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Old 04-18-2014, 10:27 PM   #11
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For the most part, that is just fear mongering. You do have to make certain you have adequate, and mandatory Third Party Insurance, and it is quite costly. This coverage is necessary whether you rent or drive your own vehicle, as your insurance will not cover you.

Bottom line is you do have to do your homework to insure proper coverage. Here is a little ditty from Tripadvisor on renting, but the same rules apply to driving your own vehicle.

Mexico: Renting a Car in Mexico - TripAdvisor
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:32 PM   #12
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That sounds right
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:07 AM   #13
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No way Jose. While statistically you can argue, there are too many places norte of the border to have fun in my Escape and not worry about safety in a narcostate. Hell, the civilian cop at Ft. Hunter Liggett was fawning over my rig. What about the cop & friends down there?
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If I understand you right...You would like to go traveling and camping into Mexico with trailer in tow? Are you crazy up there? In case you haven't heard...the war between drug cartels has not ended. You are just asking for trouble driving into the interior. Let me spell this out for you. You will likely end up kidnapped, held hostage for large sums of your own money from back home, and never seen again. Or if your lucky, just lose your tow vehicle, trailer, and everything in your possession. You will be defenseless to stop it. This is not fear mongering! The larger populated border towns have been destroyed. Gone are the shops and restaurants that once drew foreign dollars. Flying into a protected resort/tourist area like Cancun is no comparison. Those of us who live in the US border states and the honest, hard working citizens of Mexico are subjected to this horrible situation and bombarded by the news reports daily. If you don't want take my advice and insight, then please check with the US and Canadian travel agencies for travel advisories and ask yourself if it's worth it. Good luck.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:37 AM   #15
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If I understand you right...You would like to go traveling and camping into Mexico with trailer in tow? Are you crazy up there? In case you haven't heard...the war between drug cartels has not ended. You are just asking for trouble driving into the interior. Let me spell this out for you. You will likely end up kidnapped, held hostage for large sums of your own money from back home, and never seen again. Or if your lucky, just lose your tow vehicle, trailer, and everything in your possession. You will be defenseless to stop it. This is not fear mongering! The larger populated border towns have been destroyed. Gone are the shops and restaurants that once drew foreign dollars. Flying into a protected resort/tourist area like Cancun is no comparison. Those of us who live in the US border states and the honest, hard working citizens of Mexico are subjected to this horrible situation and bombarded by the news reports daily. If you don't want take my advice and insight, then please check with the US and Canadian travel agencies for travel advisories and ask yourself if it's worth it. Good luck.
This is a joke, right?

If not, do you have proof of all these US and Canadian citizens having this happens to then. We have tons of crime up here too, but none of it is glorified like that on foreign soil.

Of all the people I know that have driven into Mexico, none have had anything but good to say of their experience.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:45 AM   #16
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They love Germans....and probably Canadians too. Seriously Jim, life is especially cheap down there.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:12 AM   #17
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This is from Google search of "mexico travel advisory canada". Government of Canada web site. http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mexico

MEXICO - Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Mexico. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution, especially in those parts of the country experiencing a deteriorating security situation. Most major tourist areas have not been affected by the extreme levels of violence in the northern region.
The Yucatan Peninsula, which includes the tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Merida and Progreso, has not been significantly affected by violence or insecurity.
We strongly recommend travel to Mexico by air in order to avoid land border crossings through potentially dangerous regions. High levels of criminal activity, as well as occasional illegal roadblocks, demonstrations and protests remain a concern throughout the country. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) service if travelling to or residing in Mexico.
Due to high levels of organized crime in rural areas, including on major highways, you should exercise extreme caution in the states of Baja California (North), Morelos, Nayarit, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, and Zacatecas.
The coastal areas of Jalisco (from Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad) and southern Nayarit (from Nuevo Vallarta to La Peñita de Jaltemba), popular destinations among Canadians, remain relatively safe, as do the Lake Chapala area and the cities of Cuernavaca, Tepotzlan, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Xalapa, Veracruz, and Zacatecas. When travelling in these regions, exercise extreme caution when venturing outside urban areas.

It goes on to specific areas with large red exclamation marks.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:20 AM   #18
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"Of all the people I know that have driven into Mexico, none have had anything but good to say of their experience."

All I can say is that those people were very, very lucky. It may sound crazy to most, but Dave pretty much sums it all up. Mexico is not a nice place to be and I would never, ever drive any type of vehicle there ... mine or a rental. We used to love vacationing there and never worried about our safety (well, almost never). In our last three trips, there has always been some type of "incident" -- one involving a drug feud near where we were staying where a number of people were lined up and shot. Thanks but no thanks ...
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:05 AM   #19
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Well I agree there are many dangerous places but many Americans drive in Mexico and live in Mexico and seem to have no trouble it's true that they are knowledgeable and stay in safe areas, I am a little afraid because I may not know enough to stay safe so I have not driven in Mexico but I am interested in learning more it's a beautiful country and if I could explore it more intimately and also safely I would like to.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:57 AM   #20
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The Mexican bus service is so nice I see no reason to rent a car. When in a city use a taxi.

Here is the US Dept. of State warning about travel in Mexico: http://travel.state.gov/content/pass...l-warning.html
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