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RE: RVing into Bahia LA

For vehicle insurance we have always used (13 years) Lewis and Lewis and can recommend them. we had a problem with a claim a year ago and Lewis and Lewis (Insurance Brokers) were very helpful in dealing with the adjuster. I would also highly recommend the Churchs' Baha book We are experienced Mexico RVers and wouldn't think of going down without their Mexico Camping book. Take copies of your marriage certificate. In the case of emergency you must to be able to prove that each of you have the right to look after the other. Note that should you go over to mainland Mexico you will need different insurance and vehicle import permits. Have a great trip.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/01/15 10:09am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

The tech arrived yesterday to diagnose why the heatpump (Coleman basement unit) wouldn't start. In a word, shot compressor. :E Heatpump has a 2 year warranty. Work completed on the installation of this one: 29 March 2013. :) Now to see how long it takes to get the new one and whether or not they will pay for the install labour. That is a real chore. Some of you may remember our blog about repairing the old one in Mexico in the fall/winter of 2012/2013.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/27/15 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: onan 7500 quiet Diesel

Congratulations on your new to you rig. We have a 2002 Itasca Horizon, a very close cousin. Hope you get the gen sorted. We have never (touch wood) had a problem with ours.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/17/15 07:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lugs on #4 battery wire?

OK, I'll have them install me heavy wall lugs. The Dielectric grease in the lug, while a good idea, is overkill, unless perhaps you plan on boondocking with your wheels buried on the beach and waves slapping your rv at high tide and have your wiring submerged. Axles were buried alright. The actual beach is 300 ft away, but the entire area was like a beach. The photo was made after the rain stopped. http://i.imgur.com/Ut1fcaBl.jpg Mud after the hurricane went almost up to the doorstep and filled the under-belly. So I moved AGM batts from the front perch - where they were sitting few inches below the frame, to the front storage where they are sitting above the frame. At least, they are out of direct rain and marine spray now. Rain is rare, but when it rains it pours. Little OEM electrical box with trailer wiring under the front frame came close to being buried in mud too - see those dunes around the tongue. I think I'll replace this box with a waterproof plastic box. Doesn't bother me much, since the loads are off when I'm not there, only controller is running. We can feel your pain: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7ZZYE8RlVsc/ULrk0eDAhjI/AAAAAAAAGAY/xYNdmmZJeZQ/s320/039.JPG Here is the whole story. I didn't have the excuse of a hurricane! Stuck in the mud in Mexico.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/15/15 11:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Is "Gringo" an offensive or derogatory word?

Like use of the Argentinian word 'boludo"; It means many rude things, the most polite being "stupid". However, "Che, boludo" is often said as a greeting to a buddy. Said to a taxixta who cut you off it would likely result in a fight.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/14/15 12:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Buying a used RV in USA as a Canadian

We bought our Itasca Horizon from a dealer in Arizona and imported it to Canada without problems. We had followed the rules on the website posted earlier. Buying privately could be a problem because you MUST have a letter from the MANUFACTURER, both chassis and motorhome builders stating that all recalls have been resolved. This could be hard to get through a private sale. Most large dealers are familiar with the procedure and have the contacts. Also the purchase documents must be Faxed to the US CUSTOMS OFFICE at the crossing you are going to use, 5 business days before crossing. You must check in with them at the border and get a clearance before entering Canada and reporting to Canadian officials. We were fortunate and bought when the US Economy had just tanked and the Canadian dollar was strong. We bought because of the selection and were able to find the perfect RV for us.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/14/15 12:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Info on a chasis battery chager from coach batterys

We use this one. Charges the chassis battery from the house batteries IF the house batteries are a 13.0 volts or higher. Also works on 24 volt systems. Max charge current is a respectible 15 Amps.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/11/15 07:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Bandito Watch 2015

JerBear, We didn't go down last year either. Our dog seems to be handling his hepatitis and if he continues to improve or at least remain stable we'll head south in October. Our final destination is Zihuatanejo so usually drive the 200 in one direction or another. Where do you spend the winter? PM me if you wish.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/11/15 11:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Bandito Watch 2015

The word is bandiDo, not bandito, this word does not exist in spanish, why would a person in Nova Scotia, Canada want to know about the bandidos in Mexico. We want to know about the bandidos in Canada! navegator I apologize for the spelling error. The reason I asked about bandidos is because we have travelled all over Mexico for the past 8 winters, but unfortunately had to take this winter off. It really would have been nice, navegator, if you had concentrated on my question instead of my typo. I'll tell you what, I'll spend more time on my spelling and you spend more time on your run-on sentences. I LOVE a good "Gotcha"!
Canadian Rainbirds 03/11/15 11:34am RVing in Mexico and South America
You know the season is over when

