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RE: Slow Bridge Crossings

Colombia had only one lane open. Long waits are something new in the last two weeks because of changes we can't talk about here. As SideCarFlip said, it is only going to get worse. Yes, Semana Santa does play a role in this. Beaches from Matamoros to Tampico are packed this week as people are avoiding the crossing. I get tired of the endless questions about how I was born in the U.S., why I would want to live in Mexico, about being afraid, etc. So sad that Hispanics along the U.S./Mexico border don't even know their own roots and they are only miles away.
qtla9111 04/17/19 06:29pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Slow Bridge Crossings

We are taking what may be our last rv to the U.S. We left on Sunday morning and drove straight through Monterrey on the truck route. No issues. We arrived at the Colombia bridge at 12:05 p.m. and made it to the border agent booth at 3:20. After that, it was time to get the visa permit for one. That took another two hours and twenty minutes. Too much hassle with lines, inspections, and harassment. We'll stick to Mexico. Just a heads up to anyone else who is coming across in the next few weeks.
qtla9111 04/16/19 09:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best route San Miguel de All to Austin TX?

The connector from the Colombia Bridge to the I-35N is Texas Toll 255. How do you pay the toll? From what I remember, they closed the toll booth and installed cameras. You had to buy a pass from Texas Toll Highways. Just curious. We have Mexican plates so we don't need to go through immigration on the Mexican side and drive straight through Laredo. But it would be good to know.
qtla9111 03/31/19 05:43pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Baja Sunrise

Looks like a great place but it seems a bit pricey. Their monthly rate for beachfront comes out to $30. I wonder if the tent, car and casita camping is also meant for dry camping? That seems reasonable.
qtla9111 03/25/19 06:09pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: The Loss (of our furry friend)

I started the video but couldn't watch it. Not yet. We lost our Little Bit last month. We should be thrilled that he gave us 19 years of his life. He was my shadow. A cat raised by dogs, he would run out to meet me as I got out of the car, hid in my suitcase every time I had a work trip and knew when I was down. He slept by my side every night and became the lap cat I always dreamed of. He was still pretty good over the holidays and we took him on what we knew would be his last rving trip. We were gone for a month and he was the joy of the rv park. He had as much fun as we did. As I have always said, there is a price for loving and it's called sadness. You can't have one without the other. The good news, you end up with the best memories ever that no one could ever buy, trade or steal. They're yours. I hope to watch the video someday soon and thanks Gramps for posting it.
qtla9111 03/18/19 07:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mex 57 traffic

We have traveled Hwy 57 four times back and forth in the last year. It has gotten worse and for several different reasons, all of which you have mentioned. Our biggest delay was in December on our way to Jalisco. The paisanos were heading back in droves and there was an actual back up of traffic at the Parador San Pedro for miles solely due to the sheer number of vehicles entering and exiting the rest stop to buy food and fuel. The road work is second with the checkpoints coming in at third. The highway has improved considerably and lets hope it gets better unless our new president decides that his austerity program should also include federal highways. The alternative would be the highway from Saltillo to Zacatecas and beyond. They say it adds an additional hour and a half but with road delays on the 57 it could a tie.
qtla9111 03/02/19 05:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Drury Suites Snowbird Rate RGV

I was just curious because a few years back some rvers decided to take that option because of fuel prices at the time. Thanks
qtla9111 03/01/19 11:56am Snowbirds
Drury Suites Snowbird Rate RGV

I stayed at the Drury Suites in McAllen last weekend. Lots of snowbirds there who take advantage of the benefits: Laundry facilities Two-room suites with complete kitchen, living room and bedroom Gym Pool Jacuzzi Free breakfast Happy hour and snacks (more like dinner) Does anyone know what the rate is that they are paying for their monthly or winter stays? Yes, I should have asked when I was there. Just curious if you know someone who does that.
qtla9111 02/28/19 09:32am Snowbirds
RE: Hoy No Circula

Just a comment. Hoy No Circulo is a disaster. Started in 1989, the result is that most people have two cars so they can move around on the days they are not supposed to. They want to implement this system here in Monterrey. Hopefully, I won't be living here by then. With so many regulations and exceptions, it leaves the door open for corruption.
qtla9111 02/18/19 10:12am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: When is a 3/4 ton needed?

