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We are considering purchasing about 10 acres of non-restricted land out in the boondocks. We are going lay out several large pieces of pressure treated lumber on the ground to make a "pad" (or large stepping stones.

We are going to have power run to this "pad", and drill a well & septic system.

Since we have 5 children, we are considering buying several large RV's, and "retrofitting" them together so that we can walk in and out of each RV without having to leave "the indoors". Perhaps even up to 3.

As far as I understand it, the appraisal districts can't give you a property tax on anything with wheels that can be towed or drive. Is this true?

I know the land can be taxed, but it will be at $30 a year because it is rural/AG.

So any tips, advice, thoughts.... All appreciated. Thanks


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I believe you have to have something on the property, ie., animals, hay pasture, etc) for it to be rated as "ag" for tax purposes. Just because it's in the boonies doesn't mean it will be rated as "ag".

Wouldn't it be easier to just buy a large, possibly a repoed mobile home (double wide, etc) rather than going to the trouble/expense of putting RVs together? My SIL just sold her double wide for about $5,000 for someone to put on some acreage, so there are deals out there. If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll get the name of the guy who bought it from them as he's in the business of buying used & repoed mobile homes.


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Mountain Mama wrote:

I believe you have to have something on the property, ie., animals, hay pasture, etc) for it to be rated as "ag" for tax purposes. Just because it's in the boonies doesn't mean it will be rated as "ag".

Wouldn't it be easier to just buy a large, possibly a repoed mobile home (double wide, etc) rather than going to the trouble/expense of putting RVs together? My SIL just sold her double wide for about $5,000 for someone to put on some acreage, so there are deals out there. If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll get the name of the guy who bought it from them as he's in the business of buying used & repoed mobile homes.


No because our real issue is to avoid paying property taxes. Here in Texas they are insanely high unless you either have RURAL land or AG.

A mobile home is attached to the ground and considered a house. But an RV has wheels & is ready to be towed or driven. We'd just have several of them to live in [emoticon]

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When the property appraiser comes out to see your "Home" and property, they will see that they are connected and not ready to drive off. I think you're flirting with problems with this and the "ag/rural" tax situation.

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I agree with Mama....you are flirting with problems......just pay the taxes.....


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Its just a shack at that point. If they want to restrict a shack (the structure between your RVs) then they're going to have to find the restriction that allows them to do so. If its unrestricted land, there isn't much chance of that.

But wait a minute, how can land be unrestricted *and* be rural/ag? rural/ag makes it sound like its zoned. Which would indicate there are restrictions on its use. Unrestricted land would be, well, unclassified.

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It's amazing how much work, effort and money some people put into trying to avoid something that will not be that big of a deal anyways. If you put a trailer or modular on the land the taxes can't be that much out in the sticks anyways. We don't get charged state income tax or alot of the BS taxes a lot of states charge like Head tax, Occupational wage tax, etc. So you got sales tax and and property tax. Be sure to apply for the Homestead discount. I doubt the taxes on your land and a trailer will be that much. Think on how much more comfortable and eye appealing a double wide will look compared to a bunch of TT's bolted together.


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I have a rural Texas property with a double wide mobile home on it. A mobile home has a book value just like a car. It also depreciates in value just like a car. Each year our property taxes actually go down.
The acreage has cattle on it for the agricultural exemption.

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lol I live in the "boonies" on my own land, it is rated "ag exempt" and I have a dog. You can do that for 5 years, THEN you must either have livestock or lose the exemption. LOL my dog dont count either !

What county are you looking at? Some actually charge for rvs and the lawyer cost more than the taxes to fight it.


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What you choose today might not be the same in 5 years. I've experienced a few myself, including a taste of fulltiming. I'm 70, and I might change one more time. I've yet to figure out a way of doing it without paying taxes.


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