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RE: cell phone in Mexico

You need an unlocked GSM phone. You can get a SIM card to join the Telcel Amigos sin limites plan (150 pesos for unlimited calls/texts to and from Mexico/USA/Canada, unlimited Facebook/Messenger/Whatsapp/Instagram while in Mexico, and about 1GB of data, at most big box stores in Mexico (Walmert, Chedraui, La Comer,etc.). You can recharge your account at all OXXO and thousands of little stores, or on line (website or Telcel app).
ykphil 12/05/19 12:23pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mr Morro !

It was closed when we were there last January, a couple of labourers were cleaning the mess left by a hurricane, I suppose. We boondocked at our usual spot further down on the beach. I heard it is now back in business, we will check it out soon.
ykphil 11/25/19 04:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Los Pinos

Anybody know if Los Pinos in Tepic is still open? Never stayed there but thinking of overnight stay this trip. It was open when we passed through Tepic last January, we checked it out just to know what to expect in case we needed to stay there on our return trip, but we did not stay there. Nice and quiet place, for an RV campground.
ykphil 11/25/19 04:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Lukeville crossing

Anyone know of any problems with crossing at lukeville? As of April 2019, no issue at Lukeville, both ways. The only problem I had was to find the new Banjercito and immigration building, it used to be at Caborca 100 km south of the border so I drove there, only to find the building closed, so I had to drive back north to the new location. Things may have changed since then, hopefully someone will chime in.
ykphil 11/18/19 09:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

Not fun. This happened to us last February when we were in the middle of nowhere on a mountain road in Chiapas, by the Guatemala border. We were stuck there for six weeks, nobody could fix the truck. We were able to crawl back to Canada, but not without wasting a couple of grands in temporary fixes to keep us going. I finally got the truck fixed a few months ago, to the tune of $8K.
ykphil 10/07/19 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

My comment won't be very useful to you...but I am wondering if you could tell me the specs for the tubing you plan to use in the hitch. Thanks in advance.
ykphil 09/26/19 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Tie down points?

Where do you put the S hook. I have HappiJac jacks and unless I take them off I don’t have a hole to go through I have Reico Jacks, i removed the lower Bolt securing the jack, and put an S hook in its place. 2014 Travel Lite 770P https://imgur.com/gallery/e6NHFJq
ykphil 08/30/19 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Clean Trucks? Electric Truck?

This is also in my plans once we are done with the Americas, in 2 years. I have been toying with the idea of shipping my 2007 F350 6.0 diesel with my Travel Lite popup camper, but for the same reasons you raise, I scrapped my plan. I will be looking instead for a much smaller vehicle like a camperized van, but I really like having 4x4 because eventually, I'd like to continue toward Central Asia, so my options are limited in my budget range. A Sprinter would be nice but the price for a 4x4 conversion is prohibitive, so I am looking at the much smaller Mitsubishi Delica, Toyota Hiace, or something similar that has a gas engine. Less room but more versatile and agile, and I could easily build a sleeping platform, storage boxes, stove/sink etc. for under $1000. Friend is selling a VW LT35 WITH KARMANN MISSOURIE HOUSE. Motorhome is plated in Spain but currently in Mexico. Easy and relatively cheap to ship RORO to Europe. Owner moved there a year or so ago after traveling North America and Mexico. Fantastic condition inside and out. The VW LT 35 is built in 2003, the engine is a 2,8 Liter Diesel TURBO INTERCOOLER HEAVY DUTY. 185,000 km. He is asking 25,000 euros.
ykphil 08/30/19 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Clean Trucks? Electric Truck?

