Yes, each individual state has differing residency requirements/policies.
No, there is no "book" that explains all the variations, state by state. But its easy to research online.
Start by taking advantage of the 1000's of fulltimers who went through this evaluation before you. The vast majority of them choose either, SD, TX or Fl. Those 3 all make it easy for fulltime travelers to setup Domicile (not everyone has a residence, but everyone has a domicile state) and they have no state income tax.
There are several minor differences in the laws & regulations of SD, TX, FL that will effect some fulltimers but not others. We each have different priorities, preferences and needs; so what's best for one is not necessarily best for all.
So how does this work if you are a "full time" T-Camper? Most states require you reside for more than 1/2 of the year.
Am I correct to assume each state has a different policy?
Is there a "book of all knowledge" about this?
the only Millenicom plan that uses the Verizon network, is currently called their Hotspot Plan. you get a Novatel 4620 mifi device and 20 gig per month limit for $69.99 a month, plus initial device/setup/shipping fees.
Since Millenicom is a "reseller" they have no provisions for allowing or billing for overages. the 20 gig per month is a fixed limit. You will get a warning the first time you go over, and your service will be cancelled if you continue to go over.
If you know that 20 gig a month will not satisfy your needs, then Millenicom expects you to order a 2nd account/device at the same $69.99 a month, plus initial device/setup/shipping fees.
My Raptor is used to haul both my ATV and Harley Ultra at the same time. So I load off center by need, ATV one side and Harley on the other side. I load the Harley first, up the right side, as close to the wall as I can get it, right into a locking front wheel chock. I agree that the center of the ramp door is the weak point, and although that ramp is supposed to be rated for 2,000 lbs, it seems to be maxed out at much less. I assume that 2000 lbs is a distributed load, not a point load. I have not had any cracking of the ramp yet, but it flexes a lot with the 850 lb Harley and my 250 lb butt sitting on it.
Like many items in most RV's, they provide the minimum they can get away with. When my Raptor was brand new, I spent the first month making improvements & corrections to factory mistakes. I'd rather do it myself and know its done right, than waste my time going back & forth to the dealer and depend on their minimum wage help.
.... Do you guys like the roll up doors or the panel door on a track best? Thanks for all the pics guys. You all have some neat toy boxes.
Mine are regular rollup doors, with manual chain operators. You can get electric operators at an additional cost, but I didn't see a need. I only use the roolups when I'm moving a rig in or out. Insulation is a valid issue, depending on your location. I insulated my walls & roof significantly, but not the doors. out here in the desert, although we do occasionally get below freezing. its not severe or extended cold. I don't heat or cool the open garage area, it stays at least 20 degrees warmer/cooler than the outside temps with just the insulation. I do have a closed off, finished apartment like living area in the 3rd bay (15'x60') where I have heating & cooling, and additional insulation.
One issue I've noticed out here with the rollups is wind blown dust. When I return here each fall, the 1st day is spent cleaning out a half inch of fine dust that blew in under the door bottoms & sides during the summer. After one of our rare winter snow storms here, I had a 6" drift of snow just inside the bottom of the rollup doors. There are probably add on systems that would provide a better seal around the doors, but it really hasn't been that big an issue for my part time seasonal use.
The RV garage I built at my winter ranch is 45' x 60' and I put 2 sets of doors; 14 ft high x 12' wide for the RV's and 9'x 9' for my cars/trucks/tractor; with matching doors at the opposite end for drive thru ability.
Not sure why you'd want to limit it to one door, but if you do, I'd make it a wider door.
Most of the air compressors I have looked at, do not provide 100 PSI as needed in my tires. If it does, it weighs too much to carry around all the time when traveling.
What does every one do for this? Thanks for your replies.
Many of us carry our own small compressor. Lots of portable models available that put out 150 PSI.
Its not uncommon to find water/oil sludge in that air drier filter. Lots of variables, like how often did they pull the drain cables to allow small amounts of water/oil to be blown out the drain; how wet/humid an environment the rig lived in; etc etc
That's one reason why I like changing the filters myself, you get to see in person how dirty or clean they are after X years. I just changed my air drier filter for only the 2nd time in 8 years, and it still looked brand new clean. It would be a waste to change mine every year or even every other year. But I spend most of my time in the dry SW and I regularly pull the air sys drain cables.
If you don't mind using some of Wy's well maintained secondary roads, here is my route.
From Spearfish, head W on I90 to Gillette, exit south on Wy59 to Wright. In Wright change to Wy 387 SW to Edgarton/Midwest where you can either jump on I25 via 387, or continue south on the 2 lane 259 to hit I25 further south. Then south to Casper where you exit onto 220/789/287 to I80 W at Rawlins.
Those back roads are all good, but watch out for the many antelope that graze in the grasslands right along the roadways.
" My question is, when is too soon to establish residency in SD? Do we need to wait until after January 1st when he is done working at his job (here in our home state), or can we do it now? "
Changing your legal domicile is a process, not a one day event. You can start that process now and setup your mail service, begin switching all your accounts & personal affairs to that address. If you are still working and living fulltime in Kansas, I would wait till the last minute to change your vehicle registrations, and of course you will not change your drivers license until you leave Kansas and travel in person to SD.
Remember that one of the critical elements of changing your domicile (not your residency) is physically moving out of your previous state. It doesn't matter what you have setup in SD, until you actually leave Kansas, you are still considered domiciled in Kansas. If you or your husband are still working fulltime in Ks, that limits your flexibility for finalizing the change early. But no problem starting the process early.
