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RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Today the Splendide washer gave out. I traced it down to a back door interlock switch, put a jumper in place to get it working and will order the new $70 switch "soon". The inverter/ charger also crashed and burned so the maintenance budget is skyrocketing! Our Xantrex Prosine 2.0 did that about 2 weeks ago. Woke up to the sound of crackling and the smell of burnt circuit board. :E Pulled the shore power cord and went back to bed. Making do with a Canadian Tire automotive charger when the solar won't quite do. In Weed Ca tonight, overcast and a few snow flurries. Temperature 1C (34F) so will be needing the furnace. Batteries fully charged after the days drive but there will be no solar tomorrow, or likely the next day or two.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/26/17 07:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route info fro those driving from PV to Sonoyta

Just require two radios and a pace car far enough ahead to tell you the good news there is NO traffic coming your way! ( But that's a big truck !) Knowing there is nothing coming is cheating! :B
Canadian Rainbirds 03/26/17 07:04pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Route info fro those driving from PV to Sonoyta

Good drive today. Sunny but much cooler. First time we have crossed the Sonora Desert without having to start the generator to run the aircon. Highest temperatre we saw on the rigs outside thermometer was 74. Great for driving, but in Ajo AZ needed long pants when the sun went down! Road was great in spite of the construction. think I qualified for a Mexican Drivers Licence: Passed a fladbed Semi in a construction zone on a double yellow line at twice the posted speed! (Long straight, flat, wide new concrete section. No curve, so maybe not quite fully qualified!) Turned onto Highway 2 at Santa Ana, the 2 in pretty good shape to Sonoyta except for a few short sections. Note: turning in TIP at Pitiquito; The building in on the left just after crossing the RR tracks. this crossing is ROUGH. Crawl across. Turn in just past the outbound lane, very tight turn past a row of concrete barriers. DW walked into the office and an agent came out to remove the Jeep's decal. U turned at the unmanned inspection stations and exited the way we came in. The place was almost deserted NO staff outside. Southbound traffic went through with no agents in sight. Back on the road in 15 minutes. At the "Old station, (KM 21?) there was lots of building construction going on. No sign of this place being replaced by Pitiquito. Almost the other way around.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/23/17 11:06pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Route info fro those driving from PV to Sonoyta

Leaving in a hour or so for Ajo AZ. Will post info tonight IF wifi is available at the park
Canadian Rainbirds 03/23/17 07:56am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Route info fro those driving from PV to Sonoyta

From Mazatlan north wasn't too bad on the whole but as far as Los Mochis the surface ranged from OK to pretty awful. Lots of bouncing. We had a couple of cupboards come open. North of Los Mochis the road improved to excellent in places. Lots of construction where the entire north or south bound lanes were in the process of being or had been completely ripped up so there was two way traffic on what was/will be a dual lane highway. Traffic was moving at up to 80 Km/H in the 40 or 60 Km/H work zones! The construction and improvement continued on and off almost all the way to the Guymas bypass. NOTE!!! The on ramp to the Hermesillo route around Guymas is HORRIBLE. SLOW DOWN! The rest of it at least to the strange turnoff to San Carlos was very good. The construction cost us probably half an hour in over all travel time from Los Mochis to San Carlos.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/22/17 12:28pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Route info fro those driving from PV to Sonoyta

Left PV Sunday morning via Comopstela and Tepic and the Mazatlan bypass quota. Leaving on Sunday was a great idea. Wish we had done on purpose! Traffic was light, very few semis or big trucks, road in pretty good condition. They still have the topes in the shadow if trees and poles though! Easiest drive we have ever had on this route. Tomorrow San Carlos with a stop at La Pilarica Pemex for fuel and lunch. We hope to leave by 7:30 AM and should arrive in San Carlos by 6:PM I'll try to post details tomorrow or Wednesday assuming we have internet.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/20/17 08:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Proof of being in Mexico for BC Travelers

It all boils down to whether or not your surplus line broker is aggressive. A supermajority of Americans believe having insurance and doing paperwork by the numbers means border Banjercito staff will miracle an unlock on a delinquent overdue car permit when a vehicle is stolen and not recovered. These kinds of idiot-grade rumors cause nothing but problems. Being DETAINED in a jail is scary as hell. Knowing the reality of the matter helps not hinders the RVer. Ummm, David, this post is about British Columbia residents obtaining proof that they were in Mexico and out of the coverage area of their British Columbia auto insurance (Canada and USA) and therefore entitled to a refund for that period that the policy was not in force.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/17/17 04:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Proof of being in Mexico for BC Travelers

Should be a stamped and cancelled TIP. For a motorhome or trailer with a 10 year permit, we use a copy of the towed and photos of passport stamps, also RV park receipts. We are very fortunate in that our insurance broker takes care of it all for us. We just hand them the paperwork wait for the cheque! :B
Canadian Rainbirds 03/16/17 04:46pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best crossing going north?

