Jan 12, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Re: [nonmeister] "Current" RVing in Mexico
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You say that you will be leaving North Carolina for Ajijic Mexico.
You will be driving an RV (whether trailer or motor home makes no difference.
You say you will be stopping in Corpus Christi.
So, adding all those together it would only be good sense to drive down the coast from Corpus to Harlingen on Interstate 77. High speed easy drive all the way. Overnight in Harlingen, leave Harlingen about 7:00AM drive south on 77-83 toward San Benito, just as you leave Harlingen (the last exit is Ed Carey Drive--Airport exit) and continuing ,the next exit Paso Real is for the International Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios. If you miss and hit San Benito exits, turn around and go back. Easy. The bridge sign is easy to miss. Paso Real sign not easy to miss. Easy crossing. Just don't get mixed up with the transmigrants who may be there getting through Mexico papers to go on to Guatamala, Costa Rica, etc. Different clerks. Immigration and customs are in side by side buildings, copy machines available, no long lines, and usually a 15 minute or so processing time.
From there just head straight on south to Cd. Victoria, the Via Corte to San Luis Potosi and from there follow the gjuidelines available here on mexconnect to Ajijic.
NO HIGHWAY TOLLS at all until after San Luis Potosí and then depending on your routing from there on yes, or minimum.
Excellent highways all the way. From the border to the checkpoint it will be two lane, well surfaced, sometimes an extra half lane. Many topes because that region is a fruitful agricultural region.
Look here on these forums for a practically mile by mile description of this route I made several years past. I am told that the one bad section of highway near Matahuala has been improved.
If you haven't run into highway tolls (cuotas) in Mexico yet, they are horrendous, especially for a motor home or trailer.
This route also has NO major grades all the way to San Luis Potosí. I know nothing from there on. Be sure and keep a full fuel tank, especially between the check point and Cd Victoria and Cd. Victoria to SLP.
If you left Harlingen about 7A you should be in SLP around 5 to 7P depending on your speed.
Good luck. Have a good trip.