The owner was upset. I somehow managed to get him an almost mid price for a retail high end van. You have to be polite but firm and let the adjuster know that you are not a pushover.
...what happens if the extranjero's vehicle has new car replacement insurance or gap insurance at home !? I hope visitors bringing their nearly-new vehicles to Mexico carefully research this with their Mexico coverage policy broker !
As I stopped, I saw another young man running from the brush to my left. There was wide clear space on that side of the road with a narrow road or track leading into the bush.
This is a tried and true ambush/robbery tactic in Mexico (and, Central America: I've seen them all). The other tactic is for 2 guys to drag a 2x4 x 10 with a rope attached to both ends across the street in front of traffic (this would be no problem running over IF the 2x4 hasn't got 60+ 4-inch nails protruding out of it!). Another one is for a pick-up truck load of hombres sitting in the bed of the truck with automatic weapons swerve n front of the victim's vehicle, raise their weapons and signal you to stop (sometimes with one firing off a few rounds into the air, for dramatic effect).
The way you describe the incident, I can only deduce that these guys knew this sector of road intimately, and have done this genre of robbery many times precisely where you were robbed. If it were me,I would have gone to the State Judicial Police, and would have pointed out that these guys appear to have their shtick well rehearsed. The strength of follow up would be directly correlated to the possible police involvement in this scheme...
Glad you were not hurt; your calm demeanor and cool sense got you out safe and sound. These incidents you encounter will make you a stronger person, better to deal with similar situations (whether they happen in Mexico or, the USA). Count it as a learning experience...
For other Mexico travelers: mark this route in your GPSs as a "no go" dangerous route asap.
No shortage of TC's in the Jacksonville/St.Augustine Florida area I see them just about daily.
Check out Ocean Grove RV in St. Augustine Fl. and also New Horizon RV in San Mateo Fl.
...we visited Ocean Grove RV (St Augustine area), and they sell Lance truck campers...
Driving around Anastasia Island last week, we saw a Bigfoot (at a beach access), a Lance, and 2 other truck campers in the area. We also saw 3 truck campers for sale (stored in various driveways). Two of them looked exceedingly rotted.
Personally, I would be really vigilant owning and storing a camper in the extreme heat/humidity of Florida; if we ever went that route (I mean spending many months a year in Florida with the truck camper), I would have an air conditioned (with supplemental dehumidifier) garage big enough to store it in while camper was not in use. YMMV.
If the 10 prediction is correct then maybe California will finally see some rain?
Yes; that blocking sitting out over the Pacific "directing all the moist traffic" up north, is being chipped away big time as we write...it WILL break down in the not to distant future; I'd venture to say that within 1 or 2 ~~weeks of this post, Cali will finally get precip...hang in there!
...in addition to the US Wind Map link I posted here back 2 years ago, you can link to an orthographic surface map of the entire planet: here-->
...the above near-realtime lower-level wind circulation map can be panned and zoomed to show any region on Earth (ie. you could see the complex "polar vortex" and all its huge "Lows" by panning the orthographic view to a look-down on the north pole region of Earth; or you could zoom right into the RGV, Yuma area or Florida to see lower-level wind speeds). Caveat: when I say, "lower level winds", I don't mean wind right at ground level ! Also, you can visualize the polar and sub-tropical jets, too (if you have a bit of meteorological training)...
....also, this is a link to the GFSx 10 day visualization from Weatherstreet (not Wall Street; in map format) over North America, here--> So, if you put a lot of weight in the GFS model, you can see where the 300mb jet will swing up to 10 days out (updated twice a day), and when the jet swings north of snowbird locales like Florida, the RGV and southern Arizona, this would be a good thing for warmer temps (but unfortunately, precipitation, too, possibly)...
With the above, you could fairly confidently predict when/where/and roughly, how long warmer weather will be over your snowbirding locale !
I guess the GW folks didn't think we would remember all that stuff from way back then
...a BIG chunk of Alaska is in the 30s and 40s today (and, I think much of the winter). Alaska is competing with north Florida temperatures this winter. The US only makes up about <6/100s of the Earth's surface, so who cares if its colder than "normal" for 12~17 days a year :B
If you want warm, Arizona is nice right now; for the price of a couple bottles of good wine, you could fly there. And, for a few more dollars, rent a stationary RV for about $700 a month, if you shop around ;)
We look at used vehicles thus:
-treat every potential on its own merit;
-every year, every model has its own foibles, so know them in advance;
-have your truck pre-buy inspected and tested in every way possible;
-account for large replacement items (rebuilt tranny, etc) as after-buy expense
...if you find a gem at the right price, count yourself very lucky :B In all our years of hunting for the above in a truck, we've never found the "gem" I describe above :( We always live in hope!
....nice work turning chaos into an organized and infinitely safer assembly!
"where I crimped the smaller wires into those blade connectors (or whatever you call the push-on connectors)..."
...I think they are called "spade" connectors?
....I just noticed something while looking at the photos of the tub bottom on that toppled WC: the tub base (the pedestal that supports the entire camper) appears to be rectangular, and not T shaped (T shaped like our camper, and many others I have inspected = far more L/R topple stability with the rear floor substantially wider than tub at rear of camper).
I'm not going to get into T vs rectangular tub pedestal stability on such a tall and wide camper, vis COG, COM, centrifugal and perpendicular wind force(s) and tie-down points...I'll let a structural engineer chime in here....All I want to say is: thank God we have a T shaped tub pedestal, and 4 tiedowns mounted to our camper jack brackets (itself mounted to 4-inch aluminum beams (on both sides of camper).
