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  1. I saw the Consumer Report editorial the first three times it was posted, thanks. Rather than further add to the word count on this thread I'll just repeat the only electric vehicle specific fees on your receipt are $50.25. Everything else is applied to ALL registered vehicle, regardless of fuel source. In fact, if you look at this document you'll see there are a couple of emission related fees you AREN'T paying on your Tesla. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Motor Vehicle Registration Fees.pdf Even Consumer Reports says EVs in Colorado and several other states aren't taxed enough to make up for the fuel taxes they aren't paying.
  2. I-80 is the gentlest route over the Rockies, no major grades to speak of. The Continental Divide is on a wide plateau. In the winter there's the possibility of lots of blowing snow across there but that's not a factor now. The only drawback is you'll be sharing the road with lots of cross country trucks also looking to take the easiest route. Take lots of breaks, even a 15 minute stop every couple of hours to walk the doggos will help.
  3. The only thing I saw exclusive to an electric car on your receipt was a $50 Electric Car fee and a 25 cent Electric Car decal fee. Everything else appears to be assessed equally on both gas and electric vehicles. $50 is equal to the state and federal tax on 123 gallons of gas (CO 22 cents per gallon and Fed 18.4 cents per gallon). 3690 miles of driving a year at 30 MPG, or 10 miles a day. Still not a fair amount of road use tax.
  4. Right. Electric cars are not charged 18.4 cents a gallon Federal and 41 to 75 cents a gallon State taxes for their fuel. They get a free ride on the roads these taxes build and maintain. Other maintenance costs are deferred until their battery packs need replacing.
  5. You may have an issue trying to charge it in a campground. If electricity is included in the daily rate it's a large unexpected load the campground owner didn't count on when he set the price. And with many campgrounds having electrical service that strains to handle normal air conditioning loads there may not be excess capacity to charge a vehicle. About 4 years ago I was staying in an RV park in Los Angeles on a monthly basis and a neighbor pulled in with a Nissan Leaf inside his utility trailer. The next morning I found it plugged into the 50 amp outlet on my pedestal, which was between my trailer and his patio/parking space. When I confronted my neighbor he asked why I was upset - after all, my 30 amp trailer wasn't using the 50 amp outlet. I explained to him that as a monthly resident I paid for my electricity and he was stealing my power. He apologiized and said he didn't realize each site was seperately metered because the electric meters were on a panel some distance away. The owner was also upset when he found the Leaf charging on my neighbor's pedestal as he hadn't figured that much electrical consumption into the weekly rate.
  6. Sometimes a battery charging line from the motorhome is too long and has too much voltage drop to keep the toad battery charged. If this happens you can add a voltage booster on the toad and boost the voltage enough to keep the battery charged. https://www.invertersupply.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=185549
  7. Harbor Freight is starting to carry more upscale stuff. A decent mid-grade Metric or SAE tap and die set will set you back $85. Forget about the $16 cheap sets.
  8. I'm surprised there aren't more gas dryers in RVs. Not only for boondocking but because a gas dryer has 10-15 times more heat than a 120 volt electric dryer so it dries clothes much faster. A gas dryer uses about 22,000 btu or 1/4 gallon of propane per hour of drying time and dries full loads in 30 - 45 minutes. About the same amount of propane as running an RV furnace for the same amount of time. Meanwhile, it's only using enough electricity to spin the drum and blow the hot air through the clothes. Maybe 100 watts.
  9. Shorthand for the Non-Commercial versions of the Class A or Class B licenses. Not an oxymoron in states that require these for anything over 26,000 lbs GVWR or GCWR. Again, it's only for your home state. You can go anywhere in the country as long as you're legally licensed at home. Nevada requires a Commercial or Non-Commercial Class A license for any combination over 26,000 lbs GCWR, or a Class B for a single vehicle over that weight and a Class J endorsement to tow a trailer over 10,000 lbs GVWR. Scroll down to RV Requirements: https://dmvnv.com/nvdl.htm And here's the Non-Commercial Class A, Class B and Endorsement J Study guide - good information for anyone driving that much weight, whether your state requires an enhanced license or not. https://dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dlbookabj.pdf
  10. Nope, as long as your domicile is in Arizona you're subject to Arizona rules, including registering vehicles there and paying their taxes. You'd have to sever your ties with Arizona and establish your domicile in South Dakota or another state to avoid paying Arizona sales tax. Fulltimers that don't have a permanent address (like owning a home) can choose which state they want to establish as their domicle and take the steps necessary to make this happen.
  11. It's almost identical to what they posted in tne Becoming Hermits thread. Perhaps they cut and pasted the wrong copy here?
  12. Yup, most of the media take their cues from one another and have been for some time. Even in small markets. 25 years ago I worked for a radio station in Santa Rosa, CA that was owned by the publisher of the local newspaper and had a very good news department. One day a transmitter failure took us off the air just before the mid-day newscast - when I arrived at the transmitter to fix it I was met by a news crew from the local TV station asking what was going on. We were the lead story on the TV news that evening - they missed being able to listen to our newscast to tell them what to cover on their evening news.
  13. Nevada has a tax loophole if you buy a vehicle or trailer from a private individual (as opposed to a licensed dealer) there is no sales tax on the purchase even if you register in-state. As others have pointed out, if you buy in one state but register in another you can avoid paying sales tax to the selling state but you will be charged sales tax at the prevailing rate by the state you register in. To further cloud the issue, most states that charge sales tax on the initial purchase will give you credit for any tax you've paid to another state, so you aren't charged twice. Las Vegas is convenient to fly into and out of since there are flights available to there from all over the world and there's easy and plentiful transport to and from the airport. If you book mid-week (Sunday -Thursday) you can usually find favorable air fares and very good room rates at many of the major hotel/casinos to let you get over jetlag, ready the RV for use or storage, etc. Las Vegas has a consignment lot (Las Vegas Park and Sell) where transactions are handled directly between you and the vehicle's owner which qualifies for the sales tax waiver. If you're buying a trailer, Nevada will let you register it for two years at a time - motorized vehicles will have to renew their registration renewed every year, but annual smog inspections are only required in Clark County (Las Vegas) or Washoe County (Reno). I'm registered in Pahrump which is 45 minutes outside Las Vegas but is in Nye County so I don't have to get my vehicles smogged at purchase or registration renewal time.
  14. Eliminate the middleman. Here's where the Facebook link sends you: https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/travel/video/rookie-rv-drivers-pose-danger-road-71688210
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