Volume 2. Issue 47
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Quote of the day
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.” ―
State residency and tax issues: Here’s how long you can stay in a state before you have to pay state taxes
By Nanci Dixon
We’re considering spending a summer in an RV park in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan, and were wondering if there were any tax issues to consider. Do these states charge income tax on retirees who are just summer visitors? —Dave T.
Thanks for your question. We are full-time RVers and spend summers in Minnesota and Wisconsin too. We were also concerned about state tax liability, particularly in Minnesota, which has strict residency and income tax laws.
*Please note that we are certainly not tax accountants. Always consult a tax professional for specific tax advice.
Basically, the state that you have permanent residency in is your “domicile.” A domicile is your legal address and is located in the state you pay taxes. You can only have one domicile at a time, but can still be a statutory resident of another state for tax purposes.
Did you miss last weekend’s RV Travel Newsletters?
If so, here is some of what you missed…
- Humans not needed to operate this new fully automated RV park
- Bad buying advice leads to RVing disaster
- The most ridiculous RV campsite we’ve seen
- The numbers you should memorize as an RVer
Some of these articles are from past issues of RVtravel.com and have been updated for this newsletter.
Video: What if vehicles had different horns for different things? This guy created just that
By Sandi Sturm
My husband, Wayne, does all the driving, so far, of the motorhome. On more than one occasion over the years he mentioned how he would like to have a special button to push on the horn to blast people into consciousness. Well, he used different words, but you know what I mean. This engineer came up with some great alterations for car horns. Each horn means something different, and they’re actually, dare I say, polite? Check this out.
ABCs of Full-Time RV Living
By Nanci Dixon
We are full-time RVers, living our dream. We belong to that ever-growing group of adventurous people that have sold their sticks-and-bricks houses, gotten rid of almost all their belongings, and left friends and family to live the dream of RV living full-time. … Everything you want to know about full-time RVing is here.
Roadside attractions: “Big Things Small Town” is a big adventure!
Casey, Illinois, is a very small town of about 2,700 people making a very big effort to attract people from the freeway a few miles away. It is the official home to 12 World’s Largest Attractions. The town itself is a grand example of small town America that seems to have survived the tough past couple of decades that boarded up many small town shops around the U.S. Read all about this small town with a big heart here, and swing by sometime to enjoy this one-of-a-kind big adventure.
Don’t use non-skid pads on refrigerator shelves
Non-skid pads have their place – but not on refrigerator shelves. These can block air circulation, and make it hard to cool food. Reserve their use in the fridge for door shelves only. To keep things from falling out of the fridge and onto your toe when you open the door after driving on bumpy roads, use some expandable refrigerator bars, available on Amazon.
One of the U.S.’s most dangerous roads will have you bracing for impact!
By Nanci Dixon
Needles Highway is one of the most beautiful and dangerous roads in the U.S. I drove our subcompact car gently through the Eye of the Needle on Needles Highway in South Dakota, looking carefully ahead (it is a one-way road) and glancing at the scrape marks on the tunnel’s granite walls. The Needles Highway covers 14 miles of South Dakota’s Highway 87. It is breathtakingly scenic with drop-offs, mountain ridges and picture-perfect views. Continue reading.
7 of the best personality traits for full-time RVing (and a quiz: Is full-timing right for you?)
Many folks are jumping into a new lifestyle – full-time living on the road. It sounds exciting and invigorating! … But before you stab that “For Sale” sign on your lawn, take this very unofficial self-survey. If you find you have most of the character traits necessary for life exclusively on the road, maybe full-time RVing is for you! Test yourself here.
Do you wave to passing motorists? Is this a rural thing?
By Gail Marsh
I hadn’t given it much thought until a recent trip we took to Iowa. Seems like the minute we crossed the border into the Hawkeye State, it began – the wave. I’m not talking about water waves. I mean the friendly gesture one driver offers to an oncoming vehicle. … This is the “Hello! We’re both on this road together and I think I’ll greet you” wave. What’s so interesting about a wave of greeting? To me, it’s the wide variety of wave variations we’ve seen on the road. Here are a few of my favorites. (This is interesting and fun!)
What advice would give an aspiring full-time RVer?
From the editors: We asked our readers this question. Here is one response:
“Take your time making a decision, especially if you are completely new to camping and RVs. If you have never done this before take at least a year to try it out with several short trips at various times of the year, renting or borrowing a camper unit similar to what you think you would like. And talk to as many other full-timers as you can. Way too many people jump in before they really know more fully what they are getting into.” —Larry Chasey
Make sure you don’t miss today’s issue of our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. It’s a good one!
by Jessica Silva from East Berlin, CT
Warm and creamy, this bacon mushroom casserole is pure comfort food. In each bite, you get little bits of bacon and hearty mushrooms. The mushrooms absorb the flavor of the bacon and add so much to this easy casserole. Serve this bacon mushroom noodle casserole with a side salad for an easy weeknight meal. It would make a nice side dish with baked chicken too.
Editor: Emily Woodbury
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