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W4RLR

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My wife and I made an offer on a house in Tennessee, and the owners were gracious enough to allow us to occupy the house while the financing was worked out.

It didn't work out. With no hope of finding another lender who will finance the home, we have to vacate. Thankfully, we have the fiver to fall back on, but have a house full of furniture to deal with, as well as three vehicles - my truck, the wife's car, and our daughter's former car that I used to drive around in for local trips. We moved our residency to Tennessee as the state is disabled veteran friendly. It would cost us too much to go back and re-establish residency in Florida.

I would welcome any comments from any of you who may have taken the plunge for full-time RV living under similar circumstances, and would appreciate tips for handling mail, traveling with pets, and any other sage advice.


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Have you considered Workamping for a place to stay for a bit till you get better settled? You might be able to get a campsite and utilities for a few hours light work per week. Put all you stuff in storage somewhere.


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This could be opportunity at your door. Pray about it. Make sure you are both on the same page so to speak.


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As a full timer, yet still working, I travel the east coast. Traveling extensively and moving often, I have a F-350 dually and a big truck camper. That's my abode until retirement next year.

Insurance is what it is in Florida and I hate paying that small hurricane fee added to the vehicle and camper. Be that as it may, my domicile is set up in FL. through St. Brendan's Isle ($12 per/mo) in Green Cove Springs (Clay County). IIRC, the tag on my F-350 is about $120/per yr. and my DL was a negligible cost and expires in 2018. No State income tax and no vehicle inspection. In fact, no other cost unless I'm in state and there isn't any law requiring my presence except jury duty.

Some years I've been in state maybe a month total and in others for 5 or 6 months. As a Florida native, having seen the state grow from 2.5 million to over 19 million, I'm not thoroughly convinced it's the state I'd want to settle down in. But that's another subject. It's still a good state to domicile in.

Sorry to hear of your dilemma. Grab a storage bin for the furniture until you decide what your options are on financing a home. Just watch the time as storage fees add up over time. Best of luck to you and travel safe.


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lmcclure wrote:

Where are you in Tennessee? We will return to Spring City in a couple of weeks.
Powells Crossroads, just west of Chattanooga.

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X2 on workamping and storage. Don't give up how about a lease to purchase plan. Then you can take some time to get financing. Use a UPS office to handle the mail and also give you a address. Where are you in Tennessee? We will return to Spring City in a couple of weeks.

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Oasisbob wrote:

This could be opportunity at your door. Pray about it. Make sure you are both on the same page so to speak.
X2. Do you really want or need a 'stick and brick'? If you can afford to store your furniture, do so, at least until you decide what to do. Sell your extra vehicles and hit the road. Take some time to enjoy this seeming setback. You just might end up liking the lifestyle.


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We sold our house and got rid of everything but some of my tools and family pics three years ago. Don't miss any of it. Well, maybe some of my tools, but we own a spot in an rv resort in Fla. Property taxes are dirt cheap and we spend 6 mos here and 6 mos on the road. No Florida summers and heat/humidity for us. We head for the cooler mountains by early May each year. Sounds like you need to have a big sale and start enjoying life.


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FIRST and foremost... Thank You for your service!

Mail forwarding... If you are going to be living in your 5er and don't plan on moving around a whole lot for a few months or whatever... you can recieve US Mail, UPS and FedEx right there at the RV Park / Campground you'll be staying at. Otherwise there are numerous forwarding services to choose from.. Escapees is the one we use but if ya Google "mail forwarding service" you'll see the others.

Travelling with pets....Most / many RV parks welcome the usual pets - some have breed or size restrictions but you can determine that with a phone call / surf the website prior to arriving. All bets are off if you have a couple of pet YAKS!

Other Sage(?) Advice....If you intend to fulltime only as long "as you have to" then a furniture storage unit is probably the way to go. As for the vehicles, DW can drive one of the cars while you drive the truck/5er. The other car can be stored or sold - whatever.

In all cases, I wish you and yours the best of luck. Let us know how ya make out.


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I'm unclear. Is this a temporary thing until you can line up a new house or are you going full time on a long term basis?

If it's temporary, get a storage unit. If it's permanent, sell the extra stuff as soon as possible. It will only go down in value while eating up the monthly expense of a storage unit.


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