Do a compleete background check on the guy before you turn keys and rig, there are an incredible number of scammers on Craig's List and they are good at what they do, let the person know that you are doing a background check, the flaky ones will hang up, the honest ones will be glad to give the info.
Go to the police and have them look up the persons, not on the internet, the police have a better data and the real one, not the fake one created by the crook.
I presume that you are going in to Mexico at Nuevo Laredo, 85 and toll 85D, at the City of Monterrey take the Periferico Northe going west towards Saltillo 40 and 40D that will take you to Saltillo.
Yust before Saltillo there is the cut off to Matamoros, you do not need to go in to saltillo, mind you this is a toll road, then you are going to take 54 and 54D towards Matamoros and 54/54D continues to San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Arco Norte and Mexico City.
The designations 85,40,and 54 mean that the road is not a toll road, 40D, 85D and 54D means that the road is a toll road, all of these are four lane paved highways as good as what you find in the USA. you do not need to go to Linares, that is of course if you want to go there, all of the other roads are paved two lane roads the same as what you encounter in the USA, yes you can travell in your 5th trailer yust be carfull.
I believe they are called louver windows, and they are being used more on the high end units today, if they have a rubber seal, the rubber tends to deteriorate and stick to the glass, the same as the windshield wipers, you might try getting some of the fluid that is used to mount tires, you might be able to get some from the tire store, take a mayo jar and ask for some, put a little on a rag and wipe the seal so hat the window does not stick, this is a rubber lubricant, you can also spray it on the rubber mounts from the shocks when they start to squeak and he sway bar bushings.
On the crank mechanism buy some 3-in-1 oil and put a couple of drops on the crank and hinge at the tops.
Do not use WD-40, it tends to collect a lot of dust very fast and leaves a grey residue on the long run.
According to industry experts, he’s wasting his time.
I read the article, and maybe some are wasting time, at the same time that a trucker thumps the tires he is looking at the air cans and also takes a peak at the slack adjusters, marker lamps , mud flaps any oil coming from the center bearings, the brake hose and a general condition of the rig or if a platform the chains or straps and condition of the tarps and restrains, cargo in general, ETC.
When I thump my tires I have the engine running, the lights on the emergency flashers on and I look to see that the windows are closed, the bins are closed and locked, the steps in, that the tow bar and related equipment is all hooked and in order, so if that is wasting my time, bring it on, I will waste as much time as I feel I need to be safe.
At the beginning of every day when the tires are cold I check the pressure, that way I know that I start the day with he correct pressure Then I thump the tires when we make pit stop or meal stop, and yes I can tell when one tire is about 3 to 5 pounds off.
1. hook sewer hose to RV and to sewer inlet, making sure that the connections are solid and will not come off.
2. open black tank valve and monitor the hose and connections, you will hear when the tank is empty.
3 leave the black tank valve open and then open the gray water thank valve, after a while you will hear that there is no more noise of water running, close the black valve and then the gray tank valve.
If the place that you are staying at does not have a good connector for the hose, there is a donut that is used to avoid the hose from jumping out of the tube and making a mess.
It is better if the hose from the RV to the sewer connection has a 2% slope, and if you can avoid having the hose run on the ground snd then turn up and then down on to the sewer you will avoid having a hose full of sewer when you go to disconnect.
There are a number of clear plastic connectors that will let you monitor the sewer line.
What d you mean by awning windows, awnings do not have windows, do you mean the windows on the side of the RV that are under the waning.
After a time dust an dirt accumulate on the channel that the glass runs on, use a good vacuum cleaner and a small screw driver (flat) to dislodge the dirt, be carful not to ruin he material that is glued in.
After that if you use anything to lubricate the channel it will only attract more dirt and you will be in the same or worst situation.
The other alternative to thumping is the temperature of the tire.
