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RE: Diesel shortages??

I just drove from GDL to the the USA, crossing today at Mariposa. The Pemex at Benjamin Hill did not have diesel. Coincidence? At another Pemex 10 miles up the road I was able to fill up. BTW, I saw over 2 dozen RV's heading north on 15D the last couple of days. I counted 2 heading south.
playaboy 03/30/22 09:46pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Road from PV to Barra de Navidad

not only are there not many travelers, very few monitor this forum. Unfortunately many have moved to facebook ( a wasteland). Where is tequila Or playaboy? Are there no RV'rs in Melaque? My experience is far to old to be of much value but that road is a slow go. Not many Pemex stations and a lack of any facilities. I only post about things I know about. I have been all over MX this last year. Not many RV's on the road in Mexico. I would be surprised if there are more than 500 total visiting from NOB.
playaboy 02/07/22 06:29am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Covid tests needed when returning to the US?

Charleston, I am a US citizen. I have crossed the border dozens of times since covid began. CBP isn't looking for any covid symptoms.
playaboy 01/31/22 05:58am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Where are the RV's?

It appears that RV'ing in Mexico is almost totally DEAD. I am not seeing RV's on the road in Mexico. I am finishing up a 8000 mile trip thru the USA and Mexico. There are thousands and thousands of RV in Quartzsite, Winterhaven, Yuma and the rest of the south west USA. Parks are full of Canadians too. Totonaka in San Carlos was about 80% occupied. I would wager that there are more RV's in Yuma than in all of Mexico
playaboy 01/09/22 05:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad from Las Vegas. Ka'ching, Ka'ching
playaboy 12/25/21 08:17am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Where are the RV's?

I am in TX now. Everything is like 2019. Few wear masks, restaurants are full, and it doesn't appear people here are worried.
playaboy 12/20/21 05:23am RVing in Mexico and South America
Where are the RV's?

I just finished a long road trip. GDL to Paamul and up to Amarillo, TX. While driving I only saw 2 RV's on the road. And I was looking for them. One in Michoacan heading west and the other one just south of Saltillo going south. Paamul had 4 rigs 2 of which have been coming down for over 5 years.
playaboy 12/19/21 03:51pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

Personal experience and let's leave it at that.
playaboy 12/16/21 05:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

Big C. Although Sonia has a lot of knowledge about Mexico I lost all faith in her when she was processing vehicle imports not according to the rules. She certainly is proud of herself. It is on her best interest to scare people into getting a permanent or temporary visa. Expats in SMA flock to her. Not sure why when all the immigration paperwork can be done on your own. So many fearful people who don't want to learn the language. Everything is online and in English or can easily be translated. What they charge is outrageous. And I agree, the vehicle import process, well I've said enough. Be very careful of Sonia and her husband John. Better yet, stay away from them.
playaboy 12/16/21 03:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What food can I bring ...

