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Old 03-29-2014, 06:50 PM   #141
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I'm debating on SD or TX.. The problem with SD is that the weather there on my birthday is not... All that welcoming to a class A.. And the problem with Texas is political but those are the two states I am thinking about.
If you are disabled Veteran in Texas (depends on percentage - 100% is completed exempted) you get breaks on property tax and no personal property tax.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:02 PM   #142
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Georgia recently changed.

6.75% title registration fee calculated on purchase price less trade in when purchased from a dealer. This fee is charged on all vehicles when they are registered to a new owner or registered in GA for the first time and is based on current market value.

O% Sales tax

No ad valorum tax

$25 annual tag fee.

Really a pretty good deal.

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Old 03-29-2014, 07:05 PM   #143
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So, what is the verdict? Which state or states have the least expenditure for owning a motorhome?

How does one establish residency in that state to purchase a motorhome if you are going to make it you sole residence for possibly the rest of your life? I am going to be in that situation soon. Do I purchase a motorhome anywhere I want and then drive to what state I want to "pretend" I reside in? Or do I have to get a driver's licence or other to be considered a resident of that state? And if so, how does one do that? Do they have to move there first before buying your motorhome? I plan on leaving California when I buy my motorhome and living all over. I don't care what state I call home, as long as it is the cheapest in regards to owning and buying the motorhome.

Can someone tell me how to go about this and how not to somehow put the cart before the horse.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:01 PM   #144
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Georgia recently changed.

6.75% title registration fee calculated on purchase price less trade in when purchased from a dealer. This fee is charged on all vehicles when they are registered to a new owner or registered in GA for the first time and is based on current market value.

O% Sales tax

No ad valorum tax

$25 annual tag fee.

Really a pretty good deal.

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Coming from Virginia, this isn't a bad deal.......
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:27 PM   #145
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I'm debating on SD or TX.. The problem with SD is that the weather there on my birthday is not... All that welcoming to a class A.. And the problem with Texas is political but those are the two states I am thinking about.
Politically right here in Texas.
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We are 5 percent here in Warren County. Fauquier was 1% and prince William is free. Thinking of moving to Hanover and hopefully cheaper.
Hanover County is 3.57%.
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IL - No personal property tax - 6.25% sales tax - $95.00 title fee ($25.00 if you are transferring plates from one vehicle to another) - RV plates are $78.00 to $102.00 depending on GVWR.

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So, what is the verdict? Which state or states have the least expenditure for owning a motorhome?

How does one establish residency in that state to purchase a motorhome if you are going to make it you sole residence for possibly the rest of your life? I am going to be in that situation soon. Do I purchase a motorhome anywhere I want and then drive to what state I want to "pretend" I reside in? Or do I have to get a driver's licence or other to be considered a resident of that state? And if so, how does one do that? Do they have to move there first before buying your motorhome? I plan on leaving California when I buy my motorhome and living all over. I don't care what state I call home, as long as it is the cheapest in regards to owning and buying the motorhome.

Can someone tell me how to go about this and how not to somehow put the cart before the horse.
Can't help you with your first question, but you might want to check out the Escapees website. We joined them when we left California and went full time. They have a page on their website on "How to Become a Texan" which explains all that is required by law and how they can help. It's a very easy process in Livingston, Tx because that's where Escapees is based and everyone in the area is familiar with the club and the concept of full timing.

Yes, you need to get a drivers license, Texas plates on ALL of your vehicles, a local mailing address (Escapees provide this) and we registered to vote.

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Old 03-30-2014, 11:25 AM   #149
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So, what is the verdict? Which state or states have the least expenditure for owning a motorhome?

How does one establish residency in that state to purchase a motorhome if you are going to make it you sole residence for possibly the rest of your life? I am going to be in that situation soon. Do I purchase a motorhome anywhere I want and then drive to what state I want to "pretend" I reside in? Or do I have to get a driver's licence or other to be considered a resident of that state? And if so, how does one do that? Do they have to move there first before buying your motorhome? I plan on leaving California when I buy my motorhome and living all over. I don't care what state I call home, as long as it is the cheapest in regards to owning and buying the motorhome.

