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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:16 PM
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Taking a ROW 110 to Mexico

I may be needing to take a trip to Mexico for a business venture in the near future and I was thinking of making a road trip out of it. It seems I have come across some posts that had mentioned not taking an import truck south of the border because, I assume, getting back with it could be a problem. Has anyone done this with or without problems? What kind of preparations should be made, or is this a strait up no no? Thanks for any advice.

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It's just me, but I'd rather road trip through Iraq or Afghanistan vice Mexico. I'd be more worried about my personal safety driving a high end truck with gringo plates through Mexico than crossing back in to the US.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:41 PM
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It seems I have come across some posts that had mentioned not taking an import truck south of the border because, I assume, getting back with it could be a problem.
I've read the same posts, but I don't see why it would be a problem. I've driven my personal vehicle down and back a couple of times, although it wasn't a ROW defender.

Where are you going in Mexico? I lived there most of last year.

@Wolf: no doubt parts of Mexico are dangerous, but not all. It's an amazing country.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:53 PM
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I think the talk about not taking a ROW truck across the border is really limited to trucks that are either grey or flat out illegal.

A curious border patrol agent has a lot more pull than the fat lady at your local DMV...
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@Wolf: no doubt parts of Mexico are dangerous, but not all. It's an amazing country.
Heck yah, I know! I just know way too much about what is going on down there to even step foot in there.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Not sure where I am going, I am still doing some research. I was thinking of driving down the Gulf of Cal coast. I have heard it is generally safe in Baja. I have a couple of friends that drove all the way to Argentina a couple of years ago in a new FJ and they made it with no issues. I don't have that kind of time so my trip needs to be a bit shorter but a couple of weeks in Baja would hit the spot.
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I've only been to northern Baja, but the Peninsula is pretty safe.
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Do some homework first, when you drive thru central america, you will need a permit to enter each country with your truck. Not hard to get if you speak spanish.
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It's just me, but I'd rather road trip through Iraq or Afghanistan vice Mexico. I'd be more worried about my personal safety driving a high end truck with gringo plates through Mexico than crossing back in to the US.
You know if I cant take my Constitution or firearms (or access to some) I tend to shy away from the more "unstable" parts of this world! That being said it still amazes me how quickly you can lose your personal freedoms anywhere. "Be prepaired" is what it always comes down to.
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Sounds like a really bad idea to me
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Heck yah, I know! I just know way too much about what is going on down there to even step foot in there.

Ever been to Mexico? Please share your VAST KNOWLEDGE...

I'd be more worried traveling around parts of DC than I would parts of the Baja..
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Ever been to Mexico? Please share your VAST KNOWLEDGE...

I'd be more worried traveling around parts of DC than I would parts of the Baja..
You have no idea. I've spent the last 3 years working the issue with multiple govt agencies that I won't mention. Spent a cumulative of probably 5 months in and out of country at the embassy and cosulates. I am also the resident Mexico SME within the USMC. Need I say more???

Would you like a copy of my 140 page Masters Thesis on the topic too?

Baja is safe with the exception of Tijauana. Ensenada has had some issues, but nothing major.

All I stated was that as a Marine with multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan AND working in Mexico, I'd rather visit IZ or AF - armed.
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Post it up, should be a good read...

Been going to not only to the Baja( San Felipe, Bahia de LA and points south) but west the coast of the sea of Cortez (Puerta Penasco and south past Hermosilla) in highly modified trucks,(including 110 and 90's) for years with ZERO ISSUES.

Paint it any way you want. If you look for trouble you'll find it. Travel in places were it's known to be trouble, at times when common sense tell you not too, you'll find it
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If you look for trouble you'll find it. Travel in places were it's known to be trouble, at times when common sense tell you not too, you'll find it
That's why I posted this:

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it says the states down there that should be avoided per their recommendation. The list is frequently updated due to changing conditions, so check it as you near your planned trip, Jason. Then again, they list warnings for basically everywhere in the world.
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A Ford Expedition would be stolen before a old 110 would...They aren't looking for collector items, they want vehicles that can be used to transport people and drugs without drawing any attention, and that's a proven fact.

Cross into MX in a 110 or 90, pretty much gonna get searched because the guy's want to check it out, crossing back into the US your gonna get a secondary for same the reason.
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Well, I guess that will be a no go.
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Back to the original question on taking the truck out of the country and re-entry. US customs has a record of your trucks entry/import with your details as well. Most if not all US border crossings have plate recognition camera's/ software and will see you leave and return. Should be a non issue. Use the truck for the purpose for which it was intended.
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A Ford Expedition would be stolen before a old 110 would...They aren't looking for collector items, they want vehicles that can be used to transport people and drugs without drawing any attention, and that's a proven fact.

Cross into MX in a 110 or 90, pretty much gonna get searched because the guy's want to check it out, crossing back into the US your gonna get a secondary for same the reason.
The issue isn't your truck being stolen, the issue is you are a red flag for robbery and kidnapping. A gringo 110 or 90 screams $$ in Mexico.
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