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How long can you stay away from your state? - RVFreeDa - 07-27-2019

My residence and RV registration and drivers license are all in CA. I can not find out how long can I travel out of state. I used a form for smog check release if I’m out of state. The Forest ranger asked me today how long has it been. He said the National Forest is for Recreation use only. And I can not live in the National Forest. Lol 14 days. I’ve been traveling the USA for three year now since my husband passed. Always by the rules.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - highdesertranger - 07-27-2019

yeah you can't live on any public land. highdesertranger


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - DLTooley - 07-27-2019

That residence question is a spin on the 14 day limit, and legally very debatable. Personally, I find it leads me to lose a lot of respect for legal practice in general.

The 14 day rule is a good one. Don’t abuse it.

What Forest were you in?


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - MrNoodly - 07-27-2019

California is cracking down on people who claim residency in another state for reduced taxes but live fulltime in California. But your situation is the other way around.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - RVFreeDa - 07-27-2019

(07-27-2019, 02:27 PM)highdesertranger Wrote:  yeah you can't live on any public land.  highdesertranger

But living for 14 days on public land is living on public land. Living more than 14 days in a campsite is illegal I understand .Fulltime means mixing  campgrounds, NF, BLM, public resources as you travel the USA. Not just for weekenders N never staying past the  time limit.  The ranger acted like it was only for weekenders.also he said I had to leave for 3 months at least of any NF in the country. I never read that anywhere. Just weird.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - RVFreeDa - 07-27-2019

(07-27-2019, 02:39 PM)DLTooley Wrote:  That residence question is a spin on the 14 day limit, and legally very debatable. Personally, I find it leads me to lose a lot of respect for legal practice in general.  

The 14 day rule is a good one.  Don’t abuse it.  

What Forest were you in?
San Isabel NF
I never have abused the law. However I pulled a muscle this time and stay a few days longer to recover. Got a ticket $105 and paid for it. Also learned my lesson. Never pull a muscle just be fore the 14 days are up.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - slow2day - 07-27-2019

Less than $7.00 per day if you were dispersed. Not bad.

Or is that on top of campground fees?


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - MrNoodly - 07-27-2019

The Forest Service has decided you are "living" rather than "camping" if you don't have a sticks and bricks residence. Camping only one night or even just parking for a moment is considered "living" if you don't meet their standard. Some ranger districts are hard-asses about this, some not. If they ask how long you've been away from "home," tell them something like, 'This time it's since the 4th of July. before that it was a few weeks in the Eastern Sierras..." and so on.

Your smog exemption probably works against you in this situation since it essentially says you're not going "home" for a long time.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - maki2 - 07-27-2019

No doubt they have seen a lot of South Dakota vehicle registrations and know exactly what that is all about. They know very few people are going to spend more than a few nights in that state therefore that must mean they are living full time in an RV and very likely doing it on public land. You can't hide from the rangers or even fool them about what you are actually doing if you are using those addresses as your residences. The RV blogs rave about how easy it is but they don't tell you that particular downside of it.

Don't forget that people such as cops and rangers may be on the internet and can easily look up and often see a visual image from street view maps. Or they can have the dispatcher do it if they are in radio communication with the office. So if they see an image of a store front mail box service they will know what you are up to. If they open the map and see one of those map labels that businesses like to register with the mapping service they will now what you are up to.


RE: How long can you stay away from your state? - RVFreeDa - 07-27-2019

(07-27-2019, 03:12 PM)slow2day Wrote:  Less than $7.00 per day if you were dispersed. Not bad.

Or is that on top of campground fees?
No this is was free spot. Nope not bad. Better than the paid for campground