Some of the incidents that we have referred to are very recent, last year and this year in most major cities of the U.S., protesting against the police.
Yes you can travel from the U.S. border to Quintana Roo with out any fear, as long as you travel in day time and stay in reasonable places at night, the bad element comes out after dark in any place of the world.
I loved going with the Police specially on Fridays and weekends, the idiots seem to peel of the wood work, as for taking a gun or rifle to Mexico, your stay may be longer than what you expect, behind bars and they do not serve beer in them and the food is really bad.
Plan ahead and ask the locals if they would go where you want to go, the tourist in Mexico is shielded from a lot of unrest, the local bad element is in relatively small areas, the same as in the U.S.A.
I was at the new Police station that has computer controlled access doors when someone used a corrupt USB stick and the station went into lock down, took computer guys abut 45 minutes to figure it out.
After that incident all USB stick's, CD's, DVD's etc, had too go trough IT the original program never took into account internal threats.
Florida, a teen got shot by a vigilante and then the other teen that disobeyed the Police Officer not to long ago, taking an RV has noting to do with travelling in any country.
That is the same as saying I will not take my RV to Chicago or Detroit or East Los Angeles, common sense and situation awareness is what keeps you out of trouble, travelling any where, in Canada, U.S.A., Mexico or Europe today requires alertness, does tat mean that I will not go, NO why should I deprive myself of something that I enjoy, travelling in my own house!
Today when you check in they might ask you if you want dirty sheets, a filthy bathroom and how many bed bugs you want?
To all of you that do not like Mexico, that is O.k. with me, my wife (German decent) has family and owns a house in Mexico City, unfortunately the State Department issues warnings that are to broad and not specific as to the areas, they lump the entire State, that is the same as stating that if an incident happened in Miami, the whole of Florida is in Civil unrest.
I will travel in Canada, United States of America and Mexico, I do not travel by plane any more and Europe is too expensive, most of my family there are deceased, so I will have a Cerveza for all of you.
Que pasen buen día.
Ladies and Gentlemen, there are disturbances in every country in the world,
gosh we even have them in the good old U.S.A.
Oakland, Watts, Washington D.C. and very recently in just about every where, come to mind.
Why are some of you so shocked at what happens South of the Border?
Aren't you shocked and ashamed that the most powerful country in the world can behave like a "third world country"?
If you live in a glass house, do not throw stones!
O.K. guys man your stones, I just got my armor plate.
If you encounter a march turn around walk very fast to the next corner turn corner continue walking fast as far away as possible.
I was in Mexico City in 1968 during the students revolt, once walking towards Avenida Reforma I noticed some commotion ahead, stopped and listened, sure enough a demonstration turned around and went the other way, found a taxi and got as far away as possible.
This can happen anywhere in any city, be cognizant of your surroundings and stay informed of situations, ask the locals for any reason not to go to a particular spot or region, we were in Athens Greece when they had an attempt on the palace, same thing we ended at the Acropolis and latter a good dinner, then returned to the hotel when the whole thing was over.
Be alert and do not be a curious lookee loo, that can be detrimental to your health.
I have seen several A's and C's with a big strap around it holding the slides, they did not have a locking bar or slide stop, those straps where preventing the slide from moving, if all else it is for an emergency move.
Lukeville, if the aduanero needs meat for the carne asada, kiss your steaks good bye, if not the aduaneros at Sonoyta need beer money, as in MORDIDA.
As for the other check points it depends on who is looking for what and for whom, under no circumstances take any weapons, ammunition, or even spent cartridges you will be arrested.
If you have nothing to hide, you have notthing to fear be courteous and just be a dumb gringo on vacation.
Méxicos economy is dependent on the U.S. there is a huge manufacturing industry that it American, most if not the majority of prices are established in dollars and then converted to pesos, Mexico no longer has 100% Mexican banks, the majority are U.S. and the rest are English, Spanish, Swizz, German.
All money transactions are done in dollars, all the pricing of hotel rooms is based on the dollar, if the tourist industry uses the dollar as a base for pricing, no amount of complaining is going to change the way an RV park charges, that is one that the owner does not want to loose money.
You are basically paying the same amount in dollars, just a different amount in pesos, best is to lay back on the amaca have a beer and enjoy.
Hay que gosar la vida loca.
Some merchants do not want to loose money since the peso is constantly changing in relation to the U.S. dollar, I guess that some remember the devaluation of the early eighties that devastated many, now that the PRI is in., the uncertainty is back, I would not like to loose money just because some politico needs to line his/her pockets.
