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RE: Montana LLC to save on sales tax

We are getting ready to buy a new RV we’re wondering if any of you have experience forming a Montana LLC to avoid sales tax. We live in Texas and we understand the state of Texas is not clamping down on such restrictions whereas states like California pretty much will not allow you to do it. My question is how hard is it to do? How long did it take you to get it ready? And is it worth the expense and trouble? Thanks for the help! At one time LLCs were a common means to avoid sales tax. HOWEVER - states want their revenue, and began to (legally) pursue folks who were not paying sales tax to the state where they resided. YES - it was often litigated. Do your homework. Honest MT law firms will tell you two things: 1. They will *not* represent you in a state other than Montana. 2. They will suggest you become a legal resident of a state with less (or no) sales tax than where you currently reside - (no LLC necessary). Of course they will set up an LLC for you....for a fee. When stopped by an LEO, expect to explain why your DL is from a different state than the plates on your RV. Why isn't the owner of the LLC a resident? (Good luck!). Suggest you look into South Dakota - plan to have both your DL and RV registration from SD......and SD *does* charge sales tax. Bottom line: There's no free lunch! :R ~
Dtank 11/24/22 05:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Locked Out...Sorta

Best lock cleaner you can get is called "Houdini". We used that stuff where padlocks were subjected to dusty and freezing conditions and never had an issue. Learn something new every day!...:C Google: "Houdini Lock Lube" - - supposedly the locksmith's friend for over 40 years! (reasonably priced)
Dtank 11/24/22 05:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pulled to the left when being passed by Big Rigs

I was taught this back about 1960. When a large vehicle is about to pass, maintain a steady speed while gently and manually applying the trailer brakes. This pulls your rig into a straight line and greatly reduces trailer sway. Towed TTs for many years. Simple anti sway bar helped a lot (Hensley was not for me) - AND - I also always did the above....and/or a moment of acceleration to pull your rig into a straight line. Keep track (reg glances in the mirror) to see what is approaching in the adjoining lane to accomplish the above....timing is everything - but not difficult. :W .
Dtank 11/04/22 11:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Theft at a State park.......

Who in the world would want someone else's SEWER HOSE? Woke up yesterday morning at Chain-O-lakes state park in northern Indiana (park was full) and walked around to the rear of the RV. Bumper plug on the ground and stinky slinky GONE....... I carry a couple in the bumper and the other one was still there...... Stupid is all I can think to say........ Wow!! Great RVing issue to debate!!...:R...:@ Obviously - somebody lost theirs (the highway "thing") or theirs was damaged. Theft prevention: carry it inside your RV...:B Guess I should have gone past the first two replies, but I'll pass. ~
Dtank 10/27/22 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you sell a relatively new rv and downsize/moneywise?

No comment on your lack of success, however - ...... best way to sell *ANYTHING*: Place ad in Craigslist. *NO* e-mail. Leave the VM number (see next). Get an automated voice mail phone number. (about $8 per month). Give complete description of what you have for sale, and price. (The one I use will allow 5 minute outgoing message - I usually only need about one minute). Advise callers to leave THEIR phone number if interested -AND- you will return calls in order received. This eliminates bogus calls & calls during all hours of day & night. Use a Tracfone (or other cheap cell phone) to return calls. Only give your *real* phone number to obviously serious callers. You will know if the price is "right" almost immediately! Worked for me.... Sold a TT and a Boat in less than 24 hours. The TT: Placed ad about at midnight. I looked at my calls received list (total of 95!!) at 5PM, the same day. First call had been at 2AM. When returned = the buyer. TT was a done deal the same evening! Even had calls offering more than asking price (I honored my word as to price I advertised). Fishing boat: had (only!) 7 calls, same day. - Again, first caller bought it. BTW - when sold - change outgoing message....To "sold". :C .
Dtank 10/24/22 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2010 Cougar Fifth Wheel RV

A knowledgeable neighbor or friend may be able to help, if not call a mobile RV tech. It shouldn't cost much. Go with the "if not". You should be able to get a "ballpark" fee quoted from a phone call to an RV tech (Mobile RV service). Try more than one! :W .
Dtank 10/19/22 05:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My Coach Net experience tonight.

