Re: Registering Skoolie as Motorhome in SD
Lorna, great to see you back here. I was looking at your Eagle conversion pages when people close to me started full-timing, and I started lurking/joining internet boards and sites.
If you look on Escapees, you will find a lot of people use Montana LLCs for their registration. I guess it is mostly to avoid sales and luxury taxes on million-dollar rigs. South Dakota has laws favoring domicile for full-timers. Those I know set up 'residency' there. But I don't know what advantage it has for just registration, other than no vehicle inspections means no need to be constantly returning for "check-ups."
One word of caution, there was a thread where RVs with Montana plates that turned out to be 'owned' by LLCs were being ticketed for highway use tax evasion. While RV's are generally exempt from CDL requirements and weigh station inspections, registering as a corporation may be considered a commercial use. If so, this would put you in the same category as a corporate hospitality bus that followed the NASCAR circuit, and not in the vacationer/nomad category. You may have to start dealing with CDLs, scales and highway use tax permits. I guess the thought is that you can't have your exemptions both ways.
If I were to use an LLC for registration, I would name it "Black Hills Motor Leasing" or some similar title, and carry an official lease agreement from "Black Hills" with me, demonstrating that I had rented the unit from the corporation. There may still be trouble if an officer thinks "Black Hills" hasn't filed the proper paperwork, but it may be one or two notches less dramatic if the officer is not aware he/she is dealing with the principals of the corporation.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.