A little update, Hotel San Ramon has and is spending quite a bit of time and effort to upgrade, their park enterence road has been remodeled to get a large unit in and branch's trimmed. No poles to needed to lift power lines.
Juan, is adding as we speak 20-25 new spaces in the back where the old campgrounds used to be, has the Mexican camping ass. coming April 1 for a month. While I was there, there were 2, 40 footers and had no problem getting in or out.
Excellent news! I hope he is taking advantage of the closing of La Siesta. We will be in SMA (renting a house for a week) but will stop by on our way to the aguas termales to check it out. Could be a good place to spend the summer.
So...is there a better choice crossing North coming from Saltillo, heading to Arkansas
I recommend the Piedras Negras / Eagle Pass, Tx crossing.
From Saltillo, stay right on Hwy 57. Good hiway, easy, well marked customs access about 25 kms from border.
We have used this crossing for the last several years.
There is a truck bypass for Monclova that I wrote about last year. Do a search for Monclova on this forum and I have the details.
Brianandsue. On the way back from SMA, staying on 85 I think headed to Monterey from Saltio, got on what looked like a new Monterey Quota. Cost about 400 pesos but popped out right at the airport just down from wallyworld where I usually turn rightAirport. Anyone used before and how do you get on it heading south?
While I was in the lobby of US customs there at the border, There is a office that has a window. When I asked for the supervising officer, no one knew who that was, where he or she was, what the address to write to to "offer some management and organizational tips and recommended further training for the troops, no one knew anything and disappeared in to behind the counter. I guess we can use it for storage if we want as no one there seems to know anything about it.
Hmmm,Just thinking that RV.Net might start a forum that rated all the crossings from users comments and send it to Homeland as a customer relations tool. Names dates, officers names comments and suggestions etc, both negative and positive.
"Since October 2004, 132 Customs employees have been indicted or convicted on corruption-related charges, the majority from the Southwest border. Since 2006, the number of investigations has more than tripled, from 244 to about 870 last year, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General."
When the U.S. border patrol visited the rv park in McaAllen where we spent the month of January, he gave a presentation meant to scare people away from Mexico. I wanted to confront him but I knew better.
We crossed into Mexico at Eagle Pass and to Matehuala was 680 km, 8.7 hrs on the truck and 10 and a half hours of elapsed time. The paperwork took 1 hour. Exited Mexico via Columbia,from Matehuala was 607 km, 7.9 hrs on the truck and 8 hours 45 min elapsed time. the border took 1 hour. Next year we will be using the Columbaia bridge because I felt the roads were better and we felt more secure. The tolls were $297 (EP) vs $967(columbia). At Eagle Pass we stayed at Walmart, very close. At Columbia we stayed at Lake casa Blanca State Park, not close to the crossing and the mileage and times reflect those 2 locations.
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It would seem to relate to where you are going next as well. For me, going to Houston from Mazatlan, it is about 40 miles farther going to Piedras Negras. But for someone going to Dallas from Mazatlan, it looks to be about 5 miles farther. (Google map mileage)