5 Reasons to Avoid RVing in Mexico
Escaping winter weather is the goal of every RVing snowbird. Arizona, Florida, and Texas are prime locations during cold months. But what about RVing in Mexico?
It only makes sense to go further south if you’re in search of warmer temps.
In fact, Mexico is known for it’s low cost of living and laid-back beach communities.
But, before you begin planning your south-of-the-border vacation, you may want to consider these 5 reasons to avoid RVing in Mexico.
Let’s dive in!
1. Safety Concerns
The most obvious reason to avoid an RV trip to Mexico is for safety concerns. There are many ways to make traveling to Mexico safer, but it can be dangerous if you’re unprepared.
Trip planning is essential, especially if the language barrier is challenging for you. Carrying large amounts of money or valuable equipment may draw unwanted attention your way. And border towns, even though they’re closer to the USA, have higher crime rates.
Overall, if you’re unfamiliar with the language, culture, and road system, you’ll be a more vulnerable target.
The best way to overcome the safety issue is by traveling with a group. You can put together your own group of friends or higher professions. We recommend the latter.
Escapees RV Club hosts Mexico caravans every winter. These trips even include police escorts across the border.
2. Mexico Vehicle Insurance
Wintering in Mexico is cheap, but you’ll need to get added vehicle insurance before you make the trip. Depending on your length of stay, you can purchase this added insurance for days, weeks, or months.
Also, Mexican RV insurance is only provided by Mexican companies. Your USA insurance company won’t provide it (however, they may point you in the right direction).
How Much is RV Insurance in Mexico?
Obviously, the answer is “it depends.” But, a good starting point is $175-$350 per month. A six-month contract will save you money, and a daily contract will cost a little bit more.
The cost isn’t a deal breaker. However, it’s one more small headache that may discourage you from RVing in Mexico.
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3. The Roads Can Get Sketchy
As Americans, we can take our interstate roadways for granted. Even the heavily worn and trafficked miles of USA interstate often outshine Mexican roadways.
If you choose to drive in Mexico, we suggest driving defensively. This means drive slower and watch the road for changing conditions. You should even use Google Maps Satellite View to look for any major road damage.
Unlike the States, a heavily damaged road in Mexico may not be repaired for months or years. Your RV and/or tow vehicle will likely experience a lot of wear-and-tear.
This is another reason to travel with a professional caravan group. They know which roads are good for RV travel.
4. Campgrounds Aren’t Up To The Same Standards
Let’s get one thing straight, it’s not hard to find RV parking in Mexico. Finding an RV campground up to your standards may be a different story.
Electricity isn’t as reliable.
You should always travel with a surge guard to protect your electric equipment. At Mexican campgrounds, it’s more likely to have underpowered electrical hook-ups. It’s also more likely you’ll experience power outages.
You’ll want to consider business turn-over when booking your RV park. Campgrounds go in and out of business often. Make sure you have the most up to date info on campground availability.
5. Documents for Days
The last reason to avoid RVing in Mexico is all the documents you’ll need. Ironically, many of these documents are only needed when re-entering the USA.
Here’s a list of the basic documents:
- Valid vehicle registration
- Valid driver’s license
- credit card in the name of the driver of the vehicle
- Mexican RV insurance
- Pet Records
We haven’t mentioned pets yet…but you can take them with you. You’ll need pretty much every piece of paperwork the vet every gave you. Your pet will also need to be recent on all vaccinations.
The list of documents above is only the basics. You may have other documents to bring along depending on your unique situation.
RVing in Mexico Isn’t All Bad
There are many great reasons for RVing in Mexico. Yes, it may be intimidating. But know that thousands of RVers do it every year.
Mexico provides beautiful weather and extremely low prices.
Many RVers take part in the medical tourism aspect of this international travel.
And during such a stressful time in America, seeking beach-side refuge in a small Mexican town doesn’t sound too bad!
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