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RE: LCI Question

With level up all legs work in unison....this keeps frame level and square. When we hook up I use button on front of fiver to move landing gear...Once on truck I hit auto retract to lift four rear legs...had it since 2009 never had a problem doing it the way LCI instructs.
kakampers 07/04/15 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Other State Registration

"If an Idaho resident buys a vehicle outside of the state, use tax is due (with credit given for taxes paid to another state) on the fair market value at the time it enters Idaho." What if the vehicle never enters Idaho? As I previously stated, YES, you CAN register a newly purchased vehicle in another state, but you may have to keep it out of your home state forever! I have done it twice, buying vehicles from CA dealers. Since the dealer is the DMV registration agent for the state, the dealer title clerk MUST collect the sales tax, and register the vehicle to the new owner. They did that, and the paperwork was made out in my name, with my Montana address! Yes, as soon as I got home, I had to transfer the title to Montana and get the proper Montana registration. BUT, if I had never brought either of those vehicles home, I could have driven them with the CA plates for the full time I owned them! Private party purchases in CA are entirely different. the seller hands the buyer the paperwork, and the buyer takes care of registering and paying the tax. If the final transfer is done in another state (where there is not tax), no tax is paid. I have done that twice in CA, too. One of th0ose was a Nevada car, but the sale took place in CA and the title transfer was done in MT. This you can do legally...he wants to take it home to Idaho...that's where it becomes Illegal....
kakampers 07/04/15 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Other State Registration

No...it's tax avoidance, which is perfectly legal. What you want to do is tax evasion...buying and keeping an RV in your home state without paying the taxes on it! It's only evasion if it's illegal, and apparently it's not. And I never said I want to do it. I said I was considering it as it was proposed to me and the OP merely asked for the downside of doing so. Just because a dealer says you can do it does not make it legal...it is definitely NOT legal.
kakampers 07/03/15 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Other State Registration

Whether you call it avoidance or evasion, I don't think it really matters. If you don't agree with the taxes your state collects, then move to a place with lower taxes or no taxes at all. You are living where you are for a reason. Obviously you like it. I know one thing, if you "avoid" paying your home state the taxes on something you bought in another state, then don't be surprised when you receive a tax bill from your home state. I know on the NC state tax paperwork that we file every year, there is a question where it asks if you bought anything out of state. States are really cracking down on getting what is theirs. What the OP mentioned is shady in my book. There is a big difference between avoidance and evasion....I avoid paying higher taxes in TX where I own property because I am a legal resident in SD....I legally do not stay in TX past their six month residency requirement so I legally don't have to register there...my property is vacation property under TX law. I do register my vehicles in SD, have my license there, and pay all subsequent taxes...but own no property there...we are true full timers. If I registered in SD and lived as a resident in TX, past their own state requirements, I would be evading there taxes and fees by not registering as a resident and registering my vehicles there. BTW, I do pay property taxes to TX on the property I own...the key is knowing the laws, abiding by them and paying only the taxes that I LEGALLY owe.
kakampers 07/03/15 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Other State Registration

Tax evasion is illegal. Tax avoidance is not just legal but encouraged. We own a house and rent it out in California so we DO pay income taxes on that... Now that our HOME is on wheels and we live wherever we are parked for the night we can be from wherever we want to be from. We legally avoid taxes by having a 'domicile' in South Dakota as well as drivers licenses, registrations, and we vote in South Dakota (a state with no income tax). There is no state income tax on our pensions in South Dakota. If we ever decide to make our house our home again we will make California our residence again and pay income taxes there again and pay the ridiculously high registration prices on our vehicles. Remember AVOIDANCE not EVASION! Brian Exactly! We do the same, except with have property in south TX, which is a vacation property...we are careful to not stay there longer than TX residency requirements allow...it is our winter getaway! Again, avoidance NOT evasion...
kakampers 07/03/15 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Other State Registration

Your OP asks if you can register your RV in New Mexico but "dock" (store) it in Idaho. That is different than John Kerry who registers AND docks his boat in Rhode Island. If he were to dock his boat in Massachusetts, then your analogy would be correct. It's still tax evasion, just like what I was considering. No...it's tax avoidance, which is perfectly legal. What you want to do is tax evasion...buying and keeping an RV in your home state without paying the taxes on it!
kakampers 07/03/15 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailers

Well then I guess I'm glad I bought my Landmark and did a very extensive PDI at the dealer prior to taking delivery! The only thing that's happened to our unit in over two years is a defective ceiling fan and dump valve that starting leaking past....none of which was the manufacturer's fault, and were easily fixed by us after Heartland sent the parts directly to us! A few things to adjust, tighten, etc. here and there but nothing to even think about. Yep...really glad I bought my supposed "lip stick on pig" fifth wheel...LOL!
kakampers 06/28/15 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

As far as I am concerned anyone taking young children camping depriving them of modern conveniences have questionable parenting skills. Child protective services should be called on every one of them. Looks like Michigan knows what is best for kids. News Story Hopefully my sarcasm does not go unnoticed. OMG!..this is what happens when people stick their nose in where it doesn't belong without knowing all the facts!
kakampers 06/28/15 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

Pay attention to Facts I did. Coolbreeze stated he's the one cooking dinner. Infers mom isn't home. Sometimes ya gotta read between the lines.Good for him, I am glad he is cooking dinner, however he is not the op in the CG. MYREDRACER is. You really do need to pay attention to facts and stop assuming. I am done here as there is no point in arguing with someone who has no idea whats going on. For real...LOL!
kakampers 06/28/15 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

Guess you like making trouble for family situations you really know nothing about. No, I don't. I like making children safe. I have NEVER called on anybody but a 7 and 9 year old are TOO YOUNG. To be alone. I guess you like to make trouble by using code language to call people jerks. That is your opinion..fact is you know nothing about these children...they could very well be quite mature for their age, which BTW they are demonstrating by following their mother's instructions....get over it!
kakampers 06/27/15 02:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving kids unattended in RV all day?

