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Old 01-31-2015, 03:28 PM   #15
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We have been to Mexico 5 times. Once to Juarez and 4 times to Puerto Vallarta. We no longer go to Mexico. I am writing this in Yuma only a few miles from Mexico. I was tempted to visit Los Algodones, but decided not to.
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Old 01-31-2015, 03:54 PM   #16
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Sounds good> Too bad it is 4,000 km.away
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:39 PM   #17
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My $.02 worth.

Having lived and worked in Central America for nearly 26 years (based in Belize) I would NEVER- EVER camp in Mexico.

Been back in the U.S. since mid 2012.

Gringos are prime targets for robbery and potential hostages for ransom.

One reason we left our beautiful jungle base in Belize (south of Mexico and east of Guatemala) WAS THE GROWING DRUG TRADE AND RELATED VIOLENCE.

Yes as conservation biologists we miss living there on a daily basis, but health care and increasing lack of security anywhere dictated we return to the U.S.

Is is safe to visit Mexico and Cent. America. Absolutely with tour groups etc. but I think it would be sheer folly to try with a trailer.

We did know one person who would come down every Xmas season with a VW camper and had a HUGE, yes very big chain he would link to his camper door with a OMG large metal bowl with some scraps of old meats and blood in it.

He actually did not have a dog, but those passing would assume he did and it was on big Cujo that would snap the cojones off any who dared trespass.


He would drive down through Mexico to Belize and work with us on the Xmas bird count surveys then drive back to Mexico, like Playa Del Carmen and meet his wife who would fly in and stay a week (hotels) then fly home and he would drive back north.

Good luck, but first and foremost be safe.
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If you look up the crime statistics for California ,Oakland has the honor of topping the list . Their crime rate is ten times higher ,when compared to most Midwestern communities . .
Yup use to have to go to Oakland every month for work as well. Once got off the BART at the wrong station ... called a couple of cab companies but no one showed up to pick me up. Finally after calling one of companies a third time the dispatcher explained that I was not at a safe location and the drivers do not like to go near that station and that it would be better if got back on the BART and got off at another station. Sad but true.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:07 PM   #19
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If news reports are to be believed Mexico is a dangerous place. Police officials all seem to be corrupt and involved with the drug trade. Why not vacation in Iraq, Libya or the DR Congo if you want to cash in your life insurance policy.
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The link in my earlier post to the Department of State Travel Warning Site is much more detailed about the danger of individual travel in Mexico than any of the news reports.


And, as far as towing to those other dream vacations sites, the bridge tolls are a Bi%%h.
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If news reports are to be believed Mexico is a dangerous place. Police officials all seem to be corrupt and involved with the drug trade. Why not vacation in Iraq, Libya or the DR Congo if you want to cash in your life insurance policy.
I agree that Mexico is a dangerous place but according to federal statistics there are 15 US cities with higher crime rates than Mexico . The firearm homicide rate in Mexico is 10 / 100,000 where the rate in some US cities is approaching 30 / 100,000. I am not trying to defend Mexico but just trying to put things in perspective.
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You are mixing Apples and Hand Grenades in your numbers by comparing specific US cities with the entire country of Mexico. In this link the number for Mexico is 9.97 deaths per 100,000, but the rate for the entire US is only 2.97 deaths per 100,000.
Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country | News | The Guardian


And I am sure that the numbers for some of the cities in Mexico are far off the scale and will make 30/100,000 look like a Sunday school picnic


Moreover the greatest risk isn't from being shot at, but from being robbed, injured and/or kidnapped for ransom, where the events typically happen outside of cities.


But I would not plan on spending a vacation in my FGRV in East L.A., or any other major city in the U.S. for that matter. That's just plain common sense, that you might not have when travelling in another country.
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Bob Miller is right. Who wants to camp in the cities anyway? (edit: In other words, stats about cities are most relevant to those who wish to camp in cities... not that anyone's advocating such.) For example, I can camp all I want in Michigan and never go near Detroit (my sister lives in nearby Mount Clemens and I hear all the time how dangerous Detroit is).

Don't know if you ever heard of Tioga George. He wrote a popular blog about his boondocking adventures. He eventually spent a few years with his Tioga in Mexico and bragged about never having to pay bribes or having been robbed. He knew the ins and outs, and how to do it safely, he said. Then a couple of years ago, he had to pay a bribe. And soon after that (unrelated incident) he was robbed and beaten up IIRC. No more Mexico RVing for Tioga George!

RV in Mexico? I'd sooner take up skydiving with parachutes packed by a chimp, it seems safer.
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Mikes post is spot-on. Here in America we know where the dangerous places are located and avoid them. But in Mexico, where few here even speak the language, and Anglo's are a #1 target for crime, "Who ya gonna ask, Ghost Busters......?" for advice. Again, if someone has read all of this:
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and still wants to travel alone with an RV to Mexico, I can only wish them well.
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I know a couple people who spend months every winter in their RV, and have never had issue. They love it down there. Just to be cautious, they say they just get on a main highway after crossing the border, and just keep driving until hours past the border, mostly on toll roads if they can.

I also have lots of good friends that drive down every winter for a few months (in fact we have a couple open invitations to join them). They just find inexpensive accommodation away from resorts, and live wonderfully without spending hordes. Many have been doing this for 30+ years how. They all exclusively only have good things to say about the locals, and have no fear of harm coming to them at all.

I have been to Mexico about 10 times, mostly staying in resorts, but sometimes just renting a room. The later is now much preferred since we no longer take small children. The only time I was in the least conserved for safety, was when we were staying in San Diego, and drove down to the border, to walk across and shop in Tijuana. A bit sketchy there, and not a place I really enjoyed, or would ever go back to. We found out later that the Chief of Police was murdered while we were in town.

For the most part, most of the murders appear to be drug related, so if you keep your nose clean, this will not affect you. Plus, it seems that most of the crime occurs in the northern parts of the country. The Baja, and around PV and south, as well as the Yucatan all seem to be relatively crime free.

I would not hesitate to RV in Mexico. I would however do diligent homework on where I am going, and be cautious of any potential for danger. Not unlike travelling in the US or Canada anywhere too.
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But in Mexico, where few here even speak the language,
according to Wikipedia Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the USA. Apparently at any given time well over 50 million folks in the US speak it as their first or second language, meaning the U.S. has more Spanish speakers than Spain itself does.
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The term "Few Here" meant those on the Fiberglassrv.com site.....


Now, while that's a good sounding statistic, you also have to read further in the article where "About 1/2" also speak English very well. Meaning that about 25 million don't speak English well (if at all), are usually immigrants and, by personal observation, not going to be a large part of the cadre on this site, much less driving an RV into Mexico.


Arturo, my good friend and neighbor across the street from me is a second generation Mexican American who owns all of the really big RV toys (Diesel dually TV & a toybox), speaks Spanish fluently, still has lots of family in Mexico and he won't drive, much less tow his rig into Mexico, mostly because of the risk of getting his truck stolen.


But I do notice a pattern in this thread. Those that are furthest from Mexico seem to downplay the risks, while those that live closer to Mexico, or who have actually gone there, are much more cautious, which is how I will remain.....
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A RV'er just added Florida to the "dangerous" destination list too I guess
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