its operations at Kilometer 21. A woman who answered the phone Friday at Banjercito’s Agua Zarca office also said operations there remain unchanged. In a speech in May in Cancun announcing the closure of several customs checkpoints in Southern Mexico, Peña Nieto said the days of drivers being “daily bothered by having to pass through (interior) customs checkpoints” are over. According to a news release posted Friday on the SAT website, 26 of the nation's 40 interior customs checkpoints have now been eliminated since Peña Nieto took office in 2012. On Friday in Reynosa, Peña Nieto also announced the lifting of a $14,000 cap on monthly U.S. dollar deposits from border-area Mexican businesses, an anti-money laundering measure that had been in place since 2010. The article may seem confusing. All that has happened is that there will be no more red or green lights and inspections @ KM21. Moisheh
moisheh 09/13/14 12:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab 4x4

We tow a 2009 4x4 extended cab 4x4. Great vehicle but very heavy. Expect your 6.0 L to weigh over 6000 lbs. Is your MH rated for that weight? Moisheh
moisheh 09/13/14 12:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Is it Schwintek or the MH?

If you want to see Lippert quality just look at the posts in various forums of 5th wheel frames. I have always believed that Winnie made a good product but they have been using that bad slide out for a few years. Are you aware of any changes to the mechanism that would make you a believer? Are the current models of MH's with the Schwintek slides problem free? As for steps: Back in 08 Lippert acquired the Texas company that was making steps for some of the higher end products. AFAIK they did nothing to make that step an inferior product. What have they done with Power Gear products? Although I prefer HWH many of the power gear products( hydraulic levelers, slide outs) are a decent product. I think CW is ( or was) carrying a Chinese knock off for the Kwikee step. Moisheh
moisheh 09/13/14 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it Schwintek or the MH?

Schwintek is made or marketed by Lippert. Almost everything that Lippert makes is substandard. Mfrs. use their components because they are inexpensive. If your unit has a Lippert step that is not a big problem. Simply replace with another brand. But 5th wheel frames or slide outs by Lippert are a big problem. I would not only never buy a Thor product I would not buy a unit with those major Lippert components. Moisheh
moisheh 09/13/14 04:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2005 Fleetwood Expedition

That noise may be from the drain slots for the driver's side window. There are supposed to be little plastic caps that prevent this noise but they fall off. Available on ebay. Moisheh
moisheh 09/12/14 05:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Forbes Magazine spotlights Mexico's auto manufacturing boom

The topic of the cost of living comes in many forums about Mexico. It all depends on your lifestyle. If you want to live like those NOB it will be expensive. If you want to live like a Mexican it will be "cheap. Infonavit has many problems. In Hermosillo there are entire districts with abondoned homes. Many are empty because the residents do not know how to handle credit. A common problem in Mexico. Here is a link to some other problems Infonavit problems The Ford plant in Hermosillo pays about $100 a week. A very good salary for production workers. Lots of good benefits. But Ford has to hold job fairs to attract workers. Employees do not last as they are not used to showing up on time. Or they take off for 3 days because an aunt in Obregon is sick. When you quit your job or get fired after a short time your mortgage becomes due and you lose the house. After working at Ford many of these employees end up working at second class jobs for horrible employers. A real shame! Moisheh
moisheh 09/12/14 05:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Thor ACE ahead of the competition

Thor will never be ahead of the competition. They are in last place when it comes to quality. Moisheh
moisheh 09/11/14 04:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it Schwintek or the MH?

I doubt that the new Monaco, American coach, Entegra and others use the Schwintek. Does Fleetwood use them? Moisheh
moisheh 09/11/14 04:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Magna Goes Over 13 pesos

Chris: I already stated that I though the practice of contracts is illegal but it is being done! One of the companies is either part of the Government or totally funded by the Government! These low ages are actually common in fishing villages all along the coast. The article I pasted states that 13% of the work force is earning min. wage. That is a huge amount of people. Moisheh
moisheh 09/07/14 05:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Magna Goes Over 13 pesos

