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Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer Renee-Nicole 8-7-04  
In the very,very,very near future I will be purchasing a 40'+ diesel pusher and will be hitting the road as a semi-retired fulltimer. I have never owned an RV before. I have been eyeing used Monaco Executive/Signature or Beaver Marquis (2002 and up). Does anyone have any pro and cons about these RVs? Also, any advice you can give a gal on fulltime living, safety, costs, places to go and stay away from would be tremendously appreciated. What would be the best time (when most people put there RVs up for sale) to buy an RV? Can I get a good deal on a new RV? What are the advantages and disadvantages going used vs. new. Where is the best state (with no state income tax) to establish residency and register the RV?

Thanks Renee-Nicole
Re: Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer Greg 8-10-04  
Hi Renee-Nicole:

I'm thinking about fulltiming too. I know nothing about RVs other than what I've researched online, so I can't help you there. I can only imagine that you'd get a better deal at the end of the summer season than you would if you bought in the spring.

If I do go out on the road I'm going to claim NH residence (I currently live on the MA/NH border), since there is no sales tax and no state income tax in NH. I don't know about excise tax, though. MN also has no sales, from what I've seen in Motorhome mag. Can't speak to their annual income taxes.
Re: Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer ttbookjunkie 8-11-04  
Hello Renee-Nicole

My partner and I have been fulltimers for almost two years now. We fulltime in a 24ft 97 Wilderness and we bought used in TX because they had extremely low prices on rigs that were in awesome condition. I recommend used because there are tons of great used vechiles out there that you will not have to make much of a money commitment to, plus all the new RV kinks have more then likely been worked out.

South Dakota is a state many fulltimers use because insurance is low, no emissions tests, and great mail forwarding services for a lost cost are available.

I highly recommend joining a camping club such as Thousand Trails for safety and comfort issues. We are TTNLT members and we love it.

Re: Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer rrk 9-6-04  
Hi Renee-Nicole, Sounds like an exciting adventure. We have been RV'ing for many years and are now making the move toward full-timing. There are many excellent used RV's in the market and it certainly makes sense to purchase used. Having said that, we are selling our "99 Country Coach, 36 ft and have ordered a new 42 foot coach. Since we will be selling our home, we are looking for the best state to adopt as our residency. To regisiter your new motor home, Montana seems like the best bet, (no sales tax). We will set up a LLC and title the unit there. South Dakota is an excellent choice, 3% sales tax and no state income tax plus other benefits. Check out Alternative Resources in SD. They will provide you with much information. We have owned a Country Coach and would choose no other. Among most RV'ers, they are considered amoung the best.Anything '99 or above would be a good buy. In general, the owners of CC tend to care for their coaches and as a result it is difficult to find any CC that has been abused. Join FMCA, Family Motor Coach Association and join the Full timers chapter. You'll get all the advise you want and more, plus you'll even find friends that you'll meet again and again all over the country. There are lots of clubs and groups you can and should join, 1000 Trails is good, however, when you do, look at resales. There are many excellent deals. Just some thoughts. have fun.
Re: Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer Sue & Dick 11-9-04  
Hi All,
We are also looking to buy our first coach, Would love to find a single slide 36 Country Coach pusher(Is yours sold?).
We have looked at many brands and narrowed it to the CC for the quality and many reasons already mentioned.
Hope to see you on the road.
Re: Soon to be Newbie Fulltimer hlaugh 9-4-05  
Hi Renee; Tx is another state that lots of folks use as a home base. Escapees club is located in Longview, Tx and they provide many good services for fultimers such as a home campground to park and mail delivery. Also no state income tax and can sometimes claim homestead exemption. There are lots of good used coaches here as well, no salt damage or frozen pipes. Check out Good Sams Club, they offer excellent road service, insurance and many other benefits for RVr's and have an excellent forum where you will get lot's of help and and answers to your questions. Have Fun and let me know where your camped sometime, I'd like to meet you.
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