Travel the Baja of Mexico to La Paz for an inexpensive 6 month vacation!

Why Mexico?

After spending time in the southwest US I moved over to El Centro Naval Air Facility CA. It is only about 15 minutes to Mexicali Mexico so in my 6 weeks there I visited Mexico many times.

Mr. Pampas Brazilian Steakhouse in Mexicali Mexico. All you can eat steak for $20.00 US
Mr. Pampas Brazilian Steakhouse in Mexicali Mexico. All you can eat steak for $20.00 US

Many things in Mexico are less expensive than in the US. Electronics and Fuel are not cheaper in Mexico but most other essentials are.

I was expecting cartels, dirty cops and military and so many problems. Instead I found extremely friendly hard working people who wave at everyone driving down the road and say hello to you walking down the street. With people like that I decided to investigate a bit further.

I looked on the internet and found the city of La Paz, which is the capital of the state of Baja Sur. It is located far south on the Baja. I found a place to park my motorhome with full hookup for about 200 US Dollars per month and decided to head down for 6 months. That is how long the tourist permit is good for.

$200.00 US Dollars per month full hook up space about 200 yards from the beach.

Driving the Baja

The trip down was very different that driving in the US. First thing to do is make sure you have great directions. I made a bit of mistake and came down Mexico 5 all the way to Mexico 1 instead of crossing at Mexicali and going directly over to Mexico 1.

Mexico 5 is a very rough road. If you are going to south Baja then take Mexico 1!

In 2019 that is a horrible idea, because Mexico 5 is a horrible road that for 50 miles is just dirt and rock across the desert. My teeth and bones are still rattling from that drive a week later. I did find out that Mexico 1 is 4 lanes of paved road. So learn from my mistake and take Mexico 1 all the way down!

Do not chance driving at night on the roads in Mexico. No, it is has nothing to do with getting robbed or trying to get service if you break down. It is because of animals on the road. In the US you have worry about hitting a dear and that can be a problem … but in Mexico the problem is larger.. because hitting a cow is a real possibility.

If for some reason you have to drive at night make sure you get behind a tractor trailer so they can clear the road for you!

Baja California Sur is organic so they allow no pesticides in the entire state.

Crossing from Baja California to Baja California Sur is a little different. You have to pay 20 Pesos (about $1 US Dollar) to drive in. You cannot have any fruit or vegetables and the 20 Pesos is to spray the underside of your vehicle for bugs because there are no pesticides allow in Baja California Sur. This allows them to never have to spray the fields for bugs and keeps their organic certifications for everything in Baja California Sur.

Replacing tires

Part of driving on the horrible roads is having tire problems. In this case a huge knot on the sidewall of the tire. Had to stop in Guerreorro Negro on the Pacific coast when I crossed the state line from Baja California to Baja California Sur.

This is a great little auto shop in Guerreorro Negro. They were fair priced and did a great job installing the tires. The owners live upstairs of the shop like many in the US did years ago. All of the people there were hard working and did a great job getting me back on the road quickly.

Coming off the mountain down to the beach on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja.

Crossing the mountains in Mexico is different than the US. There are no big fences or rails to keep you from dropping off of the road and down 150 yards to the ditch below. So you must be careful driving. If your common sense is nonexistent this is probably not the place for you. It takes commonsense to stay alive in Mexico. They don’t do a lot to protect stupid people from themselves here!

The spot in La Paz is really about 10 miles outside of town in a small community of Colonia Comitan. It is a great little beach community with people from all over the world living on the beach.

Many of the cactus here are thousands of years old. This one is over 1500 years old!

Every Friday afternoon at 4 everyone goes to the local shop and grabs a couple of Pacifico Beer and has a few drinks and tells nothing but the truth and solves the world problems.

Then at 6PM everyone heads to the restaurant where a great 1/4 pound burger with bacon and onion rings and beer is about 6 bucks.

Back at the site here is a great view from the patio roof of the site.

Family blames truck center for disastrous RV makeover

Family blames truck center for disastrous RV makeover

CENTREVILLE, Ill. — A military family is warning others about a truck repair business they say gave them a disastrous RV makeover.

They said the work was so bad, their RV was almost a complete loss.

Sometimes home is where you park it.

“It was dated, but it was very clean,” said Kassandra Tippey when describing her 2000 Coachmen Mirada motorhome.

The RV was supposed to be a temporary home for Tippey, her active-duty pilot husband, two daughters and three dogs. The military family has been reassigned to Alaska.