We had a bad experience years ago with just one flat tire on our 40' Phaeton. Eventually we got someone to come out and slap a used tire on it as we had no spare. We drove 22 miles to a Boulevard Tire dealer in Florida and boondocked in their parking lot. They fixed our tire in the morning. They said they do not do business with Coach Net and it has to do with the way CN pays those vendors. I am not sure what they require but the way it goes, they are frequently left waiting on their money. They had previously dealt with them but no longer. They said they would have dispatched a truck to us immediately and it would have taken maybe 45 minutes and cost $75. As it was the bill was well over $300, plus the $75 we paid out of pocket the next morning to have the necessary repair done. So it isn't always that there is no service available, it's that there may not be a service willing to jump through the hoops with CN. ******************************** REPLY TO POSTS - (sorry about being "inserted" in the middle) of same! :B...:R Many/most tow operators (the folks the "Motor Clubs" contract with), have contracts with several of the "Motor Clubs". Unfortunately, the above is true. When "we" could visit the tow operators forum (without "affiliation"), this was a common complaint. Soooo - if you are a tow operator and have other service contracts with businesses who pay their bills promptly - who gets the best response? How about a local police agency - who wants a road opened quickly? Suggest anyone who wants an Emergency Road Service that performs well, contact US Rider. Yes - it's intended for equestrians - BUT you do *NOT* have to own a "hay burner" -or- be towing/driving a horse trailer. It's the only ERS that will tow a trailer with live animals! Only caveat is the ERS subscriber must be with the vehicle/s requiring the service -and- they do not provide service for commercial horse transporters. I found that out when I questioned their services, as explained in their brochure. I received both a US Mail reply, an e-mail, and an invitation to speak (by phone) with the director of the service. Can you do the same with your ERS provider? Dtank.. ******************************************************** Dale Exactly, When I finally got towed ( a company that was no longer on the coach net call list) , I talked with the driver. He said the same thing. Coach net uses the lowest cost providers and then jerks them around with payments. So you get the bottom of the barrel if they happen to show up
Dtank 10/12/22 11:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Not enough room

I've had a Diesel since 2005 and have yet to find a nozzle that wouldn't fit. Now if you have a Diesel Passenger Car, that's a different story. "Ditto" to post/s by Ford Truck guy -and- Michelle.S: First diesel truck was a 1985 Ford (1T, crew) - drove it all over the US a couple of times Towing a TT. NEVER had a problem with a nozzle that wouldn't fit...:h Same for/with the Ram/Cummins I have now & 34' 5ht wheel. Yes - had to "plan ahead" once in a while for station & pump locations - no big deal, Google Earth back in 1985 !!...:W ~
Dtank 10/04/22 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lithium battery safety

I am always very careful when drilling my batteries. Close formation or not...... Prior to drilling, call 'em to attention, and "Dress right, dress!" BTW - FDNY (New York Fire Dept) is responding to many fires *inside dwellings* caused by the batts used in EV Bikes. Many/most folks in the Big Apple do NOT have a garage or outside storage, and take their EV bikes into their apartments - some with fatal results...:( .
Dtank 10/02/22 01:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Space Storms Destroy Elon Musk's Starlink Satellites

I just report what I see on the news slow ones and I thought might be of interest to starlink users. And again for the slow ones the article was on yesterday's Bing news page. So save your snarky remarks and get a life out of the slow lane dum Or.......maybe - skip/save posting outdated trivia! As you can see - it is old news that starlink users are aware of - and has not affected their service....:R But - you deserve credit for a dated ..."Gee Whiz"......:W .
Dtank 10/02/22 01:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

Simply use email until you feel the person is legit. Read - delete, read - delete, skip, etc. Legit?? Return e-mail, negotiate, etc. A "GPP" - GENUINE PITA PROCESS...:S *IF* you have the time to waste - more power to ya....:C ~
Dtank 01/16/22 04:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

