"CARAVANAS DE MÉXICO OFFERS THE BEST QUALITY / PRICE RELATION IN THE CARAVAN MARKET"
Comparing RV Caravan Companies
First of all most of our competitors are good. Their pricing may not include everything, however. You really need to look at their itineraries and see what the bang for the buck is. Most price in US dollars, we price in either, and I believe we are the only company that Canadians are protected against exchange rate swings once they have made a deposit.
1) Price: For most People this is the bottom line. It may be a mistake once you find out what is not included
2) Tours: How many Tours are included and how are they advertised? A trip which has more tours than days in length is a sure indication that they are exaggerating or at least wording it to sound better. A pee stop for the bus driver maybe counts as an event. Seriously though, we do not break down every stop on a tour as an event or tour. If we have several stops on a days tour, that is still one tour, not 5 or 6. Do they use licensed tour guides? Some use the wagon master or will occasionally hire an "on site" guide. We only use registered bilingual tour guides. A Wagon Master may have some knowledge, but he won't be anywhere near the level of a registered tour guide.
3) Transport: Do they use proper air conditioned transport or do they expect you to use your own vehicles?
4) Meals: Do they include meals or do you have to pay for your own? We use the best restaurant we can find in an area and include some drinks. Hot sit down meals, not a Taco Stand.
5) RV Parks: Do they include RV Parks (One company does not). We use full hookup RV parks where available. Expect some dry camping, however, that is unavoidable especially on our Yucatan loop.
6) Language: This is a Biggie. Accidents, breakdowns and police incidents can happen. Can our competitors handle those in Spanish? The answer is marginally, or not at all. We are based in Mexico and although not all our Wagon Masters are fluent in Spanish, they have a support network ranging from the company owner down to our many bilingual tour guides throughout Mexico. If you have to be left behind for some unforeseen reason, we can provide language support and/or someone to stay with you. We can also call on the Green Angels (Like AAA) to escort you to catch up.
7) Optional: This is the word to watch for in our competitors itineraries. You may even find it once in one of ours. You will likely find it all over some of the other companies. Those optional's can add up really quickly.
8) Customer Loyalty: Do they give previous customers a discount? We do, ranging from 5 to 10%. We have the highest repeat rate in the industry, even some customers taking the identical trip twice. Do they allow you to change your deposit to another trip or even push it ahead a year (we do)? We have the odd unhappy customer, any company that tells you they don't, is lying. People are people. We do try to discourage people we feel are not the type who should be in a caravan. We would rather lose a customer than have them degrade the experience for everyone else.
9) Is the Company technically operating legally?: I believe ours is the only one. Is that a problem? Certainly not so far, things have always been lax in Mexico, although some say they will be clamping down. We are the ONLY RV Caravan company legally registered with a business license to operate inside Mexico and our taxes are paid in Mexico. Regardless, it does mean we can access a lot of government support, others cannot. We actually have provided our services to some of our competitors under contract.
10) Clubs: We have in the past been contractors for Club Caravans. Vagabundos del Mar, and the International Airstream Club. We currently run 2 Airstream trips a season.
We are pretty confident that when you take all into account you will see we are the best bang for the buck.