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RE: Where are the RV's?

We arrived in Matehuala yesterday afternoon. The mountain pass was wet with heavy fog and at about 1500 meters the sun broke through. Good highway all the way down Hwy 57. We parked at the Hotel Oasis across from Las Palmas. Oasis has one site with electric-only 200 pesos. We walked over to Las Palmas for dinner and the RV park was empty. We continue on to San Miguel de Allende and will store the RV at Glamping San Miguel de Allende for a week and then on to Peña de Bernal. I hope we see some rvers at San Ramon and Glamping and along the rest of the trip.
qtla9111 12/21/21 06:00am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

For me, this is reason enough. Promoting illegal plates via a stay of temporary protection, and selling these plates that were originally for poor farmers to bring a pickup for work purposes. Instead, they are selling the plates to anyone including foreigners who own luxury cars. In many cases, to cross the border into Mexico, a fee of $450 USD goes to the cartels who manage different border crossings. In the states of Guanajuato, SLP, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and more it is becoming more common. They have found a way to avoid paying for legal importation, legal plates, and tags. To see gringos with Mercedes who buy into this is truly disgusting. Why would you do something illegal that you wouldn't even consider doing in your own country if it were possible? "Organizations like the Union Campesina Deomcratica (UCD) issue invalid" plates", identifying their members before the authorities, but the only plates that are valid are those issued by federal entities and then accredit the legal stay in the country through a permanent import permit (pedimento) or an invoice issued by a vehicle agency " "Organizaciones como la Union Campesina Deomcratica (UCD) expiden "placas" no validas, de identificacion de sus agremiados ante las autoridades, per las unicas placas que tienen valicez son las emitidas por las entidades federativeas y para ello tienen que acreditar la legal estancia en el pais a traves de un pedimento de importacion o una factura emitida por una agencia vehicular"
qtla9111 12/16/21 06:34pm 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.
qtla9111 12/15/21 05:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

They have Tim Hortons in Mexico? Texas needs a Timmie'sI never thought it would happen, Tim Horton is coming to Texas this summer. I'm starting my diet now to make room There are almost 50 Tim Horton's in the Monterrey metro area.
qtla9111 12/15/21 06:46am 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. Thanks, Playaboy. We crossed both ways at the Hidalgo bridge. Coming home today, the military inspection heading north was over 4km long. Something is going down, not for me to say, but we have never seen it that long. Crossing the bridge into Mexico we had a green light. We know many people in Reynosa. It has its good points and is much better than Nuevo Laredo as a city. Many Mexicans have homes in McAllen as well. Nothing exciting to tell other than the fact (I have to check my dashcam) a pickup truck either blew a tire or just lost control and flew, literally, across the median and onto the other side of the autopista. We pulled over, and he got out of the pickup and did a walk around. So, he survived! But, man, those things really give you a wake-up call to pay attention to the road. Overall, a good trip. Our infamous president has now said he is authorizing a booster shot as Omicron has shown its ugly face in Mexico. This will be long term and we are ready to participate in the process. I have to say, as much as I love Texas, it is in a constant state of highway construction. Hwy 83 has been under construction since I first visited in the early 80s.
qtla9111 12/03/21 05:49pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Contracted employees, self-employed, are not eligible for aguinaldos by law. The years I worked as an independent consultant, via honorarios, was never included. When a person, such as a maid works for more than one person, they aren't eligible either as you have to be fully employed by one employer. Similar to a person who works less than 40 hour weeks in the U.S. is generally not eligible for any company benefits. BTW, an employee of OXXO (where I worked in corporate for a year) posted the truth about his pay at the store he worked at. His salary was so good, and his benefits, that many people posted, "I have a degree and work in a large corporation. I would be better off working in an OXXO". Of course, the guy who posted on TikTok is a store leader. His salary is 20,000 pesos a month, IMSS, INFONAVIT, aguinaldo, and 750 pesos additional in despensa or food coupons. The years I worked in the U.S., employees received a turkey. Big deal.
qtla9111 12/03/21 06:35am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

It became a mandatory monetary benefit in 1970, with an amendment to the Federal Labor Law, which stipulated that the bonus should be equivalent to at least 15 days of salary and must be delivered before December 20. In the constitutional article, it is referred to as a bonus although mandatory. Full-time teachers in the state of Nuevo Leon receive an average of 50,000 pesos, current and retired. Keep in mind the 2 weeks is a minimum and many company employees receive much more. If you read the link below the history goes back hundreds of years and for different reasons including the influence of the church.
qtla9111 12/03/21 06:10am RVing in Mexico and South America
Crossing Back Into The U.S.

