Choosing Your Domicile
What is a Domicile? Basically your domicile is the State in which your permanent address resides. When we decided to sell everything and move into an RV full time. That meant we no longer had a permanent residence to call home. That makes registering a vehicle, having a driver’s license, insurance, and all that important stuff that is needed when full time RV’ing quiet tricky. If you’re like us, and no longer have a permanent home base (or house in general), then you have to determine which state you want to “reside” in. The good news is, there are lots of services out there that allow you to have a permanent residence for domicile purposes, and provides you with a mailing address for mail purposes. Before you choose a service, you need to select your state of residency. Most people choose this based on state taxes, health insurance options, or vehicle registration and driver’s license laws and processes. South Dakota, Texas, and Florida are the most popular choices for full time RV’ers because of these reasons, but you will have to determine which state is best for you! Luckily, we’re from the good old state of Florida and still have all of our family and close friends there. Instead of paying for a domicile service to have a permanent address, we used a friend’s address. If you aren’t as lucky as us to have someone’s address to call home, we suggest using Escapee’s. It’s by far the most popular choice for establishing a domicile in one of the three states mentioned above for a pretty cheap fee. It also includes mail forwarding services which scans your mail so you can see it online, and then forwards to you when you have an address to receive mail.
Receiving Day to day Mail
Labeling & Delivery
If you are going to have your mail shipped to a future campground, make sure you call ahead to verify that you can have your packages sent there to begin with! We ordered a book a while back with amazon prime that we never received because we didn’t verify with the state campground before hand and found out they send back packages they receive for campers 😭. We sadly never got the book and never found out where it went. Most RV parks allow package deliveries, and we get our items shipped in well in advance to our arrival so we’re not waiting around for packages to be delivered. If you know your site # or campground # make sure to put in the shipping information as you complete your order, if not (most of the time we don’t know this before hand), we just put the RV park’s name, address, and then “ATTN Your Name”. If you are having packages delivered to UPS, call them to make sure they will accept them first. We’ve come across some UPS Stores that don’t allow this, but it’s rare. UPS Stores ask that you put your phone number on your package, so the shipping label will read something like this 👇
UPS – Hold for “Dennis Smith” (Insert Phone #)
UPS Stores charge $5 for small packages and $10 for large packages. If you are receiving a lot of mail or packages it may be more worth while to find an affordable (or more affordable) RV park to forward your mail to rather than UPS. If you have 3 or 4 packages the fees can add up quickly. Hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! As you can see getting mail is rather easy on the road. Mail day is now a day to celebrate!
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We are Dennis and Liz! We’re two travel loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America full time in a Grand Design fifth wheel toy hauler. We share our lessons learned as full time RV’ers, travel tips and tricks, and the best places to eat and see in the US with you!
The holidays are here and that means coming up with a gift for your full time or part time RV friend or family member. To make gift giving easier this holiday season, we put together an RV gift guide to help give you gift ideas for RVers. Take a look at our top 12 gifts all under $100!
Liz and Dennis have a blast in Salt Lake City. This city has a lot to eat, see, and do (including electric scooters)! Get a taste for what Utah’s largest city has to offer!
Liz and Dennis stop in Idaho Falls to get some RV repairs done. After they arrive, they find out the shop doesn’t have the parts they need. They decide to make the most of the downtime, and head to Craters of the Moon National Monument. They share what they did in their weekend at this great national monument!