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Mik68

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ol Bombero-JC wrote:

Mik68 -

Unfortunately, you must register 'somewhere'.
I would be looking at those options -vs fees- as part of your research.

You can register (both) in South Dakota, without physically going there. SD has 3% sales (excise) tax, and *dramatically* lower license fee/s than CA (especially for the trucks).
Contact any one of the mail forwarding services in SD such as "Americas Mailbox" for more information.

Hope you enjoy the visit - wish I was planning the opposite adventure!..[emoticon]
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Registration for us looks more than likely Texas through Escapees or my wife's cousin has a street address there we could also use.
California is another option, I've heard vehicle & RV yards will let you use there lot as a street address. Anything for a sale. [emoticon]

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Mike68, if you're looking for used trucks, always remember that many of the northern states use salt on their roads in the winter, so even a 2-3 year old truck may have cancer issues if it wasn't well taken care of. Best vehicles tend to come out of the south and SW. Texas trucks will also tend to have a =lot= of miles on them, even in only a few years. You live in "big country", so I'm sure you see the same thing. Just sayin'... You sound like you've done a lot of homework, so I don't think you'll have a lot of issues.

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laknox wrote:

Mike68, if you're looking for used trucks, always remember that many of the northern states use salt on their roads in the winter, so even a 2-3 year old truck may have cancer issues if it wasn't well taken care of. Best vehicles tend to come out of the south and SW. Texas trucks will also tend to have a =lot= of miles on them, even in only a few years. You live in "big country", so I'm sure you see the same thing. Just sayin'... You sound like you've done a lot of homework, so I don't think you'll have a lot of issues.

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Yeah I had heard that about the salt, cheers! I live in Perth, the most isolated city in the world so yeah we do a lot of travelling, and its to my understanding that a country vehicle that has a lot of long distance miles on it is certainly a lot better than a city vehicle of the same mileage. That said, I still we be looking for one with reasonably low mileage & from one of the Southern states.

Good point also Slownsy, that had crossed our minds travelling in possibly snowy conditions, Although the kids would love to see snow for 1st time, this is something I am definitely not used to & don't like the sound of driving in. Is there still snow about late March up around Michigan?

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Mike I also com from Perth, and wood recommend the direct flight to DFW from any of the 3 Mayer airports and then go wherever you like. LA is a nightmare compared to Dallas. If you intend to bring back to Australia I hope you have don your home work re cost and problems with conversions no more than 8' wide les than 5000kg or air brakes needed,120v to240v.
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Slownsy wrote:

Mike I also com from Perth, and wood recommend the direct flight to DFW from any of the 3 Mayer airports and then go wherever you like. LA is a nightmare compared to Dallas. If you intend to bring back to Australia I hope you have don your home work re cost and problems with conversions no more than 8' wide les than 5000kg or air brakes needed,120v to240v.
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G'day Frank, yeah I have been researching it for along time now. Nearly got put off the whole idea, but have had a second wind. I feel as though I have covered everything to do with converting. At this stage I have 2 option, currently in talks with ForksRV & designing one to Aussie specs as they already build for an Aussie co. The other is converting a US built so have been keeping the search to weights under 10,000 GRVW. all comes down to $$$.
I'm now looking into a truck to tow it.
Do you live there in US now?
P.S. I have had that thought on LA v's Texas as well but have promised the family Disneyland as our 1st port of call.[emoticon]

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Hi Mike yes I live in Florida. Go to Dallas organize a truck and FW com to Florida and take the family to Orlando wher you have Disney world wher you can actualy stay in your FW right at the park and many other theme parks, cape canawerel near Miami. Right time of year for over hear and you can wisit os and we will take you down and show you the alligators etc, always happy for an excuse to get away. You can pm me if you wish,
Frank.

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Mik68

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and have been following this blog. I might be able to help you in your search.

Send me a private message and your e-mail address. We can discuss this matter further.

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Hey Mik,
Great homework so far. Then you can also understand the huge difference in DW and DL. If you're bringing the youngens', there is no forgetting the magic of DW. FW (fort wilderness campground) at DW is amazing as is everything there. DL is a much different experience; traffic, surroundings, etc.
But anyway, warm welcomes to USA. I am sure you and your travel companions will have a great time no matter what you decide. But I agree it needs 3 digits of savings to reconsider.
Just to mention and not throw much caution into the dream, but make a significant check into the dealer who you are purchasing from. SCAMS do happen with unworthy people in finely established companies / dealers / businesses. It may be one point of consideration as I think you mentioned about family being in Dallas area. If you ever needed someone locally to address some claim...

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To tell the truth I have only been to DL & didn't know there was a big difference between them, now I know we can park & stay with RV close to DW, that's cool!
Texas is looking good for many reasons, family there, offers when we get to Florida, thanks Frank.
My DW has a few issues I need to work through. One being that she seems to think it would be nicer travelling down the Pacific coast in September instead of August due to weather. We like it hot near the coast& apparently it's hotter in Sept. they're little things but gotta try & keep everyone happy.

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