A Memo From Bob Weir on Crossing the Border with Your RV
by Bob Weir
Bob and Joyce Weir run MexUS Tourism
Services and are experienced “RV Caravan Wagonmasters.” Bob sent us a memo
in response to Gordon Jett’s “First Timers RV Guide to Mexico Travel,”
which appeared in the October and November issues of
File. Bob and Joyce have been
leading caravans south to Mexico for ages and can be reached at (830) 693-9969
and by mail at P.O. Box 2430-187, Pensacola, FL 32513.
Thanks for publishing the
article on vehicle border crossings. As RV Caravan Wagonmasters we encounter
many minor problems.
The most frequent is
finding errors in title VIN #’s, usually just a typo. Our “fix” is to
make a copy of the original, white out the error, then make another
“original.” This has been done dozens of times without a problem.
Make two copies of
everything: documents, credit cards, letters, etc. on both sides, even if
blank. Their copiers may not work! NEVER give them your originals.
Know the location of your
VIN #. We once spent four hours with three soldiers and their officer
searching for the VIN plate. Found it behind the couch at floor level!
An item of interest may
be for you to verify which credit cards are accepted. For years they have
refused to accept American Express.
Another problem that is
sort of regional: you may only have one vehicle per person. A pickup with two
bikes may have one confiscated. An RV towing a car with a couple of bikes may
lose them! This is most common around D.F. and Guadalajara.
A good filler for your
publication that may make fishing, etc. more pleasant. Ginger capsules have
enabled our clients to enjoy offshore cruises, fishing trips, etc., even the
Copper Canyon train ride.
The letter of release
from the lending institution must spell out everything in detail: home of
registered owner, make and year of vehicle, VIN #, approval to take into
Mexico. It’s best if name matches the owners driving license, exactly
(initials, etc). If truck and trailer, obtain a letter for each.
A locking gas cap helps.
Another way we have found is to order a peso amount. Simply state 3,000 pesos,
RV’ers can readily buy
purified water in Mexico. Some cities may have bulk delivery where they pump
directly into your tank. Cabo (Wet Sun Co.) and Kino both offer this service.
Items one should always
a large funnel suitable for pouring five gallon jugs into the tank.
“Oxibac” purification drops are available in every pharmacy. Use these in
the holding tank and to soak all fruits and vegetables before
peeling. Some people believe they can simply peel the fruit – not so! The
knife carries the critters to the edible portion.
“Microdyn” drops are the most common water purification drops.
Another safeguard is to use
the Mexican habit of soaking all restaurant salad in lime or lemon juice. We
have been roaming Mexico for fifty years and leading caravans south for ages. So
far, not one case of turistas!
We have our clients use
garlic capsules as well as acidophilus capsules. Acidophilus is great anywhere.
When we go out and eat a greasy meal, we discuss whether it was a 6 or 8 capsule
outing. This stuff is great! Our clients quickly become believers.