Tijuana can be avoided completely, going South at the border there is a right hand turn and then a left tun that leads to the customs check point, stay on the right hand lane once past the customs area there is another left turn, there is an exit to the right that goes over the Tia Juana river and leads you down to the other side, stay on this road, it will go up a hill next to the border fence.
Once the road reaches the crest, the road turns left and goes down, be careful sharp curves, at the bottom stay on the right lane and exit, this merges with the road to Playas de Tijuana, now stay on the center lane up a hill, left curve down hill, up another hill and then you come to the "Y" left lanes go to Rosarito and Ensenada toll road and right lane(s) to Playas, now you are on the toll road to Rosarito and Ensenada.
On the way back, stay on the same road do not make any turns, once past most of the town the street becomes a one way, stay on the second lane from the left, this leads straight to the over pass to the border, go slow lots of traffic and idiots behind the steering wheel.
if you need to visit the Banjercito modules, Tijuana is not easy to get to them, specially with big rigs, I definitely recommend Tecate for that.
That hose needs to drain out side of the compartment and not inside, that way the bottom of the compartment does not rot, route it to the outside, you might have to clean the streak now and then.
I grew up in my uncles farm, even a one month old calf can inflict a lot of damage to a human, even just playing, and they have seen us from day one when they were born, they are domesticated farm animals, only very stupid people do not understand the word "wild" and nature, ergo the tourists should be put down not the "wild animal" that is doing what it knows to do, keep your distance this is my territory.
I replaced all 7 tires 2 months ago at the Goodyear dealer, each tire with a new valve stem and balanced and installed with the correct torque was $185,00 per tire, my tires were replaced in 2007, check the date of manufacture of the remaining tires and always check the tire pressure before every trip.
I think that you are being swindled by those individuals.
I installed a boat ring anchor and use a a block and tackle to raise and lower the spare tire, maybe you can use something like this, my system us
es "S" hooks to attach to the boat ring and the tire.
I am in Mexico, the picture with the traffic going around the columns at night is only a half kilometer from the house that my wife and I own in Ciudad Satelite, those are the Torres de Ciudad Satelite, the road is the Periferico Norte.
I am living the vida loca mis estimados amigos, enjoying a beer!
The paper work at Anzalduas is all done in one building, it is the copy of the personal visa that needs go be done in a separate building, I like to have all 180 day's rather than wasting one day doing paperwork, we will be back in the US on January 4th.
viviendo la vida loca
When crossing the Anzalduas bridge, on the US side there are speed bumps that are veritable walls, they are marked, go very slow.
Once on the Mexican side, you go trough customs and then you need to go around the buildings to the parking lot to get the visas and the TIP's, it is the middle of the all the units, first go to the left counter immigration, then you need to go out side and to the right building to make a copy of the visa, you will need it latter, go back to the middle building and go to the right counter were all the documents for the TIP will be checked.
Make sure that you have all the documents and that all have 2copies, including the drivers license front and back and the passport, then you can go and stand in line to pay and get the decals.
Once that all the paperwork has taken place you go outside and make a "U" turn on the parking lot and exit the same way that you entered the parking lot, the exit on the north side is blocked.
The next stop will be at a military check point, they are looing for guns and ammo, after that you can exit to highway No 2 and you are on you way to adventure.
We do not shrink, compress, etc.
Gravity takes effect and we are expanded at the middle, used to be 5'10" and 140 pounds, now I am 5'8" and 220 pounds, used to buy of the rack 32 long 32 waist, today it is 30 long 42 waist.
So that is my explanation!
We have used UPS to send documents to Mexico City, expensive but they did deliver to the correct address, have also used DHL, maybe Amazon uses all the mentioned carriers to deliver the goods in the different Cities and towns.
Let us see, the guy that throws the box off ammunition in the fire, or the can of gasoline in the fire, deep fries the turkey in the garage and sets the house on fire, uses an under rated jack to lift the truck with out using a jack stand, drives fast in the rain as when it is dry, climbs a tall ladder supported by wet soft ground and there are more examples on the television.
Stupid does as stupid is, you can not fix them no matter what you do.
I do not think that 4X4doger has crossed the border in to Mexico, and he is doing research, he started some time ago asking about the security and safety in Mexico, and now and then he asks a new question the different areas in Baja and the mainland, as for the question that Sr Fausto asked, the new generation of RVers are going to be a bit more picky in the type of minimum "services" required by them, minimum 30 amp electric service, sewer, and water, some semblance of a pad rather than a cow pasture and some security in the minimum.
That of course is my opinion and in no way does it reflect my needs I ham happy with a simple house hold plug for my RV, I have all else covered.
PDI is pre delivery inspection, done by the dealer prior to placing the vehicle on the lot for the customers to look at, this entails installing certain items that do not come attached and making sure that all is as it should be done, the dealer should not charge for this, it is included in the sales price.
The dealer should have done a walk trough with the customer and showed and indicated all the features on the RV, how to turn on the cabin and water heater, the air conditioner(s), turn the stove on, what all the dash features are, how the slides work and out side the awnings if manual or electric, and also where the engine and transmission dip sticks are and where to fill the various liquids including the DEF.
If the dealer did not do all of this the PDI and the WALK TROUGH that dealer is not good at all.
When I worked at a SAAB dealer I did lots of PDI's and never had a come back nor did we have warranty problems with my vehicles, once the car was sold I did a walk through with the customer and showed them all the features.
When we bought our present unit, they did a walk trough with us very thorough.
You need to calibrate that sensitivity, otherwise you are going to end with warped rotors and burnt brake pads on the toad, those brakes should only come on when applying more brake pressure on the RV, I do not know if you can set the sensitivity from the drivers position.
Only along the border towns do they accept dollars in Mexico, and accept pesos in the USA, the rest of Mexico uses the national currency which is pesos.
Get pesos at any bank and pay in pesos, you will get the hang of the currency in about one week, and stop converting to dollars in your head it only complicates matters.
Vive la vida loca compadre!
We have Citibank in the USA and get pesos at any Banamex, never a charge since Citi and Banamex are associated, other wise we use what ever bank is available in town, never at night.
Now if you really want cheap pesos, give me dollars and I will give you pesos, one dollar for one peso, cheap eight?
I have never left the awning out at night or when we go out and if it is just a small sprinkle or light shower I always lower one side so that water does not puddle in the middle and bend the torque tube, and if it is the manual style, leave the cord wrapped on one arm, this way a Good Sam neighbor can retract your awning in case it is needed, I have retracted many and closed windows when wind and rain popped up and the folks were away, some of the ones that did not have the pull straps we tried to save but the wind got them before we could, the awnings ended wrapped around roof of the RV all twisted and some damaged the A/C's.
Baja is a very popular destination for RV'S to travel, it is the other RV parks in the mainland that have problems, specially along the gulf of Cortez in the popular resort towns that are turista traps that are experiencing a low in clients, other routs are also closing the RV places to overnight, the hotels that we used in San Luis Potosi and Queretaro no longer have space, they are now using it for weddings and other functions, no more parking they built halls.
Baja will continue to be a destination, since it is safe, no bad publicity as of today, the scare mongers have not found anything juicy to shout about.
Maybe Mr. Fausto and other RV park owners can form an association to promote and develop the industry with hopefully the help of the towns and maybe the Secretaria de Turismo.