News, Information & Advice for RVers
They’re from the government, and they’re there to help you – said no one EVER.
Amazing that in these days of a record number of people unable to afford a house or apartment that anyone would object to vehicle dwellers as opposed to sleeping on the streets. Until they have adequately addressed homelessness they have no rationale for outlawing vehicle habitation. Bob’s right, the outcry should such a move take place would be deafening, and they would quickly back off. Fortunately, people are starting to see through the current political era of selfish douchebaggery. Maybe basic human compassion will soon come back in style and no longer be derided as “too PC”. Too much to hope for?
This may be all about loss of tax revenue.
RV living and the tiny house movement which relies on basic RV travel trailer style platforms do circumvent many tax situations. Being on wheels avoids the property taxes that homeowners must pay. Politicians are always looking for money and any loss of revenue upsets them. On thing for sure they will devise some way to tax your RV as if it was a regular home…..it will happen sooner than later.
Fact is politicians want all your money…they just have not figured out how to get it without another revolution !!!
Patrick, I’m not denying that the government wants to get their hands on as much of your money as they can, but just because you decide to live in an RV doesn’t mean they’re losing property taxes. Someone bought the home you vacated, and they’re paying the tax. And new homes, which means even more property taxes, are being built at an incredible rate.
My summer home in Idaho is a private RV park. FEMA has come in, declared we are in a ‘flood plain’ and says we can’t live in the park for more than 180 days a year. Many live year-round. 2 questions…1) Why weren’t we in a flood plain when the park was established 20 years ago? 2) Will the Feds send in ATF, FBI, or marshals to evict us on the 181th day? And who is counting?
Here is an article from the Goshen News that backs up the importance of the RV Industry, and demonstrates the economic costs if HUD made moves to negatively affect the RV industry.
“Indiana’s Elkhart-Goshen area has led the nation in the largest job percentage gain, and retaining that ranking requires filling roughly 9,500 open positions.
“The Goshen News reported that non-farm jobs in Elkhart and Goshen grew by 5.3% from November 2016 to November 2017, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“It’s certainly an exciting thing for our community to be able to boast that we have that many jobs being created,” Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said Friday.
They already are collecting taxes on RVs. I pay more tax (personal property) on my Class B motorhome than we do on a 50-acre farm.
Gene, would you mind mentioning the state you live in? If you’re uncomfortable doing that, then please don’t. Thanks!
Speaking of HUD police. If you live in an area with a township or city might want to make sure that living in your RV more then 2 weeks might actually send out the ordinance dept to your door. We have a neighbor who causes muck and mayhem for all of us. I had an ordinance person knock on my door claiming I was living out of my RV. When it was parked on my driveway. Go figure. I had him look but he laughed and said we are good. So check out the code book otherwise we are all good to go.
Just wondering what I missed and what brought up this question?