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  1. Vegas Teacher

    Majority RV & Retirement

    Hey me and the DW need help. We live in NV, and NV has no state income tax, so I have not paid state income tax on my money for years. We are looking at the states that have no income tax and low land / housing / real estate prices. Texas is coming in at the top of the list. Growing up in Kansas I used to travel to San Antonio for summer vacation with the family. It was fun to visit. I would like to be near San Antonio but not in the city. I would like to be a couple of hours away. I would like to have acreage out in the country and be completely outside of city limits. I would love to have a pond on my property. So I am not dead set on any one area of Texas, but would like to get opinions from those who live there! I would also like to get opinions from others who live in no state tax states. So for those who respond looking for answers to 1.climate spring winter and summer temps 2. Levels of Taxes on property 3. HDT Friendly or not 4. Any other information you would like to throw at me. My retirement date is January 29th, 2029 Wife's retirement date is January 23rd, 2023 I got to Vegas 6 years after she did. Anyway we start doing research early. Our realestate agent has told us to start shopping now, and forming ideas. If we find a hot property buy it now, rent it out (LOL if you read my last struggles) and have it partially paid off before you move there. I will be selling two properties in Vegas right before I move and will have them paid off prior to retirement plus each property should pull in over 300K, yep welcome to Vegas. Californians think we are a steal for prices. Thanks for your help and opinions. Yes over the next four or five years I am going to update and ask this question in similar ways many times over. Update on the rental saga - we sent the 30 day letter of collections to our former tenents on Friday, for some odd reason we have not heard back yet. And I thought they would turn into good people and pay up LOL '-( Later, Cory O Vegas Teacher
  2. mlsj2009

    Texas Exempt Class A (Non-CDL)

    Getting ready to take both my written and skills test for a Class A Exempt (non-CDL) Texas license. Other than the Texas driving handbook, can anyone recommend a site that will help me with the test questions? And, since I have a big rig in the form of a fifth wheel that I pull with a semi truck, what kind of skills in Texas will they expect me to demonstrate? For instance, will there be an air test I have to perform? I just now found David & Cheryl's post on the subject that was posted in this forum in 2016. It has been updated. Excellent post answering most of my questions that I have requested here. Specifically, there are still a couple of concerns my wife and I have about the skills test. Does anyone out there have any dealings with the Waco test site. We live in Waco, and we are apprehensive about testing in the city. Also, David and Cheryl recommended that we study the section in the handbook on air brakes, but did not mention whether or not we might be asked to perform an air test. We are driving a mid sized Freightliner with air ride suspension and brakes. Being newbies, any help would be appreciated.
  3. We visited the King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas the day before yesterday. Big? Yeah, bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Blog entry is here (picture rich): http://wanderingtootsies.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-worlds-largest-ranch-king-ranch.html enjoy!
  4. Martha and I just visited historic Victoria, Texas and The Museum of the Coastal Bend. We had a great day, a great meal at the Rosebud Cafe and enjoyed the museum. You can read about on our blog located here: http://wanderingtootsies.blogspot.com/2018/02/victoria-texas-museum-of-coastal-bend.html. The museum is free and tells the history of the Coastal Bend.
  5. Hello Esapers After purchasing my First RV (Winnebago 2100BH Micro Minnie) I am looking to take a 3 week trip this summer with my Wife and our 7 year old daughter. I have taken one Trip By Myself to pursue my latest passion Kayak Fishing on the Texas Coast a few months ago to get comfortable towing and setting up my RV, ect. I will be leaving from San Antonio, TX and looking to travel up to New Mexico and then back home. Looking to stay 1 week for each stop of our trip. What places would you recommend in Texas and New Mexico? (or Ok).
