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Old 11-07-2011, 10:27 AM   #15
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I went full time several years ago and although I was satisfied with the mail svc at Escapees I wasn't happy with having to return to TX for vehicle inspections and found it harder and harder to find a place to inspect a motorhome unless I was around a dealership.
Many people misunderstand this.

You do NOT have to come back to Texas for an inspection each year, but you must get the inspection within 30 days when/if you do come back across the state line once the inspection tags expire.

If you choose not to enter the state again, no need for the inspection.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #16
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Maybe iam missing something here. SD to live in or register your moho in. I dont think I would want to live there in an RV. Has anyone considered the brutal winters there ??
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:55 AM   #18
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Maybe iam missing something here. SD to live in or register your moho in. I dont think I would want to live there in an RV. Has anyone considered the brutal winters there ??

The OP is discussing the best legal residence for when you full-time without a sticks and bricks. This means the state in which you register vehicles, get your drivers license, vote and pay state taxes

Full-timers rarely live in just their state of residence because they are- well, full-time RVers.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:26 PM   #19
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When we were fulltimers for 7 years it was Texas. I retired from the AF after one year in San Antonio and then used the Escapees mail service to keep my tags and license. We had just returned from 7 years in Europe so had to get new tags etc when we took the retirement tour in Texas and were tired of paying Louisiana income tax. However since they don't tax military retirements here, and we decided to be around other Yankees, we retired to Bossier.

(That was a joke @ dajudge as the folks in South Louisana say we are Yankees this far North.)
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:26 PM   #21
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I've been hoping for a list that shows the top 10 best states for RV'ers when it comes to registration cost and RV taxes..

I think some are:
South Dakota
Texas
New Mexico
Montana
Florida

Not in that order...
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:50 PM   #22
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As I recall SD charged us 3% of the then current value of our 2004 motor home when we moved there in late 2005. They looked up the value in the NADA book. We moved there from NH which has no sales tax on vehicles.
That's even better than taxing the price paid when new. We didn't have to pay anything in SD because we paid more (7%) in PA where we lived when we bought it. We did have to provide proof of how much we paid, however.
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That's even better than taxing the price paid when new. We didn't have to pay anything in SD because we paid more (7%) in PA where we lived when we bought it. We did have to provide proof of how much we paid, however.
Same here. We originally bought the rig in CA and so didn't need to pay anything on transfer to SD. Just had to provide proof of the tax paid in CA.
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how about Arizona nice and warm In the sedona area not to much rain or snow.
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how about Arizona nice and warm In the sedona area not to much rain or snow.
It has state income tax, so that's going to make it a no-go for many full-timers. But it's probably a good place to spend a winter. It's on our list to check out one of these years.

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Funny how so many lifelong Californians are leaving as fast as they can. I'm on that list to.
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TX works great for me ...no income tax, no hassles. I am retired military so health insurance cost was not a part of my concern. Vehicle inspection is NOT an issue in TX ...you get it whenever you return to the state. We travel through TX a couple of times a year in our travels as fulltimers, go to FL maybe once a year and rarely go to SD, so TX was the best choice for us. We just bought a home TX and are no longer fulltiming, and last week I had my '67 Ford pickup inspected in TX for the first time in over six years ...it was in Alabama with my son and I kept TX registration on it, but inspection was not an issue at all.
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