Here is the list of food product that are prohibited and allowed. Annex 01. Listing of Agrifood Products and By-products for Tourist Import A full and thorough inspection of the merchandise will be performed to detect any pests meriting quarantine, and if insect orifices or evidence of live pests are found, all the seeds shall be returned or destroyed. Containers with dirt, foliage, seeds, grains, and any other vegetable residues (official letter B00.01.01.02.03/10846 Sep-25-14) phytozoosanitary measures, among others, etc. Their entry is allowed after a visual inspection of the products listed in paragraph FOURTH of the AGREEMENT that establishes the classification and codification of merchandise whose import is regulated by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural development, Fisheries and Food, through the National Service of Food Safety And Agriculture Quality, provided they are free from pests and in amounts for personal use and consumption. Such as: ? Peeled almonds ? Peeled hazelnuts ? Roasted coffee ? Pelletized cereals ? Spices (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, mace, amomum varieties, cardamom varieties, aniseed, coriander, fennel, ginger, saffron, turmeric, thyme, bay leaves, curry, etc.) ? Dehydrated fruits (seedless) ? Cereal, oilseed and legume flours ? Medicinal herbs (only dried) ? Dehydrated vegetables ? Ikin palm tree seeds (40 pieces maximum for personal use - informative note 76/2014: ? Seedless cashews (caju, cajuil or marañon) and walnuts ? Dried pistachios (salted) ? Dehydrated tobacco Compliance with the secretariat does not waive compliance with other authorities. ? Dried mate VEGETABLES, THEIR PRODUCTS AND BY-PRODUCTS ALLOWED FOR TOURIST IMPORT Prohibited products: *Land or soil *Pots or items with vegetable sourced content. Touristic entry of the following listed products is prohibited if the importer does not meet the requirements set forth in the following link: (https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/mcrfi/) ? Propagation materials (seeds, bulbs, slips, buds, stakes, etc.) ? Flowers, plants, vegetables and fresh fruits. ? Grains (corn, bean, rice, quinoa, wheat, sesame, sunflower, green bean, lentil, etc.) ? Green coffee and tobacco ? Fresh chestnuts NOTE: This list is without limitation. Considerations for entry of the following products: ? The packaging must be intact, and labeled in Spanish, English, or any other intelligible language (Italian, Portuguese, French, etc.), and sealed by the health authority. ? The products must originate from countries that have a zoosanitary requirements combination in the MCRZI: https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/mcrz/moduloConsulta.jsf. ? For countries affected by the foot-and-mouth disease, only products originating from plants authorized in the SICPA will be acceptable: https://sistemasssl.senasica.gob.mx/PlantaAcreditada/ ? No hand made products are allowed. Product Quantity Considerations Aged cheeses Up to 3 kg per family. In any presentation provided the sum does not exceed the allowed quantity. Authorized countries: Germany, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Spain, United States of America, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Sweden Switzerland, Ukraine. Authorized countries (++ with authorized plants): ++Argentina ++Uruguay ++Peru Butter Up to 1 kg per family. Cream Up to 1 kg per family. Yoghurt Up to 1 l or 1 kg per family or 12 drinkable containers of 12 oz. each. Pasteurized or ultra-pasteurized liquid milk Up to 1 gal (3.78 l) per family Condensed milk Up to 1 l or 3 cans or Tetra Pak type containers of 12 fl oz. per family. Powdered milk Up to 2 kg per family in one or multiple packages provided they do not exceed the allowed weight. Canned/packaged and labeled breastmilk substitute (infant formula) Up to 5 kg per family. The package must be intact and labeled. However, the entry of opened milk containers or individual portions or milk is allowed only if accompanying the nursing baby. ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND BYPRODUCTS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION DAIRY PRODUCTS: Product Quantity Authorized countries: Serrano ham or aged shoulders originating from plants authorized by SAGARPA. Up to 5 kg for individual packages or 1 shoulder (whole and in its original packaging) per family. Canada, Spain, USA, Italy and France. Aged cured meats originating from plants authorized by SAGARPA. Up to 5 kg per family in one or multiple packages provided it does not exceed the allowed weight. Canada, Spain, USA and Italy. Thermally processed poultry and pork cured meats packaged, labeled and sealed by the appropriate health authority. Up to 5 kg per family in one or multiple packages provided it does not exceed the allowed weight. Germany, Chile, Denmark, Canada, Spain, USA and Italy. Packaged and labeled dry beef. Up to 500 g per family. Australia, Canada, Chile, USA, New Zealand, Panama and Japan. Turkey meat or smoked chickens. Up to 6 kg or 1 to 3 whole pieces per family, provided they do not exceed the allowed weight. Chile, USA and Canada. Canned/bottled and labeled pâté from any species. Up to 1 kg or 5 pieces of 12 oz. each, per family. Germany, Canada, Spain, USA, France. Wholly processed food preparations with meat content from any species (except ruminants) including any of the following consumables: eggs, honey and dairy packaged and labeled products. Examples: stuffed pasta, cheesecake, pâtés (foie gras, mousse, pâté parfait). The entry of products containing bovine meat or similar is prohibited, for example: meatballs, lasagna, ravioli, etc. Up to 4 kg per family. Canada, Chile, Spain, USA, France, Guatemala and Italy. Natural bottled honey. 1 l or 64 fl oz. Brazil, USA and France. MEAT PRODUCTS: Product Quantity Authorized countries: Dry and humid, packaged and labeled balanced foods. No ruminant origin content. (For pets, cats and dogs.) One 50 lbs. bag per family or its equivalent in kg (22). It can be in a single package or up to two, provided it does not exceed the allowed quantity. Only the daily ration accompanying the pet is acceptable for unpackaged products. Canada, USA, France, Australia, Hungary and New Zealand. Packaged and labeled animal sourced candy. No ruminant origin contents. (For pets, cats and dogs.) Up to 10 lbs. or 5 kg per individual or family. Only the daily ration accompanying the pet is acceptable for unpackaged products. USA, Canada and Chile. PRODUCTS FOR ANIMAL CONSUMPTION: Prohibited products: ?Fresh meat of any species. ?Balanced food for any species (except for cats and dogs.) ?Balanced food for cats and dogs with bovine, ovine and caprine meat. ?Sandwiches, snacks, sub sandwiches, hamburgers, pizzas, etc. with meat and dairy content without intact packaging or sanitary seal from the competent authority. ?Pharmaceutical, chemical and biological products for animal use or consumption, or those products designated for therapeutic or research purposes. ?Fresh cheeses. ?Homemade or hand made products are not allowed. ?Campero (fried) type chicken. ?Untanned leather products. ?Pots or items with animal sourced content. ?Garments with animal bones, skin and feathers. ?Handicrafts made of carver or polished horns or bones. ?Hunting trophies (mounted, fresh, salted, etc.) ?Any regulated animal species (except cats and dogs.) ?Containers with animals or animal remains (blood, feathers, bones, carcasses, etc.) ?Bull fighting, charro horsemanship and bull riding garments and accessories if they are stained with animal blood or remains of tissue; its entry will be allowed if they are completely clean, disinfected, and sanitized at the point of entry. Product Quantity Considerations Frozen or iced fresh fish in any presentation (whole, filleted or cut in pieces.) Entry allowed for personal consumption. Properly packaged for personal consumption, adequately preserved in an ice box with coolants and/or ice without spills or leaks. Dried, freeze dried, cooked or smoked fish in any presentation (whole, filleted or cut in pieces.) Properly packaged for personal consumption. Without signs of decomposition or the presence of pests. Canned or bottled fish (pâté, muscles, etc.) Labelled, indicating the type of prepared fish, expiration or preferred consumption date. All countries and species, (including fish roe, caviar.) Fish products in other presentations (sauce, dry bone, crusts, etc.) All countries and species, (including fish roe, caviar.) Squid, octopus, *winkles, sea cucumber and oysters, fresh in any presentation (whole, filleted or cut in pieces), frozen or iced. Properly packaged for personal consumption, adequately preserved in an ice box with coolants and/or ice without spills or leaks. *Jointly regulated with PROFEPA. Dry, freeze dried, cooked or smoked squid, octopus, *winkles, sea cucumber and oysters, fresh in any presentation. Properly packaged for personal consumption, adequately preserved in an ice box with coolants and/or ice without spills or leaks. *Jointly regulated with PROFEPA. Squid, octopus, *winkles, sea cucumber and oyster products in other presentations (sauce, crusts, etc.) Foods prepared for human consumption. *Jointly regulated with PROFEPA. Dry, brined or smoked oysters. Properly packaged for personal consumption. Without signs of decomposition or the presence of pests. All cooked crustaceans in any presentation (whole, tail, legs, etc.) Properly packaged for personal consumption, adequately preserved in an ice box with coolants and/or ice without spills or leaks. Seafood products in other presentations (sauce, condiments, dressings, crust, etc.) Foods prepared for human consumption. Combined raw and/or cooked seafood combos (seafood meals.) Properly packaged for personal consumption, adequately preserved in an ice box with coolants and/or ice without spills or leaks. Fresh, dried or brined seaweeds in any presentation. Foods prepared for human consumption. AQUACULTURE PRODUCTS Prohibited products: ?Live, raw or dried crustaceans. ?Aquaculture products for animal consumption. ?Fish. ?Live turtles. ?Regulated aquatic sourced products in poor condition and/or decomposing and/or with the presences of larvae or insects.
playaboy 12/04/21 05:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Silver Libertads are easy to buy and to sell. Just go to Banco Azteca. They post their buy/sell price on their website.
playaboy 12/04/21 04:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Or just use gold and silver to protect yourself from inflation. Centenarios and Libertads have held their value against the peso.
playaboy 12/04/21 06:51am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Crossing Back Into The U.S.

