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 Posted: Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 02:44 am
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will need good diesel on the way down to San Carlos, will we have any trouble finding it. Also it is stay to drive down or is there anyone that’s want s to meet up and join us. We plan to drive down last week of dec. or first week of Jan.

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You should top off in Tucson if possible, much cheaper. If not, in Nogales before you near the border. Cross at Mariposa which is the truck crossing exit. Fuel is available all the way down, just more expensive. I would assume you have large tanks. You can get your visa at K 21. Bring some pesos to pay tolls and watch for the new bypass just North of Hermosillo which avoids traffic downtown and will probably save you 45 minutes and lots of traffic. Travel in daylight due to animals coming out to feed at night. Feel safe, bring common smarts and brain and smile and enjoy. Bienvenidos, Ron

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Thanks Ron. We have driven before but many years ago, just feeling a little unsure as traveling alone

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I always Top Off and change dollars for pesos at the gas station/store (Fiesta Market?)just before Mariposa...Red and Yellow store East side of the road.. 

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Cheddington, not much has changed probably, only for the better. Mexico 15 is far wider, far smoother and far safer than past years. Again, watch for Hermosillo bypass to Guaymas on the North side. Many Pemex have changed colors to Arco, Chevron and of course remain Pemex. If you're like us and most folks, the sensationalized news will scare all. Just bring brain and enjoy!! Totonaka is the only game in town for "rv park" but there are many private spots to stay that are secure as well. Several years back, or closer to many, we made several trips down with a Kenworth T800 I converted to single axle pulling a 37 foot fifth wheel with a little Jeep Wrangler attached behind, I am very aware of narrow roads and traffic congestion, LOL. Ron

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While you are down there you will have to go to guaymas for ULSD. there is an Arco on the left side before you get to town. Have fun!

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Arcos for compliant diesel

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cbeddington wrote: will need good diesel on the way down to San Carlos, will we have any trouble finding it. Also it is stay to drive down or is there anyone that’s want s to meet up and join us. We plan to drive down last week of dec. or first week of Jan.

Maybe you should define "good diesel". A very subjective term. What are you driving?

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A new Mercedes so dealer said need USDL grade

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Look for Arco stations. If they have diesel, it will be ULSD. Often times, the diesel pumps are not up front with the gasoline pumps, but on the side or in back.

One potential bit of confusion. In Mexico, the gasoline pump handles are often green, while the diesel pump handles are black. In the US, it's often just the opposite. Double check to make sure you are at a diesel pump. No self-service in Mexico.

However, the Arco IN SAN CARLOS PROPER, DOES NOT HAVE DIESEL. The closest Arco with diesel is towards Guaymas on the east side of Hwy 15. Maybe 15 minutes away at the most.

Diesel is expensive in Mexico. Around 4.00 US per gallon. I am paying about 2.85 in the States and it might be around 2.70-2.80 in Arizona. Fill up at the border in the States. I prefer the Circle K station just off the Mariposa exit. Turn right on Mariposa towards the border, and it is right there on the right.

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Thank u so much.

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Diesel is $2.97 to $2.99 in Tucson right now.

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390pony wrote: Diesel is $2.97 to $2.99 in Tucson right now.

I never thought I'd see the day when diesel was cheaper in Idaho than in Arizona. What's going on? The first two years I've lived here, all fuels were 20-30 cents/gallon higher than AZ. Not this year.


Reg unleaded can be had at Costco, Walmarts and Maverick stations for the mid to upper 2.70s in the Boise area. Get the Maverick debit card and it knocks another 6 cents/gallon off.

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Super easy drive down. I've taken my 3/4 ton down many times.

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I saw it for $2.89 this morning near the Tucson airport.

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