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[*] posted on 3-20-2022 at 12:58 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ahosey01  
...Maderita - The ejido thing is interesting. Is there a generally good way to contact the owners (or users - in the case of ejidos) of the ranches you describe? i.e. are the main ranch houses commonly located off the highways, and I can just stroll up and offer some money for a stay? Or that isn't even necessary and I just give someone money if they find me and complain?...

...AKgringo - the van is 2WD, but it is a Chevy Express 3500 with 35" Nitto all terrain tires, a 3" lift and load levelers. ...The thing is generally super capable - my biggest problems in it are deep sand (2WD and it weighs a ton) and the wheelbase is too long for really tight spots. In terms of ground clearance and what not, there isn't much I can't do with it.


There are many ranches which welcome guests. They advertise in various ways. Facebook is a popular way for the ranchers to get the word out by having their own page. The ranch may also have a website. You may also be driving a dirt road and see small signs reading, cerveza, campo turístico, cabañas, caballos, etc. Many ranches cater to offroaders, hikers, horseback riders, ecotourism, etc. I find these places much more interesting than the usual developed campgrounds for tourists along the highway.
Here are a few FB pages from my friends for example:
https://www.facebook.com/RanchoElTopoSierraDeJuarez
https://www.facebook.com/lapilabaja
https://www.facebook.com/gerardovizcarrarivera
https://www.facebook.com/santa.martha.1481

Are you familiar with locking differentials? That is something to consider. It will more than double the available traction at the rear axle vs. a conventional "open" diff. And far superior to a limited slip (aka: positraction).

A locking diff is the most cost-effective approach to improving traction. About $1k + installation. For your needs, a "selectable" (vs. full-time) unit would be ideal. My preferred choice is the Eaton "E-Locker" if it is available for your rig. A press of a dash-mounted button engages both wheels to push at the same speed. Another choice is an ARB "air locker". It requires a pneumatic compressor to engage the axle, thus more expense (and potentially more problematic). For a little extra coin, an air tank and connectors can be added to fill tires.
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[*] posted on 3-20-2022 at 03:31 PM


One of the first things you are going to have to figure out is how you are going to navigate Baja.

Much of the peninsula doesn't have cell service.

Things I would suggest:

- Get the Baja Atlas that came out in 2021: https://www.amazon.com/Baja-California-Recreation-Atlas-Benc...

- Use Google Maps for navigation on paved roads. You can download sections for offline use when you don't have cell service

- Use Google Earth Pro to research different locations

- Start building a library of waypoints and tracks. You can use these on Google Earth and share them with phone/tablet based GPS apps

- Pick a good GPS app, two of the better ones are Gaia and Back Country Navigator

People on here have lots of waypoints and tracks. Just ask for some.





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[*] posted on 3-20-2022 at 04:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
One of the first things you are going to have to figure out is how you are going to navigate Baja.

Much of the peninsula doesn't have cell service.

Things I would suggest:

- Get the Baja Atlas that came out in 2021: https://www.amazon.com/Baja-California-Recreation-Atlas-Benc...

- Use Google Maps for navigation on paved roads. You can download sections for offline use when you don't have cell service

- Use Google Earth Pro to research different locations

- Start building a library of waypoints and tracks. You can use these on Google Earth and share them with phone/tablet based GPS apps

- Pick a good GPS app, two of the better ones are Gaia and Back Country Navigator

People on here have lots of waypoints and tracks. Just ask for some.



The New (2021) Baja Atlas Map Book is available from our Nomad friends at Baja Bound Insurance for only $20 (link also on Vivabaja.com): https://www.bajabound.com/baja-atlas

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