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RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Why isn't there a concerted effort between the three North American countries?
qtla9111 04/16/21 11:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

I guess it would be great to see some Canadians and Americans come to Mexico and open rv parks for the rush that will be coming. We could always use the investment.
qtla9111 04/11/21 09:35am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Not a good thing, at all....

Too bad the U.S. doesn't do that with Mexico. The border heading south is wide open.
qtla9111 04/10/21 09:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

I couldn't imagine giving up the rv although it's only been used a few days in the last year. That said, the last couple of years we have taken car trips staying in Airbnb. The prices run the gamut but we've never paid more than $50 a day and gas savings on a small car is incredible. Other trips have been taken (prior to the pandemic) via Mexican airlines and Airbnb. We've been to Ensanada twice using Vivaaerobus at $100 r/t (three-hour flight) rented a house for the week at $30 a day. A 24 hour car rental took us to the wineries and the next morning La Bufa and the rental was 800 pesos with insurance and a full tank. Same price structure with Mazatlan and the hotel was on the beach and we don't stay in dumpy places but we're good deal shoppers. Boondocking still tops the list. I've never stayed in an rv park in Mexico that I liked with the exception of Hacienda Contreras in Jalisco.
qtla9111 04/09/21 08:55am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Sad we have to rely on tourism. Tourism is a dead-end for many workers not to mention the low wages dictated by tourists. The country needs educated 21st-century minds that will be able to compete with China and India, not in the future but now, in areas of renewable energies, technologies, entrepreneurialism which the new government is looking down upon and attempting to put an end to (all of the above). We need to educate ourselves on the country we are rving in and find out what has passed, happening now and where it will lead us in the future or there won't be any rving. Selling baskets and trinkets next to a train subsidized and run by the government, the horse pulling the mill around to make agua de miel, farmers planting seed by hand and plowing with a horse, now that is draconian and only holds the country back (these things are being promoted by the new government). As for the growing Mexican rv market, show me a local that is willing to pay 300 pesos or more a night for a spot in an rv park. It's not going to happen. It's a niche industry and has been for decades. Had the three countries worked together from the beginning and not been so selfish, most of this would have never happened. But here we are and I have almost 1 million reasons why just between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.
qtla9111 04/08/21 08:35am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Maybe if the three countries had played by the same rules we wouldn't have this problem with border crossings and passports. T-Mec is slowly falling apart for the same reasons, Mexico doesn't want to play by the rules already violating 12 articles in the pact.
qtla9111 04/07/21 08:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Thanks. I forgot about the cost of fuel. But it was partially offset by a weaker peso. There is also the cost of the tolls. Mexico has not been a cheap destination for more than 20 years. We enjoyed Mexico in the early years when every day was an adventure. Where will we spend the night: Pemex,motel parking lot,mechanic's back yard? Will we make it into San Cristobal without overheating the brakes? Will there be fuel before the next town? Today none of the above is a problem. Boring Very true, gasoline prices have increased 34% in Mexico during the last year. And also true Moisheh, I was and still am a big supporter but without going to the political side, what you wrote is exactly what is happening. The constitution is eroding little by little every day and the trouble in Latin America has made its way north. It took forty years to get where we are today only to see much of it being reversed in as little as two years. One last thing and then I'll disappear for a spell. The border issue. What bugs me more than anything else is that Mexico is wide open and yet hard-working Mexicans who have visas are not allowed to use land crossings and can only enter by air. The RGV is suffering without the 4 billion USD that Mexican tourists pour into its economy and we are sitting here ready to go. That is the thorn in my side.
qtla9111 04/04/21 04:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

We were traveling more in 2007 and 2008, although we are boondockers many stopped coming because of the cartel surges taking place throughout the country. Saturday, April 3, 2020, Mexicans Traveling Home From The U.S. Pay A Tip To Cops And Extortion To Cartels This is happening more now on a regular basis including rvers who are paying extortion. There are many dashcam videos of this taking place. The link is misleading - it has nothing to do with RV'ers. What you see in the article is Mexican's returning home LOADED with SHOPPING GOODIES. And the quoted article is second hand - it quotes Reforma and is now slanted to your purposes. The link is not misleading. There is no mention of rving. The article is about crossing the border which affects all of us. The purpose of posting it here is to remind those naive or newbie rvers in Mexico that danger is lurking and it starts at the border. Some well-known rv park owners and rvers have fallen prey to both the police and cartels in Nuevo Laredo which is a major crossing point. Second, Reforma is a major newspaper publisher and Mexico Daily is a gringo newspaper that translates articles for their use with the original publishers' permission. It is widely read along with Lake Chapala News by ex-pats in Mexico as they don't speak Spanish.
qtla9111 04/04/21 09:48am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

