I get a lot of questions from Gypsy Journal subscribers and blog readers, and while I try to answer all of them individually, occasionally I like to share some with the folks here. Here are some of the latest.
Q. Instead of selling your RV, have you considered donating it to a charity and taking the tax write off?
A. Not really. I’m just not that generous of a person. And my tax obligation is not high enough to justify such a deduction.
Q. Once you sell your Winnebago, do you think you will buy a smaller RV for more limited travel?
A. We still plan to travel, but I think our RVing days are behind us.
Q. I know you have addressed this before, but what is the name of the mattress you have in your RV? We just bought a new rig and ours is terrible.
A. It is the Night Therapy Elite 12? MyGel® Ultimate Memory Foam Mattress. We like it so much that we bought two more, one for our bedroom and one for the guest bedroom here in the house. Here is a link to it on Amazon. https://alexa.design/2osQfy5
Q. We want to try fulltiming for a year or two and are going to use the Escapees in Texas as our legal address. But we want to keep our house in case the lifestyle isn’t for us. Is that legal if we are no longer Indiana residents?
A. Yes, it’s legal. You can only have one legal domicile, which in your case will be Livingston, Texas. But you can still own property in other states. Many people live in one state and own property in other places.
Q. We have a large, rather aggressive six year old dog. She doesn’t like strangers and puts up a fuss whenever somebody she doesn’t know comes near. She also hates other dogs. We have tried an obedience school but it was a waste of time. I think this is going to be a problem in the RV life, but my husband seems to think she will eventually adapt when she is exposed to new people and new situations. Any suggestions?
A. While it is true that you can sometimes teach an old dog new tricks, at six years old I think expecting your dog to become a different animal just because you expose it to a new environment is unrealistic. If anything, I think the situation will become worse.
Q. You and Miss Terry are role models for so many of us and now you are off the road. Looking back, if you had it all to do over, would you?
A. In a heartbeat. In our 17+ years on the road we had so many adventures and experiences that most people will never know, we learned so much, and met so many wonderful people along that way. We have memories you could not buy for any amount of money.
Q. I know a lot has been said pro and con about having a gun in an RV, and I agree with you that if somebody is going to have one they should have the proper training and mindset to use it responsibly if necessary. All that being said, what are the real chances of ever needing one as a fulltime RVer?
A. Guns are like fire extinguishers. More than likely, you will probably never need one. But if you do, you will really need it. In all of our years fulltiming, boondocking in out of the way places, and spending nights in rest areas and truck stops, we only really needed a gun one time, when we returned to our coach in a repair shop parking lot and came face to face with an armed burglar inside our motorhome. But that time we really, really needed a gun!
Q. My husband has dreamed for years about going fulltime in an RV and I absolutely hate the idea. Nothing about it appeals to me. He asked me to try it for one year, keeping the house, and then we’ll make a decision. I told him I’d rather go to prison for a year. I’m afraid once we try it he won’t be willing to stop, and I know I am never going to enjoy it. What can we do to resolve this?
A. If you really have your mind dead set against RVing and are not even willing to give it a try, I don’t know how you two can resolve things. It sounds to me like it’s a case of my way or the highway, alone.
Q. Do workampers have to declare any wages they receive in addition to their campsite as income on their taxes?
A. Yes, and you may have to declare the value of the campsite as unearned income. This is a question you need to discuss with a good accountant or tax professional
Q. We have a 3/4 ton pickup with a V-8 motor, but the fifth wheel trailer we are looking at is huge. The salesman says we can easily tow it with our truck, but two friends who both have fifth wheel trailers and travel a lot say we should have a bigger truck and dual wheels. What do you think?
A. Not knowing the towing capacity of your truck or the weight of the fifth wheel, I can’t give you a definitive answer. But I think I would take the advice of experienced RVing friends with similar trailers who care about your welfare over the word of somebody trying to make a sale.
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Thought For The Day – If we were meant to stay in one place we would have roots instead of feet.