I hate Craig's List because of the scammers, but, I placed an ad there recently. Nothing but scammers, so far. Anyone have thoughts on how to reach potential interested buyers (??) Thanks, VERY easy solution: To eliminate scammers, dealers, tire kickers, etc. AND eliminate phone calls at "in-opportune" times (early AM, etc.) - also no need to reply or "filter" e-mail you receive. Here ya go - example is Craigs List. Get a "voice mail ONLY" answering service. Cost is usually about $8. per month - sometimes requires a minimum of 3 month subscription. You use that phone number for/in your advertisement. (NO e-mail) On your outgoing message (what callers hear) is a brief repeat of what you have for sale. (The one I use has a maximum outgoing message of 5 minutes - I only needed about one minute). Advise the callers it's voice mail ONLY, leave their phone number, and you will return calls in the order they were received. Don't return obviously bogus calls! When you call them use a "burner" cell phone, like a TracPhone flip phone. The person/s you call do *not* have your "real" phone number to bug you - unless and until the caller passes the "litmus test" as a serious buyer! (And - NO, I didn't skip to the callers that offered more than asking price) BTW - your flip phone is handy to leave in your vehicle in case of a break-down, etc. - normally "off" (If you pay annually it's about $7 per month). Here's two of my CL success stories: #1. (both before Covid). 20 ft TT for sale. Listed on CL about midnight, and turned in for the night. Next day about 5PM, I checked my voice mail. WOW !! - 95 calls ! Although some were repeat callers who didn't catch on to - the phone would not be answered. Some were what the OP called "scammers". Two even offered more than the asking price. #1. I returned the first call (caller left his number at 2AM !!) He was a serious buyer - was at my home (from about 50 miles away) by 9PM with "asking price" CASH in hand. Done deal - in less than 24 hours! #2. CL again. Aluminum fishing boat. Same procedure. About ten calls. Again, first caller purchased boat the day following the listing for/with the asking price in CASH. He was closer - about 5 miles away. Done deal, the day after posting the ad. Before listing either of the above, I thoroughly researched what was at least a "reasonable" asking price for each (via comparables, in equally nice condition) - no trades, cash only. When the item is sold - post a NEW outgoing message to that effect. Hope that helps - sure worked for me - and will be my "go to" plan for anything I wish to sell in the future!!....:C ~
Dtank 01/16/22 04:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Whats wrong with this 5th Wheel Tow Vehicle?

Nice truck. It would change the world as to blind side backing. We prefer the outer sites in a loop, this would solve that problem. In the US anyway. Nope. Unless it is duel control. Just for snots and grins, park your car on the wrong side of street, put a car in front of you, then check your sightlines as you pull out. Want to do that every time? "......Unless it is duel control." Definition of "Duel Control": The DW offering "how to" *advice* (LOL) on driving techniques, maneuvers, etc. .........The duel to see who is really in control..:@ :W .
Dtank 12/28/21 12:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chinese Pickup towing a lightweight 5ver

Or - maybe USA "piece workers" for RVs..:S .
Dtank 12/28/21 12:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Coach Net has wrong name on my account

Update Well it has been a week since Dec 8th and two phone calls to the same agent and one email and nothing. Makes me wonder?? Any one having issues besides the one post above this one. JimR I wrote to David Ostlund the president of coachnet a week and a half ago via email to inform him of the issues I had with their "service" where we were left on the side of a very busy highway, just feet from traffic for 29 hours. I never got a response. I then contacted their customer service, same story... no response. Next, I contacted their sales department... again no response. Oh... I've been a subscriber for about 25 years... this will probably be the end of my dealing with them as they don't seem to care and were totally infective in getting us towed off the road. . Maybe you might have better luck in trying to contact the president of coachnet.... his email is [email protected] US Rider. US Rider is an EMS for equestrian folks The only ERS that will tow a trailer with LIVE animals! When I first signed up with them, I checked and double checked the policy, which indicated I did *not* need to be towing a horse trailer. I did *not* need to own a horse. They would tow both the trailer and the tow vehicle. (You could be towing something *other than* a horse trailer). Now to *YOUR* call: So, I still had some "reservations" (doubts) about the coverage. Sent an e-mail. Not only did I receive an e-mail reply, I received a letter (by USPS) and an invitation to call the Director of Operations, US Rider Equestrian Motor Plan (Who, in 2014, was Linda Lee). soooo - I did !! The clarification reply: Abbreviated by me - "Any trailer you tow with a motorized vehicle will be available for all USRider emergency assistance services up to the limit of the membership". and "We also invite you to look at page 2 of the Agreement under the DEFINITIONS heading. "The term 'Horse Trailer' or 'Trailer' shall mean a non-automotive vehicle that is towed by a Motorized Vehicle". Wish I could relate service calls vs response, but I have never had a need to use them. However - the *personal* attention to my questions "sold" me on their plan/s. Hope your choice will do likewise.
Dtank 12/22/21 05:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

