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    RV Driving Safety in Mexico

    RV'ing In Mexico Is A Great Experience - But Is It Safe?

    RV safety in Mexico versus RV thefts in Canada and the USA. OK, let's be honest.

    So far In 2018 , the number of RV's driving Mexico increased significantly over 2017, 2016 and 2015, according to RV park owners I have talked to. There are more caravans going to Mexico than in the previous year. All signs point to a better year.

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    The toll roads make driving Mexico easy for RV's and the gas and diesel stations are easy on, easy off. You can safely boondock at 24 hour stations if you ask. Many RV'ers do that, though I still encourage you to frequent RV parks to keep them in business.

    Don't drive at night, please. The roads are great, compared to a few decades ago, but there are still animals and human animals up to no good on them once the sun goes down. Not all vehicles have tail lights or brake lights. And there are a lot of drunks on the road. This is true in the USA too, of course.

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    But there are still safety worries. I don't blame you for wondering if it is safe to drive your RV to Mexico.

    Just remember, there are so many incidents of road rage, often involving weapons, in the USA that they don't even make the news anymore. And you want to tell me it's safe to drive in the USA? Yes, overall it is. Same is true in Mexico.

    No self-respecting thief wants your RV. Cartels have been ordered to leave tourists alone - unless they wander about into dope fields. But, there are areas where it's best not to go - or to depend on the self-respect factor. I will tell you what's really happening.

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    Old Story - Oft-repeated

    There will always be new stories of some shooting death in Mexico, just like there will be similar stories in the USA. Technically cartels are not the criminals in the USA, but often drugs have something to do with the shootings. So does hatred, intolerance and just plain meanness. Before we go pointing fingers at Mexico, we should look at the four pointing back to us.

    There is a newer story about a group of Mormons who lived in Sonora who were gunned down. Without taking away any of the seriousness and awful tragedy the survivors endured, I should point out that they lived in the community and were not tourists like you. That is a big difference. The same is true in the following story.

    The following story is old, but I left here not to frighten you, but to make you think about what is behind most of the "horror stories" you hear about Mexico. If you have an open mind, you will see what I mean. If you do not, and see only the negative, then you don't belong in Mexico anyway.

    2011 started off with a sad story of the shooting death of a missionary woman. She and her missionary husband were driving a big, tricked-out $50,000 Chevy pickup (a prime candidate for theft) back to McAllen from their part-time home in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. That was an awful tragedy yes, but I had driven through San Fernando a few weeks prior in a 2006 Ford Escape with no problems. I send RV'ers past there with no problems. I have driven past San Fernando since. You bypass the town, there is no reason to stop and visit (although I did that so I could honestly report on it). The place has bad Karma with a capital K.

    So, when you read the news, please try to get the whole story, not just the sensational generalizations. Those missionaries lived in San Fernando part-time and had made enemies of some bad people there. They were good people. In later interviews, the husband admitted that they had been warned to get out of town and people had tried to steal their truck before. So their profile is unlikely to resemble yours. Go to one of the RV discussion boards to listen to others who have driven in Mexico recently. Those are your peers, not missionaries.

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    How many RV's were broken into, stolen or otherwise bothered in the USA in that time? I guarantee you it was more than 3. Let's say that I only hear of half the things. Let's say there were 6 incidents. I still say you are safe in Mexico.

    Why do we think we are so immune from reality when we travel? Stuff happens everywhere. Don't condemn an entire country or cancel a trip because of some isolated incidents or rumors.

    There is a bulletin board for RV'ers that I like. The discussions are lively and often the contributors know what they are talking about. But, just like any board there are some negative Nellies who spread disinformation. After reading my breathless prose, take a gander at this RV forum.

    RV Hotline Canada said this: The RCMP in BC has created a new section to combat what it calls an epidemic of RV, campers, boat, snowmobile, and all-terrain vehicle thefts.

    Uh, are you afraid to drive your RV to Canada? I doubt it.

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    There are something like 300 shootings a month in the good old USA. The Australian government issued an advisory warning their citizens to think twice about coming to the USA when an Australian university student was shot dead in a small town in Oklahoma. That was a couple of years ago. Darned if something similar didn't happen again in 2017. An Australian woman called 911 and was shot by a policeman in Minneapolis. Bad stuff happens everywhere.

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