Yea, I just read through all this as well. You people, I swear. This falls under 'none ya'. Stop assuming and exaggerating and leave the lady and her kids alone. If they are clothed, fed and in general good health let it be and enjoy your vacation. Do you have any idea how many single parent families live such as this or worse in our great nation today? I'm sure they are not the only summer time home alone kids in town. I'm going to play along and make my own assumption. She just got a new job requiring them to relocate. She's not sure the job will last so to avoid a lease she decided to buy this FW for living quarters. She's new in town and hasn't been able to acquire proper childcare. Or she sees it as only two months before the kids go back to school if they are still in the area. Maybe she's waiting to knock out a few paychecks in order to budget a sitter. My story is just as probable as any other posted here. The kids are fine, mom is doing what she can. Let it go. Best response so far! I took care of my younger sister in much the same way, from the age of 10....had pretty much the same rules too....stay inside, don't let anyone in, etc. We survived...so will they...let them be!!
kakampers 06/27/15 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: DRV

All that money to leave it sit in one park...now to me that's a waste.. They travel South in the winter, it is know as snowbirding! We do it also. Chris Well, then that's no so bad...these things are meant to move.
kakampers 06/23/15 08:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRV

All that money to leave it sit in one park...now to me that's a waste..Oh, I don't know. You've spent more money than that on a house, and it just sits. :) Yeah, but if it's not going to move, you can get a lot more square footage for a lot less money. Rusty Actually I've never spent that much on a house....and I've owned four...
kakampers 06/23/15 08:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRV

All that money to leave it sit in one park...now to me that's a waste..
kakampers 06/23/15 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washer & Dryer option worth it?

We've had our w/d stackables in 3 different rigs since 2007...I've never used a drain pan and have never had an issue.
kakampers 06/21/15 12:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRV

Just toured the DRV factory this past week...nothing has changed as far as build and construction. Still a very well built unit. The one thing that the new owners have brought to the table, which happens to be Heartland, is buying power and the ability hire and expand DRV's operation. They are still only building two units a day and Heartland is in no way planning on changing or interfering with a quality product....they know a good thing when they see it.
kakampers 06/21/15 07:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert spec'd frame list

Actually yes! The wall broke a second time with the pin box...the problem was solved when we fixed the suspension on the truck...both times the pin box area was inspected and it was determined there was no flexing in that area. All this occurred in the first four months of ownership....once the truck was repaired we lugged that unit around the country for another 5 and 1/2 years...never had another issue.
kakampers 06/07/15 06:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert spec'd frame list

Cracked walls are not always frame flex...our wall cracked in our Bighorn. The cause turned out to be broken welds in the aluminum wall studs...they broke due to our C4500 truck suspension and lack of air on the pin or the hitch. Absolutely nothing wrong with fiver frame...after fixing truck suspension and adding air pinbox, never had another problem.What caused the welds to break, I would be willing to bet they were stressed from bumps. Why would they be stressed ? Maybe because the frame flexed enough to put stress on the wall joints. A air pin box absorbs a lot of energy. I stand by my statement the root cause was frame flex. A few years back a Toyhauler was built with not enough support for the pin box and they added a air pin box as well. And in our case you would be wrong! There was no frame flex...in fact, the complete opposite. Our Kodiak, when it was sent out for up fit with air bags, they left the jounce pads on...the bags never functioned and it was riding on the pads...beat the******out of the fiver. We had the jounce pads removed and added the air pin ourselves...manufacturer fixed the side wall only, never touched the frame..never had another problem...if it had been frame flex it would have happened again during the 80k miles we put on it...it didn't!Didn't you have the air pin box for those 80k miles? If I'm wrong it would not be the first time and probably not the last. Are you seriously trying to say that a air pin box will stop damage from frame flex???
kakampers 06/06/15 08:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert spec'd frame list

I can tell you the fix from the Redwood and Montana factory was simply a cut in the wall below the slide with an H-channel trim inserted. Those that had them from the factory have not had issues. If it's frame flex, so what as long as you accommodate for the flex. Now there is a big difference between frame flex and frame fail because of poor welds - different subject. I know all you box frame lovers are compassionate about your box frames, to the point of it being a cult, but that isn't the only way to build a coach. Our Bighorn and our current Landmark both had the cut with h channel trim...I agree, also not convinced boxed frame is the only way to go!
kakampers 06/06/15 04:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert spec'd frame list

Cracked walls are not always frame flex...our wall cracked in our Bighorn. The cause turned out to be broken welds in the aluminum wall studs...they broke due to our C4500 truck suspension and lack of air on the pin or the hitch. Absolutely nothing wrong with fiver frame...after fixing truck suspension and adding air pinbox, never had another problem.What caused the welds to break, I would be willing to bet they were stressed from bumps. Why would they be stressed ? Maybe because the frame flexed enough to put stress on the wall joints. A air pin box absorbs a lot of energy. I stand by my statement the root cause was frame flex. A few years back a Toyhauler was built with not enough support for the pin box and they added a air pin box as well. And in our case you would be wrong! There was no frame flex...in fact, the complete opposite. Our Kodiak, when it was sent out for up fit with air bags, they left the jounce pads on...the bags never functioned and it was riding on the pads...beat the******out of the fiver. We had the jounce pads removed and added the air pin ourselves...manufacturer fixed the side wall only, never touched the frame..never had another problem...if it had been frame flex it would have happened again during the 80k miles we put on it...it didn't!
kakampers 06/06/15 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
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