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[*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 10:35 AM


Quote: Originally posted by willyAirstream  
Most racers do not have a wench,
Exactly: If they did, they'd be hanging out with her rather than tearing all around hell's half acre!



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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 10:46 AM


    Quote: Originally posted by David K  
    That is quite true Richard, for racers. I read the man here had a 4WD Tacoma and wanted to do some exploring in Baja... which describes my thing well.



    Except he has a 1st generation Tundra.
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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 11:18 AM


    Some so called explorers must avoid the mud and silt. A winch or sometimes a wench can be very useful in those conditions.
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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 11:41 AM


    A first gen Tundra is pretty close to a second gen Tacoma in size. I was speaking of sand driving... mud is a nightmare to avoid whenever possible!



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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 11:50 AM


    A case for a winch.

    A few years ago I was traveling from Mike's Sky Ranch to El Coyote. About a mile or two from El Coyote my right from wheel dropped into a ditch about 2.5 feet deep, the passenger side door was on a large rock and the mirror was knocked off. The left rear wheel was up in the air. With the open front diff. the left front wheel rotated but no traction. The right rear was just throwing dirt.

    Solution, pull out my portable winch and connect to tree behind me with tow straps, about 50 feet or more. Putting truck in 4 Lo and using the winch I backed out with out any problems. I fixed the passenger's door so it would open and close and I stopped at an auto parts store and got a mirror which I duct taped in place of the regular mirror.

    When I got home I had the door and fender fixed and painted $500 and a new mirror from Toyota was $140.

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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 12:13 PM
    Another case for a winch


    Since the trip to Shell Island in 2010, my Jeep went through some small changes. Namely, forged axleshafts, lower differential gears, 35" tires, upgraded steering, long arm suspension with triangulated rear control arms and upgraded exhaust.



    While out "exploring", I ran aground and needed extraction. My winch didn't do anything but nearly flop my Jeep on its side. The only thing that helped was horsepower pulling me back from where I entered the sand-covered quagmire. Hence, the rationale for traveling with a second vehicle at a minimum.







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    [*] posted on 6-24-2018 at 12:43 PM


    Here is another update.. After 43,000 miles, my BFGoodrich KM2 tires began to sing down the freeways, so I changed to a set of aggressive Falken AT3W All-Terrain tires that will hopefully offer a semblance of traction in comparison to the Mud Terrain tires I have run the past 4 years.





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    [*] posted on 6-25-2018 at 08:41 AM


    Oh man, thanks to everyone for the replies! Lot's of great info and tips
    Great pictures also! There are a couple I won't be sharing with the wife! Ha, Ha.
    I should have mentioned that this truck won't be making the trip back to Idaho very often, if ever. The plan is to leave it in Punta Chivato when we go back and forth. So that changes the tire options I think. The noise from the open lug tires doesn't really bother me. I have been running Toyo MT's on my trucks for a number of years up here in Idaho.
    I am worried about replacement availability in Baja when the time comes, that is why I'm leaning towards the BFG's. Does that thinking make sense, or can you get Toyo's and other brand tires in Baja?
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    [*] posted on 6-25-2018 at 09:05 AM


    Ok, just to be safe, carry a wench and a winch.

    Most tire brands are available here now and usually cheaper. Frenomax Llantas in Loreto and other cities carry Toyo's.
    3 day delivery if not in stock ( to Mulege or Paolo Verde)
    Also, The PV tire/mechanic shop can get any tire.
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    [*] posted on 6-25-2018 at 09:23 AM


    That is good to know, thank you!

    I should have the winch and wenches covered:biggrin:
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    [*] posted on 6-25-2018 at 04:01 PM


    Hola DouglasP and the Famous Pamela. Welcome to the Nomads. I hope you both enjoy Casa El Lugar as much as the Meany's did. Looks like you are getting some good feed back. Get out there and Explore.:bounce:
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    [*] posted on 6-25-2018 at 04:59 PM


    I hope you got well informed about obtaining the correct part-time resident visa to keep property in Mexico legally (home, trailer, or car). The FMM (tourist card) holder must technically not leave any personal property behind in Mexico at the end of their stay/ trip (when returning to the U.S.). There is some leeway when buying a house which you can do with an FMM, to have time to obtain the immigrant visa.
    There are many Nomads who live part-time in Mexico, so seek their advice.




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    [*] posted on 6-26-2018 at 06:32 AM


    Welcome to Baja Sur! Welcome to Baja Nomad!

    Be sure to come over and visit us (Blanca and Les) on the other side (Pacific).

    We have some Idahoans who have places here as well as cabins in Idaho.




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    [*] posted on 6-26-2018 at 09:57 AM


    Quote: Originally posted by Meany  
    Hola DouglasP and the Famous Pamela. Welcome to the Nomads. I hope you both enjoy Casa El Lugar as much as the Meany's did. Looks like you are getting some good feed back. Get out there and Explore.:bounce:


    Hola Steve! Famous Pamela?? I think you misspelled notorious!:spingrin:
    It's driving us crazy and we are going to give in to the urge and head down in August for a bit!
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    [*] posted on 6-26-2018 at 10:02 AM


    Quote: Originally posted by David K  
    I hope you got well informed about obtaining the correct part-time resident visa to keep property in Mexico legally (home, trailer, or car). The FMM (tourist card) holder must technically not leave any personal property behind in Mexico at the end of their stay/ trip (when returning to the U.S.). There is some leeway when buying a house which you can do with an FMM, to have time to obtain the immigrant visa.
    There are many Nomads who live part-time in Mexico, so seek their advice.


    We are working on getting our residente permanente status worked out. As we understand it so far, that is the way to go. :?: Other thoughts?
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    [*] posted on 6-26-2018 at 10:16 AM


    Quote: Originally posted by BajaBlanca  
    Welcome to Baja Sur! Welcome to Baja Nomad!

    Be sure to come over and visit us (Blanca and Les) on the other side (Pacific).

    We have some Idahoans who have places here as well as cabins in Idaho.


    Thank you!
    The Pacific side is on the top of the list of things to do!
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    [*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 02:28 PM


    Thanks again to everyone for their help and input.
    What "band" radio should I be looking to put in my rig?
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    [*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 07:14 PM


    That's a good question. :?:



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    [*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 10:05 PM


    Some people have suggested Back Country Navigator and iPhone/iPad based MotionX.

    For sure you want to use a phone based GPS app.

    I've used BCN and MotionX a good bit. BCN absolutely obliterates MotionX. So much easier to go from Google Earth to BCN. And the nav of it is much better.

    BCN is the ta taas.



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    [*] posted on 7-13-2018 at 10:57 PM


    JZ, thanks for the response. I am familiar with BCN and like it a lot for our moto adventures, I'm sure it will work great for our 4 wheel stuff too.
    What I'm looking for is advice on is communication radios. CB.VHF, marine, what is the best or preferred band?
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