tepetapan: Are you calling me a liar? Are you familiar with the employment circumstances in Kino or are you just speculating? Of course gringos will not get a worker for those wages but Mexican employers do all the time. These are the same employers that make the workers sign a 6 month contract. Apparently with this contract the employer does not contribute to IMSS and the employee has no coverage. At 6 months they lay off that employee and replace him with another under contract. This is probably illegal but it happens all the time. Moisheh Mexico opens debate over low minimum wage 11:00 AM Saturday Aug 9, 2014 + MEXICO CITY (AP) National attention in Mexico has focused on the country's shockingly low minimum wage after the Mexico City government suggested it could act to increase the local minimum. The debate has highlighted widespread dissatisfaction with the minimum wage of 67.29 pesos per day, or about $5. But suggestions that it be raised have drawn howls of protest from business chambers, who say raising it would only spur inflation. In a country where the Constitution says the minimum should be sufficient to provide for the basic needs of a worker and his or her family, today's minimum wage in fact buys about a single hamburger meal at a chain restaurant. Mexico's minimum wage is among the lowest in the hemisphere, comparable only to Honduras, the poorest nation in Central America. However, lower food prices in Honduras make that wage go further there. Experts say about 6.5 million workers in Mexico currently earn the minimum wage, or about 13 percent of the workforce. During the oil boom of the mid-1970s, those earning it almost made ends meet. But during economic crises in the 1980s, 1990s and in 2008, the government held down wage increases to revive the economy, something that has worked to some extent in sectors like Mexico's booming auto industry. Mexican autoworkers now earn less, in many cases, than their counterparts in China. "We have fallen 35 years behind in terms of wages," Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said earlier this week, igniting the debate. "We can only buy 23 percent of what one could buy in the 1970s." While he acknowledged the city government can't set wage policy alone, Mancera said he would try to reach a voluntary agreement with businesses in the city to get wages hiked. Many Mexicans who earn close to the minimum said Friday their lives are a struggle to make ends meet. Martina Marin Espinosa, 50, a single mother with a 17-year-old daughter, works six days a week as a street sweeper in Mexico City's downtown district, and makes just over the minimum wage, about $5.70 per day. "I just work for my daughter, to get her ahead in life. I don't expect anything for myself," said Marin Espinosa. Like most here, she is able to get by on such low wages only because of the country's fallback support system: the family. She lives rent-free with her two brothers in a slum on the outskirts of the city. With only a grade-school education, she is now proud that her daughter is going to high school, though that brings up her biggest problem: clothes. "Girls that age like nice clothes," and Marin Espinosa. Experts estimate the minimum wage would have to be at least $14.50 a day to provide food and basic necessities for an average family, and up to $41.50 if rent and other expenses are included. Juan Pablo Castanon, the president of the national employer's federation, a business group, wrote in a statement that "we businessmen agree on the need to increase the real wages of workers, but we say the real discussion on how to do that has to do with getting more people into the formal sector," and out of the vast network of 'informal' work as street vendors and unregistered farm workers. With wages low in formal jobs, most Mexicans opt to work under table, where they can earn as much in a few hours of hawking newspapers or pre-paid telephone cards, as a minimum-wage worker makes in a whole day. The business sector thinks the vendors hurt the economy, because most usually don't pay taxes. Last month, the government released a study showing that almost 60 percent of Mexico's workforce was in the informal economy. Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani, the president Mexico's Business Coordinating Council, says the worst thing that could happen would be an increase in wages by decree. "The two fundamental ingredients we need for growth is macroeconomic stability ... and sustained economic expansion," he wrote in a statement. AP
moisheh 09/07/14 04:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Magna Goes Over 13 pesos

Chris: Lots of youth in Kino doing construction make 60 pesos a day. Some make as much as 100 a day. Albanils go for 200 to 250. Farm workers also get around 100 a day. You need to get out of the cities and go to the small towns and villages. In Oaxaca if you can get farm work it is often less than 60 pesos a day. They all come to work the farms in Sinaloa and Sonora. Chiapis is another low paying area. You need to under stand the realities of a country where employers abuse their workers. I am a capitalist business owner but still am shocked at what goes on. It is often just like the 30's. Workers pay outrageous amounts for a one room shack and the employer charges the worker transportation to the nearest town to buy food. Sometimes they are covered by IMSS but often get no coverage. They are usually from Chiapis and Oaxaca. Lots of Trikis. Very sad situation. Moisheh
moisheh 09/07/14 02:13pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Magna Goes Over 13 pesos

I like the Big Mac method to compare costs of living. The Economist ranks countries by how long you have to work to buy a Big Mac. That would make Mexico a very low wage country. AS for gasoline try going to a Pemex early in the morning. A Charanga ( POS) car will pull in and buy 20 pesos of fuel. That is less than 2 litres. That car will probably travel less than 10 miles on that fuel. Many families do not use the car except on Saturday to buy groceries and maybe Semana Santa. The cost of fuel does not affect the working poor but the high food prices make life very difficult. Do not believe the Mexican unemployment rate. Like most nations it is BS. Besides what good is that rate if you are counting some young kid working construction for 60 pesos a day. Moisheh
moisheh 09/07/14 11:05am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Technical advances in diesel engines and drivelines.

If this were a forum for OTR trucks then the answer would be: Do not buy any truck after 2002. But we are driving RV's that do not get a lot of miles. There have been next to zero problems with 2007 to 2010 engines in MH's. This would be those with a DPF. The 2010 and up have the DPF and SCR. Idling one of those newer units will result in expensive problems. Eventually the mfrs. will solve the problems. The EPA forced them to use technology that is not reliable. I have seen comments from industry leaders that it could take 10 years to fix the problems. There is a reason that large fleets ( Werner, Swift,etc.) buy about 30% more tractors than they actually need. This is the only way they can keep units on the road. BTW:2002 was the last year with next to no pollution controls. In 2003 EGR became standard and that too can be problematic. Truck mfrs. are doing big volumes selling complete trucks called Gliders. This is a new body and chassis with a rebuilt pre emission engine and the rest of the drivetrain. Slightly cheaper than a new truck and no headaches. However those trucks cannot enter California and soon the EPA will prohibit the mfrs. from selling these kits. If only we could arder a new MH with say a DD60 from 02 !!! On the bright side the new engines are very fuel efficient and the air coming out of the exhaust is cleaner than he air going in! Moisheh
moisheh 09/07/14 06:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue ox pin failure

rockhillmanor: Thanks for that reply. I do not think it was the bar locking pin. I have since gone over 3500 miles with no problem. But your comment is another thing to consider. Moisheh
moisheh 09/06/14 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
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