Mexican businesses have always priced goods with the dollar as a base, why should they loose money?, if RV parks in Mexico want to charge in pesos the equivalent to dollars, that is their prerogative.
I for one hope that more RV's start traveling South, so that those parks that exist will continue, and maybe some will be opened in other cities.
Then of course I am an optimist.
No one uses the minimum wage in Mexico, no one pays or abides by it, other than some maquiladoras and they have a different pay scale.
Most persons are paid by the day, weekly or 15 days, (pago diario, pago semanal, quinsena), Mexicans do not tip or tip very bad, that is why they like us gringos, we tip and that is good for us and good for them, I have always tipped 15% to 20% and have always gotten very good service, if the service is not up to par then they get 10%, needless to say I do not return to that establishment and I let them know.
A little bit of money for a small tip in relation to the food or service received is not going to hurt your wallet.
Some years ago we had dinner in Puebla, with my brother in law and his family six persons we had appetizers, main course, dessert and we all had two beers, at that time the bill with the tip came to $185.00 U.S. DOLLARS, nowhere in Canada or the U.S.A. could we have had good food excellent service and a couple of hours having a great time.
That same meal would have cost us well over $600.00 U.S. DOLLARS in the U.S.
Enjoy the country, the people, the food the good beer and give them a gratuity, it is not going to bankrupt you, and yes a small tip for us goes a long way in Mexico.
If the towing vehicle has a 7 pin plug, there is a 12v dc pin and a negative or ground pin, if the connecting cord is also a 7 pin connector, all you need to do is run a wire from the connector pin 12v dc to the positive battery on the vehicle with an in line fuse of 10 amps, this wire should be a number 10 or lower number, when you stop over night disconnect the umbilical so that the toads battery is not discharged.
If you only have 4 pin connector, you need to convert to a 7 pin, Ford will not do this, they will not be liable for it.
An automotive electrician can install this.
If your cell phone has video recording with sound, start recording when they leave and then move closer to the RV with the dogs barking, that way the sound will be clear as to where it is from.
Do not go up to the vehicle where the dogs can see or hear you, that will defeat the purpose of the video, then when they get back show them the video and let them handle the situation, if nothing happens show video to park management and let them go from there.
If all this fails request a different spot maybe an upgrade?
Yep we follow the yellow line, regardless of where the little arrow is on the rotating wheel is pointing, the antenna travels less than a full revolution, so rotate the antenna until the image is as clear as can be, go outside look at the wings then imitate the wings with your arms and look at a compass, the transmitter is going to be in the direction that you are facing or 180 degrees, exactly opposite of where you are looking, the wings are going to be 90 degrees from the wings this method is used for navigation for aircraft and ocean going vessels, it is slowly being forgotten.
The most important thing to remember is to rotate the antenna to the stowing point and lower the darn thing, how many mangled antennas have you seen?
I have seen them flapping on the side of the RV trying to take off.
I wanted navigator, but it was being used by someone else
Sorry, sorry mea culpa, it is per day my mistake I am getting old, I converted it to U.S. Dollars and stayed in dollar mode instead of Pesos.
Minimum wage is PER DAY, this wages are not taxed.
Comparing Egypt, Cambodia, Venezuela etc. and all other countries is irrelevant, each country has it's own uniqueness, like humans we are all different, what I have given the op is the relevant information that was asked, also what the minimum wage is compared to the U.S. Dollar, so that they have an idea of what a person's earning this money makes per day, per month.
Tips in Mexico have always been 10% to 15% that has always been the norm, I doubt very much that this will change, affluent gringos and Canadians will continue to overpay for property's, goods and services, to the detriment of the local economies, since Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made the film in Mexico, very few natives can buy in the "Mexican" riviera I avoid them as if they have the plague.
I travel and stay at places where very few outsiders would go, there are no amenities, and until recently no phone, no electricity.
The information that I gathered comes from reading several articles published by the Mexican Government and my niece, she studied Hotel & Restaurant management and managed a big hotel with 2 restaurants for more than 15 years in Mexico City.
Now that we have established the minimum wage for Mexico, tip according to what you think is appropriate and makes you feel good.
Tengan un buen dia y que la conciencia no los moleste mucho.
The minimum wage established by the Mexican Legislation is per hour, no one can live with such a small amount of money, a lot of areas away from towns and hamlets do not use money, they trade goods ergo the bargaining.
We purchased one RV, and the defining moment will be when we can no longer climb the steps or the ladder to the cab over, then the kids can deal with the vehicle!
I will not go back to a tent or a VW bus!