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Old 10-13-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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Confused about where to keep our address

Hi all - I'm new to the forums!

We are going to be full-timing for a year(ish) beginning in January. We want to sell our house in TN before we hit the road. After the year is up, we will probably return to TN and buy a new property.

We aren't sure what to do with our legal address for the year we are gone. We're self-employed, with our business registered with the state of TN of course, and we need to keep it here and return to it after the year of travel. Our son will also start pre-school in TN when we return.

All our parents are in TX and we don't have any family in TN. We would love any advice from those of you who are more knowledgable about this than we are! Out-of-the-box ideas are welcome too! Oh and I know the easiest thing may be to just get renters for our house, but we are trying avoid that for a couple different reasons.

Thank you all!
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:13 PM   #2
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Old 10-13-2015, 02:23 PM   #3
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I have and it wasn't helpful to my specific situation.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:42 PM   #4
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Maybe we don't know enough details but....why not just keep your address in TN. Get a PO box at post office or at one of the mail stores before you sell house and just forward and change of address your current mail to there. Is there any need to change it.
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Old 10-13-2015, 04:37 PM   #5
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An address can easily be moved, then moved again back to wherever you are. The real issue here and you may not be aware of this is your health insurance. Unless your on Medicare your health insurance is state related. By that I mean while on the road you may find yourself "out of network " for health care, you could be paying upfront for health issues & trying to get reimbursed from your carrier if at all. Suggest you approach residency from that standpoint as major medical issues out of network could prove to be a costly nightmare. I know people who say TX & FL are good states to establish residency & purchase health care with broad in network coverage.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:03 AM   #6
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You can't use a US PO Box if you don't have a physical address. Also it must be visited at least every few days or it is jammed full of junk mail.
My Florida medicare supplement would be 3 times more than it is in South Jersey.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:22 AM   #7
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Zil, that's why I said get the PO box before they sell house.

You can put yourself on a no junk mail list. I will cut out the bulk of it.

You can go paperless on almost all bills.

You can suspend subscriptions and cancel catalogs.

You hire the post office store or a person to check your mail once every couple weeks and before you know it a yet is up.
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:43 PM   #8
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We were introduced to Americas Mailbox in S. Dakota since we can get a very reasonable registration and legal US License Plate for our Baja, Mexico car. We have a resident mailing address there and they will handle your mail and even purge your junk mail for a fee. Let them know where you are located for a week or so and they will forward your mail there.
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:08 PM   #9
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Agree with AWCHIEF’s post - we are Escapees members and only use the mailbox address when we are going to be on the road for a month or more. You can easily change your address back to Tennessee when you move back there.

When we are on the road, I’ll usually call Escapees once a week and have them forward our mail to where we are or will be. Takes usually 3 days for the mail to arrive. We’ve been members of Escapees for about 6 years and really appreciate having that aspect of life on the road taken care of so well.

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If U establish residency in TX, U will have Ur trailer insp each yr. B4 tag renew. Not reqd in most TN counties. Escapees can help U est. Res. in TN, TX, or FL. Can provide mail forwarding from each of the 3 states.

Mail fwd service is very impt if U don't visit a private maibox often.

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Old 10-16-2015, 10:14 AM   #11
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SD worked for us. We sold our home in NY however our business interest there required paying NY state taxes. In one day we became citizens of SD, voted, obtained driver licenses, registered our vehicles. SD has a low population so insurance rates for vehicles and medicare are lower, no income tax helped too. We chose Americas Mailbox Rapid City SD which is an online source for scheduling our mail delivery wherever we were and provide various services like dealing with renewal of licenses and registrations. However now that we have Homeland Security you have to show up for license renewal but that is just once every 5 years on your birthday in SD. We also wintered in Rockport Tx 30 min north of Corpus Christie which has excellent medical services and low food and RV costs. You might want to look into Overnight Parking $25 /year. Users provide information about free overnight parking, safety, restrictions etc. We found it very useful when traveling long distances to get to our next destination at low cost. Because it is on line you can check out sites up ahead before you waste time looking.
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Can you find a place in TN that will rent you a room? Maybe in a local college town?
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However now that we have Homeland Security you have to show up for license renewal but that is just once every 5 years on your birthday in SD.
Can you elaborate on this?

You mean when your license is due for renewal you have to travel back to SD to show up anytime prior to your birthday. So my wife's birthday is February and mine is October so we'd have to show up in SD during the winter months or could we renew during the previous summer or fall.

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I use a UPS store mail box as a "real" address. They can sign for packages from any delivery service (UPS, Fed Ex,) and then forward your stuff.
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