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Thanks Brian, forwarding a link to this thread to my sister and brother-in-law who are planning a Mexican trip this winter with a pickup with canopy and travel trailer.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/21/17 09:22pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Close to the Season

Must be getting close. Two new topics today.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/06/17 12:05am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: INM Enforcement of 6 Month “Tourist” Visas

Interesting. I doubt the working with a tourist visa applies to members of this forum. BUT buried in Steve's articles there is mention of not being able to fly out and leave a vehicle with a TIP in Mexico. I know Tequila has done that a few times. Moisheh I know of several that fly home for Christmas every year leaving the rig and toad behind. I have done it once, for a friends funeral, but the motorhome was in my name with the 10 year permit, the toad in my wife's name, she stayed in Mexico.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/06/17 12:03am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Power Pedestal Connections

ground and neutral are common. To the best of my knowledge ground and neutral are always common as they are connected to the same bar in the main panel - I don't know of any other way of doing it. I have seen NO earth ground in many Mexican campgrounds. To fool the testers, the earth ground terminal is shorted to the neutral at the post!
Canadian Rainbirds 09/05/17 11:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Wise To Avoid State Of Michoacan Temporarily

How about an Update David? We may take that route southbound in late November and again Northbound in February/March 2018 Note: We managed it Northbound this February, arriving home safely, Jeep still attached. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 09/05/17 11:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mexico wagon masters

If I were a bit more fit, that might be fun. At least once. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 09/05/17 11:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

In to the shop this morning and back this afternoon. Replace/rewired/rearranged 4 GCs, added a cut off switch (actually a thermal breaker) between the solar panels and the controller. Very tight space, took the tech 3 1/2 hours including making up a couple of new main cables. Glad I realised early on that I wasn't up to it: neither the strength nor stamina these days.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/31/17 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
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
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