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Old 02-18-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Talking New Fulltimers from Minnesota

My wife Sandy, and I, George, just started full-timing. Over the next couple years we will spend 1/2 our time in AZ and TX, the other half in Minn visiting family and friends.
We need to find a "residence".
We've been using Escapees for mail forwarding, so should we just make Texas our home? South Dakota has also been mentioned as a good option for us northerners.

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Old 02-18-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Hi there and welcome to full-timing. My wife and I just completed our first year as full-timers and love it. We did 15,000 miles through 31 states. We are currently wintering in TX and plan to head to the Pacific NW in the spring.

Most full-timers establish legal residency in one of the several states that don't have state income taxes. All of them can be used without issues; all of them have pros and cons which people often argue about. South Dakota has a lot of mail forwarding services, but they also exist in Nevada and Florida. Lots of full-timers use the Escapees service in TX.

Although we are Escapees members, we chose to use a mail forwarding service in South Dakota and established residency there. I don't think there is any "right or wrong" answer to this question. We preferred the features of the mail service MyDakotaAddress.com, Mail Forwarding, Mail Receiving, South Dakota Residency over that offered by Escapees and that drove the decision. I definitely do not recommend that you have your mail sent to one state and try to establish residency in another since that could lead to legal issues.

We have found the folks in SD to be very easy to deal with regarding licensing, voter registration, and other issues. That's one of the advantages of having a state with a very small population.

If you have specific questions about full-timing in general or our "first year" experiences, feel free to send me a PM.

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:01 AM   #3
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Hi George & Sandy! Welcome to IRV2! I can't answer your question but you'll get plenty of answers from others. Have fun & God bless!
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Hello George & Sandy, welcome to the forum. Some friends of mine use the mail service here in Pensacola and have their coach tagged here also. Is there a Florida advantage over any other state? I don't have a clue.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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thanks for the quick replies

very useful, I expected that mailing from one state and having licenses in another could cause issues...on our way back next fall from Minn to AZ, we will probably stop in So Dak for awhile and sign up
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Hi and welcome to the forum. When we went full time we decided to go with Escapees all the way. We spend a week in Livingston, Tx at their HQ getting all of our paper work in order and we were on our way. That was >2years ago and we've been very happy with them.

I really liked docj's perspective on the topic though. IMO there's no right or wrong answer to this question... just personal choices made for personal reasons.

Good luck and travel safely.

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Hello George and Sandy! When we went full time last April, we had no idea about Escapees or using SD mail services. We put our daughter on our accounts and have all our mail sent to her home. It works well, because she glances as the mail and if she thinks something needs our imediate attention, she calls us. She also can handle any financial issues for us. We kept all our licence and tags in NC and we park behind her house every now and again when we go to visit the g-kids. Not everyone is able to do that, but it works for us. Safe travels.
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Howdy Sandy and George! Welcome to the forum and congrats on your "new life."
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