We decided to go to McAllen for a booster shot. It's been two years for us. They only have one lane open to the bridge and we entered the line at 11:52. Once you get to the bridge it remains one lane. On the U.S. side, they split up into different lanes for the border inspection. That was at 12:52 and the agent asked to see our vaccination records, passports, and visa permit. Off we went three hundred yards ahead and we found the commercial strip center next to the Whataburger. They had the vaccination tent set up. We filled out the forms, no questions were asked. A little tense on the toll highway at the two inspections. It looks like they have been hit a couple of times. Spikes strewn over the shoulders and one lane. The soldiers were very cautious and were changing the spiked chains from one lane to another during the 30 minutes it took us to get through. Both checkpoints were the same. Lots of scattered car parts and glass. We saw four RVs heading south one of each class. Reynosa was pretty busy but calm. Soldiers and GN just about everywhere. Heading back home Friday the 3rd.
qtla9111 12/02/21 09:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

You are likely correct. We remember some of our very first trips to Mexico in the early 1980s when we changed money and became millionaires. How times have changed! We now live here permanently, in our dream home in Zihuatanejo, and as a bonus find the living expenses to be less than they were in our former Southern California beach enclave. Agreed, for those that earn dollars. Those of us who earned pesos feel the sting every day when we buy gasoline, gas LP, and groceries that continue to go up in price.
qtla9111 12/02/21 05:22am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

The latest from PROFECO, November 2021 compares prices under EPN (Enrique Peña Nieto) and AMLO (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador).
qtla9111 12/01/21 05:59am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: They are coming!!!

Coming back from SMA on Tuesday we saw a motorhome pulling a pickup with an ATV in the bed over the mountains from Linares to San Roberto. We haven't seen that in a long time. I guess it's time to uncover the RV!
qtla9111 11/25/21 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? This is a pretty common approach to things these days, "live and let live" and that is probably why there are so many problems. It has a lot to do with a person's moral compass. You might ask, "How does this affect you?". For starters, as a foreigner, something of which I will never escape, it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many Mexicans. "You gringos come here and do whatever you want". I've heard all the lines. Now, because of the foreigners coming from the southern part of the continent illegally, we have now been put on alert so that INM might stop us and check to see if we have our papers with us. That's what happens when people don't follow the rules and everyone else has to pay the price. Americans and Canadians in SMA are breaking federal, state, and local rules by paying mafias that provide a plastic license plate to avoid paying taxes and import fees on their vehicles. It looks pretty silly to see, as I did last week, a current model Mercedes and a Lexus both owned by gringos flaunting those plates. What is the message being sent to Mexicans, "Oh you come here in your big fancy cars and then not pay anything while we have to pay coyotes, Aduana, and cartels upwards of $450 USD so we can cross our cars into Mexico legally?" ? Americans and Canadians come here thinking we have no rules or that they can easily be broken. Yet in their respective countries, they would never think of doing such things and frown upon those foreigners who do. What does a Rver in Mexico actually pay for that adds to the general economy? Many rvers come with their rvs loaded with foodstuffs, fuel, wine, the sacred Canadian butter, and the cheddar cheese. Buying veggies off the food truck is self-serving and the RV park owner employs but a handful of people most of which make next to nothing. The list goes on. Don't brag to a Mexican that "I'm an American" because first off, we are all Americans, and second turn around and think you can break all the rules, it's not a show of one's true colors. Buy Mexican and follow the rules. JMHO
qtla9111 11/24/21 06:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
La Siesta Rv Park Then And Now

Being here in San Miguel de Allende brings back a lot of fond memories including the La Siesta Hotel and Rv Park. It was located just off the libramiento in the middle of the city. It was convenient, airy and outdoorsy but you could walk everywhere. We were fortunate enough to celebrate many holidays there with rvers from as far away as Holland. Unfortunately, Don Raul made the decision to sell the place for a Walmart or Costco which never took place. Years on now, it was finally given permission and the permits registered. Here's what the RV park looked like then and now.
qtla9111 11/19/21 02:00pm 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.
qtla9111 11/12/21 05:22am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Gas prices

This is a good place to start although they can change any day. You need to know the state and city or municipality. Check Gasoline And Diesel Prices Official Government Website We found gas on Hwy 57 to be as low as 18.74 a liter, that was a week ago Friday. Border prices are competitive with those on the U.S. side for logical reasons. I would suspect border prices dropping a little more after tomorrow's reopening.
qtla9111 11/07/21 05:45pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

I think that is true in any country. X2
qtla9111 11/02/21 05:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

42 Tim Horton's in Mexico so far. We saw a new one going up today when we went to Home Depot in Monterrey.
qtla9111 11/01/21 02:47pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Immigration crack down

This might solve part of the puzzle. It was never a requirement before. Foreign Tourists Must Show Immigration Document To Buy A Bus Ticket
qtla9111 11/01/21 10:31am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Expired RV permit

I want to believe that there will some sort of moratorium on expired permits depending on when they were requested and the date of expiration. I'm no expert on that but it sounds like with what we have been through and governmental border closing it would be understood. Anybody?
qtla9111 10/29/21 06:01pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Car Jacking

Not comfortable posting this but I do believe it is important. Matamoros and the surrounding areas along the border have had heavy gunfire every night for the last week. Streets blocked, cars set on fire. Most of it was caused by the death of a cartel leader. In English, you can find many reports searching for "Matamoros news".
qtla9111 10/26/21 09:26am RVing in Mexico and South America
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