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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 05:00 PM

I have been warned a couple of times about full gas cans at the San Luis crossing. They let me keep the gas, but warned that is was against the rules. I have since stopped, and just buy gas in Baja.
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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 05:32 PM

My Kia Sportage convertible had a tiny 10 1/2 gallon tank, so I carry a Kolpin four gallon gas can designed to ride on the back of an ATV. It lays nice and flat in my cargo space!

I knew about the restrictions on bringing in full tanks, so I hit the road with an empty gas can. I took a series of different routes headed toward the border, and wound up needing gas at Glamis.

The only fuel there was god awful expensive, but I had no choice! I now travel with a full can which I empty into my tank when I am close to the border, then top off the tank before I cross.

[Edited on 1-28-2020 by AKgringo]

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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 06:24 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Tioloco  
Quote: Originally posted by Pacifico  
Quote: Originally posted by DBaja  
I got the red light in TJ. They found about 4 -5 gallon cans in the back. Made me wait for an hour and a half for an escort to drive me back across the border, all the while holding onto my passport so I wouldn’t leave. They couldn’t find an escort so they let me off by having me pour all 20 gallons of gas on the ground!! :mad:

My concern was quality diesel which I have since learned isn’t an issue any more.

They had you dump 20 gallons on the ground??? That would be quite the hazmat spill....When did this happen supposedly?

Are you inferring he/she is lying? wth?

My money would be on that this didn't happen. However, I have heard of crazy chit happening in Mexico plenty of times. So, who knows? I'm also not dumb enough to believe everything I read on here either.

He stated that he dumped 20 gallons of GAS on the ground which would be hazardous, dangerous, and foolish no matter what country you are in. He then goes on to say he was concerned about quality, was it gas or diesel?

Not saying it didn't happen, but likely didn't! A picture or video is worth a thousand words...

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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 07:37 PM
Understandable Skepticism ?

Given their historical and current near-universal dedication to health issues and curbing pollution with reverence for the planet, it's difficult to believe that any Mexicans (especially public servants) would tolerate (much less initiate) actions which would would do needless environmental harm.

It does seem pretty far-fetched.

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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 07:45 PM

How about 100+ 0ctane race fuel in sealed cans????
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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 08:59 PM

Race gas is hauled down for racers by the supplier. That was how Doug (BajaNomad) fell in love with Baja... His dad invented TRICK Racing Fuel.

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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 10:53 PM

Haha I assure you it happened to me, no reason to fib. 2014 going south through TJ right at sun up. Got pulled into the scanners, asked to look inside the truck, discovered the full cans... you know the rest.
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[*] posted on 1-27-2020 at 11:27 PM

Well not much of proof nor does it explain anything. At the very least you can see my lousy attempt of being discrete with the full cans of fuel. Yes only 13 gallons visible in the pic Pacifico and no its not an action shot of it all being poured out! ;)
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[*] posted on 1-28-2020 at 02:19 AM

Would you be more comfortable with the word "allegedly?"

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