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Jarvis1

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Posted: 01/24/21 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DW has suggested a trip down the Baja

Would like advice on driving a 40" motorhome with toad.

I'm assuming this has been done by others

What are the in's and out's

I know it's a long ways off, but need to do some preliminary planning

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Posted: 01/24/21 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For some information you can go to the Baja Nomads forum and search camping & campgrounds. Also be able to read between the lines on that forum as some of the posters have been there & done that without ever leaving their computer...... David Kier on that forum is Very Reliable and a Great source of Reliable information..... One caution is that the roads are Narrow with No pullouts and you will probably loose your driver’s side mirror at a minimum...From Mexicali to San Felipe it’s pretty doable before roads get interestingly narrow....

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We travelled with a group and one of the rigs was a 40 foot NEWELL. The organizers had to make some special arrangements for campgrounds as generally speaking people RVing in the BAJA use smaller rigs. I think you might miss some exploring opportunities due to lack of parking opportunities.

The BAJA is a completely different Mexican experience. We have seen and enjoyed most of Mexico Including the BAJA. But BAJA has its own unique cultural feel. It doesn’t have the old world European architectural history and feel like the mainland but has its own magic to it. And a great naturalist experience. The people are fantastic, the food is great and the experience will be unforgettable. If you are up to it get some basic Spanish skills and you will have an even better cultural experience.

Consider checking out the BAJA winters website. Good people and you’ll have a more relaxed trip.

Enjoy.

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I contacted a "Vagabundos" located in Rio Vista, Calif. for information
, brochures on traveling to Baja, mexican insurance. They also organize and lead travel groups to Baja.
You will need a document from your bank giving you permission to take your RV into Mexico/Baja unless you have your RV paid off. Strongly suggest you buy your vehicle insurance BEFORE you cross the border. Do not recommend trying to buy insurance right at the border. Look up Oscar Padellia mexican insurance, I think you can buy it over the phone. DO NOT drive into Baja/mexico with out insurance. It could turn into a nightmare if you get into a collusion or accident.

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Highly recommend Baja Amigos (bajaamigos.net). Our first Mexico experience was with the owners of the company (Dan & Lisa Goy) who have been specializing in tours up and down the Baja for many years. When I did my research, they were the most reasonable in price, had great pre-trip checklists, knew exactly what to do when we had a flat tire on our 35' Class A, and were fun.

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MarkTwain wrote:

I contacted a "Vagabundos" located in Rio Vista, Calif. for information
, brochures on traveling to Baja, mexican insurance. They also organize and lead travel groups to Baja.
You will need a document from your bank giving you permission to take your RV into Mexico/Baja unless you have your RV paid off. Strongly suggest you buy your vehicle insurance BEFORE you cross the border. Look up Oscar Padellia mexican insurance, I think you can buy it over the phone. DO NOT drive into Baja/mexico with out insurance. It could turn into a nightmare if you get into a collusion or accident.


Do see the "stickie" at the top of the main page about insurance.

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Your plan for 2022 sounds terrific! Follow suggestions, get insurance and sally forth!


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If you are an adventurer, you will love Baja. We live in mainland Mexico where we can get anything we want commercially. In Baja once you get south of Ensenada that access changes, probably in a good way. As stated above gas stations can be far apart...especially if you are using a guidebook to direct where you get gas. Quick story on our first trip down, my wife was "nagivating" the trip and she had me pass a station north of Catavina, we were on our way to Guerrero Negro. The guide said there was a station in Catavina...guess what? The station was abandoned. We went a little further and realized we were not going to find any gas. We turned around to Catavina where we saw guys selling gas out of 50 gallon barrels. We got in line and we literally bought the last 8 gallons at about 8.00 us per gallon. We were glad to pay it as it got us to our next destination GN. It is raw, it is exciting, it is a great trip! We like to stop in all the small places along the way and discover the people who live there and find out about them. We will be back in Baja this winter from our home in Sonora when all this C19 stuff is over or waning. Have a fun trip!


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We are running caravans down Baja (not this year). We advise staying under 36 ft and not towing a toad. Although there have been improvements in roads, that is a pretty big rig, even for the mainland.

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Colin, we too are planning a trip to Baja 2022, assuming borders open by then! Have sent you private messages about our trip neighbour!

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