There have been several different devices with the generic "Jetpack" label from Verizon. So you should use the actual model number to be specific.
My 4620L has worked perfectly for over a year on both 3G and 4G in many different areas, and I'm very happy with it. But I have read many online reports where others have had issues with the 4620 going dormant and not reconnecting on demand. Not sure if those are hardware issues, user issues or tower issues, since mine never experienced any similar issues.
My one caution, depending on your previous 4G use, be prepared for your monthly data usage to increase significantly. The 5 gig monthly Verizon limit used to be way more than enough to cover my frequent internet use for the years I was limited to 3G. Now that I frequently get 4G coverage, my monthly data volume has actually approached the 20 gig limit of my Millenicom plan. I don't feel like my usage has changed that much, but the numbers say it has.
... My question is this -- if I choose Tx for my mail service does my driver's license have to be from Tx? Likewise for SD or Florida?
It depends, if you're just using the mail service for convenience and not changing your Domicile, then you can keep your DL and everything else in your current domicile state. But if you intend to change your domicile state (as most fulltimers do), then yes you must change your DL, your vehicle registrations, your insurance, and all your personal affairs to your new domicile state.
Just moving your mail service doesn't make you a resident of FL, SD or TX; its moving your entire personal affairs to that state (and physically leaving the previous state) that changes your domicile, whether you live in a home, an apt or an RV.
I've had the Verizon Home Phone Connect for a couple years and am happy with it. It is cellular, so its completely dependent on your specific location for service quality. I got it because I have 3 stix & bricks in 3 diff states and it allows me to take it with me from house to house, keep the same number and use existing inside phone wiring outlets & extensions.
Be aware it does have some limitations as a landline replacement. it wont work with some home alarm sys, or medic alert sys, or as a fax machine line, etc..
I'm often asked why I need it, if I have a cell phone already. Well its more personal preference.
In general your route is good. You don't mention your previous experience driving up/down mountains, so you should be aware of Red Mountain Pass on 550 between Ouray & Silverton. Its steep, twisting, deep drop offs, and no guard rail. Many folks are scared by it and choose to leave 550 at Ridgway on 62 to 145 to Cortez & then 160. That bypass would work good if you start at 4 corners and then make your way east.
Personally, I take my motorhome & toad up & down Red Mtn Pass at least twice a year with no issue, but I've been driving the Colorado Mtns for 30 yrs.
Coming east on 160 you'll also go up & down Wolf Creek Pass between Pagosa Springs and my home in South Fork. Its much tamer than Red Mtn Pass, but still a long steep climb & descent.
Mid Sept is usually prime season for our fall leaf colors.
PS: Since you're driving right near it, you should include the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, a seldom visited but very impressive canyon.
Fun Valley has not burned, nor have any other structures around South Fork yet. They have managed to keep the fire on the north side of 160. A slight shift in the wind direction, some well timed air tanker drops and some thick stands of fresh green aspen trees turned the fire to the north, and its now headed to hiway 149 about 5 miles north of South Fork. But the strong afternoon winds and the size of this monster make it impossible to predict anything.
(I'm still sitting at my house on the east side of South Fork, with the RV packed, hooked up and ready to go when they say get out)
I'm still in South Fork, my home is on the east side of town, just outside the evacuation area. Here's a view you never want to see from your front deck.
This morning things are looking a bit better for South Fork itself, but not so good north of South Fork along 149. But this thing is so huge its got tentacles going out in multiple directions and the afternoon winds determine where it goes.
Be sure to read the complete terms & scope in their bid package documents. The bond is just one of many such requirements you must comply with, when working for the Gov as a contractor.
Don't assume that anything in there is optional or doesn't apply to this position. they mean what they say and you're in breach of contract if you don't comply.
Working as a contractor is quite different than as an employee.
Just to get on the bidder list you will need a D&B (Dunn&Bradstreet) business number and register online as a government contractor.
I recently inquired about C.O.E. entrance gate position and was told all people have to purchase a $10,000 insurance bond. I have never heard of this before. Have any of you ever had to do this?
Since the West Fork fire has now crossed over the continental divide into the forest east of Wolf Creek Pass, several NFS campgrounds have been closed, US160 highway over Wolf Creek Pass is closed in both directions near the pass, and pre-evacuation warnings were issued to residences & business near the east base of the pass. That includes the large RV Parks at Fun Valley & River Bend.
The West Fork Fire has doubled in size, now over 4000 acres, and gradually climbing up the pass from the west. This afternoons view from my South Fork yard is a bit concerning.
Between Creede & Lake City there are at least a dozen Forest Service Roads directly off Hiway 149. They all allow dispersed camping. Some locations are flat/level just off the hiway, some are several miles back rough dirt roads, some are up steep hillsides. Just depends what you're looking for. The real issue in July will be availability. Many of these dispersed camping sites are very popular with ATV'rs and/or fishing folks and they stay full all summer, even with the 14 day limit.
PS: hiway 149 in this area is getting repaved this summer, so lots of traffic delays, noise and asphalt fumes will be present certain weeks.
We are going to creede and lakecity the end of July and would like some ideas on free camping there. We could stay in the nat Forrest but I an not wanting to pay 18 a night just for a spot.
Yes, I used it and assume the thousands of fulltime RV'ers who get DTV DNS all used it. we call it the RV waiver, but yes it applies to truckers as well.
I don't understand why you're reluctant to use it ? I haven't seen any DTV agents following me around in the last 5 yrs.