Don't start sending mail to our new South Dakota address just yet. I contacted Americas Mailbox in Box Elder, SD a couple weeks ago since we decided to make SD our state of domicile. I found out that you don't actually have to live in your fulltime RV before getting an address for mail forwarding. Wish I would have known that before we bought the truck and the 5th wheel. Would have saved ourselves about 4.75% on our purchases since SD sales tax is 3% and IL sales tax is 7.75%. Why didn't I do more research or call the mail forwarding service before this? Anyway, we just got an email that we have an address with Americas Mailbox. The next step will be to register the vehicles there once I get all my paperwork from IL(registration, etc.) for the truck and 5th wheel. We plan to wait until I actually retire on Sept 1 to go out to SD and get our drivers licenses. Once we do that we should be official. I haven't set up any type of delivery schedule for forwarding since we still live in our house and it isn't ready to go on the market yet.
Just wanted to mention this new step in our progression toward full timing. Each step makes it more real and a little scary too. Glenda has been working hard at getting the house ready by sorting pictures, papers, clothes and taking down some wallpaper in the kitchen for a fresh coat of paint soon. We also made an appointment for our PDI to pick up the Bighorn on April 4th and plan to stay at a local KOA in Granger, IN over the weekend before bringing her home. That reminds me of another thing. We're trying to think of a name for our new home. Seems everywhere I read everyone has named their rigs. So that will be the next step. HaHa. If you have any suggestion, leave a comment. Thanks for following our progress. We continue to work toward retirement and full timing and it won't be long.