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RE: How many Canadian Snowbirds are there?

According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner's office Canadians pay north of $500,000,000 a year just in property taxes in the State of Florida alone. As for non property owning snowbirds, it goes on to say "Canadian tourists spent an estimated $6.5 billion in 2016 alone. Canadian tourism has generated an estimated $686.5 million in related tax revenue..." And therein lies the reason why we sold our place in Florida in 2017. Taxes escalated exponentially but not for others. Neighbour with Homesteading and a pool paying $3600 and we were well north of $12000 a year with no pool, similar valuation. In 2008 USA were crying out for our Canadian dollars and within 5 years after that everything went exponentially up specially on "us". Flood insurance as non-residents, house insurance as non-residents and so on and so forth. Basically the goal posts moved exponentially on many counts after the credit crunch recovery to the detriment of non-resident owners when it suited. To each their own but we personally will never own property again in the USA because of how badly we were treated after the fact on moving goal posts, not just cost of living wise either! PS: Note to Alberta plated car stored in garage = maybe in danger of being reported especially in today's environment. If ascertained kept down there longer than 3 months (mandate in most states!) could be in for huge taxes as should have been imported and changed out to local plates. Just saying BarbOK, and don't know state by state rules but ........ you might want to let them know as a favour that over a certain time a vehicle remains in a country has to be exempted or imported = usually the latter. I can't speak specifically about Florida's property taxes since I have never owned property in that state. However, I don't believe any state in the US makes foreign real estate owners pay a higher property tax simply because they are foreigners. Some states and/or local tax authorities do have slightly higher tax rates for properties used as a second home or income property. What is correct it can be difficult and/or very expensive to get insurance on homes that aren't occupied full time, regardless of the owner's nationality.
gemsworld 10/15/20 08:14pm Snowbirds
RE: How many Canadian Snowbirds are there?

What is the actual US govt official policy? Are Canadian snowbirds allow to enter the US or not? Does it make any difference if they travel by ground or air? After seeing the thread about the Canadian couple that tried to enter the US to go Mexico and were denied entry into the US I assumed Canadians were not allowed to travel in the US.
gemsworld 10/14/20 09:36pm Snowbirds
RE: Germs while traveling

Use sanitizer, or wash your hands as soon as possible. We carry a small sanitizer bottle with us and we use it after touching anything in public. Touching contaminated surfaces isn't the problem, the problem is rubbing your nose or eyes with contaminated hands.
gemsworld 09/28/20 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying from private party in California

So you're saying that if I buy a car from a CA dealer, and I live in another state and will register it in that state, I pay CA sales tax as well as tax in my home state??Yes if you take delivery in CA. Dealer would have to ship the vehicle out of CA to avoid CA sales tax. Usually your home state will give credit for out of state sales tax when you register. You don't pay sales tax twice, but you may have to pay registration twice if you decide to register the vehicle in your name in CA just to drive it home. As stated before, don't overthink this too much since it's a private party sale. Register the vehicle and pay the sales tax in AZ when you get home. As someone else stated, if you purchase a new vehicle in CA and don't want to register it in CA or pay the CA sales tax, you must take delivery outside the state. When I purchased my new moho in CA, the dealer hired a driver (the wife and I were passengers) to drive the moho to the AZ stateline, where we were met by notary public arranged by the dealer that notarized documents showing we took possession of the moho outside CA. In another CA purchase, I bought a new utility trailer in CA but I had to pay the CA sales tax since I took possession of it in CA. When I registered it in AZ I did not have to pay sales tax again since the tax was paid in CA.
gemsworld 09/05/20 09:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flaming Gorge to Page Az. Monument Valley, Escalante NP

Just got back from our annual road trip, and Lake Powell was our last stop before getting home. We stayed at the Wahweap Campground within the Lake Powell Recreation Area with full hookups. The sites are fairly well spaced out in Loop B, where we stayed. Most sites are drive-through and Wifi was very good. We had a great site with lake views and the nightly rate was $68. You can get into the recreational area for free if you have the yearly or senior pass. I highly recommend renting a boat in the lake or take a tour, if offered. Just south of Page, there is the famous Colorado River horseshoe bend. Years ago, there was a dirt parking lot adjacent to the highway where you could park for free and take a look at the river, but now the govt built a paved parking lot and there is a fee to park. I'm assuming the yearly or senior pass is valid there as well. A couple of years ago, we overnighted in Monument Valley, on our way to Moab, and stayed at a KOA. When we were planning our trip this year, we thought about going through that area again and we called Goulding's. We were told the tours in Indian lands were closed due to the pandemic. On our way to Lake Powell from Colorado, we drove through Four Corners and the parking lot in Indian land where the Four Corners marker is located was also closed.
gemsworld 09/05/20 09:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lithium Batteries