We took out a special liability insurance rider on our camper alone (on the advice of an industry professional), in case it ever went "airborne", and through a building, or, God forbid another (occupied) vehicle.
We've had major problems with mice in the engine compartment of the 2500hd (gm). They nest in the large fuse box, eat fuse plastic(!), eat the. Black insulation skin, and rip out the glass wool to make nests throughout engine (and, inside air filter box). I used snap traps for two years, and caught many (so many, i stopped counting). And, that was during the summer/fall season (6 months). The other six months the rig was stored in a marina heated facility.
This winter, we are storing at our house outdoors. I separated truck from camper, and parked truck 40 feet from where mice invaded it (truck now out in middle of driveway, far from forest, and our dry stacked stone wall). So far, so good. Our snow hit in october this year, and no mice. I did build a custom steel piece (out of an old gm air filter mesh), and have installed it in the air filter intake to block mice (i remove it and put filter back when i start the truck). This summer, i will replace the black insulation (my dealer will do this for $237).
Research vegetable additive plastics and wire insulation. This is a major issue with at least 7 vehicle manufacturers and numerous of their models, today.
*drier sheets were absolutely useless. I tried 4 brands, and all of them were used by our mice, shredded, and made into nests! Also, the problem with volatiles like peppermint, and many other odiferous deterrents is that in open air, the effectiveness degrades, as the wind over your engine (with hood closed) or excess air movement oxidizes those agents in hours or a few days. Btw: mice create scent trails, and more aggresive mice will often encroach weaker holed up mice, and scare them off, whereby even more aggressive mice will displace those (a vicious cycle, following those scent trails throughout you engine, the scent lasting up to several years, unless you steam clean your engine...every few weeks.
.....OK, so this ShurFlo/Polar-Aire vent is now completely off the market, and no replacement parts are easily available, or available at all.
Q: which roof vent cover will fit over it ("it" being: the Polar-Aire/Comfort-Aire) ? I'd really like to hear from those who have put a MaxxAir (or similar) vent cover over top of this power vent. What concerns me is that the Polar-Aire/Confort-Aire roof-top flange has a plastic bezel, not metal (Polar-Aire calls this part: "chassis" in their replacement parts kit PDF manual). So, if the brackets on a new MaxxAire even fit at all, I'd have to drill through the Polar-Aire plastic bezel, insert the 3/16ths stainless machine screw, and apply marine adhesive to the MaxxAire bracket-- to better spread the stress across the bracket-to-plastic bezel contact real estate...
I'd rather not rip out this perfectly good roof power-vent, and spend $$$ hundreds on a replacement (the closest being a MaxxFan 4500K at $350), if I could simply throw on a MaxxAir for $28.99 (at Camping World) in 15 minutes or less. And if my existing Polar-Aire hatch cracks worse, that the heii; i'll just tape it with clear safety tape.
Anyone know where I can source a Polar-Aire roof vent lid? The model is a Polar-Aire II
The photo is a bit small, but you get the idea :)
Sure-Flow looks like it is out of the Comfort-Aire/Polar-Aire business. Polar-Aire's website has no such product...ours hasn't failed yet, but there are numerous micro-crazing (hairline fractures) on the lid (curiously, micro-crazing only on the lid's surface, not on any other part of the lid; even parts more exposed to sun on this lid have absolutely no crazing ?).
Thanks in advance,
"A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chill index values will
drop to 30 or lower for at least 2 hours for the Rio Grande
Valley and 25 degrees or lower for 2 or more hours for the Rio
Grande plains and northern ranch lands... with winds of 10 mph or
As someone who lives in one of the coldest places in North America, have to chuckle at the regional "wind chill advisory" as issued for Rio Grand Valley !!!! 30F or lower for at least 2 hours...:B Not to belittle this, wind chill warnings are triggered by vary differing climate regimes, region by region.
As a comparison, wind chill advisories for our area don't even kick in till about -35C (-31F) :E And, in other parts of Quebec, north of St Lawrence River, wind chill warnings don't kick in till -50. We regularly get -30C or much worse here on our mountain for weeks at a time, in December, January and February. When the temps are 25F to 29F and the sun is out, we sit outside in the sun in front of our garage with a glass of wine, taking a tan; the garage is a very effective wind-break :B
Wiki wind chill criteria: "In Canada the warning is issued based on a regions normal climate. Thus in Southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada the warning is issued at -30/-35 and most of Canada it is issued at -45 while in Northern Manitoba and Northern Quebec and the Canadian Arctic the warning is not issued until -50"
...how 'bout a private cabin, with loft, and appliances on a rocky outcrop in casco bay, maine, inside a 600 acre park (recompence shores / wolf's neck foundation inc. near freeport, me) ?
We camp at this massive ranch/campground every year. You have canoeing, hiking, and world-class shopping and restaurants all within minutes of this site...
They have a website, and you can get a weekly deal on one of the cabins, i'm sure (with view of the atlantic).
Point senior cabin
Yeah I know, we're in it right now. We came home for Christmas and we're heading back to MB on Saturday (Jan 4), can't wait!
....hang in there Eric! Just 1.5 days to go till departure :B
Man, they have even closed down several chair lifts here in Bromont! Jeesh, can't even ski here any more when its a bit below the norm :B
I hope you're driving? Or, flying back on a private plane? Most of our friends have gotten nasty illnesses (but no flu, interestingly) flying here and there this holiday.