Originally Posted by Richard and Hazel
Steve,I think we have some of your problems comming up ! We are ex-UK and now travelling around Australia in rental motorhomes ( Apollo) but in march we fly over to Los Angelese to buy a diesel pusher. I have been trying to find out how to get all of the "must have" stuff, insurance, tags etc but it is a catch 22 situation without a social security number. We will be joining FMCA and Escapees but it looks like it will take at least a month( kicking our heels) just to get a postal address before we can do anything.
Homeless at last !
Melbourne Australia, well this week anyway.
As a non resident if you buy and register your motorhome with an LLC formed by lawyers in Montana you will have an address. They offer mail forwarding etc.
You will also not pay sales tax on your purchase.
You will have not crossed any moral boundaries expressed against this form of ownership as you won't have a home state.
You will pay full tote odds for insurance as you won't have a credit record which is used to provide discounts.
I can provide you with insurance brokers and Heggan law office in Milssoula looks after my company and mail forwarding.
In reality you need to memorize your address because every time you book a campground telling them a Melbourne address will cost you a fortune on the mobile phone.
I have just struck a deal with the insurer to layup the coach once per year. So from October to March I will pay almost nothing.
My annual premium is $2250 for $160k and would you believe $1200 for the 2013 Subaru and no layup option.
Oh well, we love our motorhome, we love travelling around the USA, we love the great people we have met in the 25000 miles we have done so far.
If I buy enough runners to bring home I will be able to make up for the over priced insurance.
Good luck. Once you own your DP you will be desperate to get back to it and travel.
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