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RE: Closed RV park

We heard that it was a Dump at the North End of the New Malecon!
robatthelake 06/25/15 06:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Securing tow bar on motor home

It's fine to use Padlocks in place of Pins ....But those cheap Locks that We All buy have very little to zero Shearing strength ,so be careful where You use them!
robatthelake 06/24/15 10:34pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Need th stop at Km21 Nogales?

We get Out TIP on line . We obtain Our Immigration Permit at one of the several walk across Border locations ,often Algodones or San Luis! Then We have no reason to stop at Km 21 unless We get a Red Signal at the actual Inspection Station further along the Road!
robatthelake 06/18/15 08:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Baja Guidebook Update

There is a lot of good information in All of the existing guide books, however there is more up to date information that changes daily available on line. I doubt that the regular printed material will continue much longer. Look at Your regular Daily Newspaper if You have any doubts . Ours is not much more than a 8 page Brochure these days, Ten Years ago it had several sections and was teaming with advertising and News Articles!
robatthelake 06/18/15 08:23pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: tolls

In the last couple of Years they have classed Us as an Autobus with 2 Axles and the Tow Car as a Car! The Rates keep going Up so it's very hard to calculate using the figures in the Gia Roja ! Don't be fooled ,some of the Free Roads are in great shape and Some of the Toll Roads Are Not! There are fewer TOPES on the Toll Roads but they often have Vibradoras to slow You down and just because there is an overhead Walkway ,don't assume that the Pedestrians will use them!
robatthelake 06/18/15 12:06pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: 4 wheels off the ground ideas

Buy a Trailer. I have had some experience driving and hauling with a Tow Truck and can tell You that those Wheels You are referring to are not intended for High speed Towing. They work OK in and around Town at low speeds.
robatthelake 06/14/15 08:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: I thought it was over

I have had mixed results using and buying LED 's . For the most part they have performed well but I have had some failures! What type of Resistors ? Don't They draw Power thus increasing the amount used? Just asking as I thought that the object of using LED's in place of Incandescents was to reduce power consumption!
robatthelake 06/11/15 10:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How low should you take your batteries?

I always check My House Batteries Voltage in the Morning . If they read 12.2 I get concerned. And either run the Genset or Plug in. Usually mine show 76% or higher on the Trimetric Meter and recover fully by early afternoon ,just on the Solar Panels!
robatthelake 06/11/15 10:18am Tech Issues

I'm seeing a Nice looking Puma!
robatthelake 06/11/15 10:10am Tech Issues
RE: towing a Geo Tracker question.

The only thing that I can Add is to always have The Transmission in Driveand in Two wheel drive for a few feet before hooking up! NOT in reverse or in Four wheel drive!
robatthelake 06/10/15 11:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Ferry Costs to Vancouver Island

Unless We All raise our voices to complain about these Ridiculous Ferry Costs and actually Boycott the Ferry System things are Not going to change! B.C. Ferries has pretty much a Monopoly on Passenger Vehicle Service to and From Vancouver and Our Gulf Islands! The Best way to show displeasure is to stop using them! eventually They will default on their Huge Debt and the Prices will be adjusted to a realistic level? The BC Ferries are a Top Heavy Government Subsidised Essential Service that needs to be taught a lesson by Locals and Tourists alike!
robatthelake 06/10/15 10:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Which GPS is best for Mexico?

We find that the Mexican Map Books.. Gia Roja are very up to date and readily available! I haven't used My GPS ,which is a Magellan at all! I am told that the Garmin Units are slightly more up to date!
robatthelake 06/10/15 10:08pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What is the cheapest way to buy Mex Pesos?

There are several Hundred Scotia Banks and ATMs in Mexico! If You are a Scotia Bank Customer,there are No Fees! They certainly are Not everywhere but there are enough of them that We don't have a problem. We spend up to 4 Months in Mexico every Winter! Get Your Local Canadian Scotia Bank Branch to bring in a Couple of Thousand dollars or so in. Pesos before You leave Home. This will get You started and You can then decide how long this amount lasts.! Then You will know when it is time to Replenish Your Cash Supply. You also need to advise Your Bank of Your Plans and Cash Withdrawall expectations! Make a point of getting Your Daily Limit raised to the Maximum and have that amount Locked in permanently! You will find that the Scotia ATMs in Mexico will post an amount and impose a Limit on how many Pesos You can Withdraw! It is going to be a lot less than what You have arranged at Home! BUT Don't Panic ...You can as a Canadian get up to YOUR Daily Limit ,but You may have to make several separate withdrawals to do so! It varies by ATM and location so please don't get Yer Knikkers in a Knot if the Thing doesn't always spit out everything at one shot! Anyway We have used Scotia Bank in Mexico and in several Other Countries with No Fees regardless of How little or How Much We have requested! It just takes a little patience sometimes!!
robatthelake 06/10/15 10:04pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Lewis and Lewis as insurers. Yes or No?

