The Xscapers arranged a 10-day convergence in San Felipe and we signed up to go. We had wanted to try Mexico with the RV and this allowed us to go the first time as part of an organized group.
There were 54 rigs headed down and on the Sunday night we all staged at Imperial Valley Mall in El Centro so that we could be ready to go first thing Monday morning. Prior to this we had already done the FMM and vehicle insurance paperwork needed to enter and drive in Mexico.
Monday morning, January 28th, we all lined up to head to the border as a single group. Each RV had been assigned a number that would be our position in line so that when we arrived at the RV park in San Felipe the parking of rigs would be easier. The trip had initially sold out in 10 hours of being announced back in late summer so we had waitlisted for a dry camping spot and got in that way.
The border crossing went well. The first 10 RV’s were inspected and checked and after that pretty much all of us were waved through after having the FMM visitor paperwork stamped. The mayor of Mexicali was there to welcome us to Mexico as well as the media. We grouped up after crossing by parking beside “The Wall” (a lovely steel thing 🙂 ) and waited for the police. There was a police escort all the way through Mexicali and we didn’t have to stop at any traffic lights as they blocked all the intersections.
Mexicali is nothing fancy and there were many run down buildings and houses that were pretty rough looking. This was mixed in with nice brand new construction of offices, retail and commercial buildings.
Once outside of the city we had about 2.5hrs drive to San Felipe. There was a military checkpoint about 30miles out of our destination but they waved us through after checking the first few rigs.
Upon arriving in San Felipe we were again met by the local police and politicians and escorted through town to the RV park on the gulf.
After getting lined up on the road we then were moved into the dry camping or full hookups sections. A half an hour later and we were hanging out on the beach and relaxing 🙂