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afaryna

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Posted: 07/21/19 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am wondering if there is a source of good information regarding any size issues at border crossings.

For example, Algadones when returning to the USA, there is a sharp right turn entering the custom's area that make entry with a large 5th wheel or motorhome not possible.

Took my 5th wheel through San Luis crossing last year and while going in was tight, the return trip also had very tight turns made it very difficult and I still went over a curb. Would not even consider this now that I have a 42' motorhome with a toad.

Planning next seasons adventure and any info would be great.

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Posted: 07/21/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We learned years ago that the best crossings into Mainland Mexico for those of us from the western part of Canada and the US are along the Arizona section of the Border .
We usually go South through Nogales and North through either Nogales or Sonoyta/ Lukeville.
We use the Mariposa Truck Lane at Nogales which is pretty much a straight line with only a gentle sweep left then right as you pass the American Inspection point.

For return Nogales can be congested so Lukeville is our preference!


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Talleyho69

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The entry at Sonoyta/Lukeville is a straight shot. The exit is not, but we never had any issues although some have. Caravans regularly exit there so it is not too tough. It's also a great place to cross back into the US, with no lines or waiting except on Sunday afternoons.

Nogales truck entry must have a second lane for long things. Last June, in an SUV pulling an 8 foot cargo trailer, it was difficult to make the turns on the US side.

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I have come through Algadones with a 40 foot MH with Toad. It is tight but can be done without hitting anything. Now the rest of the story. The road south from Algadones is very narrow and not well marked well.

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We found it to be an easy run to join Hwy 15 from Sonoyta/Lukeville at Santa Ana. The toll road is quite new, wide and easy.

However, if you are going to Puerto Penasco, we have no experience with it.

Hopefully Tequila will share his information.

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Exiting Lukeville into the USA is a very tight turn for large campers. I can make it through but I am patient and take my time. I have friends that have done quite a bit of damage to their coaches there. A couple of months ago a friend with a 45' 5th wheel followed us and was unable to make the turn. CBP moved some barriers and allowed him to bypass that turn. If you go through secondary inspection it is even more difficult. Once again, patience is your friend, no one cares how long it takes you but they will think you are crazy to rush and do damage.


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hypoxia wrote:

Exiting Lukeville into the USA is a very tight turn for large campers. I can make it through but I am patient and take my time. I have friends that have done quite a bit of damage to their coaches there. A couple of months ago a friend with a 45' 5th wheel followed us and was unable to make the turn. CBP moved some barriers and allowed him to bypass that turn. If you go through secondary inspection it is even more difficult. Once again, patience is your friend, no one cares how long it takes you but they will think you are crazy to rush and do damage.


Everyone has to go through the secondary inspection lane, it’s like a snake turn, right then hard left.....totally dumb.
I’m assuming they did that for a reason, like no quick entrance to the USA for a border runner?

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When I have caravans I ask them to remove the road blocks and they do. Solving the problem.


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Sounds like the solution. Smile, politely ask for what you want and get it!!!

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I did have an issue at Lukeville several years back because I was directed into the extreme right hand lane. The last couple of years it has been a straight or nearly straight line through with no issues.

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