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Old 06-06-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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About to plunge . . .

Well I'm about to make the "Full Time" plunge. House went on the market on Tuesday, and have already had one person (besides the realtor) come through this morning. Garage sale is in a week. Anything that doesn't sell will go on Craig's List for a couple of weeks. What's left will be donated to Salvation Army or AmVets. Once the House sells, I'll be "Officially Homeless" (as another poster put it). Between the time the house sells and closing, I'll be looking at mail forwarding services. I'm drawn to one called "America's Mailbox" out of South Dakota. What I see as their advantages are: 1) You can easily obtain SD residency simply by spending a night in their campground (or an in-state motel). Means I could get a resident hunting license for the best pheasant hunting in the world! 2) I could register both my trailer and TV in SD and save money (over Michigan rates) on registration and insurance. 3) No state income tax.

I'm just wondering if any members have experience with them, good or bad.

Since my first SS check comes at the end of August, I'm thinking of sticking around Michigan until early September, traveling to SD to get set up there, see Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, Wall Drug, Corn Palace, etc. Would probably spend October in Nebraska visiting relatives, then head back up to S. Dakota for the first week or two of pheasant season. Then back to Michigan for firearm deer season and Thanksgiving. Then, it's off to the Texas Hill Country to spend the winter. After last winter, I don't want to spend another winter in Michigan!

We'll see where the road takes me from there.
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You plan sounds amazing. I can't offer any input on mail forwarding or residency --- but I do have one question as a hunter myself.

Where do you keep all the game meat in a RV? I currently have a large chest freezer full in the garage plus things in the both the garage and kitchen fridge/freezer. That is from my '13 deer and elk plus a few birds and fish. I could see how you could handle pheasants -- but a deer too. That's a lot a meat pack in an RV.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:48 AM   #3
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Clubhouse,
I've given that question a lot of thought over the last several months, and frankly, haven't come up with a good solution. I guess I'll just have to eat it faster! (LOL) Although, the last few hunting seasons have been so poor (due to the drought out West), that I could have gotten by with just the freezer in the trailer fridge.

I also have a small chest freezer in my garage, where I have what's left of my deer. But that will go in the garage sale, and the leftover venison will fit in the trailer fridge/freezer. I've been doing some Google searches for mini-freezers, and have found a few - but they're pricy! Some even run on 120V AC or 12V DC. I may have to keep one in the back of the pick-up, and plugged into the accessory outlet; then set it on the patio (plugged into the 120V patio outlet) when I get to camp. I guess I'll find out first if/what I'm going to need.

Thanks for the reply. Good hunting & happy camping!
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An update on "the plunge"

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Well I'm about to make the "Full Time" plunge. House went on the market on Tuesday, and have already had one person (besides the realtor) come through this morning. Garage sale is in a week. Anything that doesn't sell will go on Craig's List for a couple of weeks. What's left will be donated to Salvation Army or AmVets. Once the House sells, I'll be "Officially Homeless" (as another poster put it). Between the time the house sells and closing, I'll be looking at mail forwarding services. I'm drawn to one called "America's Mailbox" out of South Dakota. What I see as their advantages are: 1) You can easily obtain SD residency simply by spending a night in their campground (or an in-state motel). Means I could get a resident hunting license for the best pheasant hunting in the world! 2) I could register both my trailer and TV in SD and save money (over Michigan rates) on registration and insurance. 3) No state income tax.

I'm just wondering if any members have experience with them, good or bad.

Since my first SS check comes at the end of August, I'm thinking of sticking around Michigan until early September, traveling to SD to get set up there, see Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, Wall Drug, Corn Palace, etc. Would probably spend October in Nebraska visiting relatives, then head back up to S. Dakota for the first week or two of pheasant season. Then back to Michigan for firearm deer season and Thanksgiving. Then, it's off to the Texas Hill Country to spend the winter. After last winter, I don't want to spend another winter in Michigan!

We'll see where the road takes me from there.

GREAT NEWS! The house sold in one week for full asking price . . . and, they wanted most of the furniture! Our community garage sale was this past Friday & Saturday, and virtually everything else sold. We're scheduled to close on the house on August 24th, or sooner. So by the end of August, I will be a full-timer! I'm so exited to start this new adventure that I can hardly contain myself!

So now, my search for a mail forwarding service gets intensified. Does anybody have any experience with one? Any responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Great news Brownie......, now the "full time" adventure truly starts to take shape

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Another "Plunge" Update!

Got a call yesterday from the sales agent for the S & B. The buyer got an offer on their house, contingent on a 7/31 closing date. I agreed, so it looks like I'll be a "Full Timer" by August 1. Can't hardly wait!

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We've been fulltiming for 3 years--when we retired we went to Texas--Livingston--joined Escapees--got our Texas Drivers Licenses--registration and insurance. Texas is very rv friendly. All the advantages of South Dakota. Check out Escapees.com. They have a great mail forwarding service and cater a lot to fulltimers. We have been very satisfied with their services.
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Another question as a hunter - how do you store your guns? I imagine you'd need to lock them up or something? My wife and I are thinking about full timing (or close to it) and may want to take a gun or two with us on our travels (handguns and/or rifles). I'd like to avoid any violations though.
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Another question as a hunter - how do you store your guns? I imagine you'd need to lock them up or something? My wife and I are thinking about full timing (or close to it) and may want to take a gun or two with us on our travels (handguns and/or rifles). I'd like to avoid any violations though.

What guns?!


Most states allow guns to be transported in a vehicle, as long as they are unloaded and stored in an enclosed case, out of the reach of the driver and passengers. I believe New York and D.C. are the exceptions, but I'll have to look into that before I visit either place.
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