They thought, along the way, they might as well see the country.

“We discovered it might be a fun family adventure to just get an RV where our pets can roam around, where our kids can use the restroom,” said Tippey.

To prepare the RV for the long journey ahead, they took it to A&E Truck Center in Centerville.

Tippey said it was in good shape and didn’t need much much. They paid $500 to have some maintenance done. Then they asked for some cosmetic upgrades.

“I thought it would be a good idea to make it pretty. I wanted to update it. Paint the walls gray, paint the cabinetry white. The original timeline, [Eric Zimmerman] said would take two-to-three weeks to have it painted,” said Tippey.

Tippey said two-to-three weeks became 10 weeks.

And she grew impatient with A&E Truck Center owner: Eric Zimmerman.

“It became a game of excuses. He said the guys in the shop were sick. He said he had court. He said he had a shriner’s meeting,” said Tippey.

it wasn’t until early June she finally got the RV back. Well, she got most of it back. The damage was detailed in a police report Tippey filed after picking up the RV.

“They ripped everything apart. They used packing tape to hold onto the stairs. They never primed it. There’s exposed wiring throughout the whole RV now. They painted the carpet. Everything in here will have to be ripped out and replaced,” said Tippey.

It’s not the first time Zimmerman’s truck center has been accused of not living up to their promises.

Since 2013, Zimmerman has been ordered by the courts to pay more than $18,000 to former customers for repairs he failed to make.

So what did the business owner have to say when we showed him the work?

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Kassie says it’s taken $4,000 to repair the damage she said was done by Zimmerman. And she wants to warn others who may put their dreams in his hands.

Zimmerman’s business — A&E Truck Center — is not registered to do business in the state of Illinois.

The Tippeys weren’t charged for the work relating to the painting or flooring.

They said the police ultimately told them it was a civil matter. They say they’re also planning on filing a lawsuit against Zimmerman.

The Tippeys leave for Alaska in their newly repaired RV on July 28.

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David Thornton
David Thornton

Dave Thornton here with you. I am the publisher of MotorHome Living. This is my site for my Blogs, Videos, Podcasts and other info that has to do with my travels across North America in my MotorHome.

I am a 50 year-old divorced man. I am a service connected disabled veteran. I enjoy looking at better ways to take care of my health instead of big Pharmacy drug companies.
I use CBD Oil, Oregano Oil and other natural products. Yes I still have to use my insulin and some other drugs from big Pharmacy but by using some of these natural supplements I can keep it to a minimum.

I was born and raised in Poplar Bluff MO. After my High School Graduation in 1986 I shipped off to Navy boot camp in Orlando Fl. I went to A school in Orlando then Great Lakes IL and was stationed in Va Beach VA. I injured my back and shoulders and left the Navy as a Service Connected Disabled Vet in 1990.

I worked in Radio and TV then moved over to NAPA Auto Parts where I worked for them in VA and Louisiana. I moved back to Poplar Bluff in 1999 and owned a computer company then moved to the Washington DC area where I worked as a Lobbyist on Capitol Hill then I was President of a government contractor.

In 2016 I moved back to Poplar Bluff where the cost of living is much cheaper. After 2 years being in PB my back was getting worse and I was diagnosed with Asbestosis due to my time in the Navy. I realized that there were a couple of states that I had not yet visited (North and South Dakota) and many things I have not seen and plenty that I have but I want to see again. (Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico I visited with my family when I was in school but I do want to see it again.)

So I decided to purchase an RV and travel all of North America starting later this year.

Welcome to MotorHome Living

Welcome to MotorHome Living

My name is Dave Thornton. I am 50 years old and after a living all over the US while in the US Navy and working thru my life, I decided to purchase a MotorHome and live in it. Over the next few years I plan on traveling all of the United States and North America.  I am in the process this month of finishing some rehab for one of my Navy Service Connected disabilities and when I finish that in August I plan on starting on my journey.

I have narrowed down my choices to a used motor home that I can pay for quickly and upgrade the way I want to. I found a Used 1996 Fleetwood Pace-Arrow that I am purchasing for about $9,000. The first upgrade will be to pull the carpet out of it and install hardwood laminate. Then there are lots of other little things to do. I will start posting my upgrade plan.

I hope you enjoy the blog, podcast and videos. If there is something you have questions about please email me and ask.

dave@motorhomeliving.us