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RE: Income Tax for Full Timers

I don't think you can put a PO box on a driver's license so your official IRS address would be whatever is on your driver's license. Mine has a P.O.Box address on my DL. here in Oregon and right below it....it says "continuous traveler" Oregon is different & to get that DL you have to haved lived in Oregon for at least 6 months with a street address before you can apply for the continuous traveler designation. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/28/15 02:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Income Tax for Full Timers

OP, although you and many others want to act as Gipsies there is no such classification in the U.S. tax code, you have to be a resident somewhere, if you have taxable income. You have a PO Box, use that as your state or get a different PO Box. Keep in mind if you had your initial PO Box where your home used to be and it's a taxable state you might have to file as a part year resident, if you had and earnings. I could go on with a bunch of other potential issues, but you get the idea. US Post Office PO Boxes can not be used as legal addresses under the Patriot Act. You can use a business or residential address. Some states (like Tx) recognize the address from a mail forwarder (a business) as a legal address for residents. Plus insurance companies require an address where the vehicle is 'garaged', which would be your legal residence - that can't be a PO box, but could be a box at a UPS Store. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/26/15 11:42am Full-time RVing
RE: Income Tax for Full Timers

We used UPS mailbox address for years. No problems. Plus they forward. That is different from a US Post Office PO Box.
BarbaraOK 03/26/15 11:39am Full-time RVing
RE: Need help and advice with mail services

It doesnt matter what state it is right now, I just want the most dependable service. I'm not an Escapees member unfortunately. It's $30 to join - if you want the best service, then that is what you do. You should see the operation in Livingston - - they handle mail for ~ 15,000 people and the US Post Office often sends people for training on how mail forwarding operations should run. Why would you NOT want to use the best? Barb
BarbaraOK 03/25/15 09:19am Full-time RVing
Lost a sale today

We have been staying in Mesa in the winter for years. Since our time is almost done, we were going to stop in and do some shopping only to find the Camping World store is no longer behind LaMesa RV. Looked online and it said it was located where the Camping World RV Sales is on Main Street. Well you guys have GONE OUT OF YOUR WAY TO HIDE IT. Nothing but rigs for sale - we couldn't even see where you would turn in if you were going to look at rigs. So you guys lost sales today and we had money to spend, but will spend it at other places that want our business and make sure we can (1) see their accessory area and (2) have places for us to park.
BarbaraOK 03/25/15 12:13am Camping World Accessories
RE: Questions for Full Timers

You need a permanent place to die when that time comes, I would hate to pass in my rig. Why? What difference does it make if you die in your rig, parked at an RV park, or in a hospital, or in a S&B, or in assisted living? If you are thinking about being alone, people die in their homes alone and aren't found for days unless they have set up a signal with neighbors - same as would happen in an RV park. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 10:06pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need help and advice with mail services

If you are thinking about Texas, then hands down it should be Escapees. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 06:25pm Full-time RVing
RE: Costs that go away, costs that stay

Lol.Pretty innovative accounting.How do you know your net worth when you do any accounting or taxes and investing?That can be a pretty big write off.At any rate just a comment of mine that may be totally irrelevant to anyone else. I've never been asked our net worth when paying taxes, nor when I invest or sell an investment. What are you doing that require you divulge your net worth to the tax man or investment broker? If you are so worried about a depreciating asset and how it figures into someone's net worth you might not be a good candidate for fulltime RVing - at least not in terms of someone who is retired. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 01:00pm Full-time RVing
RE: Some basic questions about fulltiming

Like others have said, we use Escapees in Livingston, Tx as our mail forwarder and that is our legal, physical address. We are both on Medicare (with a supplemental) and for years we still used our physicians in Tyler, Tx. This year we went ahead and started with new physicians in Mesa, AZ where we spend 5-6 months every winter. Medicare doesn't care and since they have so many fulltimers/snowbirds here for the winter, physicians are use to dealing with people only here 6 or so months each year. Medicare works well for traveling fulltimers - never have a question asked, just show cards and get treated. As to the vehicle inspection in Texas - if you are out-of-state when you register, you just self-certify that you are out of state and have 3 days after returning to the state to get the vehicles inspected. I know people that only go back once every 12 years to get new DL with new photos. Otherwise, their vehicles never see Texas highways. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 10:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Costs that go away, costs that stay

And the big one that most folks ignore or don't think affects the long term financial picture.Rv Depreciation.Stick homes vary up and down but long term appreciate in value,Rv's never appreciate.It starts as soon as you sign the bill of sale. Only comes about if you think you are going to make money when you sell the rig. We figure that after 15+ yrs it will be worth nothing when we come off the road, so it is NOT a concern of ours. Costs have been paid for, why worry about something that isn't in the picture? If you worry about depreciation then don't buy ANYTHING - it all depreciates in terms of resale. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 09:58am Full-time RVing
RE: laundry

