cost of living as a full time traveller

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1 year 9 months ago #15491 by The Roo
I have decided I miss travelling and transferring too much so I am selling my house and hitting the road. I have no ties really to any state so am wondering about cost to become a vagabond, I know which states dont have income taxes but are some easier than others to deal with on items like vehicle registration if you dont live there full time? Am trying to research as much as i can to determine how to go about home basing. Want to eventually spend summers far North, Alaska, Wash state, Id, WY etc . winters somewhere milder but will likely go somewhere different every year. Dont have children so cant use them as mail and address method. Any suggestions?
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1 year 9 months ago #15493 by larryf
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Check out the Escapees RV Club . The provide LOTS of support for Full timers. They operate a few different mail forwarding services (SD, FL, and TX). 13 years ago, we choose to become "Texans" with our mail, address, insurance, license, etc. in Livingston, TX. This is the HQ for the Escapees RV Club. The town and county is VERY friendly to full timer RV'ers. The Escapees website has a great, free booklet to download on " How to become a Texan ". It has all the info you need to transfer your "domicile" to Texas. I HIGHLY recommend the Escapees RV Club for full-timers.

As far as costs. The two highest expenses can be controlled: 1) Fuel (don't move as often), and 2) RV Parks (don't use RV parks as much). We've been dry-camping (boondocking) the past 2 weeks in the desert of Arizona. We've spent about $10 for diesel (generator) and ZERO for camping. It will cost $20 to dump the tanks and fill-up with fresh water. For $150, you're allowed to stay on BLM long-term areas for up to 7 months a year. We use the free, short term areas. When we started full-timing, I kept very specific records of our expenses. Although these are now about 10 years old, you can see our expenses here .

Have fun on the road!

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1 year 9 months ago #15494 by The Roo
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Thanks, I had continued reading yesterday and saw a post of yours that mentioned Escapees and had read quite a bit there. We are leaning toward the SD mail but are not fully decided, I had not considered some of the things I found such as property taxes, (being from Virginia i assumed they were inevitable), as a retired Coastie it appears the income will be sufficiennt, we just have to get the house sold to get started.
Am looking at travel trailers, lots of experience towing boats but was wondering about folks traveling a lot, any real differences in trucks and reliability, never had one that I towed with as much as I assume i will be soon. Currently leaning Dodge, got 180,000 on my last one, but had considered a toyota. Trailer will be light enough for a half ton, so was hoping for input on half ton trucks.
At any rate thanks for the response and I appreciate the assistance.
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9 months 3 weeks ago #16515 by Swim-bike-run-1
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Larry schooling us again, I totally need to send Larry a check for this gold he's giving away here!

I became a Floridian more easy than I thought was possible?
I got off a plane Labor Day, aquired a Florida titled/registered vessel/sailboat but they didn't like my Wyoming cowpoke I.D. Said I couldn't register it?
Guy who gave me the boat was with me and said "pull out your passport please" which I did and he recited the law where anyone with a passport foreign or domestic can register a boat in Florida...so I got titlework and registration...used that to secure mooring for my boat so as I could renovate/make the boat nicer & seaworthy which after 3 months of consecutive mooring lease payments the marina lady issued me a statement saying I had been residing in the city of Marathon city marina for the minimum residency requirement and they issued me Florida ID as well as registered me to vote...had I brought my V.A. award letter (letter V.A. Gives you use to get your DoD I'd card/s... I could've got my Floridian fishing license they issue free lifetime to 100% D.A.V. Types...

From what I've read, Floridian residence status is overall best especially for 100% service connected D.A.V. Type of disabled American veterans (exempt of income tax at federal level) best after Alaska which is considered the best as not only do you pay nothing but sales tax on purchases but as a resident the state issues royalty checks from oil revenue annually after like 3 or so yrs of Alaska residency..
Whole lotta Alaska plates in Florida during season...
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