Can someone tell me how to go about this and how not to somehow put the cart before the horse.
Bob, here's what we did. We sold our home near Seattle and took what we did not sell or give away and put that in storage in Rapid City SD. The next day we got our drivers license and registered a car. After visiting the factories we made our minds up as to what vehicle we wanted and drove to Texas and bought it. For, if I remember it correctly, about $175 we got a temporary registration good for 90 days. But what we decided to do was leave the rig parked at the dealership and drive up to Rapid City to get a few things and at the same time register the DP. The dealership gave us all of the origination documents. It took about 10 minutes at the county vehicle license office and that was done. By the way the tax was 3% vs. TX at 7% and WA @ 9.6%. SD seems to want to have full time RVers' as residences.

While the yearly registration fee might be a little higher in SD there is nothing else to pay. Also if we want the mail forwarding service will walk through the annual registration for you. The folks we went with charges around $35 for that but you don't have to go to SD to do it if you don't want. Also once you have obtained your SD drivers license in person you can renew online the next time. There are a couple of hoops you have to jump through but the mail forwarding company can help you deal with that.

The only thing I need to do now is get my concealed carry permit, which I will do this summer.

The folks at the drivers license office and the vehicle registration office get it when they know what your trying to do. Very nice folks.

We also set up a mail forwarding service right there near Rapid City. We stayed at the lodging they have set up on the property. There are around 3 or 4 mail forwarding companies in SD and they all can tell you all you need to know about getting set up in SD.

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Was on this thread a few weeks back where some eastern state had a yearly use fee/tax on RV's, boats, atv's anything that moved. They were talking $1000's a year just to use your vehicle on their roads. Any idea what state that was?

Here in Ohio you pay the sales tax ( 7.75% depending what county you reside in) when you buy your vehicle / RV. Yearly plate fees are around $50 a year. I see TN. is not bad. Any feedback for the state of PA. VT. or WV.?

Do many trips to PA., to which would keep it in the back of my mind it might be a place to retire to. Didn't understand how their property taxes worked. A realtor said you can have two $150k homes next to each other, one pays $1000 property taxes, the other $3000 a year property taxes. I also believe PA. residents don't get to vote on tax levies.

This website Retirementliving.com compares state to state taxes.
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Can you provide me with the quoted law on that one? When you purchase a vehicle in texas, let's say a new vehicle, the registration tag and the inspection tag are generally in the same month. The dealer puts the inspection tag on the vehicle, and the title clerk is registering it. All my vehicle registrations and inspections are the same month, and have been for years. Any info would be appreciated.
Check our the thread "Big news for Texas fulltimers) in the Full-Timers Forum. Links are in there and a lot of information.
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How does one establish residency in that state to purchase a motorhome if you are going to make it you sole residence for possibly the rest of your life? ... Do they have to move there first before buying your motorhome? I plan on leaving California when I buy my motorhome
One of the very significant parts of the question on this case is the last sentence above. CA has been VERY aggressive in pursuing former residents for taxes they think they can get ...they seem to think "once a CA taxpayer always a CA taxpayer." You would be well advised to make a clearly definable break with CA and to clearly establish a legal domicile in your chosen state BEFORE buying the motorhome, or at least to buy it outside CA as part of the moving process and keep it outside of CA for at least the near future.
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I live in York County, VA. York County has a personal property tax rate of $4/$100 value or 4%. So keeping my current RV in the county I reside in costs me about $430/month. However, I drive it 13 miles into the city of Hampton, VA to store it and the tax rate is $0.000001/$100 value or just about FREE. I decided to store the
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This made me curious about what tax rates are being paid in different areas. What location and tax rate do you have?
Good socialist state tax. Calif does not have property tax on RV yet but they do on boats.
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One of the very significant parts of the question on this case is the last sentence above. CA has been VERY aggressive in pursuing former residents for taxes they think they can get ...they seem to think "once a CA taxpayer always a CA taxpayer." You would be well advised to make a clearly definable break with CA and to clearly establish a legal domicile in your chosen state BEFORE buying the motorhome, or at least to buy it outside CA as part of the moving process and keep it outside of CA for at least the near future.
Absolutely true... from personal experience.

Sold our stick house in NorCal in 2009 and, because my financial planner and tax preparation were still in California they hounded me. I think I've finally gotten it straightened out but they are aggressive.

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