Besides the few people who commented on the post itself, there were ten or so emails with questions related to the idea of RVing in Mexico. I probably should have put more clarification in that blog post, but I didn't think the idea would have attracted that much attention.
I wasn't going to talk about this again until August or September, but we didn't do much yesterday, and given the response, I'll follow up to it here.
First of all, this would not be an official caravan. This would be you, joining up with us, and RV'ing the way we RV. If you're happy following along with us for a few weeks and dropping off to do your own thing when you're comfortable to do so, then that's fine too.
For our style of Mexico RV'ing, you would need solar panels and batteries so that you can survive the way you want to when you're not plugged in. For example, Mexican electricity is not always the best. The voltage and wiring may not be to the standards you're used to. Plugging into the electricity at many Mexican RV parks may mean that you can't use your air conditioner because it might only be a 15 amp circuit that you're sharing with your neighbor. For the most part, we simply open our windows, and use a 12v fan! And, we're not generator people. Fine to have one for emergencies, but there is nothing worse than listening to your neighbors generator wine for hours on end.
We have now been in Mexico in our RV for over three weeks and haven't been plugged in at all during that time.
We realize that a lot of people are "beach people". We like the beach, but we can't spend the whole time at the beach. There is so much more to Mexico than the beach and we think that many people miss out on that. So approximately half of the trip will be spent inland.
We have an RV with wheels. That means we can travel, and that's what we like to do. So we wouldn't be spending much longer than two weeks in any one spot.
We drive slowly. Both in daily distance and rate of speed! You'll rarely find us going faster than 55 mph, or further than 200-300 kms in a day.
Travel days, we're usually on the road by 9:00am, and with a plan to arrive at our destination by 2:00pm at the latest. That way, we have time to fix any problems or deal with any delays as they come up and not have to drive in the dark. You don't drive in the dark in Mexico!
For the most part, we would be avoiding the resort cities. Although often you do have to pass through them or drive around them. Also, every resort city has RV parks, so although they're normally fairly expensive we would be stopping over in them for a couple of nights.
The type of RV you drive is relevant. While many people have RV'ed in Mexico with 40 foot buses and tow vehicles, we don't think it's the most suitable vehicle for exploring Mexico. We like to be maneuverable, and that's one of the reasons we don't have a tow vehicle. We would rather RV with similar minded people, so we would choose to have someone with us who is driving a 24 foot rig than a 40 foot rig.
We would probably cross the border mid-November, around Laredo, TX. And be back up there by mid March.
The route might look something like this...
And the route is NEVER written in stone. In fact, I can see already that this route includes far too much beach time in the second half. We would probably need to head into the mountains around Colima to get some fresh air.
Anyhow, that should answer most of your questions. Stay in touch if you're interested, and we'll see if it comes together as we get closer to fall.