Which crossing did you use? Where were the inspections. Have a safe trip home.
playaboy 12/03/21 06:40am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Tally is correct, aguinaldo is not a xmas bonus. It is part of their regular pay. Consider that when you do want to give your employee their xmas bonus along with their aguinaldo.
playaboy 12/03/21 05:12am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Here are some everyday examples of everyday inflation in my pueblo. Last year, I paid 12p for a carne asada tacos, today it is 14p at the local carts in my town. My haircut went from 40p to 50p. A large shrimp cocktail was 145p, now it is 165p. Pollo asado (the ones bigger than a crow) with all the fixen's are now 165p. Even Costco raised the price of their hot dogs and drinks from 25p to 35p.
playaboy 12/01/21 05:51am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Living in Mexico on a tourist Visa. Legal or Illegal?

If you are not a perpetual tourist, why do you care if someone else is?
playaboy 11/24/21 05:08am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Green Angels

Most toll roads have their own "road side service" not part of the Green Angels. I have never been charged for service including towing. You must show your toll receipt for free service. Maybe it is because I tip well anyway.
playaboy 11/14/21 05:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border is open

Amlo is insisting that no fuels be imported. Mexico does not produce ulsd. Someone posted a Gov. Website that listed fuel prices. I noticed that it stated the fuel would be from 15 to 500 ppm. 15 ir less is ulsd Anything over that is just low sulfur. Playaboy are you seeing 2 different pumps at some stations? Only one pump for diesel. Diesel vehicles sold in Mexico do not require ULSD (UBA). So why sell it? My Mexican diesel truck gets better mileage and has more power running Mexican diesel than running diesel fuel NOB. There are some stations around me that pump farm diesel. My truck really likes that stuff. I keep away from USA branded stations.
playaboy 11/14/21 05:37am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border is open

Prices are all over the map depending on the source of the fuel and competing stations. Some stations have low prices because they are larger rest stops and offer many services. In a five km radius here in Santiago,NL the prices range from 19.99 to 23 pesos for fuel. The apps come in handy, it's a matter of getting used to them. Is it all the same grade diesel? Some is UBA others pump BA.
playaboy 11/13/21 07:02am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Border is open

Can you blame them? It is getting colder and darker. This is going to be a short lived opening. Get out while you can. "Come to the light"
playaboy 11/10/21 02:37pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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