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Old 09-15-2019, 11:43 AM   #1
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Registration Where / How

Okay I may be way off here but what I do know is I don't know.
4 years down the road the wife and I are looking at selling everything and living 24/7 in our tiny home.
Since we would have no land and basically be nomads at that point, how would we register our bus?

What I would like to do but not sure if it is possible is to find the state and county that has the lowest taxes, no emission test, no state income tax, no wheel tax etc and register my bus there. Since we would not own any land or be renting I'm not sure how to do it.

I guess my first question is what county in the USA has the lowest taxes with no emission test, no state income tax, no wheel tax etc and how can a person get a drivers license or tag from that state since I would not be able to show a physical address?
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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Most places require you to be a resident, so your plan is extremely limited. Vermont would be the easiest way to go. You don't have to live there, and can apply by mail. Straight fee plus sales tax and you're done. You can even register it as an RV without any conversion done. Insurance may be an issue, but registration is easy.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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Thank you.
We are trying to think about what we may face ahead and playing the what if game.

Example
What if I work - how to get paid.. send check to family who will deposit it or direct deposit / PayPal?
Ones like that are the easy ones. It is the harder ones that we are trying to figure out.
Like:
If we sell off everything in our home state, how do I renew my drivers license?
If we do not live in the state for X time, will they renew my tags and license?
I know in Florida if you "live" there for I think 6 months it was you have to get your drivers license changed over to a Florida license. (I got a ticket for not doing so when I lived there).
As far as having to live there, could I not just rent a house or trailer for 1 month just to show DMV the rental contract showing I live there?

We are finding there is a lot more to doing this full time than buy bus, convert bus, sell everything and travel..
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:44 PM   #4
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Insurance is going to want a permanent address and will not want you to be full time in the bus. National General AKA Good Sam told me 6 months/year in the bus is the maximum.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:46 PM   #5
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Get a lease from your “landlord” for renting a room.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:56 PM   #6
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Can I take the wheels off and call it a mobile home and get home owners insurance? j/k

Thanks for the info I did not think about that.
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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Most folks wind up establishing domicile in Texas, Florida, or South Dakota. Google "full time RV domicile"
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:17 PM   #8
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Most folks wind up establishing domicile in Texas, Florida, or South Dakota. Google "full time RV domicile"
Good stuff!

It should also be noted that there is some favoritism by insurance companies for factory built RVs for full time living. Id really like to hear from an underwriter why.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:09 PM   #9
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You must have a "permanent" "residential" legal domicile address, required by all kinds of bureaucracies and service providers. This is where your driver's licence is based, federal "Real ID", passports, credit reporting, voting, jury duty, insurance, banking etc.

Be careful about government benefits, and especially health insurance issues.

You can **also** have a separate "mailing address", usually at a commercial mail forwarding service.

That does not need to be in the same state, change as often as you like.

And vehicle can also be officially "garaged" elsewhere for registration, or use the Vermont "nomad option".

Ask, if you want to learn **how** to best accomplish these goals, but ideally you will have a clue as to **where**, which jurisdiction(s) you want to choose.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:15 PM   #10
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I lived for several years using a private mailbox service as my "address".

South Dakota appears to be a popular option for fulltimers.


https://www.escapees.com/education/d.../south-dakota/
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:36 PM   #11
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I lived for several years using a private mailbox service as my "address".

South Dakota appears to be a popular option for fulltimers.


https://www.escapees.com/education/d.../south-dakota/
P.O Box or UPS store mail box is quite popular in Florida!

Lots of snow birds do it, travelers from central and south America too!
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:27 PM   #12
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Escapees is a true deluxe Full Service option.

Unlike most "just mail forwarding" services, will help you with a legal domicile "residential" address as well, complete with voting rights, they have lawyers etc.

Multiple state options.

Another **excellent** one is St. Brendan's Isle in Florida.

For all the rest, be careful, many computer systems blackball you if you try to use the MF address as your Residential.
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