We use Lukeville (Sonoyta) regularly, 32' DP towing Jeep Wrangler. Usually very quiet and quick, no tight unless they try to send you to the far right. Very difficult to find space to park big rigs on the Mexican side to turn in any paperwork, (FMT etc) and get a passport Exit stamp if you need one. You have to park on the street. HOWEVER I have no info on road conditions on MX 2 West of Sonoyta. To the East, the highway in good. I am assuming that you have only been in Baja and do not have a TIP for the rigs and toweds. If you have to cancel TIP, you will have to go much further West on the 2 almost to Caborca.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/15/17 04:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mexwanderer in accident

Mex has approached a subject that is important for travellers to be informed about. He did it from a worst case scenario and I am fine with that. The Department of Tourism is in distress, the flower bed has been trampled. I want to hear the good, bad and ugly and am perfectly capable of processing and filtering it. Please keep it civil so we can continue the discussion and keep exchange of information going. It is certainly a lesson on the importance of your choice of insurance and the vender you purchase it from. Thank you.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/13/17 02:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Can't post. Tried yesterday and today Xantrex problem

Acidity levels in the Pacific are rising. New environmental guru appointed by the great blonde leader has declared that carbon emissions have no effect on climate change. I can't wait to hear their next revelation - probably that the Earth is flat. You might consider adopting a sentiant thought process like scientific methodology rather than the long repudiated secular scientism of the dark ages.... Some of us in this RV audience are still capable of critical thinking, thus, please check your coveted ideology at the door... 3 tons WHAT THE HECK HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH MY INVERTER QUESTION? YOU MORONS ARE RUINING WHAT HAS BEEN AND EXCELLENT SOURCE OF HELP. I'G GOING TO i2rv.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/12/17 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Can't post. Tried yesterday and today Xantrex problem

I heard somewhere that there was someone in Quartzite who did that. I can see where separate components would be an advantage. The only problem is space close to the batteries. The original placement for the converter was under the drawer beneath the stove. The connections from that are I think # 4 or 6 and are on the other side of the rig and roughly 10 feet forward of the batteries. That is a very long run for 100 amps which my 6V GS will take. I would keep the inverter where the Prosine 2.0 is now, very close to the batteries. Here are some photos of the battery and inverter installation from our blog. The other is the space under the stove where we had the solar controller connection to the original converter connection. (Solar controller is now in the compartment where the inverter is. No room there for a charger. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xuNJJb1wGVA/UtxPWcXS9kI/AAAAAAAAHZY/OJ0nZYZj_Yo/s1600/DSCN4112.JPG https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r_hNtg2wy1E/Utxk46RF_8I/AAAAAAAAHaU/hzL_RZSCGyc/s1600/DSCN4122.JPG
Canadian Rainbirds 03/11/17 01:42pm Tech Issues
Can't post. Tried yesterday and today Xantrex problem

Looking to repair/replace Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Thinking of Quartzite. We are in Puerto Vallarta heading towards Vancouver Island. Leaving here in a week or so. Well that went OK, perhaps the other one was too long?
Canadian Rainbirds 03/11/17 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE Removing Sharp Carousel Micro/convection

UPDATE: I decided to heat another cup of tea, no bang, no smell, no smoke. Continued to use it. We are now (and have been almost three weeks) in Puerto Vallarta and still use the microwave several times a day. In fact at the moment it is cooking a pizza in Convect mode. It would appear that the arcing managed to burn off what ever was causing the problem. I may still take it out and have a look myself and/or have a tech look at it.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/17 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv entry for person on walker

As was suggested above, one of our FMCA friends has added half height blocks about 1/3 of the step width to the right side of the entry steps. She is wheelchair/scooter bound but can enter and exit the rig with his assistance.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/17 02:44pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Toad rental?

Wish you could lease Motorhomes....that would be cool I'm sure someone would do it for the right $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ etc etc etc. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/17 02:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Update Update! Correct, snapped in place in about a minute. Now I can see where I have been, and who's coming up on the iside! Update: Phoned Velvac Monday morning. They said that they would ship out the correct glass that same day. It arrived here in the Campground in Puerto Vallata midday today! 48 hours! And no charge. But I haven't opened the box yet! :@ Well I WAS going to install the new mirror glass and backing frame today. The package from Velvac was shipped from Wisconsin to Puerto Vallarta early last week, arrived here Friday evening. $171.04 USD for expedited shipping and handling it arrived here with an additional 129 pesos (about 16 USD) in brokerage and import duty. Opened the package this morning to find that they had shipped the wrong glass! They shipped the plastic frame for the large one but shipped the small convex mirror. AND I had e-mailed them this photo showing what I needed! :S https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oVKm3PnyTto/WKo8my4ijII/AAAAAAAAIB4/8GXcaJQZW7oWXBly8UIkLe78VS9JLBBJgCLcB/s320/DSCN2250.JPG
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/17 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mexwanderer in accident

Great stuff David. We can attest to the assistance that Jim Lewis can provide, though our situation did not involve threat or risk of jail. We're putting his number in our cell phones.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/08/17 07:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

When our mirror portion broke in Canada, we just had a piece of standard mirror glass cut that I temporarily glued in until we got home. Much simpler Bill We did that a year and a half ago. The original mirror shattered but remained attached to the backing plate. Duct tape held it all in place--and I could even use the mirror, more or less, for the rest of the drive to Zihuatanejo where I glued a new mirror over it. That story and this is on our here, with photos This time it was that "temporary" repair which failed grazing a gravel truck mirror last month taking the mirror mounting plate with it and now the only thing to glue a mirror to is that white plastic ring in the photo. Not sure how well the glue would hold, AND be able to remove to put the right parts back on. Gluing to the outer housing won't work as it would be aimed too high. Good news, Valvac is shipping the new mirror glass at no charge, should be here in a week or so. And that blog link reminds me that I better get off my butt and get the blog up to date!
Canadian Rainbirds 03/06/17 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mexwanderer in accident

Good to see MW back posting on some other forums again.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/05/17 04:13pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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