This is also in my plans once we are done with the Americas, in 2 years. I have been toying with the idea of shipping my 2007 F350 6.0 diesel with my Travel Lite popup camper, but for the same reasons you raise, I scrapped my plan. I will be looking instead for a much smaller vehicle like a camperized van, but I really like having 4x4 because eventually, I'd like to continue toward Central Asia, so my options are limited in my budget range. A Sprinter would be nice but the price for a 4x4 conversion is prohibitive, so I am looking at the much smaller Mitsubishi Delica, Toyota Hiace, or something similar that has a gas engine. Less room but more versatile and agile, and I could easily build a sleeping platform, storage boxes, stove/sink etc. for under $1000.
ykphil 08/29/19 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: The Beauty of Day Spots

This is a great idea, I never thought of that. We rarely if ever pay for camping and have lot-docked only a handful of times when we really had no choice. In the end, we do waste a lot of time trying to find a nice and scenic camp spot. We could just "squat" a nice day-use area during the allowable hours, go hiking, biking, canoeing, whatever...then at the end of the day, just move to the nearest parking lot or elsewhere where it is permitted to spend the night. Rinse and repeat.
ykphil 08/28/19 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Tie down points?

I removed the bottom bolt from each jack so I can attach an S hook to the corner metal plate and tie the turnbuckles. Much more secure and less possibility of breakage than using the normal ring on the camper itself. Whenever I need to take the camper off my the truck, which is very rare, I just put the bolt back for added safety.
ykphil 08/28/19 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Hanging porta-bote from tc's turnbuckle brackets?

Trying to figure out the easiest way to hang a porta-bote from the side of a Northstar 850sc. Would like to avoid having to fabricate brackets etc that involve removing the Happijacs and using those mounting bolts. Sort of thinking out loud here. Was wondering if anyone has simply hung a porta-bote or kayak from the turnbuckle mounts under the camper? I was thinking of using ratchet straps and/or bungies around the boat attached with carabiners to the mounts. The hull weight for the 12' boat is approximately 90 lbs so that would put roughly 45 pounds suspended from each mount, although probably a bit more of the hull's (stern) weight would hang from the rear mount. There is also a second set of mounting bolts for a rear mount so a separate bracket could be hung there just for hanging the boat. Photo: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48294715461_f016320960_z.jpg Is this not a good idea or feasible? We're not planning on driving cross-country with such a setup but we would be going several hours before getting to our destination. On the other hand if someone has suggestions for fairly low tech alternatives I'd love to hear your ideas. thanks. Jim That's what I do for my long board, although it is well under the weight of a canoe or kayak. I attach one end of a light ratchet strap to one anchor in the bed, and the other end to the camper bolt. Front and rear. My camper needs to be raised to clear my truck cab so I have plenty of space to reach down inside the truck bed, you may or may not be able to do that with your truck/camper setup. I also use the corner jack plate to attach my turnbuckles instead of using the camper bolts, so they are are free to be used for my surfboard. I traveled from Yellowknife to the southern border of Mexico (Guatemala) and back without any issue.
ykphil 07/15/19 07:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Service Temporarily Unavailable

Try from here: https://forums.motorhome.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29887572.cfm
ykphil 05/06/19 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite 770P

I do not know the type of roof lift in your camper. Is it anyhthing like the Rieco Titan system described here? With independent actuators? https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/news/rieco-titan-on-palomino-rv-s-new-lift-system/ page 7 of this PDF deals with their manual crank override: http://www.riecotitan.com/flyers/erls_2015.pdf Or does it use a single lift motor and cables? Can you describe the operating principle? A few pictures of your system might help to extract some more information from the crowd. It was probably not limited to Travelite. Thanks for the links. The lift system on my camper uses four independent actuators that look exactly like those described in the Rieco-Titan brochure, with the exception of the wall control switch. I called Rieco-Titan who were not able to tell me whether they built the lifts for Travel Lite but I suspect they did at one point. In the truck camper magazine, Travel Lite VP says they partnered with an industry leader, so chances are my lift was manufactured by Rieco-Titan. The flex drive costs less than $10 so I just ordered it. Hopefully, it will work. ...only to find out, after removing two side panels behind some cabinetry to access the hidden actuators, that one of them had a tiny little faded sticker that said "Smith Richards" who, after contacting them, are indeed the manufacturer of my camper's lift system...
ykphil 04/22/19 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: Flat tire on SW Truck while carrying a TC?

