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RE: Water?

Like Tallyho69 we filter; a three stage filter to fill the tank; sediment, charcoal and a .5 micron ceramic filter. The pressure in Mexico is usually so low that we need a pump to fill the tank. We use our "spare" water pump powered from the 7 pin plug at the rear of the coach. We almost always use bottled water for drinking but draw from the tank for everything else including showers and brushing of teeth. We also add a little bleach to the tank when filling. A charcoal filter takes the bleach taste out. We have a separate faucet at the galley sink that goes though an additional charcoal filter. Used for coffee, tea, and the ice maker in the fridge. The dogs get bottled water. Dogs with diarrhorea in the motorhome doesn't bear thinking about! We are seldom afflicted. If at all, mildly for a day or two early in the trip. Be a little careful but don't make a big deal out of it.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/15/16 12:50am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best option to get Pesos with credit card in Mexico?

HSBC also has branches thoughout Mexico. Watch out for ATMs esp those not at banks. There has been a scam where the machines were fitted with a chip that scanned and stored info which was later downloated by the scammers via a bluetooth connection. Use your smart phone to check for a bluetooth connection at the machine and if it shows one, DON'T use that machine. Krebs Security link
Canadian Rainbirds 09/10/16 12:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: MX States Visited Map

Have all three on our rig, and have had for years. The old style solid colour ones. Don't like the newer style. Would like to find the solid colour for Canada as we are missing a few.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/30/16 01:00am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pemex Announces Another Increase

Starting September 2016 Magna 2 centavo increase to 13.98 Diesel 47 centavo increase to 14.45 Premium 0 increase remaining at 14.81 En Septiembre Habra Otro Gasolinazo (Another Gasoline Increase in September) 14.45 a litre for diesel? Wow, that's about what we are paying in Canada! :E
Canadian Rainbirds 08/30/16 12:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Pemex Announces Another Increase

Starting September 2016 Magna 2 centavo increase to 13.98 Diesel 47 centavo increase to 14.45 Premium 0 increase remaining at 14.81 En Septiembre Habra Otro Gasolinazo (Another Gasoline Increase in September) 14.45 a litre for diesel? Wow, that's about what we are paying in Canada! :E
Canadian Rainbirds 08/30/16 12:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Bringing a motorcycle or not to Mexico?

In Ixtapa the RV Park is north of Ixtapa, past Playa Linda(the Ixtapa Island connectionat the end of the road. There is no bus service past Playa Linda.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/28/16 05:54pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Bringing a motorcycle or not to Mexico?

Speed bumps speed bumps are to topes what kittens are to tigers. :E
Canadian Rainbirds 08/28/16 05:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Eagle pass or Laredo

We have used both in the past. We took Eagle Pass several times then one year found ourselves in San Antonio so decided to try Laredo (Columbia Bridge crossing--not the one in town) and now we purposely detour to use that one. It us much quicker to Saltillo, and in fact now we can stop further south than that. It also avoids Monclova, which used to be a Transito Gauntlet run though I have heard that it has improved. As for time, we always strive to cross early, as soon as the crossing is opens, about 8:00 AM I believe. That way we can get further into Mexico Not really any good overnight places closer to the border. Last year we had planned to stop in Mazatlan and PV on our way south to Zihuatabejo but were delayed in San Antonio for too long (waiting for a windshield for the coach) so we just headed south.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/28/16 05:42pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Basic battery charging and solar question

Maybe your dealer knows something about battery charging, maybe not. The only clear answer will give you a voltmeter hooked up to battery. If your charger stops charging at 13.5V - it is good one. If goes above 14V -it is killing the battery. Same with solar charging. You want the batteries to be around 13V in the afternoon. Check the battery manufacturer site what they consider discharged battery and go from there. This is not correct except for the part about checking the manufacturer site for proper charging. Correctd--Kayteg is wrong here. Lead acid batteries need a bulk charge of 14.6 to 14.8 or even a bit higher depending on manufacturer. After a given time (depends on size of battery, starting state of charge and manufacturer, (usually when charge current lowers) voltage will reduce. Constantly charging at 13.5 will likely result in a weak cell failing.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/24/16 06:44pm Tech Issues
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

I also sometimes say "I don't really care. It gets better mileage than my boat ever did"!
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/16 12:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

I'll tell them that we get about 6.5-7.0 mpg and then say 'what does your house get'? (stole that from somebody as I thought it was a funny answer). They usually laugh. MM. Me too! (though we average 8.2 over 8 years with our "small" DP and 5.9L Cummins)
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/16 12:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 6 volt batteries, problem?