We ordered our 5th wheel with no W/D. Full timing now three yeas and use laundromat every 1 to 2 weeks. In and out in 2 hrs or maybe a little more, all dry and folded. Many posts from folks who seem to love their on board machines, but we've never been able to grip having to do laundry on board with the laundry detergent odor, having to take up the space for folding, it would be an almost daily exercise, always thinking about the next load, background washer or dryer noise, ... No, no, no. Get it done and forget it for two weeks is the way to go. What noise? Most times I forget it is going - - we often set it on delayed start when going to bed (especially when doing towels) so it starts & finishes just before we get up. Never, ever has woken us up. Now maybe people who don't get it leveled correctly have some problems. Space for folding - I put the clothes on the bed, fold and put away in the drawers & closet next to the bed. Detergent odor - get fragrance free. And the softener odor goes OUTSIDE through the vent - so no odor in the rig. Thinking about the next load - 'Oh look, basket it full, start load when we go to bed'. Yes, that's a lot of work. Sorry to sound sarcastic, but really the 'problems' you listed are none existent. ---------- Wrinkles happen because people don't take the time to learn how to use it properly. Most overload or don't get it balanced right - 2 of everything. Nibbed blue balls work well to help separate articles as they dry - fluffs them up. Take anything that might need to be ironed out while just a little damp, shake and hang up. No iron needed. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 09:50am Full-time RVing
RE: laundry

Small capacity and hungry power needs of W/D units limit you. In the full time/ long time world of RVing, the space is likely better utilized for other purposes. Also consider cost ( in your unit ) and time. You'll likely find it much more cost and time effective to use a laundromat. Yes, I calculated it out at about 25¢ per load for drying (and that is being generous) and most times power is included in the cost of the site. Time - you mean the 2 minutes to load or unload? Otherwise, you don't have to sit and watch it go round and round. You do other things. Small capacity - well yes, but then there is only the two of us and we don't generate that much dirty laundry any more - no work clothes, just t-shirts & shorts plus underwear. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/24/15 09:45am Full-time RVing
RE: laundry

Why would you want to trust putting your clothes into a washer that was just used for dog blankets, oily clothes, or a teenager dying her t-shirts? Plus, I have better things to do than sit in a laudromat. Put a load in at bedtime, take out, fold & put away in the morning. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/23/15 08:45pm Full-time RVing
RE: What do you do with your time while full-timing

We've done a lot of sitting in physician's waiting rooms this winter - - something about growing old and the bodies starting to fall apart.:R Barb
BarbaraOK 03/22/15 11:48am Full-time RVing
RE: Snowbirding first time in 2015

Our first winter in Arizona we spent about 2 weeks in each place, then moved to another place all over the 'warm' part of the state from the 5th of January until the middle of March. Even spent a week boon docking at "Q". During that time we decided we weren't boon docking styles, didn't like Yuma, Benson was too cold from us, not much going on in Tucson, liked Casa Grande and Mesa. Next time out we focused on Casa Grande, Gold Canyon, Mesa, and Cottonwood. After that, we knew we liked spending 3+ months in Mesa and would stay in Casa Grande coming in and Cottonwood as we were leaving. Now it is just Mesa, with maybe a week or so in Cottonwood - - we just like the Mesa area, all of the things to do, etc., Barb
BarbaraOK 03/19/15 11:18pm Snowbirds
RE: We've had it... It's just too darn hot in Arizona!

It hasn't hit 100° so it isn't too hot. We will leave the middle of April - until then, we enjoy the warmth. After all, that's why we come to the desert in the winter is to be able to wear shorts year round! :B
BarbaraOK 03/16/15 09:07pm Snowbirds
RE: Migration north

Have had people say they have to get started to get back for the planting because the kids don't do it right. Mind you, the 'kids' are in their 40s & 50s and I'm sure are hoping that the parents/grandparents stay south enjoying the sun until the planting is done! :B Barb
BarbaraOK 03/14/15 10:03am Snowbirds
RE: Road Warriors article

Every one that I have seen have a bedroom loft with maybe 3-4 ft of space above the bed. Certainly not doable at our age anymore! Barb
BarbaraOK 03/10/15 08:15pm Full-time RVing
RE: Road Warriors article

Lots of places state that only rigs with RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) stickers are allowed. See that all of the time. Often that will be waived upon visual inspection - but it is very much in place in lots of parks to avoid having what they term as 'undesirables' at their park. Usually not a problem with parks with just overnights but will be if one wants to stay longer. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/10/15 01:04pm Full-time RVing
RE: Road Warriors article

Sorry, but I would rather have a MH that is made for traveling complete with holding tanks, a/c, big front window, and take YEARS to travel the country. Plus all RV parks welcome us - not true to 'tiny houses'. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/08/15 06:57pm Full-time RVing
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