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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
cell phone in Mexico

I asked this before but can't find what was suggested in the search.... I'm looking for a phone that I can use here in Maine and when traveling in Mexico - mostly for emergencies since we can Skype or Google Voice from the hotel for free when we call home. If I remember correctly the phone needs to be GSM and I can buy an amigo sim card on Amazon or once in Mexico at an OXXO. This way it's pretty inexpensive. GSM service here in Maine isn't as good as CDMA - there are phones that do both GSM & CDMA but I'm having difficulty figuring out what type of phone will suit both Mexico and Maine. I have no personal cell phone now. Any helpful suggestions to this Luddite would be appreciated!
Wm.Elliot 12/05/19 12:08pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Texas to Zihuatanejo

We used to get up early and arrive to get permits predawn but it's never that busy - even at noon. Returning to the US is a different story. Customs can be a long wait - 90 minutes sometimes. This March we were lucky and got in line at customs at 10:30 for a 15 minute wait. Bring pens with you when you get the permits - it will speed up the process.
Wm.Elliot 11/17/19 05:19am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Texas to Zihuatanejo

I was down that way in March. I prefer the Laredo crossing - use bridge II at the terminus of I-35. After crossing the bridge you'll want to stop and do paperwork in the complex which is almost under the very bridge you just crossed. Bear left and watch for a sign indicating a very sharp left turn. Drive back towards the bridge, get your permits and then backtrack to the same road you made the sharp left turn on. This time turn right and head towards Monterrey toll or free - both roads are good. Watch for a right turn as you enter Monterrey - this toll road avoids Monterrey and will connect to 40. 40 west is good either free or toll. Before Saltillo look for 57, take it. 57 can have some surprisingly heavy traffic and can be slow at times - other times it is fast. 57 is a good road, no topes and much like a highway in the US.
Wm.Elliot 11/15/19 06:22am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Road Report, Nogales to Zihuatanejo

"OK, inquiring minds want to know--what were you driving and WHERE in Mexico at 80 MPH!?" Practically everywhere - mostly cuotas but some libres too. Recently (since diesel became more expensive in Mexico that the US) I've been riding a motorcycle in Mexico but I've also driven 80 -85 mph in an F-250 back before diesel became more expensive in Mexico). Many nationals speed, in fact here in the US few people pass me but in Mexico many people pass me even though I am riding/driving the same. I think Nationals on average drive faster than gringos. That, and most folks RVing in Mexico (including myself) are a little ... long in the tooth.
Wm.Elliot 10/15/19 05:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Road Report, Nogales to Zihuatanejo

I have noticed a huge increase in police using radar these last few years. The speed limits are set so low almost everyone exceeds the posted limits. The police can pick who they wish to stop. 2 Years ago I was passed on a 4 lane going to GDL by a sedan that was going about 90(mph). A minute or so later I was stopped for going 80(mph). The federal police officer no doubt could have had the National going 90 but instead chose me. After much bluffing the officer let me go.
Wm.Elliot 10/13/19 03:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: TIP problems

Stan's post was not moderated enough. I could care less about your political views. I visit this forum to learn about traveling to Mexico, not to hear political views - which ironically Stan had complained about yesterday. This forum has lost enough folks over the last few years - let's keep it centered on Mexico.
Wm.Elliot 10/12/19 05:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Puerto Vallarta Cuota to open in October

That's great news. 200 between Tepic & PV is a fun road but has an incredible amount of traffic at times - mostly all going one way or the other depending on the day and time. You're either stuck in slow traffic or can't pass because oncoming traffic is so heavy.
Wm.Elliot 08/12/19 05:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mayan Temples Trip - Safe?

I have gotten a safe to pass left turn signal in Quebec from a trucker,,, once, maybe it's not just a courtesy in Mexico. We've taken six trips in Mexico since 2013 on a motorcycle, logging in over 20,000 miles in Mexico on a motorcycle. Although I'm a fairly fast rider in the US and ride the same in Mexico I always notice how much faster people drive in Mexico. A 60KPH speed limit in Mexico might be driven at 60MPH. Speed limits are much lower in Mexico but most Nationals drive much faster than the posted speed limit. Many Nationals are very skillful drivers, fast and sometimes impatient, but skilled. In all the years we've traveled in Mexico - first in an RV and now on a motorcycle the only time I felt overwhelmed was in Acapulco about 5 years ago. We just revisited Acapulco this March and I felt much safer than I did then.
Wm.Elliot 07/12/19 12:54am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Slow Bridge Crossings

Same thing happened to us in March at the same place - we had to dig out the registration and then show the officer where the VIN was hidden on our motorcycle. Once satisfied we were on our way.
Wm.Elliot 05/02/19 02:51am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Slow Bridge Crossings

We just came up March 25, 10:00am Bridge #2 and waited not more than 15 minutes and we were on our way. Turning in the VIP took not more than 10 minutes - this was the easiest crossing during daylight hours for us...ever.
Wm.Elliot 04/16/19 03:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Yucat√°n trip planning

It's good to see some discussion in this forum again. It's been very slow.
Wm.Elliot 04/15/19 02:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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