At the Western port of entry San Ysidro there are 4 distinct and separate areas, left side is the general lanes for just the tourist visas, that take any where from two and a half hours to four hours depending on the agents in the booths, if you get the rookies it takes for ever.
Then come the ready lanes that take the enhanced border crossing cards, those lanes start along the right hand or West direction next to the Rio Tia Juana and are narrow with very sharp and a tight left hand turn just before the border, a 40 foot RV will scrape the concrete barriers, the wait times vary from a half hour to four hours depending on the hour and traffic.
Then come the sentry lanes and they are only for the vehicles that have been pre screened, there again the access is from the river, not recommended the CBP agents get really annoyed at you plus the lanes are really narrow.
Last but not least is the passenger bus lane, access is by the sentry lane right hand lane, this lane can take up to four hours until you reach the CBP booth, then you might end in secondary for another hour plus.
If you have paperwork that needs to be turned in there are no offices at all on the lanes going North to san Diego or anywhere to park or stop, the Banjersito and Immigration offices are on the Mexican entry side and no vehicle access from the lanes entering the USA or for that matter pedestrian access.
Otay Mesa is a commercial entry and they handle all entries as such, Sentry lanes are on the right hand side and all others to the left, the Banjersito office is on Avenida Segunda, you need to navigate the streets if returning paper work, a lot of big rig traffic and hard to get to it the Banjersito and Immigration office is on a dead end street with lots of parked vehicles, turning a big 5th will be a challenge plus there is no where to park on the lanes leading to the border crossing and there is a wire fence at the end of the Segunda AV, wait times for this port of entry are normally a fast two hours and a half hours to four and a half plus, I avoid this entrance at all.
From your post I see that you are familiar with the Tecate entrance, use that crossing and when you get to the 94 "T" instead of going right go left on 94, there are some campgrounds on 94, if you want to go to San Diego keep going there is a Border Patrol inspection station, after the station a couple of miles there is a road just before a bridge on the left, this road is Otay Lakes Road make the left turn, this road takes you in to Chula Vista stay on it DO NOT get on the toll road, continue and you will see the first freeway, the 805 keep going until you get to the I-5 and go North, there is a nice RV park at the marina, if you want to go there get off on "J" street turn left under the freeway keep going the street makes a gentle right turn, at the end of the marina parking lot make a left turn, at the end of the street go right and mid way on the block on the left is the entrance to the RV park.
Fuel prices went down one Mexican centavo on Friday so the new pricing is working.
I am being sarcastic! that comes out to $0.000526 US currency one Mexican cent divided by 19 since one Dollar is about 19 Pesos more or less.
They opened a BP "British Petroleum" down the road and the gas price is higher than the Pemex a few blocks away, and the lines to get fuel from the BP station remind me of the last fuel shortage in the US, I guess the novelty will pass we will see what the future brings.
Saludos y muy buenas noches a todos.-----(greetings and good night to all)
There is another way to check for leaks on the over hang, go to one of the corners underneath and push up on the bottom, if the panel flexes it is a sign that there is rot from leaks, or they placed a couple of drain holes.
Also check the sides if you notice any waves or bulging that is also water damage, another area is where the cab meets the house part inside the vertical panel 90 degrees to the frame, any sponginess and also in the back area where the roof meets the sides, they may have painted inside but rot is spongy wood.
Gas caps have to be air tight for emissions, after market caps are not air tight.
Go to a Ford dealer and purchase a cap wit a retainer that attaches to one of the screws next to the filler tube you will never leave a cap behind again.
It is interesting that the check engine light did not turn on, I had that problem with the toad and an after market cap with a keyed lock, it would turn the light on and would not start, the cap was not air tight.
To check the fuel pump on any fuel injected vehicle do this.
Have a friend turn the ignition key but do not start or crank the engine you get under the vehicle, place the palm of the hand on the tank, some tanks have a protective metal shield so make sure it is the tank, have the friend turn the key several times while he counts 3 seconds 1001, 1002, 1003 and then turn key off and repeat several times.
If there is no vibration and no hum, the pump is toast!
Started sleeping with just a sleeping bag and a rain proof poncho on the ground with my dad, we graduated to a two man Swedish Army surplus tent, latter we had army cots with the tent, then I bought a 3 man tent still have it, latter I graduated to a 1968 VW bus that I converted into a camper with Coleman stove and lantern, porta potty and even a solar heated shower, tepid warm of course, sink and ice box, comfy for me and my girl friend, even made an awning for it, and all was removable, latter on I married and after a trip with out the VW and staying in a hotel room that smelled of old stale smoke, we are non smokers decided to have our own bed, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dinning room and out door patio, so my 2001 C is just perfect for the wife and I.
I have a C and pull a toad so my contribution is no good, "BUT"
Maybe those of you that have pickup trucks and pull 5th wheel trailers or pull trailers down to Mexico might shed some light.
Do you get a 180 day permit for the pickup and a 10 year for the fifth or pull trailer?
If so do you leave the 5th or pull trailer in Mexico and return the 180 day decal and get a new one on the return?
The reason for asking is this, if the pickup and the camper are seen as a unit and issued one decal for 10 years attached to the truck and the camper is left in Mexico, it technically has no permit with out the truck and the truck is now also illegal with a 10 year permit without the camper.
But if the camper is declared as an RV and issued a 10 year permit and the tuck is issued a 180 day permit, then the camper and the truck will be legal being separated, although I do suspect that they will not go for a camper being an RV, one can always ask the worst that can happen is they say NO!
2001 C only leak I got was a bird strike on the center marker light in Texas two yers ago, that night it rained and I was wet in the morning, taped the marker lights until I replaced them.
The construction of the overhead is important, mine has a steel cage encased in fiberglas with a 1" and 1/4 of foam and then the lnner wall, no sagging and all the seams have been re-caulked every two years, no major leaks otherwise, yust the shaterepd plastic of the marker lamp, the rain washed the blood and I found the feathers in the lamp.
Check on the construction of the cage, if it is wood, walk away too weakk for the flexing.
Take the tanks to the local propane gas dealer and have them do a pressure test and recertify, and replace the hoses, the regulator can also be checked by the propane dealer and you are good to go for another 10 years.