I saw 13.2 at the batteries while the engine is running. This is, all, however immediate after being plugged in for 3 days into the PD 9270. Bought a hydrometer on the way here. One battery shows 1250-1255. The other is a healthy 1270-1275. The low one also shows .06v lower than the other. Possible bad battery? Is every cell in the one battery 1.250-1.255, or just one cell? This is too low. Battery or cell is not charged. You need to charge this battery at 7.5-8.0 Volts until the specific gravity stops rising. If you don't have a "6" volt charger that will do this use the "12" volt charger. You may have to put it in equalise mode to get this. When SG stops rising that cell or cells is charged. If not up to 1.265 or better and is not rising with 15-16 volts (7.5-8 using one battery) then that cell has had it. Get the replacements offered by your dealer. Best to do this charging with ALL LOADS off the battery. Also, watch the cells for electrolyte level. When charging or equalising, there should be enough electolyte to cover the plates and keep them covered. DO NOT over fill--the fast gassing can cause the electrolyte to spill over. Once the batteries are fully charged then top up the electrolyte with distilled water to just below the notch. If the weak cell(s) come up to an acceptable level and stay within the range of the other cells after that then the battery is likely OK, though you should keep an eye on its SG. If it always falls much lower than the others, replace it.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/24/16 12:21am Tech Issues
RE: Zacatecas Options

Park on the side of the lot by the building. DO NOT park under the trees on the highway side unless you like your rig covered in bird s#it by morning! You don't need to ask me how I know this! :E
Canadian Rainbirds 07/23/16 12:38am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: rv to Lake Chapala area

I agree with Brian/Sue. We too use Lewis and Lewis, and can attest from 1st hand personal experience the help you can get from the Broker should there be an issue with the adjuster. Here is a link to our blog which describes our several crossings from Texas (Laredo, Columbia Bridge) and also one of the "horror" stories that you hear about, our Jeep being stolen. Note that this incident did NOT prevent our returning to Mexico. Here is a better link to part of our blog starting with our crossing at Columbia Bridge in November 1015 Be prepared to spend at least an hour dealing with paperwork at Aduana and Inmagracion. There are usually two stops and inspections; one at the border and a main one several (often 20 or more) kilometers south of the crossing. Buen Viaje
Canadian Rainbirds 06/11/16 03:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: San Carlos-Nogales VFR Direct?

We usually do Mazatlan to San Carlos in one long day, don't really like the alternatives, either crappy so called RV parks or a long detour. This year, due to a broken serpentine belt just south of Los Mochis we stayed at the large Pemex just south of the city. They have a large overnight lot in the back. Lots of trucks so a but noisy. There were 4 other RVs there that night. San Carlos to Nogales in very doable in a long day. We usually go to Ajo, crossing at Sonoyta/Lukeville and arrive at Ajo about 5:00 PM. IF you go that route note that the Inmagracion at the checkpoint closes at 4:00 PM IF you need to get you passport stamped and turn in your FMT. You can do that at Sonoyta but parking in extremely limited.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/10/16 09:04pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: San Carlos-Nogales VFR Direct?

Watch your speed going through Hermasillo. It is 60 KM/H for a long way. The police love that. As you enter Hermasillo your left turn is just a few blocks ahead. Watch for the large overpass and KEEP RIGHT. Don't go over the overpass. Keep in the right lane and turn at (just past) the hotel on the right. I forget it's name for the moment, if I recall it I'll post it here.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/10/16 08:55pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: That Wanderer Gringo

He posted on Zihuatanejo.net board this afternoon. Sounding like his old self.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/06/16 11:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone have any experience with this inverter.

Sorry I have no experience with AIMS inverter. Does it still look like this? Yes I believe some consideration should be given for more ventilation. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xuNJJb1wGVA/UtxPWcXS9kI/AAAAAAAAHZY/OJ0nZYZj_Yo/s1600/DSCN4112.JPG width=600 I understand the appeal of the all in one. However my preference is for separate components. Yes, pretty much though I have since added a solar controller! Yep. More heat. HOWEVER when we are parked, especially in Mexico, I leave the door open. The extra cords and such are now stored elsewhere. I have some concerns with venting that compartment re ingress of moisture to the electrical compartment. Perhaps a couple of marine type vents, as seen on pleasure boats, in the door might do the job. As for the separate components (also recommended by Xantrex when talking with them when this first failed) the lack of space would mean extremely long cables.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/29/16 12:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone have any experience with this inverter.

Sorry no experience on that specific inverter Have dealt with that resale Store and had several good experiences Did you have any luck trying to get it repaired? I have lots of parts for those old Prosine units No one locally wants to touch it. I wish we had been able to drop it off at your place but we had some rig problems and needed to get home.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/29/16 12:51pm Tech Issues
Anyone have any experience with this inverter.

My Xantrex Prosine 2.0 has died. This is the second one in 8 years. Don't have a lot of room so I am looking for a 2KW PSW inverter/charger with Minimum 50 Amp up to 100 Amp battery charger. (4 GCs at the moment) This one does not have the programmable settings that the Xantrex has but for the price will this one do a reasonable job?
Canadian Rainbirds 04/28/16 04:00pm Tech Issues
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