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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 02:57 PM
Baja trailer travel this March


I just found / joined the Baja forum. We travel in a 22’ trailer. We took a 5 day Mexico “maiden voyage” last winter to Rocky Point that worked out pretty well. We were thinking a longer trip down Baja may be in our plans for this March, a nice place to social distance…
Some questions we have:
1. It looks like travel for gringos heading into Mexico is open. Any issues that people are aware of?
2. Any issues with a trailer of this size?
3. Border crossing recommendations?
4. We are comfortable dry camping, any nice places folks can suggest?
5. It seems like Mexican campgrounds / RV parks aren’t good at responding to emails.
A) Does that mean they are closed?
B) Are reservations at these places needed, or can you count on driving in.
C) Seems like the I-Overlander app is a good source of campgrounds / locations. Any other sources?
6. Any favorite places to recommend?
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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 04:17 PM


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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 06:50 PM


Issues? Anything can happen btwn now and March.

MX has been open for gringoes who have ESSENTIAL needs to be in MX. Non-essential means vacationers and looky loos.

Buy your ticket, take your chances.

You will prob hear from those who say MX is safe and has no virus. They are clueless and spreaders of misinformation.

Getting sick down South would be a mistake.




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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 07:00 PM


How long are you talking? Where are you coming from?

There are plenty of spots you can avoid the crowds.




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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 07:21 PM


Covid is raging in Mexico so how comfortable are you outside of your country in a land without medical services you are accustomed to?

Now, once the world is back to normal, you will get all sorts of travel advice from Nomads.

I suggest you go to the Nomad Trip Reports forum to read and get some ideas where you want to go. Do you have a 4x4 vehicle, good tires, and an air pump?

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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 08:16 PM
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We had intended to try some sites taken off I-Overlander on our way from Mexicali to La Paz last fall. 4 of the 5 we thought might work into our plans were a bust. All 4 were either closed or were so filthy you wouldn't let your enemy stay there. Our first experience with I Overlander site wasn't good. Maybe that is more the norm in Baja?

Our experience was that social distancing was practiced, at least where we went. Masks were not uncommon, and the businesses we used mostly required masks - though not absolutely enforced.

Take responsibility for your own behavior. It appears to me that the advice here on Nomad is really polarized on this issue. We made up our own minds.

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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 10:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by John M  
We had intended to try some sites taken off I-Overlander on our way from Mexicali to La Paz last fall. 4 of the 5 we thought might work into our plans were a bust. All 4 were either closed or were so filthy you wouldn't let your enemy stay there. Our first experience with I Overlander site wasn't good. Maybe that is more the norm in Baja?

Our experience was that social distancing was practiced, at least where we went. Masks were not uncommon, and the businesses we used mostly required masks - though not absolutely enforced.

Take responsibility for your own behavior. It appears to me that the advice here on Nomad is really polarized on this issue. We made up our own minds.

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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 10:58 PM


Haven't used that app.

But have used FreeRoam in the US a good bit. Like it a lot. Can't speak for it's accuracy in Baja.





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[*] posted on 1-9-2021 at 11:44 PM


I have been going to Baja since 1992 but will not be going this year due to my age and the Covid. Others might feel differently but that is my decision.

Are you aware that just about all roads off from Hwy's 5 and 1 are dirt roads, often 4wd or at least very washboardy? We pulled our Casita Trailer down there about 3 times and then bought a P/U Camper just because we were beating up the trailer so much.

Hwy 1 is very narrow with not much shoulder which is why we had the Casita, only 6'8" wide. We had enought close calls with it that I personally wouldn't take anything wider down. Others don't mind driving 8-1/2' wide Motor Home, but not me.

Hwy 5 is new and smooth, Hwy 1 not so much

I'm not a fan of i-overlander either. I think they are responsible for trashing nice campsites.
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[*] posted on 1-10-2021 at 06:49 AM


Issues? Anything can happen btwn now and March.

MX has been open for gringoes who have ESSENTIAL needs to be in MX. Non-essential means vacationers and looky loos.

Buy your ticket, take your chances.

You will prob hear from those who say MX is safe and has no virus. They are clueless and spreaders of misinformation.

Getting sick down South would be a mistake.




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[*] posted on 1-10-2021 at 08:22 AM


Here are some considerations op.

Most on this forum wouldn't dare get on a plane right now. But hundreds of thousands do it safely everyday. So, know your audience.

Neither the US or MX are stopping US citizens from driving into MX for holiday. MX was in the early days. But that stopped in June/July. Air travel is wide open, and MX wants you to come and spend money.

Lee is correct that the medical care is below US standards. If you are in an at risk group, you might want to pass, or be exceedingly careful.

Lots of places to camp and stay away from ppl.



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[*] posted on 1-10-2021 at 10:15 AM


Friday all is normal going south. The only issue is nobody in front of me and only my wife following. Nothing for the officials to do but inspect me.
Wife got the wave thru and I got the customs and immigration detailed queries. I had to show registration for trailer and Jeep on it. Had to show passport and permanent resident card. Customs took pics for all documents including VIN on the Jeep and trailer with her phone.
No other inspections and got the wave thru at the military place.

BTW, San Felipe now has available antibody quick testing for 3000 Pesos. I think that is the first time for general testing in SF.
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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  


Who uses i-overlander? Bad info is most likely due to bad input.



Many people use i-overlander. Some are overlanders, some are vanlifers, some just call themselves campers.

And yes, just like any other open database there is some outdated info, incomplete info and incorrect info mixed in with the good stuff. iOverlander isn't AAA or the Michelin Guide but it doesn't pretend to be.

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[*] posted on 1-10-2021 at 12:46 PM


I have to smile when I see "campers" of many self-definitions looking for wilderness or "untouched" areas...all gathering in a place used by an app-happy culture....often finding it over-run with folks, littered with crap, or locked up.

Lots of people looking to find a magical spot for free (nothing wrong with that), only to find it less than what was imagined and hoped for. If you are looking for a quiet spot outback, it may also be suggested to use your imagination when exploring rather than using someone else's previous trip.

Whatever you do, pack out your crap.....and treat your campsights better than you would your own home space.




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[*] posted on 1-12-2021 at 03:14 PM


One other thing you and others should research thoroughly is medical insurance. Medicare. I'd traveled in Canada and Mexico many times with the assumption Medicare and my secondary ( Medigap ) had me covered the same as if I were in the USA. Wrong. Except for a few instances your Medicare provides no coverage. However with the right Medigap plan, that coverage jumps to 80% from the normal 20%. You can cover yourself and ( most of the time ) other members in you traveling party with a separate travel insurance.
OK folks, weigh in and roast me on this advise.
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[*] posted on 1-12-2021 at 03:54 PM


Quote: Originally posted by lineman bill  
OK folks, weigh in and roast me on this advise.

No roasting on your advice (sounds correct).

But you did spell it wrong. ;)




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[*] posted on 1-12-2021 at 04:25 PM


Dammit Lencho, I thought I'd shaken free of you back in the 7th grade.
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Quote: Originally posted by lineman bill  
Dammit Lencho, I thought I'd shaken free of you back in the 7th grade.

Let me guess: Your teacher back then lectured you that your writing would impact your credibility out in "real life".

But of course every 7th grader knows more than his teacher. :lol:




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