  6. I am a full time RV’r with my wife and we are domiciled in Texas. We have been living in Whitefish, Montana at an RV park since December 2015 and are currently house hunting in the in the area to reside permanently. My wife has a full time job in Whitefish, MT and I work remotely.My question is: We would like to purchase a second vehicle (used) but I cannot register it in Montana because we do not have a Montana license nor do we have a lease and we do not own property yet. I have confirmed this with the Montana DMV... And I can't register it in Texas because I think we have to do it in the state....Is this correct? So what am I supposed to do? What does everyone do when they buy new trucks? Do you have to buy them in the state you are domiciled so you can register them?Although we are currently actively house hunting, we do not have an expected date of purchase and I'm not sure we can't wait to buy the second vehicle. So is there a way we can purchase and register the vehicle now?Thank you for your time,-Sam
  7. Gary Hill

    Winter in Texas

    We are new to the RV lifestyle and will be going full time in January 2018. We are wondering if anyone has advice on some campgrounds in Texas that we might look into for the colder months. We want to be warm! Thanks you for your assistance.
  8. We're going full time in about 45 days. House is up for sale in about a week! I currently live in Fort Worth, Texas (Tarrant County), where we've lived for a long time. From what I understand, we need to: Get a new domicile/mail forwarding address Update our driver's license Update our voter registration I was going to use the Escapees mail service, but from reading their FAQ it sounds like I'd have to change everything to that county, establish professional and social connections, etc, requiring us to drive down there for some things. I'm imagining it would be easiest to use a Fort Worth virtual mailbox and mail forwarding address...but I could be wrong. Can we just get a mail service anywhere and have it understood that Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas is our domicile since this was the last place we lived? Or does it not work like that? I'm a bit confused at to how this might work since we already are established in the State, but not the County. I apologize for being another person on this forum likely making this more difficult than it actually is!
  9. Residence with RV port, attic and storage area in beautiful east Texas. Located approximately 25 miles west of Tyler, TX and 85 miles east of Dallas, TX. $165,000 (open to offers) Built in 2014 (completed July 2014) Living area has 900 square feet with the following amenities: 1 bedroom 1 bath Large walk-in shower Walk in closet with 2 built in chest of drawers Dual fuel stove/oven (cook top is propane; oven is electric) Washer/dryer hook-ups with overhead storage Large walk-in pantry Wood floor in living and dining area Tile floor in kitchen, bathroom and hall/laundry Carpet in bedroom and closet Granite counter top in kitchen with stainless steel sink 9 foot ceilings with fans in bedroom and living room Tankless water heater Separate 10’ x 12’ storage room (currently used as a sewing room) Attic covers the living area, storage room and walkway between the two, providing approximately 1,000 square feet of area. Some of the area is taken up with A/C ducting and the slope of the roof. Much of it is usable and open. A/C and heat are piped into the storage area and the attic. WeBoost cell / data signal booster installed for better cell and data reception inside the metal building. Covered RV parking with full hook-ups including 30 and 50 amp. (The picture shows a 30’ 5th wheel parked in the RV area.) Additional pictures can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ij4l0fiol0th3s/AACvRLuOhrOB_slcjHHw8F1Ua?dl=0 For information on Bass Lake Christian Retirement Community, check out their website: www.blcrc.org
  10. Howdy folks! Seeking wisdom from those who've gone before us.... My wife and I (and our two furry dependents) live outside Denver, CO and we just went under contract on the sale of our home. We own a vacant building lot in another town in the same county here in Colorado but we do not intend to build on that for a year or more. Our goal after we close on the sale of our home in January is to be nomads in our 5th wheel for at least 4-6 months. We both work from home or "virtually", so as long as we have Internet access, we're OK (we've got a bundle of doo-dads to help with that!) So my questions arise from the pseudo-Colorado residence condition we have. Both hour DLs and our vehicle registrations (including the RV) are in Colorado. We have Colorado PO Boxes for our respective businesses (neither of which are Colorado licensed businesses), but we plan to avail of a mail forwarding (re-mailing) service to ensure we get our mail in a relatively timely manner wherever we're stationed these next few months. Our vacant building lot has a mailing address, but no cluster box and no on-property mailbox. So I am unsure how the mail forwarding works and if we should change all of our accounts to the vacant lot mailing address and have the mail forwarded from there. Is this a legitimate way to claim residency in Colorado, via a vacant parcel of land? Additional factors that may make a difference in any of your recommendations: - My wife's name is on the deed of a property in Texas she, her sister and her dad share. Her sister has a residence on it and lives there full time. Could we state Texas residency based on my wife's name on the deed? - My wife's parents live in Washington State and we are considering buying a small home there temporarily AFTER our 4-6 months of travel, until her folks retire and move in 3 years. Neither Washington nor Texas have state income tax, so they both look attractive from that standpoint, but I am not sure if we should go through the effort of claiming residency in either and changing our DLs, registrations, plates, etc. Besides, we sort of like being from Colorado! What did I miss?