We used LyL last Winter Trip! We had no problems or claims,so can't say anything negative about them. Bear in mind they are just one of many Agencies that Represent Mexican Insurance Companies, as with any Sales Company..Insurance or otherwise they offer several programs with different Deductibles,Shop Labor Rates ,Coverage Areas Etc. When purchasing Your Insurance Policy ask questions and buy the options that make sense to You! As an example ..a higher deductible will save You money on the premium,but can You afford to run up Your Credit Card or pull funds from your Bank easily if You need to? Shop Rates are generally much higher to have Your Vehicle repaired in the USA than in Mexico..You will find that there are Good and Bad Repair places in Both Countries! The choice is of course Yours and paying extra for higher USA Shop Rates will at least guarantee that the Repairs will be carried out in a Shop where You will be able to converse with someone in English and if specific parts are required they are easier to obtain. I'm sure that You are already aware of most of these variables ,but there are many who don't do their homework !
robatthelake 06/09/15 09:47am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ferry Costs to Vancouver Island

We also prefer to use the Sidney Anacortes Route when heading off the Island Southbound ,as it is convenient for Us! Coming back on, or if heading to Vancouver or Further East We "Pay the Piper" !
robatthelake 06/07/15 09:54am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bent axle upgrade

Sounds like You may be overloaded! We had a Brand New 37 Foot Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler back in 2000 that chewed through the Front Tires at an alarming rate. We suspected a bent Axle. It turned out that All of the suspension components "except the Axles "were the problem ! Springs Shackles,Bolts,Bushings and whatever that Y shaped device is called were just too flimsy ,Even the Spring Hangers were too light for the intended use! Once We replaced all the Small Stuff and started to Load and weigh properly the Tire problem went away! We also upgraded to better Tires as the Originals were pretty poor!
robatthelake 06/07/15 09:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cup holder for couch?

If You really want to "Stick " things to an RV Wall I recommend using Shoe Goo! which is a type of GOOP that sticks everything to everything! You can use a small wood screw to hold the item in place while the Goo! Cures! Clean the Surfaces to be stuck together with a little Alcohol...Cheap Vodka works well as it contains no Oil and You can always sip on any that doesn't get used for cleaning!
robatthelake 06/07/15 09:17am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: jack removal

If You Pinch off the Hose with a pair of Vicegrip type pliers You will lose less Fluid!
robatthelake 06/06/15 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Mr Moro's

That is great news , however until highway 15 is totally reconstructed it will be tough to get many takers. Add in Ridiculous Tolls and Higher Fuel Prices in Mexico vs the USA. We will be heading East to Texas before going South into Mexico for the next few Years! better Roads, Cheaper Fuel and Fewer Tolls is The main reason in My Humble opinion! So overall, food, lodging, exchange rate, etc---how much more do you think it will cost to stay in the States? I won't be staying in the USA ,just taking a different route to reach Our primary Mexican Destination! My concern is mostly about the deplorable Road Conditions and excessive Tolls on the West Coast Route! Once the Roads are brought up to decent condition I will again take another look at Highway 15 from Nogales to Guadalahara for sure!
robatthelake 06/05/15 08:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Issues hooking up fuse bypass on 2014 CR V

They really located that Fuse box in an tough to get to location.I guess they figured none would ever need replacing or intended to make it difficult so that the dealership could make a few extra bucks! Back to the Switch wiring issue. I made my own switch harness by soldering a dual 18 ga Wire to a Deliberately blown Fuse ! Hot glued the exposed parts to prevent a possibility of a short circuit. Then connected a new Mini Fuse holder to one side of a simple Toggle Switch at the other end of the wires which was installed on the dash. At that point I plugged the assembly into the fuse panel!
robatthelake 06/02/15 03:46pm Dinghy Towing
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