There is less than one new topic per day on this forum. :(
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/15 11:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: whimsical wishful thinking department

I certainly second Guadalajara, although I do seem to get messed up in Morelia, which would be good for a new RV park, now that we're short one in Patzcuaro X2 Plus: Bypass: Mexico City to the west and also around Toluca. Tepic? RV Park: Durango, More, better, at or near Puerto Escondido. San Cristobal for big rigs. Oaxaca.....etc We also need more RVers to make it worthwhile for the owners.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/15 11:33pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Help me buy an inverter

We took the electric coffee maker out and mounted an LED light fixture. We always, even in the stick house (Unless we have 6 for dinner) use one of these. DW even has the stainless vacuum Travel Press using the same high tech in the motorhome. Heating a kettle on the gas stove top just takes a few minutes and the coffee is excellent.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/09/15 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Hint and vent to guy laying in the road

Darwinism at work.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/08/15 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave parts sources

Thanks for all the responses. I'm leaning toward just getting a new one and pulling the rest apart for who knows what. I will keep looking. I am aware of the magnetron power supply (Capacitor) issues. I worked on Navy radar systems years ago. This unit at least had a bleeder resistor on the capacitor. But I did check for voltage across the cap's terminals. Thanks again. If you happen to have a Ham Radio license, save it for parts: :B There was an article in I think 73 magazine ages ago about a ham who built a ham radio microwave transmitter for ham television. The frequency was in the same microwave band that hams can use! Imagine--A kilowatt! Don't stand too close to the waveguide :E
Canadian Rainbirds 03/07/15 08:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Help to trouble shoot stair chair

I'm going to try what Charlie good time said. These battery terminals are the blade type that the wire end has the female part that you push on to the male blade on the battery. One red and one black.So I put the red wire on the red battery terminal and the black wire on the black battery terminal. Then I did the same on the second battery,red to red and black to black. Just like the batteries that I replaced were wired and the ones before those too. Yes this is a chair that takes me up and down stairs. I have post polio syndrome from having polio back in 1949 when I was seven years old. I didn't make any typing errors and I also know that some people don't know what a stair chair is. But I won't hold that against you.:p Like someone else suggested, could you have connected the batteries in parallel when they should be in series? Is the motor 12V or 24 volt. Welcome to the PPS club. I caught the last Polio epidemic in 1955. I haven't needed the stair chair quite yet but more than one trip up and down is a struggle! Of course my shop, ham radio room and hot tub are all downstairs! PM me if you want to chat or commiserate!
Canadian Rainbirds 03/07/15 08:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart Battery Comparison

I can't offer you any opinion on which you should get, but I want to point out the rather devious marketing ploy they are using by providing Amp Hour specs at a measly 1amp draw. The Industry standard specification is a 20A draw. I suspect that for a 20A draw neither of these batteries would be rated at even 100 AH. Also makes it hard to compare to the other quality vendors who do rate their batteries at the 20A spec. I believe the standard is the 20 hour rate, not 20 Amp rate.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/07/15 08:19pm Tech Issues
RE: overnighting options - Mazatlan - Durango/Torreon/Saltillo

Don't know about Torreon or Durango but there are a couple of options in Saltillo and a good one in Matehuela if you go that way. Here are links to our blog pages where we overnighted in Saltillo and Matehuala You can make Laredo directly from Matahuela in one day without going through Saltillo.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/07/15 12:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Is my water pump going bad?

If your converter is from 1989 it should be replaced. Get a modern converter with three stage charging. I suspect that most of your problems are from an under charged battery. Having said that though, I don't understand how it runs the furnace OK but not the water pump. Furnace fans are real power hogs. Try this: Put your multimeter (on DC range) on the battery terminals and note the voltage. (It should be 12.6 or a bit higher if nothing is on) Then while keeping the test leads on the battery terminals have someone turn on the water pump. Note the voltage--it will likely have dropped some but not lots. Then do the same with the furnace. Report the numbers back here.
Canadian Rainbirds 03/04/15 11:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Help determining if I can get a motorhome into my driveway

Like rgatijnet1 said near the beginning, pave a bit of that corner if after a test drive shows it won't make it. (I think it will). We have parked our DP on this stuff for years. (Make a good base: 12" of compacted 3/4 road base, 4" of compacted sand.)
Canadian Rainbirds 03/04/15 10:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: San Blas bypass route

Any recent reports on the condition of this road ? We're not headed home yet, but will be working north in a couple of weeks. I just hate to climb that Tepic hill only to come down again. RYV RyV: Even if we HAD been over that route recently we wouldn't dare recommend any route over another to you. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/15 02:35pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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