  11. Luxury RV Lot For Sale: $69,900 Your own Tropical Paradise Retama Village, Rio Grande Valley, Texas More Images here Huge 40’ x 100’ Deeded RV Lot, easy to back into. Double-wide concrete pad with rebar to accommodate heaviest RV’s. Beautifully finished Coach House with 16’ custom cabinets and granite counter, Washer/Dryer, 3 piece bathroom and bar fridge. Large 17’ open style Palapa surrounded by lush vegetation provides a private and secluded seating area for up to 10’ people in shaded comfort . Huge 16’ x 25’ dining patio for eating/entertaining/dancing and BBQ Creative plantings for privacy between sites. Large 5’ x 12’ storage enclosure with double door access behind coach house. Irrigation system Gated Community ​Quarterly HOA fees: $455 Street Address: 2224 Seagull Lane, Mission, TX 78572 ​Contact Information: Anne and Graeme Gee Mobile: 312-543-9809 email: 2224Seagull@gmail.com
  12. My partner Rhapsody & I are heading out on a journey from South East Texas (beginning of June 2016) westward through New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California & landing in southwestern Oregon for an event in July 2016 in our BFT powered RV & are wondering if we can connect with WVO burners along the way who can provide filtered & dewatered (preferably centrifuged) Waste Vegetable Oil. Let me know if you can help us not burn dino-fuel for this trip. Thanks!
  13. As a new TX resident I attempted to get my Monaco motorhome registered they told me I would have to have it weighed first. They said it was a State requirement - that they could not accept what was on my SD title and registration, or on the manufacturer weight placard. I looked on the TXDOT website and found no such requirement. In fact, in the Motor Vehicle Registration Manual it clearly states that a motorhome is registered as a passenger vehicle and a weight certificate is only required if a weight DECREASE is being requested. It seems to me the county tax office is misinterpreting the rules. I have written TXDOT for clarification. What have others found.
  14. We are new to this, We left our boat in Jax, bought an old RV and are visiting off the interstates to go visit our son in San Fran. We are doing the tourist thing and staying in state and national parks. Not interested in Mexico. Seeking to have first hand unbiased info on travel at the latitude of I 10 or US 90. What do we do when US90 runs out going West? Where to stay? Where to avoid? We are retired teachers, disabled Veteran, Not interested in rock climbing or scuba anymore. Thanks for all. If this is not the right forum please direct me.
  15. Goose Island State Park is looking for a few park hosts for 2016! For April & May of 2016 we are looking for a Night Host. In exchange for volunteering 25 hours a week, park hosts will be provided with a 30 amp water & electric site with sewer. Night Park Hosts report for work at the park headquarters. This shift is 25 hours a week from 4:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. including Friday & Saturday nights. Night Host duties include greeting after-hour arriving visitors at the park headquarters, contacting visitors, guiding visitors in using the self-pay station, directing visitors to campsites, disseminating information to visitors, and assisting with litter pick-up and restroom cleaning. Hosts must be willing to assist in emergency situations. Hosts must sign up for at least one month. Criminal background check required. Hosts will be provided with a water and electric campsite with sewer. Position is available for April- May. Create a profile at: https://tpwd.samaritan.com/recruiter/index.php?class=VolunteerNavigation&recruiterID=1353&act=CONTROL:OPP_SEARCH_LINK Apply for the position at: https://tpwd.samaritan.com/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1353&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={B509C2D4-0974-4537-AB53-C2FCBC386273}#.Vu13O9IrK9I Email: Janelle.rand@tpwd.texas.gov for more information
  16. Motivated seller. Moved out of Texas. Must sell. Undeveloped, treed, corner lot for sale in BLCRC (www.blcrc.org) approx. 20 miles west of Tyler, TX. Quiet, safe active community. Lot had an older structure on it that has been removed. Lot #221, $18K.
