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RE: No Corona

Corona has always had a skunky taste to it for me. I love Mexican beer - first Tecate, then Pacifico, now I've graduated to Dos Equis when it is available. In southern Mexico Victoria or Indio. It's all very good - but I've never liked Corona. Most of you probably already have this link webcamshttps://www.webcamgalore.com/Mexico/m-1.html I look at Mazatlan's beaches - now all but deserted... It's astounding.
Wm.Elliot 04/03/20 01:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: No Corona

My Daughter is an emergency room nurse - I worry about her health a lot... That said, I'm sure health care folks are engaging in gallows humor right along with the rest of us. During my lifetime I've tried to lighten most topics up with humor - or my attempt at humor - never with the intent of diminishing the seriousness or hurting others. I think it's a human response that attacks frightening issues in an attempt to make the issue less ominous.
Wm.Elliot 04/03/20 01:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

An update.... I bought a GSM Samsung A-20. T Mobile offers free use in the US, Mexico and Canada. There is a limit on data (5 GB in Mexico & Canada) but I never exceeded that cap while I was in Mexico. Phone calls and texting was free and the voice quality was very good 90% of the time. We traveled from Laredo to Cancun and back during February and March. This is a phone I use in the US mostly. Since I'm over 55 it costs about $45 a month including taxes.
Wm.Elliot 03/28/20 05:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mexico /US border

We bugged out over a week ago. Reached N. Laredo Saturday around 11am, waited in line about an hour for customs. Steaming north our vehicle broke down in Tennessee - delayed us 4 days. Back on the road Thursday around 1PM, drove with just a few hours of fitful sleep at truck stops and off ramps. Traffic fairly moderate, lots of truck traffic. Saw a lot of Canadians from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia towing trailers back before the Canadian border closes. Plenty of gasoline and diesel. Most sit down restaurants were either closed or take out only. It's doable and not at all like hurricane evacuations. A lot of people are off the road already.
Wm.Elliot 03/20/20 06:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Guys waving red flags from overpasses???

that's possible but these overpasses are way out in the boonies, all the traffic is down below with not very much overhead.
Wm.Elliot 03/11/20 06:57am RVing in Mexico and South America
Guys waving red flags from overpasses???

This is not the first time I've seen it... Between Puebla and Cordoba on the toll roll some overpasses in rural areas have guys watching the traffic and waving red flags... What's it about?
Wm.Elliot 03/10/20 06:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: CoronaVirus and Mexico

We are currently in Cordoba... I've seen one breathing mask - but that might have been restaurant related. The news I read from US media outlets is concerning and borders on criminal. I don't trust the US media for much of anything anymore... Trying to hype what probably is a routine flu outbreak and getting people all hysterical should land some "journalists" in prison. Note that the media does not detail the mortality rate (4%) or comparisons to other flu outbreaks. The media does not disclose these important facts because of politics. I'm concerned about not getting back into the US when we're done visiting Mexico, but otherwise I'm pretty much at ease.
Wm.Elliot 03/09/20 04:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Scams at gas stations

Maybe some clarification is in order... I've traveled in Mexico for at least one month for 15 out of the last 21 years. I've bought hundreds if not thousands of gallons of gas and diesel while here. These past two weeks - 2,000 miles I have been cheated (attempted) twice at gas stations. Prior to that - the last 14 trips I was cheated once. I'm no statistician, but this year's experience was in my opinion noteworthy. I never forget that I am a visitor here. I tip gas station attendants, wait staff, bus boys fairly but not excessively - to do so I have heard lectures calls attention to my wealth. On a motorcycle I tip the gas station attendants 5 pesos. Wait staff 20% Bus boys 80-100 pesos for bringing our luggage to the room. Personally I trust everyone I come in contact with until there is a reason not to. I endure Mexican motorists who show little regard for my safety as they see how close they can get to my legs on the motorcycle. That's taken some work, but I am able to take it in stride... so to speak. I'm not sure who the post a few posts back was directed at - just in case it was my comment, here's something to put in your pipe and smoke.
Wm.Elliot 03/07/20 05:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
Scams at gas stations

We've been in Mexico for two weeks had two and have two attempts made by attendants to short change us. A Shell station on 57 way south of SLP took the 500 peso note, hid it and held up a 100 peso note. I dug in my heels and adamantly refused to give the guy more having been suckered 5 years ago outside of Acapulco. Now I make it a point to snap the bill, show it to the wife, and am sure of what I gave. He finally relented and gave me the proper change. Then, just west of Cancun I had another attempt - which may have been partially successful - which involved giving me a really old 100 peso note as change. Like I said they might have gotten something over on me - but I insisted on speaking with the boss - of course by that time the old 100 peso note changed into a good one before we got to the manager.... In both cases two attendants were involved. I think that in the future I'll try to run the second guy off before the scam gets too confusing. I've driven/ridden in Mexico 20 years or 30,000 miles and this is unusual.
Wm.Elliot 03/05/20 04:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: hate to be a donnie downer...

