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Old 03-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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The price of gas. Ha. Last November, it was way cheaper for me to fly AZ-MT-AZ than to drive the 2500 mile roundtrip.($250. flight round trip.) Left the van in AZ. Also, time is $. Four days of driving is a lot of time.I had my store open an extra 3 days= at least the price of the flight.
There is no good answer.
I'm beginning to think my future is gonna be an older, much bigger Class A, that I live in for the AZ time. For the same price I paid for my Class B(under $20K), I can get a 36 to 40 footer,about 15 years old, with luxurious huge interior, even washer hookups. It only has to drive from a storage yard to a site or two. So the 6 or 7mpg doesn't really matter.
It's already fully depreciated, so sitting in the sun is not going to affect the value. OR I could get a really nice pull trailer, for even less $, and move it -not far- with my van. ??
The big question will be on whether I continue to drive the 16 mpg van back and forth, or my 35mpg Accord? But then I have to get a motel room.... and use rest stop toilets again-- oh noooooooooo....
This popped up in another thread, and it seems like a great discussion point. There were a few follow up posts also. They can be found in this thread:

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In an effort to reduce annual expenses, should we consider moving our primary residence to a fairer climate, to eliminate the need to migrate twice a year. Then we could use our disposable income to travel to places we want to go, instead of escaping bad weather. It would also reduce the expense of maintaining two residence locations.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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I'd love to buy a small place or piece of property in the US south somewhere.
Alas, although self sufficient financially, I cannot emigrate to America legally,
as I don't qualify under any current category of allowable immigrant according to
ICE.
I would think that with our economies in the shape they're in today, either the US
or Canada would welcome ANY immigration effort when it involves someone who
wants to stimulate the economy of the target locale, by spending money there.
I'd be interested in helping somewhere like NV or AZ out by taking excess R/E off
the markets for them. Seems a shame to prevent people from living where they'd
like to.
Perhaps ICE should add an "older, self-sufficient, non-threatening, retiree" immigration
classification that would allow us to stay longer, perhaps permanently?
It would save us a ton of mpg.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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Maybe you could get a "Student Visa", and live near a University. Apply for scholarships, live near a college, apply for citizenship, keep ICE busy for a few years.
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Political asylum or persecution is probably my best bet.
I shouldn't have a lot of trouble proving I'm abused daily by excessive taxation.
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Political asylum or persecution is probably my best bet.
I shouldn't have a lot of trouble proving I'm abused daily by excessive taxation.
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I guess the sun is always brighter the farther south you go. My brother just retired and moved from El Paso, TX to Chelem, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. Think Mexico.
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Canadians can be in USA for 6 months of 12, right? Summer in AZ mountains( not too hot), winter in tropical, just- over -the -border Mexico? I hear Puerto Penasco is full of Norte Americanos.
A big stationary RV in AZ, a smaller one (the B?) for road trips and Mexico. ?? You wouldn't be the only one.
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"In an effort to reduce annual expenses, should we consider moving our primary residence to a fairer climate, to eliminate the need to migrate twice a year. Then we could use our disposable income to travel to places we want to go, instead of escaping bad weather. It would also reduce the expense of maintaining two residence locations."

Good discussion point, Photog.
Check out home prices in Desert Hot Springs, CA. For $50-70,000. you can get a 3/2 with garage in a decent neighborhood. Easy travel to Baja in the winter and the high Sierras in the summer. Great soaking in the springs, 30 minutes to Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, 20 mins to lovely Palm Springs.

Hmmm, 2 or 3 of us chip in- $20-30,000. each? The only thing that keeps me from buying one of these deals myself is ongoing property tax and maintenance, I'd estimate at $2-300. a month. But split two or three ways.....

The chances of all 3 owners being "in residence" at the same time are slim, I think.
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We're still thinking about it. Our issue is the distance to drive just to get there.
If we were closer, like in a western province (Alberta), instead of Ontario, it would
be just over a long day's drive due south, instead of the 3+ day route we do now.
The differences in mileage are considerable.
For example, St. Catharines, ON to Yuma, AZ = > 2450 miles.
Lethbridge, AB to Yuma, AZ = > 1450 miles.
1000 fewer miles, and about a day and a half, to 2 days, drive time.

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Canadians can be in USA for 6 months of 12, right? Summer in AZ mountains( not too hot), winter in tropical, just- over -the -border Mexico? I hear Puerto Penasco is full of Norte Americanos.
A big stationary RV in AZ, a smaller one (the B?) for road trips and Mexico. ?? You wouldn't be the only one.
Actually, Ontarians can be out of province and country for 212 days (approx 7 months) of the year after
one of our senior citizens groups lobbied the provincial government to get it extended by another month.
Newfies (Canadians from Newfoundland) can be out of province/country for 8 months. The rest are 6 months.
I have no idea what the rules are for us to own property in the US, but I believe lots of my countrymen do it.
So, it's still a possibility, if the circumstances and legalities were all in a row, as well as the distance to get
there and back as we'd like to be able to come and go as we pleased, to some extent. It also depends on how
long the US of A will allow us to stay on any given trip. I wouldn't want to become a "nuisance resident alien".
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