  17. Re-locating to Texas as a permanent domicile state. I would like to ask what insurance companies Rvers with fifth-wheels use to insure their fifth wheel and towing vehicle (my is a Siverado, 2500hd). Will be full-time and possibly traveling out of the state.
  18. I am changing my domicile and residency to Texas. Most of my family lives in Texas. I would like to know if anyone has moved to Texas from another state and used a family member's address as their home address for registration purposes. (It is ok with my family to use their address). I still want to live in my RV and travel, but am having a problem with the DMV and its forms. I just want my "home" to be Texas. If you have been successful doing this, would you tell me how you went about it. Thanks
  19. Residence with covered RV parking, attic and storage area in beautiful east Texas at Bass Lake Christian Retirement Community. $165,000. $159,000 Located approximately 25 miles west of Tyler, TX and 85 miles east of Dallas, TX. Built in 2014 (completed July 2014) Living area has 900 square feet with the following amenities: 1 bedroom 1 bath Large walk-in shower Walk in closet with 2 built in chest of drawers Dual fuel stove/oven (cook top is propane; oven is electric) Washer/dryer hook-ups with overhead storage Large walk-in pantry Wood floor in living and dining area Tile floor in kitchen, bathroom and hall/laundry Carpet in bedroom and closet Granite counter top in kitchen with stainless steel sink 9 foot ceilings with fans in bedroom and living room Tankless water heater Separate 10’ x 12’ storage room (currently used as a sewing room) Attic covers the living area, storage room and walkway between the two, providing approximately 1,200 square feet of area. Some of the area is taken up with A/C ducting and the slope of the roof. Much of it is usable and open. A/C and heat are piped into the storage area and the attic. WeBoost cell / data signal booster installed for better cell and data reception inside the metal building. Covered RV parking with full hook-ups including 30 and 50 amp. (The picture shows a 30’ 5th wheel parked in the RV area.) Additional pictures can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8ij4l0fiol0th3s/AACvRLuOhrOB_slcjHHw8F1Ua?dl=0
  20. 1915 Lost Greens Drive, Mission, Texas Double lot - 80 x 75 ft Beautiful landscaped lots that are fully developed One lot has an 884 sq ft Casita The adjoining lot is for RV parking The lot with the Casita has a cute water fountain, watering system, developed Casita has a patio, living space, kitchen, washroom, laundry and storage RV lot has concrete, 50 amp power, water, sewer (a mobile home can be brought in) Located in Leisure Valley Ranch, Mission Texas Owners own the land Two lots are adjoined with only one assessment fee. At present the Assessment Fee is $300/year Price: $80,000 Also available for rent at $600 per month plus electricity Call Garry for more information at (306) 487-7728
  21. Coming from California We were going to register our vehicles and get our driver license in El Paso, TX. We didn't want to drive in the summer heat across Texas to Livingston but... I read a Texas vehicle registration post here and My husband called Livingston, TX to see if we needed to drive into Livingston, TX to register our vehicles. Yes, we do need to drive across Texas to register our vehicles. ( about $500 dollars in gas from El Paso, TX to Livingston, TX for us) I'm crossing my fingers and hoping we get our driver license & registration with no problems. On the upside I'm excited about staying at Rainbow Escapee Campground then driving somewhere cool.
  22. I am currently a resident of the state of Texas for over one year. I have my car titled, car registration and car inspected in the state of Texas. I have a current Texas drivers license. I am moving out of my apartment the end of this month. I am not an RVer yet but I work in the high tech industry on a contract by contract basis. The contracts usually last from 3 months to 12 months and are located all over the continental United States. I have already turned down work because of the logistics of moving and address changes. Changing my physical address for car registration, car insurance, drivers license (including taking the state drivers test(s) ), health insurance and all of the other IDs can be a real mess. So, I am considering using a mail forwarding service (such as Escapees Mail Service) and the associated physical address. Can you help me understand the issues associated with dealing with car and health insurance companies, banks and any loan issues such as buying a vehicle? Does your insurance rate go up? Does it change your credit worthiness? Thank you for your help.
