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Tequila

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I have now had 2 immigration lawyers tell me that you can still drive an RV with a 10 year TIP after you are Residente Permanente as long as you obtained it when you had a tourist visa or Residente Temporal. I know one couple, both with permanente, who are driving a motorhome in each year with no issues.

You certainly cannot have a foreign plated car. I have looked at the SAT regs and they are vague when it comes to this.

I would sure like to find someone who got a Casa Rodante permit when they were Residente Temporal and whether they gave them a 10 year TIP or tied it to the expiry of their residente Temporal card. If this is true, I would like to cancel my TIP before my residente temporal expires and then bring it back in under a new 10 year.

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When we were in a similar position, one attorney said we would be fine since we got our 10 year permit while on a tourist visa, and the other disagreed vocally.

I think it will come down to whether or not you have a problem-like an insurance claim or being involved in a major upheaval or event. Like rolling your trailer off of the road and walking away.

I suggest contacting one of the "in the know" insurance brokers like Lewis and Lewis and see what they say about the insurance on the RV. If they don't know, they will find out. Or else, just call Qualitas and find out from them.

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Check into importing the RV I have met a lot persons that have imported the units, some of them are actually Mexican citizens, ask a lawyer the worst that can happen is somebody says no.

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Importing a vehicle of any kind into Mexico has very strict rules, and if your vehicle is eligible, is quite expensive.

It could an option for a very high end, NAFTA vehicle.

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I paid 22% of the value to import our travel trailer. Not sure what the taxes are now.

I'm not a lawyer, but if the info you received regarding the 10-year permit were true, there would be a lot more Mexican residents with rvs on a 10-year permit.

I sometimes wish our rv had U.S. or Canadian plates. In terms of transito, it seems that non-Mexican plated RVs have fewer hassles assuming that the gringo driver speaks no Spanish. I could be wrong on that though.


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according to the lawyer it only is valid IF you already have the TIP when you obtain residente. This is what Spencers in Chapala have told me and also Yucatan Expatriate services. You would be unable to renew it. Since I am approaching 71, 10 years works for me.

Now, if you can't, I see no reason you cannot cancel the TIP, & put a siblings name on the registation. Have them get a new 10 year TIP in their name (On line even, I don't think they would even have to cross the border). You could sit in the Sonara free zone while all of that is done. As a sibling, you are allowed to drive it without them being in the rig and your name is also on the registration.

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Again, my concern is with the insurance. IF there is a problem, someone will have to produce a valid visa for the insurance to be valid.

My concern wouldn't be with the value of your vehicle, but with the liability if someone else was injured.,

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not necesarily. Insurance is separate, you can specify drivers. Either way I dont have to worry for 4 years. may just let the wifes temopral lapse and re-apply, the motorhome permit is in her name.

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Not trying to be controversial, but why not just do it the right way and import the rv permanently paying the appropriate taxes?

Although SAT has the last word, as you know rules can be interpreted in different ways just as the issue with the heavy pickup or returning to the U.S. bringing what you think is passable or not. Each agent or department has its own criteria.

That said, the same can happen in Mexico with vehicles and paperwork in municipalities or at checkpoints. The Mexican aduana, in Laredo and Reynosa, have become very strict on vehicle importation and paperwork. There was a period a few years back when many agencias aduanales lost their licenses for doing crooked things and those that had their vehicles imported by them risked or still risk losing their vehicles.

Your plan just sounds like too much hassle. JMHO

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