Our Californian RV has become a midwesterner! We recently got our South Dakota plates and registration in the mail, and The Mount Rushmore State plates totally kick California’s plates’ butt. Oh, and our insurance costs went down 34%. No complaints there either.
In an attempt to get more familiar with the RV’s new Madison, SD address, I was listening to recordings of the South Dakota accent. I have to admit that it was a bit disappointing to find out that South Dakotans sound just like everyone else.
In case you were wondering, the advantages of registering in South Dakota are a cheaper excise tax on vehicles (3%, no sales tax), no required emissions testing or vehicle inspection, and cheaper registration fees. (Along with the huge benefit of being able to register from out of state as a non-resident.) We may become South Dakota residents down the road, as the state doesn’t levy an income tax. This may become relevant in the next couple of years as we’ll probably begin to slowly convert our 401(k)s to Roth IRAs.
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posted by yair