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RE: Wise To Avoid State Of Michoacan Temporarily

Hey David; come across any good slightly used Jeeps down there? :B
Canadian Rainbirds 06/04/17 12:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
Replacing Xantrex Prosine 2,0 Recommendations

The third Prosine 2.0 inverterd/charger has died. Very little room near batteries. SEE PIC since then in electric bay below the charger is the SC 2030 solar controler and shunt for the Trimetric 2030 monitor. Need +/- 100A charging and easy to set charge parameters. (4 X 6V GS, 480 AH total) 2KW PSW Could go separate charger and transfer switch but where to put them? Recommendations? https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xuNJJb1wGVA/UtxPWcXS9kI/AAAAAAAAHZY/OJ0nZYZj_Yo/s1600/DSCN4112.JPG
Canadian Rainbirds 05/23/17 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE Yuma AC repair recommendation?

UPDATE: Should have posted this weeks/months ago. On the way home, in San Carlos, on their 30A RV outlet the heatpump worked great. No problem starting. HOWEVER I had taken the Xantrex out of circuit (it had died) so there was no low voltage protection. It runs fine on the generator (7500 Onan Quite Diesel) Looks like it was just an inadequate supply.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/23/17 03:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

I pulled the old Allegro out of its hibernation spot and into the driveway. Put the fridge on propane to make sure it works in preparation for dry camping at the Pocono Raceway in a few weeks. For some reason the fridge fired up immediately and stayed lit. I usually have to fight with the thing, turning it on and of literally dozens of times before it will stay lit. And then the ignitor keeps clicking for hours. This time I flicked the switch, it lit and that was it. It's still lit this morning. And the ignitor stopped as soon as it lit. Go figure. I need to find a coolant leak somewhere. It puked a bunch of antifreeze out the right front somewhere and the overflow tank is dry. Also installing a tire pressure monitoring system today. If I'm feeling really ambitious I'll put some fuel and propane in it today. I'm not sure the campground where I fill the propane is open today, though. While in hibernation it's better to store it with a full fuel tank. Hope the coolant leak is a easy fix. My old class C use to have a small cold drip but was ok when warmed up. Yes I should have stored it full but I got lazy and didn't stop on the way home from the season's final trip to top it off. I probably put about 30 gallons in it over the winter 5 gallons at a time to keep the fuel level high enough to run the generator. The coolant thing is a mystery. Last time I had it running in the driveway it left a puddle of coolant. I topped it off today and let it get up to operating temp. Nothing obvious leaking. I replaced the "vintage" wallpaper-covered fridge door with chalkboard. Going to do the freezer today too. I need to pick up another piece of chalkboard. I'd post a pic but Photobucket has become completely unusable because of the ads. Pages won't load. I need to find another photo hosting site (open to suggestions). The reason to fill the fuel tank is to minimize the air space in the tank. Changing temperatures over winter will result in water condensation in the tank. Large air space = equals water in fuel. :E
Canadian Rainbirds 05/23/17 12:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Not today, but earlier in the week, I replaced the capacitors, compressor relays, and circuit board for my basement air conditioner. On our last trip, in October, one of the small relays on the circuit board was sparking and continually clicking on and off, not allowing the compressor 2 to run. I turned off the circuit breaker for circuit 2 and was able to keep the temperature tolerable using just circuit 1. I got the new parts from Makarios RV. Once I got the parts changed, I now have a system that's working like it's supposed to. It took me about five hours to change out those parts, mainly because I'm not able to work as fast as I used to. At least you didn't have to pull the unit to do that. That is one tough job! I think it weighs a couple of hundred pounds!
Canadian Rainbirds 05/09/17 01:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: From El Paso to PV

Which RV Park in Chihuahua? The Pemex to the west that used to be a KOA? Is it still up and running? It's been 15 years since we were there, might try it in the fall.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/17/17 10:54pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

De winterised it. IE removed all the t shirts, bathing suits, cleaned out the sand and vacuumed up as much dog hair as possible, and cleaned out all the dust from 5 months in Mexico. Now to do all the mechanical maintenance needed, to be ready for the few weeks of summer use before getting ready to head south again in October.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/15/17 11:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: From El Paso to PV

Try the Santa Teresa crossing in New Mexico, a few miles west of El Paso. Bypass the questionable El Paso area.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/06/17 11:57pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Last week or so filled her up with cheap diesel at Port Angeles and brought her home for the summer. Then unpacked the fridge, clothes etc.
Canadian Rainbirds 04/06/17 11:54pm Class A Motorhomes
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
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