Do you have add on mirrors? Those help...not as good as real tow mirrors but better than trying to use normal mirrors. I would think an ecoboost Exp EL with tow package would be able to handle a trailer of that size. Some sag is fine, and you say its not swaying. All sounds good so far. Might be a little much if you load the full 3300lbs of cargo capacity in the trailer though. Our specs are pretty much the same on the TT and we tow with a Dodge Durango. Eazlift WDH and the attachable mirrors work just fine. I think maybe I could eliminate the 1 inch sag on the rear by turning over the shank but not sure how to do that. You shouldn't be driving over 60 anyway so enjoy the ride and the trip.
qtla9111 02/14/19 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Oldie Not Mine

Cool! With a little care, maintenance, you can get a lot out an rv. A remodeled TT for 6500? Sounds like a great deal.
qtla9111 02/14/19 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: internet options

Before carlos slim took over the service was horrible. Telemx had a bad union and the workers did not care about anything. When you called in to report a problem they would tell you it will be fixed. 2 days later it was still NG. If you called and complained they simply hung up. But things have changed. Our phone works 99.9% of the time. Now if we could only get the water dept. to improve their service!!!! X2 Better than any service I have used in North, Central and South America.
qtla9111 02/08/19 04:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Tioga George

He will be missed. I read his blog every evening. Not many left I enjoy reading. I posted a video on my blog from YouTube he made back in 2008. He talks about how and why he did what he did. The guy had guts to travel all over Mexico and boondock in places most people would have never imagined. He showed us how safe Mexico is and that Mexicans are some of the nicest people in the world. I believe he will become a cult figure in the Mexico rving community. We will see tributes and memorials over the next year. Viva George, Viva Mexico!
qtla9111 02/05/19 05:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Tioga and George?

Adios George. You made Mexico proud the years you boondocked here. I will miss your daily read. QEPD
qtla9111 02/05/19 04:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Tioga and George??

Sad news. Read his blog. He will be missed. Tioga and George
qtla9111 02/05/19 04:32am RV Lifestyle
RE: TelCel Phones

Lots of info for the Hempler Strauss phone on the internet but it appears that all the videos and info is in Spanish. You could use Google Translate to help. It also appears that Walmart sells these phones and I am sure just about any cell phone salesperson from any brand would be more than willing to help you.
qtla9111 02/02/19 05:04pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Tioga and George?

I wondered the same thing this morning and have also received emails and FB messages from others who follow his blog. Let's hope he's okay. Come on George, post please!
qtla9111 02/02/19 04:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: internet options

We've never had an issue with Telmex. The two times that our modem burned out due to storms or lightning strikes, the serviceman brought us a new one in less than 72 hours. I'm sure there are lots of bad as well as good stories about Telmex. We love them and wouldn't think of changing our service. We live in a rural community to boot and our road is not paved and over a km long. We are "supposed" far from the register box that the signal should be very low. We stream Netflix, use two laptops all at the same time without an issue. Once in a blue moon, the service may go out for a short time but that's about it.
qtla9111 01/30/19 05:26pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: internet options

A different approach, but if they are going to be sitting in the same place for three months, how about having TelMex run a line directly to them? We had it run to us last January, and the installation was a flat price and we pay 249p per month for an honest 50 mbps. I think the installation was something like $50 US including the modem and router. They installed in two days. Just another thought. Good idea. We have had the Telmex service since 2000. It's fast, reliable and as you said, very affordable.
qtla9111 01/28/19 04:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: internet options

Two majors systems manage towers throughout Mexico; Telcel and Movistar. We have a USB stick for both. We are never without service. If one doesn't work, the other will. You can check their service areas on their websites via their network maps.
qtla9111 01/27/19 07:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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