That would be a deal breaker for me. X2!! 3X.... My wife would behead me Hmmmmm looks like you are with most other posters, no "head" would be a deal breaker - so you need to... BE-headed for travel....:W ~
Dtank 12/21/21 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Aluminum Boat above cab and hood

Add the steel structure to carry a "Boat ??" ....then add the boat up front on your 2500 GM front axle. I see lots of snow birds going south with a set up like that but the boats look very small and lite weight. Ya' sure don't want to overload the trucks front axle/tires. I also see plumbing guys or other service folks doing garage over head doors with full length over head racks that sit at the back of the bed and on the trucks front frame rails. This gives a better overall front/rear axle loading. And I see boat transport folks usually a one ton srw/drw with a full bass boat/trailer 300 hp merc on a over head rack and pulling another off the bumper. let google be your search friend. Excellent "bottom line" above!! Go to the source = Give Eide Boat loader a call...:S Check with folks that build (construction) racks for pickups! Design your own - I did (long ago - as I was too cheap to purchase an Eide).
Dtank 12/21/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Centermatics or Balance Beads ???

My trailer bearings are sensitive to wheel offset which the Centramatics increase so I wouldn't use them. You must have a different set of Centramatics than I have seen. Mine are thin sheet metal, 1/16" perhaps. I don't think your wheel bearings will notice. :h I am not thinking the minimal thickness would be an issue. That was what I thought also - until I tried the CMs. I have a two wheel drive 2005, 1-T Dodge Ram. I bought the CMs, but I was not comfortable with the amount of "thread/s" remaining -"showing"- on the (front wheel) studs when the CMs were mounted. (behind factory Aluminum wheels). Returned them. Nice lady in TX with a great Southern Drawl, said she had heard from others with similar problem. No such problem with the Balance Masters - which are still on my (the same) receipt indicates I installed them Feb. of 2012. Maybe the CM metal is thinner now? Tires have never shown any abnormal wear patterns. BTW - thanks for the reminder! Had meant to put a pair on the rear wheels also....:W ~
Dtank 12/20/21 06:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: PullRite Super Glide hitch question

Ok... I didn't know they made the Superglide in 2010 or so. Thought that was a newer hitch, but know I see on their website they have the traditional series and the ISR series. Looks like prior to 2008 require Conventional Grease 2008-2009 uses something called Slip Plate After Dec 2009 to current calls for WD40 Like I said.. didn't realize the Superglide was that old. Mike C.B. has it correct. The: "prior to 2008 require Conventional Grease" Partially correct - they required white lithium grease (yes attracted dirt!). Still have a spray can of it. Then: Slip Plate - in spray cans by Superior Graphite Corp., "Heavy Duty Dry Film Lubricant (for) wherever you have a problem of sliding friction, or unwanted build-up and sticking" was the answer *AND* substitute for the greasy kid stuff -also- approved by SG. Kinda looks like you're "painting" the way tubes black due to the graphite. Get a "wear spot" where you can see metal - just spray a bit more. BTW - cans of Slip Plate have a laundry list of potential uses for Farm, Home & Industrial uses on the cans. Great stuff! No doubt there are other brands (now) of a similar product. When: SG came out with plastic covered way tubes - WD 40 was the lubricant specified by SG. Always: If all else fails, read the directions for whatever product you have! Don't believe what someone tells you on an internet forum. *Verify* the information! PullRite has an outstanding Tech Line - which was very helpful when I installed mine in 2005! (And - my SG still works just fine!) :C .
Dtank 12/19/21 08:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stop using AIOW please!

The only thing worse than obscure acronyms is the misuse of their and there, your and you're, sell and sale, etc. Like fingernails on a chalkboard! Somebody didn't pay attention in 3rd grade :C Don't forget (probably #1 )Advice-Advise, To-Too and my favorite, people who use Are instead of Our. We all have our quirks. Well...... WTF...... What's The Fuss ?? Just interpolate and continue on!... :) .
Dtank 12/19/21 10:40am General RVing Issues
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