Those type of programs are more alarmist than what it really is, most of the gang members will be asleep in the early morning, they start steering in the afternoon and conduct most of the business in the early evening and through the night, Oakland is on the other side of the bay, in San Francisco itself you will have areas of gang activity.
If I a am going to stay in one of the big towns for some time, and plan on going out at night I go to the local police station and ask them where it is safe and where not to go, they always give me the areas to avoid, I also use common sense and look for individuals with ill fitting clothes and tattoos standing around on corners.
Most gang members are more concerned with the rival gang than you, if you stay in the areas where the tourist go you will not have trouble, I do not want to frighten you but you have gang members in the town where you live, the bloods and the crips and the ms13 ( mara salvatrucha) are already operating where you reside, so is the Mexican cartels.
It is a cancer that has spread everywhere in the USA, some people notice it some are oblivious to it until something happens and then they panic.
Go about your travel and enjoy the areas in San Francisco, you will be safe.
Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid Thursday
Oct. 30, 2014, to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that
opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76
years. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme
Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy
overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first
time in 76 years.
In identical 9-1 rulings, the court found that referendum petitions filed by two
leftist parties were unconstitutional because matters involving state revenue
cannot be subjected to popular vote.
Energy reform's passage in August has been President Enrique Pena Nieto's
biggest political victory since taking office in 2012.
It allows national and foreign private companies to invest in petroleum and
electricity projects, something that was long considered taboo after oil was
nationalized in 1938 by then-President Lazaro Cardenas.
Mexico's political left strenuously opposed the overhaul and had sought a
referendum asking citizens if they approve of the constitutional changes it
entailed. By law, the Supreme Court must determine whether such a vote would be
Sen. Dolores Padierna of the opposition Democratic Revolution Party criticized
the ruling, saying the issue at stake is not government income but rather "our
natural resources ... (and) their use for the nation's benefit."
Proponents of the changes say private investment and expertise is needed to
reverse a steady decline in oil and gas production by state petroleum monopoly
Pemex in recent years.
Analysts say energy investment has the potential to reach $15 billion a year
under the new rules.
We tow a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4X4 so that we can go touring around and leave the C in the park.
We went one Christ-mass to visit a friend in El Paso and left the toad at home, well we should have taken it, we rented a small car to go to Mesilla and look around, that cost a bundle, never again the toad goes with the RV.
It is not the thumper that is he problem for law enforcement, it is the location of the thumper in the cabin, under the seat or any where that it can be grabbed out of sight of a person standing out side the vehicle, depending on where the hammer is located in the cabin it can and will be taken as a weapon by LEOs, if it is handy and near the driver of the vehicle.
Taking the kids to baseball is not a problem unless the parent has the bat under the seat or handy next to him, that will really get the officers attention real quick specially if it is sawed off.
In years past a simple traffic stop was just that, today with so many nuts out there you approach each and every vehicle with a lot of caution you never know when they are going to do something stupid, you always have your hand on the gun and you watch the rear view mirrors and the individuals, that is why some times you request backup, specially if there is more than one individual in the vehicle.
You have the King C.
Then comes the Queen C.
Then all the vassal C's.
The King C is the one you want.
The queen C is the one your wife wants.
And al the vassal C' are the ones you can afford.
The one that fits your budget and fits your needs, are you going to only use it to go to the game and tailgate and maybe once a year go camping or are you taking a long trip of several months and the configuration of the unit is important, a good kitchen, a man sized shower and toilet that the paper work can e accomplished with out your arms being smashed on the sides of the cubicle.
Maybe you need a unit that is more for entertaining and has a semi circular table and seat with huge flat screen in front? every one has a certain need in the different models provided, look around visit as many dealers as possible keep a record and then eliminate those that do not meet your need.
If you have a bathroom scale have a kid stand on it take his weight hand him/her a bike and go adding all the stuff that you want to carry in the RV, deduct the kids weight and you have that actual weight, you will see how much stuff really weighs, and then start eliminating all that is not really needed.
Also have the wife stand on the scale as every member of the family.
NOTE: when you are going to have the wife stand on the scale recalibrate so that it is 10 pound less, you do not want to sleep in the dog house for a few nights.
Once you have all the weights you can pack the RV so tha most is between the front and rear tires to distribute the weight rather than having an imbalanced unit.
One reason that class "C" are over loaded is that the manufacturers use the smalles chasis for what they are building, they will use a F-350 to manufacture a 22 footer and use the same chasis just enlongated and then proceede to add all sort of goodies like heavy counters, tile, and then they add a slide or two.
