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Old 09-03-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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I just bought a Libero Class B motor home and the California tags expire in September. I'm going to be traveling out of California and around the country.
What is the best state to register it in. Texas? South Dakota? Somewhere else?
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What ever your state of legal residence is.

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

It's not so simple as just deciding which state is cheapest to register your vehicles in. In most cases, you need to register where you are "domiciled"... meaning where you live, vote, see a doctor... etc.

If your plan is to hit the road full time and sever ties with California, then you should do a little research on the best state for you to domicile in. Searching this forum will give you a lot of reading material. We chose Texas. The Escapees RV club has some great information about it on their website.

As a California native who sold my home in NorCal and hit the road full time... I have some advice. If you are really leaving California, take the time to fill out the forms requested by the Franchise Tax Board and the DMV telling them you are leaving. They badgered me for three years wanting me to file a tax return with them after I left.

Best of luck.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #5
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Do you mean through the formation of a Limited Liability Company?
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Both Mr D and RickO have given you the best advice. What state is your driver's license from? Where do you vote? These are the questions that arise when the issue exists as to where you are domiciled. If you are full timing then that's a different ball game, but if you still have somewhere that's called "home" other than the RV, then that place is your domicile.
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Many have registered in another state to avoid taxes or registration fees. Enough that some states have started looking very closely at these violators and some of those have started tracking them down and handing them assements of fines and taxes and penalities due.

NOTE that the fine and penalities are way more than the taxes due. . Note also that the STATE decides how much taxes are due and they tend to be very generous (To themselves) when making such a decision.

In short. Registering out of state = bad idea.

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