In the past west coast US states and western provinces visited the Pacific coast in Mexico - Eastern states and provinces - especially Quebec RV'd in Mexico too.
Wm.Elliot 02/27/20 02:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
hate to be a donnie downer...

The wife and I have ridden 1600 miles in Mexico, crossing at Laredo a week ago and now at Merida - on a motorcycle but we also have RV'd in Mexico about 8 times since 1999. Point is I have not see a single RV on the road in Mexico - the wife thought she saw one headed north but it might have been a carnival worker. American and Canadian Rver's used to be a fairly common sight on the roads, but that trade seems to have disappeared... First the Americans, and now Canadians as well. Before we worked up the nerve to take an RV into Mexico we were comforted by seeing so many others doing so... But now it seems to be a rarity. We have not been on the Mex-15 corridor yet this year, maybe there are some there and I'm sure we'll see some at Chimulco in a few weeks when we get there.
Wm.Elliot 02/26/20 02:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Great News, Pumping Real Diesel for 5 More Years

this is horrible for us with newer trucks. what ****. well, we're done with mexico after all these years. There has been a lot of discussion here about Mexican diesel use with newer trucks. It's my understanding that there have been few, if any operational issues when using Mexican diesel with emission controlled diesel vehicles. Much of the worries comes from government and manufacturer's cautionary hyperbole. Don't give up on Mexico so easily!
Wm.Elliot 01/15/20 04:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Great News, Pumping Real Diesel for 5 More Years

Here in Maine off road diesel is dyed red but is ULSD. Even heating oil - the main source for heat in the northeast is ultra low sulfur - in Maine at least and probably most states. We used to use heating oil in our off road equipment but had to install a separate tank about 10 years ago. The fine at that time as I understand it would have been $30,000 for a dealer to pump heating oil into an off road diesel tank. Sadly, despite herculean efforts to clean the air and water nothing is ever enough and we only have 12 years left....
Wm.Elliot 01/14/20 02:39am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Central America trip

While our RV trips to Mexico were confined to 5-8 weeks with our then preteen daughter gave the wife and I lifetime happy memories. Introducing your child/children to different ways of life, time together experiencing adventures should not be missed if you can swing it.
Wm.Elliot 01/06/20 04:15pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Another good road report

Great You Tube videos - very professional with music added. Sorry, I don't know the correct terminology for the terms dealing with videos... In short, very nice job!
Wm.Elliot 01/01/20 06:02pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

The Samsung A20 international version phone I purchased on Amazon and later added a T Mobile sim card did not work very well here in Maine. Locally, US Cellular owns many towers and T Mobile customers can use these towers with most phones. This international version was not on the list of approved devices so I could only use T Mobile towers - which are pretty consistent along interstate highways but pretty rare elsewhere in Maine. Then there are the bands each phone works on... It's complicated. So I purchased the same phone - but not the international version and it works well. Time (about 2 months) will tell how it works in Mexico. T Mobile covers calls and texting in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Wm.Elliot 12/22/19 05:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Great News, Pumping Real Diesel for 5 More Years

Back in the day - around '96 Mexican diesel was in my opinion far superior to US diesel - more power, better mileage. It even looked different - not clear and watery like US diesel but more opaque and a yellowish color.
Wm.Elliot 12/22/19 04:04am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

I ended up buying an unlocked Samsung A20 GSM dual SIM phone using one (so far) T Mobile SIM with a no contract plan that costs $40 a month. This plan allows unlimited talk & text in the US, Mexico and Canada. A small amount of data is provided too - 2 or 5 gigs. Unlike some of you I'll be in Mexico 60 days a year tops. Time will tell what type of service I'll get in Mexico.
Wm.Elliot 12/17/19 12:51am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

AT&T has GSM service - most other US carriers use CDMA - which I think will not work in Mexico or any other country since the US uniquely uses CDMA. I might be mistaken but that's my understanding.
Wm.Elliot 12/14/19 07:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone in Mexico

All this help and all these replies in an hour! Many thanks and I'm glad to see this forum is so active.
Wm.Elliot 12/05/19 01:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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