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Old 10-21-2015, 02:37 PM   #15
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Have heard stories from FT-ers in big rigs- who establish "permanent residence" in a state with no income tax, (Nevada?) and get a mail forwarding service or P.O. Box there, so they can migrate around the country with the changes of weather, but never stay in one place more than six months.
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Old 10-21-2015, 02:37 PM   #16
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Jon & Cathy, we don't mind the low desert heat, but it is not for everyone, and I did mention that Az has many climate zones in which an IT person could get employment. Payson, Prescott, Flagstaff and any place around Hannigan Meadows comes to mind.
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It's just hard to find one place that works all year round. All the places you mention have a real winter. I lived in a travel trailer for 3 winters at 5300' elevation (similar to Payson or Prescott), but it was a well-insulated trailer with ducted heat and enclosed tanks. It would be a challenge in a Casita. Flagstaff (7000') and Hannagan Meadow (9000'), more so.

One place that might be worth investigating is Sierra Vista, south of Tucson. About 4500' with summertime highs in the low 90's and wintertime lows in the low-mid 30's. That could be doable in a FGRV. Sierra Vista is a good-sized town with a military base, a community college (Cochise), and a satellite campus of the University of Arizona, so there ought to be job opportunities in the IT field. Plenty of recreational opportunities in the SE part of the state, and Tucson is only a day trip away.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:08 PM   #17
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Have heard stories from FT-ers in big rigs- who establish "permanent residence" in a state with no income tax, (Nevada?) and get a mail forwarding service or P.O. Box there, so they can migrate around the country with the changes of weather, but never stay in one place more than six months.
Without a money tree need to get tax money somewhere and, while no income tax sounds inviting there is always a catch somewhere.

But I live in the Golden state, perfect weather, 1000's of places to camp from seashore to snow country and lots of hi-tech opportunities.

My last years state income tax was...... wait..... $5.85. And that was just for unpaid sales tax on internet orders. I have SS retirement, a 401k, a corporate retirement plan and rental income.
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:48 PM   #18
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I guess what needs to be done is finding someone that has done long term in a Casita and determining what temperature range might be more apt to work. That might be the place to start. Also, what temperature range you are comfortable in. I would also choose one of those weather stations where you can put in 3 or 4 locations and watch the weather in areas while you look for job possibilities.
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:44 AM   #19
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:12 AM   #20
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Southern Arizona would be a good possibility. Sierra Vista/Ft Huachuca area is high desert with elevations 4-5000 feet. There are IT jobs both in and out of the government there as well. Close to Bisbee and Tombstone. The weather is more moderate in the summer. We liked it there and go back when we can to see friends.
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:02 AM   #21
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We considered going to Sierra Vista a couple of times and did the research. Type of jobs we were looking for didn't come up. Unemployment was higher than most places. AZ seemed to have a higher unemployment rate overall.

Here is some current info: http://www.cochise.edu/cfiles/files/...tlook-2015.pdf
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:32 AM   #23
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Which state is best?-- drunken state........
The state of "euphoria" that only full-time RVing can bring to a group of people with a variety of needs and desires that can be best met by the full-timing lifestyle.

I have been waiting to do this since I knew it was something people do more than 25 years ago.

I have lived for short times, up to 5.5 months in the Tucson area, 2 years in Fayetteville, NC and 2 years in Ozark, AL. We were actually able to handle being in a pop-up camper, nice one, from May through September near Tucson. It took a lot of work and there was a nice clubhouse where we could spend the heat of the day when we were home. Fayetteville was nice but in the heat, we did fine except for the mosquitos, little black ones that could come through the screen and winter, with freezing rain and having to mess with the water lines/hose and tanks made for a long winter even though in reality it was short.

With enough effort, just about anything is possible. Determination is priceless when it comes to pursing something.
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Clip: "I have been waiting to do this since I knew it was something people do more than 25 years ago."


Anne and I had that same thought some 37 years ago, and retired then to full time for a year. Although not known at the time, had we not done it then, my late wife would have never had that experience, as she left us when she was but 48 y.o.


As the PanAmerican Airlines ad used to say.... "Every year you don't go to Europe is one year closer to... never... going... at... all."


In short, do it while you can, there are no guarantees for tomorrow.
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:23 AM   #25
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NorthWest?

Tucked between Seattle and British Columbia is Whatcom County. I think its a best kept secret for retirement living. Bellingham is a beautiful small city and university town. It might suit living full time in a small trailer also. It's a myth that the northwest gets the most rain in the continental USA. It's a fact that Florida does. Not too hot and not too cold Whatcom Country is very nice!
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Yep. and the wet siders will also tell you that New York City get's more rain than Seattle, which is also correct. But both, NYC & FL, get more rain on fewer days, and hurricane rainfall is also included. With the exception of recent droughts, the Seattle area has long been the king of how many days it rains in a year, that's why they call it King County.... LOL

Basic Tip... where it's green all over, it rains a lot, aka The Evergreen State..... at least west of the Cascades. LOL... again from the other side.
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I'm in NJ, and want to go somewhere better for RV life (in a SD17 Casita). Preferably somewhere with nice weather and no tornadoes. No poisonous snakes, spiders, or scorpions would also be nice. I would have to get an IT job there. Maybe Utah, Nevada, or Arizona?
We've been traveling in an RV for 15 years, traveling for 120 we've spent many months in states with poisonous critters and have only seen two poisonous snakes and no other, known to me, poisonous critters.

If you want nice weather go south, it's as simple as that. Everyone of the southern states has nice places to live and IT is everywhere. In a trailer if you don't like where you are... move.
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We moved from New Jersey to New Mexico 3 years ago. Traded green for brown, black dirt for dirt like concrete, and a 6K drop in our property taxes.
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