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First off I am new here; and will be doing considerable brain picking of the DIY community in the upcoming weeks? Thanks in advance for all your help and advice...


I know, I know!! Why do that?

Well I've not seen one the way I wanted it to be laid out. I am in the position to buy the van reasonably; also a bubble top for next to nothing so I thought I'd build what meets my needs.

Question right now is this: Will I be able to change the title from a standard van title to an RV title once it is complete. I am sure it will depend on the state involved (South Dakota); but I'm wondering if anyone has trod this ground in the past?

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Why do you want to change the title?

There is a definition of a RV for tax purposes (MH tax deduction, 2nd home), but otherwise, what is the advantage?

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bashmaki wrote:

First off I am new here; and will be doing considerable brain picking of the DIY community in the upcoming weeks? Thanks in advance for all your help and advice...


I know, I know!! Why do that?

Well I've not seen one the way I wanted it to be laid out. I am in the position to buy the van reasonably; also a bubble top for next to nothing so I thought I'd build what meets my needs.

Question right now is this: Will I be able to change the title from a standard van title to an RV title once it is complete. I am sure it will depend on the state involved (South Dakota); but I'm wondering if anyone has trod this ground in the past?

Thanks,
Bash


Why not ask the DMV office in the jurisdiction where you'll be trying to change it? If it can be done, they'll know what is involved, and if it can't, they'll tell you why.


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IRS definition of RV as home is the one you need to be concerned with.

Think a home has to have a toilet (even a portapotty), a kitchen? and a bed.

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NewsW wrote:

Why do you want to change the title?

There is a definition of a RV for tax purposes (MH tax deduction, 2nd home), but otherwise, what is the advantage?


The way I understand it the insurance is less expensive for an RV.

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"Why not ask the DMV office in the jurisdiction where you'll be trying to change it? If it can be done, they'll know what is involved, and if it can't, they'll tell you why."

This is probably the most logical step to take in South Dakota; they seem to be pretty flexible with some stuff.

I already looked up the SD definition of an RV and it will probably meet that criteria already; being it has a bed in it.

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So, you're hoping to register it in SD, but you live in Washington State? What's the real object of this question? Tax dodge? Cheap insurance? Something more nefarious?

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bashmaki wrote:

MDKMDK wrote:

So, you're hoping to register it in SD, but you live in Washington State? What's the real object of this question? Tax dodge? Cheap insurance? Something more nefarious?


Forget it. It was just a simple question I thought someone may have wrestled with. I am just a working stiff. I have a family, a mortgage and a job. I own everything I have and am not in trouble with nor want to be in trouble with the IRS. I pay my taxes every year.
As for the rest I'm not even going to address it. If you'd read my profile you wouldn't have had to jump to such conclusions.

Maybe I'm not welcome here. if I'm not just let me know. There are other forums.

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Just asking some simple questions, too, to try to get enough info to figure out what you're really asking. No offense intended, just seemed weird, maybe the way you worded it, or seemed evasive about "why", like one other respondent asked. I'll stand by my first suggestion, then.
btw, if anyone isn't welcome here it'll be me, not you.

Good luck with it.

* This post was edited 02/15/12 05:11am by MDKMDK *

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NewsW wrote:

IRS definition of RV as home is the one you need to be concerned with.

Think a home has to have a toilet (even a portapotty), a kitchen? and a bed.


I guess I'm struggling with what the IRS has to do with it. I already have a home but work on the road. I'm not going to be deducting anything with this RV to my knowledge. I'm not one to complicate things too much but I will be seeing my tax man when I get home next time; I'll ask him about it.

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MDKMDK wrote:

So, you're hoping to register it in SD, but you live in Washington State? What's the real object of this question? Tax dodge? Cheap insurance? Something more nefarious?


Forget it. It was just a simple question I thought someone may have wrestled with. I am just a working stiff. I have a family, a mortgage and a job. I own everything I have and am not in trouble with nor want to be in trouble with the IRS. I pay my taxes every year.
As for the rest I'm not even going to address it. If you'd read my profile you wouldn't have had to jump to such conclusions.

Maybe I'm not welcome here. if I'm not just let me know. There are other forums.

Kripes

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