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Old 22nd January 2011, 03:28 PM
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Lake Chapala is safe for swimming; actually cleaner, biologically, than most California waters, but it is a mud bottom and the water is not often clear.
Those of retirement age may want to consider altitude in their plans. We've lived at 5000 feet for a decade, but as age and deteriorating respiratory ability creep up on me, I find that I can no longer even visit higher elevations. That is causing me to avoid may places that I used to enjoy, and some that I had wished to visit. Now, we're even considering moving to a lower elevation but can't decide where, since coastal humidity is also a problem for my lungs. Lots of things to consider.

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Old 23rd January 2011, 01:43 AM
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Lake Chapala is safe for swimming; actually cleaner, biologically, than most California waters, but it is a mud bottom and the water is not often clear.
Those of retirement age may want to consider altitude in their plans. We've lived at 5000 feet for a decade, but as age and deteriorating respiratory ability creep up on me, I find that I can no longer even visit higher elevations. That is causing me to avoid may places that I used to enjoy, and some that I had wished to visit. Now, we're even considering moving to a lower elevation but can't decide where, since coastal humidity is also a problem for my lungs. Lots of things to consider.
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In all seriousness, perhaps Dawg may be of help. We own two houses in Mexico as you, no doubt are aware. Our home in Ajijic is at 5,000 feet and our home in San Cristóbal de Las Casas is at 7,000 feet. Both homes, but especially the one in San Cristòbal, might prove a burden for those with breathing impairments so Dawg, who personally has no problem at this stage of his life, breathing comfortably at 7,000 feet, started thinking on his own about ways to live in a fresh environment at some altitude without having to experience the unpleasant lack of oxygen typical of some who move to places at higher altitudes.

I suggest places at between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. Some initial suggestions:

Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas
Ocosingo, Chiapas
Tepic, Nayarit
Orizaba/Fortin de La Flores, Veracruz

I have some more ideas to be communicated later.

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Old 23rd January 2011, 03:52 PM
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Gracias, 'Dawg'. We'll keep your list for consideration. Of course, our first need would be to sell our present home & we are considering listing it soon; as much as we hate the very thought. Then, we may consider the flexibility and mobility of another RV; motor home life was pretty good in our first few years of retirement.

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Maybe we should talk. We're going to sell our 36 foot DP Country Coach. It's a 98 with less than 80K miles and a lot of upgrades including two HD flat screens and a Bose Home theater audio system.

We also replaced the LR furniture with ultra leather stuff. The LR sofa also opens to a full bed, no jack knife. It will come complete with outdoor furniture and custom matching rug, all dishes and storage stuff, electric heaters, dishes, knives, silverware, the works. It has a double door fridge with ice maker. The AC's are also heat pumps.

It's also equipped with a Blue Ox alloy tow bar, absoutely the best setup I've ever seen, one person can hook up a toad easy.

It is garaged in La Feria, TX, outside of Harlingen. We'll probably take it to PPL in Houston soon for consignment sale.

Fortunately, neither of us has any problem with the altitude. It helped to live in ABQ, the same altitude as here, for 15 years.

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Old 23rd January 2011, 11:23 PM
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Our last coach was a 1999 38' HR Endeavor with only a single slide. I was very happy with it, but DW insists on two or three slides, maybe four, this time. However, if you are looking for another house......who knows?

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Hopefully your Miami comment a lot of tongue in cheek. South Florida summers are a disaster. A good chunk of North Carolinas population growth is "half backs", people that moved from the Northeast to South Florida, couldn't take the summers and moved half way back.
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I'm guilty of being a 'half back', but did it by sailboat. The only thing that I've retained from North Carolina is my wife. She's also happy to be out of there.

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I would say that Ajijic is a good place for OP to start.

Because of the gangs that relocated to Tepic when the Federal Prison was built there, violence is pretty commonplace between rival gangs. My Spanish teacher has her family there and we get reports regularly.

El Tuito is a small town in the high plains south of PV. There are people who live there and commute the 70 km to PV for restaurants and shows. The humidity is low year-round and the prices are cheap.

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RV, sorry to hear you might have to relocate to a lower altitude. David the Mexconnect guy had the same problem, he used to live around the corner from us. I think he went to the coast somewhere. Short of that, if you go back to full timing, you're pretty much going to have to move several times a year in the U.S. to keep from being cooked or frozen, or both.

Problem in the U.S. is that pretty much everything at low altitude is hot in the summer except southern cal and that is mega pricey. You might find some place manageable to park a rig around Oceanside. Kino Bay would be a good possibility for winter.

Watch out for rigs with a lot of slides, most of them are over-weight and less than safe to drive before you get your stuff in them. There are later model CCs with two slides but they aren't cheap. Ours will go for less than $40K.

Good luck, would hate to see you go as you are a real asset around here.

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