I had a good friend that collapsed in the fire station, 2 fire engines, rescue truck, ambulance, 3 paramedics, all in station, massive heart attack no amount of CPR, defibrillator shocks, oxygen brought him back, some times when it is our time we gotta go.
I am very glad that all of you are still with us, there are a couple of persons that I have not seen lately, pulsar and Franchesca knowels I wonder if they are ok.
La vida loca, señores la vida loca.
Yes the DW is ok explain what you are doing so that both know what is going to happen, let her know that standing behind the vehicles "you can not see her" that she needs to see you in the mirror at all times.
Also establish simple hand signals for moving the vehicles, stop and any other movement needed.
When you have the motor home, toad and towbar all set up, go to an unused parking lot and have a fiend with you, make a sharp turn real slow, until you have the motor home and the towbar nearly touching, let the friend know what you are doing so nothing is bent or broken, then take a measurement from the attaching point of the chain anchor on the toad to the opposite attaching point of the chain anchor on the motor home.
Warning take several measurements while turning, some set ups have a wider arc in the middle of the turn and shorter distance at the full turn point.
This measurements will give you maximum length off the stretched chain, now you can attach the hooks and maybe one extra link, once you have the chains made re-hook toad an MH and check ground clearance of the chain in a towing position, you might have to adjust by removing a link or two so that the chain does not drag on the pavement.
Make sure that the chain is the correct strength for the task and that it is made in the USA, we tested some of the chains made in China, they advertise a given strength, all failed before reaching even regular weight, can't have that.
It is very easy to get in to Texas, it takes for ever to get out of Texas, that is if you are not being chased by the chupacabra! then it is totally different, then you are stuck in Texas for a while.
I like Austin specially around the river and lakes.
Warning Texas tends to be flat compared to the States out West, and be careful the roads are straight for miles, and just as you are dozing off they have a couple of curves just to keep you on your toes.
Glad you are ok, for all out there the gap is worth it, second toad we had was 3 months out of the dealership, merging from 905 to I-10 North in San Diego, guy running from the border and being chased by CBP and Highway Patrol hit me 2 times sent me and the toad to center divider, totaled toad we had the gap that paid the outstanding balance and that allowed us to get a new toad, lucky me I had procrastinated in installing the base plate, installed the base plate in new identical toad.
By all means get the gap insurance, you never know what idiot is lurking around.
It will be nearly impossible to keep up with the regulations, you have the various government agencies, then you have the various states and last but not least you ave the individual aduanero and all interpret the can import, can NOT be imported differently.
Each aduana and aduanero is an entity on its own when going south, it is a bit easier going North, US Customs are a bit more consistent.
The importation in to the USA depends on the Lobby's of the cattle growers, tomato growers, avocado growers, lemon growers, the Department of Agriculture, you start to get the complexity of the research.
I would suggest that those that have items confiscated report them with the point where they crossed, Nuevo Laredo, Nogales, Etc, and what items where taken and the time of the crossing if it was early in the morning, just before lunch time or close to dinner.
With all this information we can establish what the aduaneros needed for breakfast, lunch or their dinner, then we will avoid traversing the border bfore their breakfast, lunch or dinner but go after, unless they are having a big party and we are not invited then we are out of luck.
Take the pin to Lowe's or Home Despot and purchase a bolt and a self locking nut of the same diameter or slightly smaller diameter and longer, I see on the first picture that the part broke off, for ease of manufacturing and saving costs they use long rivets.
There are always simple solutions to complicated problems, any rivet that acts as a hinge can be replaced by a bolt and nut.
Soap scum in the "P" trap can build up and clog the passage, the snake might be just going through, I take the shower head off and use a valve cut off, from Home Despot to turn on the stream I aim the stream at the trap and flush the gunk out.
Thank you señor silversand very good information, let us hope it is a very isolated incident and the authorities in Sonoyta take notice, tourism in Mexico is a big business, they need to maintain it healthy.
The ten year rule is that everything starts falling apart after this magic number and the RV industry wants you to trade yours in for a new one!
They are in kahoots with the fancy big bucks RV resorts!
This was a propane explosion, the owner probably came home an d opened the door with a cigarette lit and bang, I saw what was left of a house after a small amount of natural gas went off, the owner got home after dark, opened the door turned the light on and the living room blew, the roof wen up twisted 3 feet up, front door and owner blown past front lawn half way on street, small burn on left hand and arm, the door protected the owner from the shock wave.
The rest of the house blew towards the rear ripping walls apart.
The owner of the camper is lucky that he was not inside the unit he would not have survived.
That sounds more plausible, in South America, I do not recall what city the kids would ask for money from motorists at the stop light, when none was given the kids would tear of the cars mirror, pretty soon there were a lot of cars with no mirrors, later the drivers started running the kids over with the vehicles, we do not want this to start.
I would encourage your friend to write a letter to the Secretaria de Turismo and to the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, the letters can be in English, higher educated Mexicans learn English in school, I taught English for three years at the
Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Zacatenco.
Let the authorities know about the incident, so that awareness of this type of vandalism is mitigated immediately.
I remember DDT, it killed everything, I believe it was called Fleet it was spayed with a hand pump I am surprised some of us are still alive.
Since the wife is well liked by mosquitoes, I have 3 fans that I place at feet height, another one at body height and the last one for the guests all blowing in the same direction to create a wind and we have citronella candles that I place behind the fans so that the fans blow the cent towards where my wife sits and guests.
She is so well liked that we can walk into a restaurant, sit at a corner and by the time we are finished with dinner she will be wearing the flea that was at the other side of the restaurant.
I try to maintain a no fly zone around her, so far the fans work pretty well together with the candles and some mosquito repellent, she also takes vitamin
B-6 that helps her.
Some relays are controlled by the oil pressure switch voltage routed to the fuel pump relay once the engine has fired, others are wired to the starter motor it has been a number of years since I diagnosed and repaired vehicles, lots of cobwebs and slow firing neurons.
It is good to have a wife, who's name also is printed on the owners paperwork from the DMV, I get the 10 year permit for the RV and the 180 day permit for the toad, in 180 day we return to the border spend a week in the USA and then return to Mexico, since I can only have one permit for the vehicle in one year, we put the toad in my wife's name.
I hope that they do not get to fussy with my tourist visa, 180 day's per calendar year.
Estimado Señor qtla9111 there is a saying in Spanish that says
La verdad no peca pero incomoda.
The truth commits no sin but is bothersome.
There are a lot of persons that have taken the hype of the TV talking heads as the absolute truth, and ignore the facts of their own back yards.
The fuel pump relay should engage for two seconds after which the engine should have fired and voltage from the alternator should be present to maintain the relay in the closed position, check to see that the wiring for the fuel pump relay is not burnt or damaged.