Some of the rental units that are being manufatured today are using heavier chasis as in the F-450 and no slides, you also have to consider what else do you carry in the RV, cast iron pots and pans, havy plates a whole set of glasses and beer mugs and all sort of goodies, and no one takes into account the wheigt of the persons in the RV.
Some of the big "A" class RV's have air brakes and the tanks have to be at a certain presure before the parking brake will disengage, some also have air bags that need to be inflated and then ther are the inconsiderate type.
When the air brake system reaches a certain minimun presure the parking brake will automatically pop and engage and you can not reset it until there is air presure in the system.
And yes there are noisy people out there and for some reason always end up next to you.
A factory worker in Tijuana hearns 2.88 US dollars per hour, and that is at the border where the cost of living is a lot higher than in the rest of Mexico, you also have to take into account that a family in Mexico also consists of the grand parents, parents, brothers and sisters and the kids, all living under one roof and pooling theire resources.
Grand parents take care of the little ones and also prepare the food for the family, the other members go to work wherever they can, there will be no expence for taking care of children, food will be purchased in bigger quantities and at places where it is cheapper, el mercado or tiangis instead of the super store.
So the vehicle is pooled or public transportation is used, as opposed to the US where the father goes his way to work and the mother goes the other way and the kids are dropped of at the day care or school, you have expenses that do not exist in the nuclear families in Mexico and are seldom seen.
We can not compare the standard of living from Canada, the USA, Mexico and the rest of Latin America, and do not forget that in Mexico and further down a lot of barttering is done for goods and services, that means that there is enough money to purchase gasoline for the old junker.
So GENTELMEN do not get rattled up, there is nothing that we can do, except pay the piper at the pump, they have us over a barrel of oil!
Mr. Rollnhome and Mr.qtla9111:
Gentelmen there is no need for this, we all know that in the USA the price of fuel oil is manipulated by the speculators from Wall Street, and the price at the pump goes up and down and up and down.
We also know that the price of gasoline at the pumps in Mexico go up and up and up and never come down at all, as I have said before to many hands out for MORDIDAS behind the PEMEX oil.
So let us be civilized in our discusions, we all have some knowledge and an opinion some more some less, but lets have a friendlly discussio.
No hay que maltratrnos, senores por favor!
Just my humble opinion, que tengan un buen dia, hay que disfrutar la vida loca!
I have a Coachmen Catalina Sport 22Rk with the V-10 and it gives me about 7 to 9 miles per gallon some times more if we do not pull the toad.
What you need to be careful is not to load the rear kitchen with to many heavy items and the pantry since they are behind the rear wheels, we carry some food items in the under space of the front dinette seat and some under the couch, one thing that we do is carry a full tank of water, we tend to boondock on the spur of the moment.
The overhead bins are a bit to big so I placed a shelf mid way to be able to carry more useful items, we also have light weight acrylic glasses and Correl dishes.
The more weight the more fuel it needs to move the RV, we keep our speed at 55Mph since we tow a Suzuky Gran Vitara 4X4, the faster you go the les miles per gallon.
If the engine was well maintained it has at least another 130,000 miles left in it.
It is getting close to the end of the year, that means that the new models are out and the ones from this year have to be moved out, we purchased ower unit the 22nd of December of 2001, and the factory had a discount of 15% plus the dealler had a 30% discount, we ended paying 55% of the original price on a new unit, this unit came with an awning, generator and on to of that the dealer threw in a bunch of other things, a blue sewer hose with a transparent adapter, and a bag of Lego type blocks to level the rv.
Get the VIN number located left side ot windshield window, go to the police and ask who the previos owner was if they say rental company or private citizen you have at least an idea, they will not tell you the name of the rental or the private party but you will gain some leverage on the price.
Do have tyhe unit checked by a mechanic that you trust.
Welcome to the family.
I notice that at one time the unit had a awning since the track is still there, take your time to find all the wood damage and then reseal the roof and also the marker lights and check the window seals all of them, also make sure that the black lamps have been mounted correct and the screws have been sealed.
If the lower attachment points for the awning "legs" have been damaged and the screws do not hold, fill them with wood and then reinsert the screws, they might have been pulled out.
Also check where the cabin meets the house for any damage from flexing and any water leaks, a friend of mine had a problem with flexing of the overhead area and we found out that there was to little structural support where the cabin and the house met.
Enjoy the project and the camping.
We cross at Reynosa from Mission and make the first stop in Saltillo, the next stop is Matehuala, then San Lius Potosi, and then Qureretaro, so that we arrive in Mexico City arround noon to avoid as much of the rush hour traffic.