Warning some times they can be hot enough to burn your hand, that is why I use a lasser thermometer, the hot tire is the one with the low air or some other problem and yes there is a slight variation on the temps from tire to tire, the ones exposed to the sun and the ones that are inside the duallis are different in temp but only slight, after a few trips you will be able to read the whaker sound or the temp fairlly acuratelly.
I also check the toads sound and the temp.
A note or advice for having a whacker with you.
Do not have the whaker or hammer in the cabin under the seat or near you, if a police officer sees it they are considered a concealed weapon and it will be taken as such.
Keep the whaker in a compartment that is not accesible from the cabin.
Some times they would stamp the numbers in the engine area on the frame and other times they would rivet a plate with the info, they also painted or spayed the plate, if you see the rivets and it is covered you may need to remove the paint, be careful not to damage that info.
Other info might be on the firewall behind the engine area and also on the dash in front of the driver on the left corner you might find the VIN, (vehicle identification number).
The engine also has a serial number, but tha one might not be the original one since you can exchange an engine with a rebuilt one, the rebuilt engine should have the original number restamped, but some people do not do it.
The house part may also have a serial number that I do not know where they might have placed it.
Wecome and good luck with your progect.
Electronics are great as long as they work, the whacker works without a battery or gismos, like GPS that send drivers the wrong way, a map or a chart and a compass gives me the correct direction at a glance, the whacker tells me if I have a tire with a problem.
I carry a whacker and also have a lasser pointer thermometer to check on the temps on tires when we make a rest stop, any anomally I imediatlly take action, taking air presure and looking at what may be the problem.
Going in to the US is one thing, going in to Mexico is a totally diferent animal
we are stating that Mexican authorities have requierements that may or may not be implemented by the person that is at the border cheking vehicles and persons comming in to Mexico.
Rabies is one of those requirements on CATS and DOGS going in to Mexico if the agent at the border wants to see the documents, and you do not have them, two things can happen:
You come to an agreement on how much the soda is going that day. (mordida)
Or they quarenteen the animal. (mordida) to get the animal out.
Most of the time they could care less about a gringo with cats and/or dogs, they are interested in the Mexicans coming in that have license plates from further south, they will get the soada money out of them.
They know that in the US we obbey laws a little bit more, therefore your dogs and cats will have current shots for rabies, and do not bother with the paper work, there are other fish in the pond.
As stated above if you have a flame and the frig is not cold check for a yellow color along all the coils and specially at the base of the heater, if there is yellow color the frig has leaked the liquid that the flame is supposed to heat.
If yellow color is present you need to replace the coil with a rebuilt or new one, not the whole refrigerator.
I do not know if you need a fishing permit or the panguero or lanchero has the permit, I do not think that they will let you play with the panga, it is probably a big investment for the owner, rent the panga with the pangero and enjoy the pagaride.
There are marine gps units that are water proof, if you happen to be in San Diego there is a marine store between J street and H street on the Wesst side of the I-5 on Bay Boulevard, West Marine 1-877-937-8238 www.westmarine.com
They probably have one that fits the need.
I looked into the www. sargapa.gov.mx it is the Agricultural, Inland Fisheries and all that deals with farm animals, catle, pigs, etc
That site does not have anything on domestic animals but you are directed to another site that has the requirements for bringing dometic animals in to Mexico.
Only dogs and cats are considered domestic animals that can be brought in with a certificate of rebeis vaccination, the certificate has to be from a vet and has to be on the vets stationary with the vets licence number, ETC.
Each animal has to have a separate certificate and at least have 2 copies of each, and it is a requierement.
We have travelled with dogs and cats, and we always make a doggy or cat passport, that includes all of the documents that might be requiered as in rabies, distemper, worms, parvo, etc. vaccines and inoculations together with a foto of the animal, never asked for them but had yust in case.
This agency also controlls all agricultural and all animal meat products, the State of Sonora is a meat producer and they want to keep all catle and pork related deceasses out or in check, the same goes for the State of Cihuahaua.
The max amount of "DRY" food is 50 pounds per family, no mention of canned food.