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Old 04-12-2019, 02:34 PM   #1
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Mexico border crossing

I was just told by a friend that someone else he knows with a bus was denied passage at the Tecate crossing from California into Mexico. He was told that his bus needed RV registration (toilet, bed & sink), by the Mexican authorities.

Im planning to cross at the Mexicali crossing at the beginning of May. My bus is a toyhauler and is registered in California as a commercial vehicle. It will one day get a bed, but not a toilet or sink, as it does not fit my needs. Its also a 2002 Ford E450 with 5 window Thomas body.

Does anyone have experience with this? Can anyone direct me to legit info?

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After I posted the message above, it dawned on me that I knew who to call. I called my friend, JC, who runs Baja Voyager. They do vehicle insurance and logistics for events in Baja Mexico.

He confirmed the Mexican government have been cracking down on vehicle crossings and he recently could not get another shortbus across the border without RV registration. He did think we might get lucky, so I might be hopping between Tijuana, Tecate & Mexicali crossings.
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So get the bus registered as an RV.
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So get the bus registered as an RV.
Unfortunately, its really not an option. Im hoping to be in San Felipe on May 3rd, 3 weeks away. I would have to install the required components, most of which I do not want in my bus, go thru DMV inspection and retitle, change insurance, etc. Even if I had the required components installed, the government drags their feet so badly, it wouldnt happen in time!

I'm leaning towards just mounting a cot, install a 5 gallon bucket with toilet seat and with the Engel fridge I have in there it might qualify and see if no one at the border notices a short bus slipping thru!
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Some folks have even had trouble crossing with 1 ton pickups as, apparently, they are classed as commercial vehicles in Mexico.

There is an active member over on RV.net forum that spends a lot of time in Mexico in his converted Crown. IIRC: His board handle is Mexicowanderer.
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