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Old 09-28-2020, 11:34 AM   #29
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What are your thoughts about renting the coach when not being used?
NO renter cares for my things anywhere close to how I do; whether it's a house or has wheels. Heck, there's enough fixit items as it is!


Others may speak to insurance issues if rented.


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thoughts about incorporating in Montana?
I established an LLC a few years back thru $49, in Kalispell; good service! Flathead Co. has no additional taxes/fees, like other counties. Their website has some great info. I found NW Registered Agent less helpful.

The rules have changed some and there is warning online info from lawyers about compliance with DMV laws in your 'real' state. At a minimum, the insurance must align with the plates, including on any toad; DL not so.
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Record keeping would be required if you use the coach for business purposes.
I would like to ask the audience two thoughts stemming from this string of posts:

1- What are your thoughts about renting the coach when not being used?
I would NEVER rent our RV, it's a very personal thing to me for sure
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Old 09-28-2020, 12:09 PM   #31
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Record keeping would be required if you use the coach for business purposes.
I would like to ask the audience two thoughts stemming from this string of posts:

1- What are your thoughts about renting the coach when not being used?

2- What are your thoughts about incorporating in Montana that I have heard so much about?
I would never rent our RV. They require enough service already and I don't need to add to effort. Renters normally may not take care of it, regardless of deposits. We also consider the RV as an emergency escape vehicle in case of disasters. I don't want ti gone somewhere.

Incorporating what? I don't think so.
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Old 09-28-2020, 12:49 PM   #32
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Record keeping would be required if you use the coach for business purposes.
I would like to ask the audience two thoughts stemming from this string of posts:

1- What are your thoughts about renting the coach when not being used?

2- What are your thoughts about incorporating in Montana that I have heard so much about?
I can't speak to Montana, but on the renting subject there is at least one (and likely several) threads on IRV2. Give it a search. I believe you'll find the general consensus is along the lines of the above posts.
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Old 09-30-2020, 12:42 AM   #33
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I would never rent our RV. They require enough service already and I don't need to add to effort. Renters normally may not take care of it, regardless of deposits. We also consider the RV as an emergency escape vehicle in case of disasters. I don't want ti gone somewhere.



Incorporating what? I don't think so.


Can you imagine a renter trying to figure out how to flush the toilet?
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:06 PM   #34
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Regarding an RV and its expense:
Back in the '60's when I first began my working career, my first supervisor owned one of those huge, Ford station wagons (yup, with wood on the side!). It was of course, a "pig" on gas, and some of my co-workers berated him for "wasting" such a precious commodity (ironically, we actually were working for an oil company).
His answer to their good natured ribbing: if you can't afford to drive it, don't buy it.

That has crossed my mind on several occasions as people have had similar comments on our driving a motorhome. And my reply is similar: as soon as I can't afford to drive it, I'll sell it. In the meantime, I'm supporting the local (Alberta) oil industry!

I don't keep track of expenses, despite how LBAR (left-brained-anal-retentive) I am on keeping track of driving times and where we stopped. An 8-column spreadsheet ... LBAR for sure!

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Old 10-04-2020, 04:04 PM   #35
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ignorance is bliss

Ever since the internet went live I've been to thousands of sites where people are obsessed with fuel milage. I've always though what a waste of thought to be worried about something like fuel mileage.

My best laughs come when people but an RV and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and then worry till they're sick about not getting that extra 1 or 2 M.P.G. gallon that they were promised or that others are getting. That always makes me laugh.

Then there are the other endless tracking of almost everything. WHY? Is it not possible for people to just buy something and enjoy it for what it is without obsessing about all the minutiae?

Am I the only one that gets in my stuff, turns the key on goes to where I was set to go and turn the key off and enjoy where I'm at?

I have as much spare time as the next guy but I spend my time staring at a camp fire or watching leaves fall from a tree. If I really want to use up my spare time I'll sit by a river and stare at the water running by. You will NEVER EVER catch me making a spread sheet for anything, least of all fuel milage of every dime I ever spend on things.

I learned many, many years ago when I was a restaurant manager for a large hotel chain. They wanted my to track how many french fries we sold on a daily basis. I never did it because I thought it was a waste of my time. A year later after never doing it corporate offices said OK you all can stop counting french fries.

That was my same outlook for budgets. Budgets are nothing more that a guessing game that has no common sense involved. Budgets are a guessing game saying how much will you sell in the FUTURE. Bwhahahahahahhaha no one can predict the future but yet they want you to.

It was funny to see other departments work MONTHS on budgets. My budgets took five minutes. I took last years sales and bumped them up 5% DONE. I was actually more accurate than the departments that spent months "GUESSING" what sales would be by calculating dozens of parameters. Nope not for me.

My advice stop tracking life and start ENJOYING life!
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:15 PM   #36
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I keep a spreadsheet of the 7 years in our Breeze. The airplane was nothing compared to the RV. Only 50 some modifications so far, and they tell me it will have no effect on the selling price. I could have bought three good rental houses with what I put into the RV, but houses don't travel well.
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:28 PM   #38
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Never, EVER do this!!! Why not?

Yes, yes, I too have a spread sheet for all maintenance (general & necessary) as well as repairs (cosmetic & necessary) so I can reference when things were last done. Also if I ever wanted to sell our Astoria I could show the purchaser how well the unit was taken care of. So I disagree with those who say “no never”
I believe if you take care of your unit it is only smart to keep tract of maintenance and repairs.
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:30 PM   #39
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After 10 years I Quit as we decided we would keep. I even tracked fuel cost. Folk would ask me how can you afford to drive it - my answer was how can I not afford to drive it.
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:31 PM   #40
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When home we eat out every night so when we are traveling in our coach it probably equals out,and Amazon can't find us LOL
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:34 PM   #41
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Keeping good fuel records lets you know what states to avoid in the future. I have never paid $4.00, though CA PA and AZ pushed that pretty close. On return to TX last month we topped off at $1.76, pure #2 diesel, no Biocrap. May be less now! We also have 150 gallon tank, which allows us to bypass a lot of high tax states.
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Old 10-04-2020, 04:39 PM   #42
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RV expenses are just that

In order to keep harmony and the spirit of love in our great relationship, I do not calculate what the RV parts, accessories and goodies we paid for it up to! She knows any of the major expensive items. The minor items that I get, because I like or just want them L, we just don’t talk about that.
My son bought a used, twin engine inboard motor boat, and he said that he realized BOAT stands for “break out another thousand“ just about each time he used it.
Thankfully our RV goes on many, many trips with just the need for fuel and love ❤️!
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