had a rear tire blow out on my SRW with a 4600 pound lance 1055. The blow out and getting the rig safely stopped is the issue. Changing the tire isn't. As long as you have a good bottle jack ( not the OEM Jack) changing the tire with the camper on or off is the same thing. loosen the lug nuts, drop the spare and pull it out. jack the truck up remove the lug nuts and flat. put on the spare tighten the nuts lower the jack, torque the lug nuts stow the flat and off you go. Shouldn't the OEM jack be rated high enough to lift the truck when loaded? What would one do if they had the bed full of rocks? I hadn't considered that the factory jack wouldn't be up to the task before. It would suck to have it fail with the wheels off the hub. :o I guess one could also undo the tie downs and use the camper jacks to get the truck back to empty weight. It will just barely do it. The oem jack will be right at its max load and height and it has such a small base that it is tippy. After that I switched to a 12 ton hydraulic jack, so much faster and easier to use. Really good to know this. I never had to use my jack on my F350, with or without the camper on, I guess I was lucky the mobile tire shop happened to drive by when I got my flat tire in Mexico. I'll add a 12-ton bottle jack to my list before heading out again next fall.
ykphil 04/21/19 09:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat tire on SW Truck while carrying a TC?

I had a flat on my F350 front tire a few weeks ago just outside Potrero Chico, a world-famous rock climbing national park in Mexico. By the time I had emptied half the truck out to search for my jack and tire cross, a truck that had written on its side "Vulka Mobile" drove past me. As soon as I realized what it meant, I waved but the truck was already 100 yards away, so I ran after the truck and found the guy at his little house. He came back to fix my truck on site for 100 pesos, about US$6. Drove back all the way to Yellowknife, 5500 km north, no issue with the tire. Money well spent.
ykphil 04/21/19 03:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Camping at Rancho Buganvillias

Great place to relax by the beach, Sandy is a great host. I believe price per night increased to 200 pesos in February, which is still a bargain for what you get. I rarely stay in campground but make an exception for this place.
ykphil 04/19/19 06:14pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Oaxaca Camping

I spent a week at the Oaxaca campground last February. I liked the location and easy access to Oaxaca Centro by colectivo. Del and his wife will be away for the summer but someone is taking care of the place in their absence.
ykphil 04/19/19 06:10pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Roaming and boondocking in Mexico

Did you eventually travel to Mexico? I've been boondocking there for months on end in the winter, since several years. I came back (limping after a major mechanical failure) from there a week ago, and I am already planning our next road trip in October. Over the years, we camped in every single state except Tamaulipas and Veracruz and never had any issue whatsover, on the contrary. PM me if you need practical info. on insurance, vehicle permits (TIP), tourist card formalities, etc. As for truck campers, Mexico has recently been refusing to issue a TIP to any foreign-plated vehicle with a GVWR over 7715 lbs -they consider them as commercial vehicles, unless they show as an RV on the title or registration certificate. We were able to get an exemption for our F350 after submitting photos of our camper on the truck but it was not easy to convince the authorities.
ykphil 04/19/19 05:42pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Help....advice on purchasing truck camper

Two most important considerations when matching a truck to a TC are the truck's rated payload which should be equal to or higher than the total weight of the truck camper plus everything else in the bed (equipment, tools, fuel, water, etc.) and cab (driver, passengers, etc.), keeping in mind the weight posted on the TC might be underestimated. Nothing you can do or add to your truck such as air bags, stabilizers, etc. can change its payload. Second factor is the TC's centre of gravity which must be above or in front of your truck's rear axle. The rest is a question of preference. I guess I have been doing it wrong for almost 30 years. What is your truck and camper history and experience? Not here to argue about one's experience or history with trucks and TCs. I am simply stating two demonstrated facts, that truck payload and TC's COG in relation to the truck are important factors to consider when matching truck and TC.
ykphil 04/19/19 12:15am Truck Campers
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