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Old 02-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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Recommendations for vehicle storage in San Diego?

Heading to Baja for a week starting next weekend (3/10). Any good places to leave our truck? We are driving over from Denver and crossing at Tijuana or Mexicali.

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:27 AM   #2
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Open to other locations as well if anyone has any other recommendations. I have no issues crossing at Tijuana, Mexicali, or Tecate.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:19 AM   #3
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You can cross at Tecate, head east out of town on the Mex 2 libre (not the cuota), then after some miles, but before the turnoff to Rancho Santa Veronica, on your left is the Tecate KOA which is called Rancho Ojai. They have cabins for rent, a store, restaurant, and secure parking in the back for 5 bucks a day. Lots of riders park their rigs there without issue. I've parked there many times.

Just a thought if you dont find something on the north side of the border.
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You can cross at Tecate, head east out of town on the Mex 2 libre, then after some miles, but before the turnoff to Rancho Santa Veronica, on your left is the Tecate KOA which is called Rancho Ojai. They have cabins for rent, a store, restaurant, and secure parking in the back for 5 bucks a day. Lots of riders park their rigs there without issue. I've parked there many times.

Just a thought if you dont find something on the north side of the border.
This sounds like a good option. Will I need any paperwork for the truck crossing the border? My research says no, but first time for me crossing this border in a vehicle.
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This sounds like a good option. Will I need any paperwork for the truck crossing the border? My research says no, but first time for me crossing this border in a vehicle.
Nope, just your normal registration if you get stopped for any reason. However, since you are taking your truck across the border, it is a good idea to at least get Mexican liability insurance for the truck. Any fender bender will by default be your fault if you don't have it. You can buy it at the gas station right before you cross, or just get it online from Baja Bound. FWIW, I don't cross the border without Mexican liability insurance.

Once a city bus in Ensenada made contact with my passenger side mirror, no damage to my truck or the bus, but any vehicle contact at all requires that you stop and call 066 (the number for the cops) The cops were all ready to try shake me down (good luck to them) and say it was my fault, until I showed them the insurance, and got out my phone to call the number on the form. They quickly told me to move along and have a nice day.
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Was just thinking about the insurance. Was planning on it for the bikes. Sounds like I would need additional policy on the truck. Thanks again for the info.

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Nope, just your normal registration if you get stopped for any reason. However, since you are taking your truck across the border, it is a good idea to at least get Mexican liability insurance for the truck. Any fender bender will by default be your fault if you don't have it. You can buy it at the gas station right before you cross, or just get it online from Baja Bound. FWIW, I don't cross the border without Mexican liability insurance.

Once a city bus in Ensenada made contact with my passenger side mirror, no damage to my truck or the bus, but any vehicle contact at all requires that you stop and call 066 (the number for the cops) The cops were all ready to try shake me down (good luck to them) and say it was my fault, until I showed them the insurance, and got out my phone to call the number on the form. They quickly told me to move along and have a nice day.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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Was just thinking about the insurance. Was planning on it for the bikes. Sounds like I would need additional policy on the truck. Thanks again for the info.

If I'm going to be mostly off road, (which is almost always the case when I go to Baja) I dont worry about it for the bike since I won't be sharing the road with any vehicles to speak of for the most part. YMMV.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:23 AM   #8
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If you cross at Calexico/Mexacali Theres a storage yard on the right side just before the border, 3 bucks a day last time i was there, also the Quality inn Calexico will let you store the truck for 5 bucks a day, Leaving the truck on the US side also makes easier crossing back to the US for you, as bikes go to the head of the line.
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If you cross at Calexico/Mexacali Theres a storage yard on the right side just before the border, 3 bucks a day last time i was there, also the Quality inn Calexico will let you store the truck for 5 bucks a day, Leaving the truck on the US side also makes easier crossing back to the US for you, as bikes go to the head of the line.
This looks like a good option. Prefer to leave on the US side to avoid the insurance issues. Already buying three moto policies. Would prefer not having to buy additional insurance on the truck just to leave it parked for a week in Mex.
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Actually if I were you coming from Co I would really think about Yuma/Algodones crossing, Theres a parking lot right at the border, and as soon as you cross the Customs and Banjercito is on your right. Easy to get down to San Felipe 1st day. assuming you guys are riding dirt?
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