We were traveling more in 2007 and 2008, although we are boondockers many stopped coming because of the cartel surges taking place throughout the country. I did a blog post back then with investigative research proving that although most rvers didn't know, they were staying in the five most dangerous states at the time. Not long after there were several reported incidences. They still continue but you read little about them in the news. Saturday, April 3, 2020, Mexicans Traveling Home From The U.S. Pay A Tip To Cops And Extortion To Cartels This is happening more now on a regular basis including rvers who are paying extortion. There are many dashcam videos of this taking place.
qtla9111 04/03/21 05:44pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Too much has changed in the last two years under the new government. Unfortunately, most visitors and ex-pats don't speak the language so they don't watch and read local and national news. It's not good. Things have only gotten worse unless of course, you stick to ex-pat hangouts, rv parks, and the like. I don't see many rv parks surviving. They've been on the decline since 2007 when all the trouble began with cartels. Too many incidents to recount and I, like many other Mexicans and residents lived some of those terrible times which are now returning thanks to a "no confrontation" policy from the federal government. Poverty, crime, unemployment were on the rise during 2019 and now they have worsened. We're entering a socialist era and if anyone has read recent history about Latin American, they know it will not turn out well. I do know that history has good news that may save Mexico. After each pandemic, there were 17 very critical pandemics in world history since the first recorded in 438 B.C., there will be a huge economic boom in democratic societies and developed nations. The end of WWI and the pandemic of 1918 show what happened; the roaring 20s, economic increases such as the stock market, a baby boom also followed. I'm no longer confident you will see those things here though. Being an rver who can come and go on a whim, escaping a country that one day the decisions they don't like because of its politics, climate, poverty, or changes in laws is easy to do, they can just pick up and leave. We are still very far behind on vaccinations (only 13 million in three months so that would mean another 2.5 years for full vaccination) so I wouldn't expect border issues to change much unless you are a U.S. citizen. The northern 10 states have formed an alliance, Alianza Federalista, to fight for less federal control. History can and does repeat itself. Lots of reasons why we are doing this; poor tax base redistribution (northern states pay the most and receive the least, southern states pay the least and receive the most), the lack of formalizing informal businesses, elimination of critical federal institutions such as FONDEN (FEMA Mexico). After suffering the last three weeks with forest fires that have consumed 15,000 acres just across the highway from my house, we can see the damage of reversal in federal reforms and their consequences. Without FONDEN, we lost two weeks of valuable time renting C-10 tankers to put out the fires. We were close to evacuation, 1000 evacuated, homes, businesses, and livestock destroyed. This is the new Mexico and we can tool around it in our rvs and ex-pat communities and pretend it doesn't have an effect on us. Just like the pandemic, this is also history.
qtla9111 04/01/21 04:42pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

Why? If you disapprove ...don't click on it or any other thread Some threads do have information that can be helpful You may have missed my point. The question is, what is the determining factor in deletion or closure of a thread? Closing a thread allows readers to continue to view the thread but make no additional posts. Deleting, the thread disappears without any explanation. What are the criteria for choosing one over the other? If a member posted using foul language, that particular post could be deleted and the discussion could have continued.
qtla9111 03/28/21 07:23am RVing in Mexico and South America
Deleting and Closing A Thread

Just curious how the system works with moderators. How do you determine when a thread should be "deleted" or "closed"? I think the one marijuana and CBD oils should be closed but hey, I'm not a moderator. Good thing is, you can still copy-paste threads and I save them all in Word files for future reference.
qtla9111 03/27/21 07:34pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best Roof Coating

Ok. I removed some Dicor last year from across the front seam. The new seal looks great and good thing I took off the old. I don't have a lot on my roof but I will remove the old Dicor that is around the antenna and apply new. Thanks again for the information. I'd go up on the roof and take some pics but its covered with ash from the forest fires we are having. If it clears up I will do it.
qtla9111 03/24/21 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

Great write up John. Truly appreciated. I am wanting to use the Eternabond on the edges and other areas as you show in the picture. On the roof accessories, is it necessary to use Dicor first and then later follow up with Eternabond or can I just put the Eternabond over the cleaned area? Thanks again.
qtla9111 03/24/21 12:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

And I also should have used 303 Protectant on mine through the years. Your roof is a testimony to that product. I never knew how much the 303 really does for the good of the caulk and the rubber, by cleaning the roof correctly and using the 303, until I saw it with my own eyes, on the same age roofing system, that is not washed, and not cared for on the caulk. John John, Could you share your process for cleaning the roof correctly? Thanks
qtla9111 03/24/21 06:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Sealing Tape Option

Funny I attempted to notify the moderator but the "notify" box says something about "autofill". So I sent the moderator a PM and wouldn't you know it, it disappeared.
qtla9111 03/23/21 06:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: 10 Tips for ATM safety in Mexico

Funny, my SS check is deposited into my U.S. credit union account. I have used the account debit card now for over 15 years for everything. I rarely carry cash even when we are on the road. Never an issue. Same with my Banorte account. No issues. If I can't pay for it with a card I don't need it. I don't buy from informal businesses.
qtla9111 03/23/21 06:09pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best Sealing Tape Option

What kind of roof do you have? rubber, fiberglass, aluminum? Don't use Amazon. Ebay has it too and is not funding the hatred of America. Do your homework on where your money goes. I appreciate the info on tape but I'll decide where I want to buy the product from. Thanks
qtla9111 03/23/21 06:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

And Mexicans too!
qtla9111 03/21/21 07:18pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

I am so pleased our President decided to share, happy. WE are in this together, neighbor. That's true Biden has shots for Mexico also plus the US has teamed up with others to provide billions for the poor of the world. It is wonderful to have a president in the US again. That was a negotiated trade-off to shut down Mexico's southern border with Guatemala. Mexico has had a "supposed" border shut down for over a year, but Americans come and go at free will. No testing, no questions, enter and exit. A constant exchange of virus from one side to the other.
qtla9111 03/21/21 06:14pm Snowbirds
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