  23. My home near Seattle should sell next month... the market is good here. My new home will be a Class A motorhome. I owned a 30 ft Minnie Winnie a few years ago and enjoyed it for 2 years. I've been reading up on the forum and elsewhere for the last few months... getting ready for the big purchase. I have my brands 'somewhat' narrowed down to Winnebago, Itasca, Tiffin, Newmar, Foretravel which I will buy from a private party. Kirk advised me to have an adequate budget for replacing coach equipment in an a 10-12 yr old MH.... regardless of how careful I am in selecting the rig. I'm asking for advise on these questions: 1- What are the most expensive coach systems to repair/replace? (amount needed for an emergency fund) 2- I would like to have the engine oil tested by a laboratory, but how would I get the seller to allow me a few days to do this? Pay a non-refundable deposit? 3- I will make my domicile in Texas and likely buy the MH there. But I could avoid sales tax in Montana or Oregon, but would I still have to pay the 6% tax in Tex to register it there? Sales/use tax in WA is 8.5% ! Thanks Dave
  24. Hello again to all, Close friend just emailed about terrible rough road conditions they encountered this week on I-10 between Gulfport, MS driving to Beaumont, TX. We are supposed to join them in the next few weeks. (They winter in FL, have a brand new 2015 Allegro 32SA. They used the same route to TX this last year, and Rv'd for past 20 yrs, too...but this time they emailed saying, "never,never,never come this way.") Here is how they described I-10 in this stretch: "roads are horrible on this stretch. Dense, non-stop traffic, roads that resemble cornfields and construction with narrow roadways and concrete barriers too close to the berm.... (they stopped at Flying J Hammond, LA) continuing and said, "got back on I-10 after a buckboard ride over really beat up concrete...then more heavy traffic and awful construction began. Never never never come this way, ...find a different albiet longer route..." We looked at paper atlas, this will be our first trip into TX driving a 36' DP, and would like to hear from others familiar with this possible? route we are considering. Or, what other routes you would recommend that keeps us off I-10 between Gulfport --> Beaumont, TX. Our ultimate destination is Woodlands, TX area near Houston. Okay, please tell us what we need to know, is this a viable alternate route? (yes, longer miles...sigh..) Starting at Gulfport, MS take US49 N through Hattiesburg & Jackson, MS Pick up I-20W and continue through Shreveport, LA to Marshall, TX. Pick up US 59 South and continue through Lufkin & Cleveland, TX to State Hwy 105. Take State Hwy 105 W to I-45 South. Thanks so much in advance : - ))
  25. South Texas Birding HOP April 13- 18, 2015 HOP Hosts: Steve and Kay Krasovetz #92265 South Texas is rich with piney woods, grasslands, lakes and rivers, making this location a prime area for migrating birds, and making Texas a major migrating corridor in the United States and a magnet for bird watchers. Each spring there are as many migrating birds as there are birders, which makes birding one of Texas’ fastest growing activities and truly a birder’s paradise. In April it reaches a fever pitch with the greatest numbers and variety of migrating birds. Some of the well-known birds that will arrive are Hummingbirds, Warblers, Swallows, Buntings, Cuckoos, Hawks, Orioles, Thrushes, Flycatchers, the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Green Jays, Chachalacas, Caracaras, and Waterfowl, just to name a few. Although birds are the highest-profile migratory species in South Texas, there are also bats, butterflies, dragonflies, and sea turtles migrating. There will be a considerable amount of walking; please bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a camera for those beautiful pictures of the migrating animals in South Texas. Escapees has secured a private gathering room for dinners, announcements, social hours, and meetings, in case of inclement weather. You will have a wonderful time, and the Escapees have a fun-filled time lined up for you at the South Texas Birding HOP. Come, go with us; we’d love to have you! For more info, see: http://www.escapees.com/hop/SouthTexas.aspx How to register Please call the HOP department at 888-757-2582 or 936-327-887. Have a great day! Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Dr. Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582 Website: www.escapees.com/hop
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