When you say residential style fridge, are you saying you have a compressor-type fridge or a true residential fridge? They both use a compressor but that's where the similarities end. Our Winnebago Navion came with a compressor-style fridge and 200 watts of solar from factory and we haven't had any problems overnighting without power or having to run the genny.
gemsworld 09/05/20 08:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Visiting Mount St Helens in Washington

We drove to the end of Hwy 504 yesterday. As mentioned, everything was closed with the exception of the gift shops. We were concerned about the cloud cover as we reached the Visitor Center mid afternoon, but by the time we reached the end of the road the sky was clear.
gemsworld 08/19/20 08:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Visiting Mount St Helens in Washington

I don't see anything on WSDOT about Hwy 504 being closed. Yes, the visitor centers are closed, but you are going to see the mountain. You should still be able to drive to the parking/viewpoint at Johnston Ridge. If you go, choose 504 over 503. The crater view is at Johnston Ridge. My opinion is only go if the weather is cooperating. It needs to be clear weather all the way to the top of the mountain. It's not worth going if the only thing you can see is clouds. P.S. I'm planning on a trip in the next few weeks to Windy Ridge on the East side of the crater. Thanks for the info.
gemsworld 08/17/20 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Visiting Mount St Helens in Washington

We were planning on visiting the Mount St Helens area since we have never been there, as we head east from the Long Beach Peninsula. Based on what I have seen on the net, it appears Hwy 504 is closed, along with the Visitor Center and Observatory. Is it worth going on Hwy 503, and can we expect to see Mount St Helens from the south? Are there other areas nearby worth visiting, as we head south to Oregon? Thanks in advance.
gemsworld 08/16/20 06:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 2014

2014 V6 4X4 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner here. I towed a travel trailer with a loaded weight of 5,000 pounds for two years without any problems. As other have stated, you may need to keep and eye on your payload. You mentioned you would have to install a hitch on your JGC. If so, it tells me your Jeep does not have the factory towing package and you can only tow 3,500 pounds.
gemsworld 08/11/20 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Asking for a friend really

Leisure Travel RVs seem to be well built. Have you looked at the class C models made by Winnebago and Tiffin built on Sprinter Chassis? Good luck in your search.
gemsworld 07/14/20 10:38pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Got the bugs off...

Clothes dryer softener sheets work very well in getting rid of the splattered bugs.
gemsworld 06/19/20 05:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Parking RV at home

Not really. It's just like any other vehicle, but bigger. And congratulations.
gemsworld 06/13/20 09:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

From a 20 year class b owner - i like it. but how many feet long is it? Soes it have propane? i skimmed the video & may have missed that. Otherwise how would it be heated while boondocking. It seems luxurious. I believe that unit is about 27' long. I'm assuming since it is built in northern Europe it must have adequate heating, and also a cooling system for those that head south. I did see in the video some heating registers that lets air from the house to the outside storage areas.
gemsworld 06/03/20 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

Nice but too small. Having spent seven month in the desert in a 39 ft interior Mh I want larger. Have to agree. Life's too short to tie up that much money in something one can't enjoy. It's all relative. We owned a 40' DP that served its purpose when we had it but eventually traded down in size to a 26' Winnebago Navion on a Mercedes chassis when our travels changed, and we have no regrets. And in case you haven't priced new motorhomes lately, $125K doesn't buy much nowadays.
gemsworld 06/03/20 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

These are almost identical. Dealers cannot keep them in stock in the USA. We have a 6 month backlog on orders. Doug Although Leisure Vans make nice products they are not in the same league as that German model. Have YOU really looked at a Leisure and been in one?????? Leisure uses Mercedes Chassis and I do not recognize the German RV chassis. Except for some cosmetic differences, I do not see any real difference. Doug I have been inside of them and I like them a lot. We own a 2019 Winnebago Navion with the Mercedes chassis. We may have considered a Leisure Wonder had we seen one but I don't think those models were out at the time we made our purchase. BTW, if you sell Leisure RVs you should know Leisure is using the Ford chassis in the 2021 Wonder models. I believe the German RV uses a Fiat chassis but I'm not 100% sure. And as much as you insist on saying you don't see much difference between a Leisure unit and that German unit I beg to differ. That German RV is far more luxurious and has a much better finish than anything this side of the pond at that price point.
gemsworld 06/03/20 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

These are almost identical. Dealers cannot keep them in stock in the USA. We have a 6 month backlog on orders. Doug Although Leisure Vans make nice products they are not in the same league as that German model.
gemsworld 06/01/20 05:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What $125,000 gets you in Germany

$125,000 USD or 125,000 marks? They sell for 113,000 Euros, which is about $125K USD.
gemsworld 06/01/20 05:03pm Class A Motorhomes
What $125,000 gets you in Germany

Too bad this coach isn't sold in the US, I would buy it in a heartbeat. This small coach seems well designed, very well made and pleasant to look at. Carthago chic c line i5 9 XL LE
gemsworld 05/31/20 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
Ultimate Tow Vehicle for 5th Wheels

Had to share. :B
gemsworld 05/27/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
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