Another Good Guy

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 192014

We were up and out the door by 7:30 a.m. yesterday, headed for Benny’s Auto Repair to get the front end of our Ford Explorer worked on. Not for the first time, we both said a little prayer of thanks for not having to be part of the working world commuting to a job every day. We are not retired and probably never will be, but we’re very fortunate to be able to have work we love doing and also having the ability to set our own schedules.

Benny and his crew were waiting for us and as soon as we arrived they took the Explorer in and started working on it. Benny had promised us that we’d be out the door by noon, but about the time we arrived, the delivery driver showed up with our four new tires. Except there was a miscommunication somewhere along the way and he brought the wrong size tires.

This was going to delay finishing the job by a couple of hours at least as he finished his route and then went back to the warehouse and retrieved the correct tires and brought them back. We were glad we brought our Kindles along to be able to read, but Benny said he didn’t want us to have to sit around waiting that long and handed us the keys to his pickup truck and said to take it and go sightseeing or back home where we could wait in comfort, or wherever and he’d call us when the job was done. What a generous offer. So we went home and did our thing until it was time to go back.

That was impressive enough, but when we went back to pick up our SUV and pay the tab, the total was a couple hundred dollars less than we expected it to be! You can bet that Benny’s Auto Repair immediately got added to our RV Good Guys book of trustworthy repair shops from coast to coast.

After a couple of stops along the way, we got back to the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails campground in time to drive around and look at all of the preparations being made for the Bluegrass By The Bay Festival that started yesterday and ends on Sunday. Every campsite is full and there were people everywhere checking out the vendors and getting ready to enjoy the music.

Back at the motorhome I spent some time talking with a fellow who is RV shopping and needed some advice. Hopefully I was able to give him some useful information that will help him in the decision making process.

I’m not sure what’s on our schedule today. There is a lot to see and do around here so we may go play tourist for a while. Or we may wander down to the campground pavilion and listen to the music. On the other hand, it may be a stay at home writing and weaving day. That’s part of the beauty of setting our own schedule that I talked about above.

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  One Response to “Another Good Guy”

  1. Nick, I wanted to alert you of a very recent tax court case that disallowed all of the expenses for an RV that was used substantially for business. The case involved an RV Insurance salesman who had to own an RV to belong to RV clubs, attend rally’s and develop leads for his insurance business. The tax court concluded that based on the evidence the taxpayer spent 2/3rds of his time in the RV for business and 1/3rd for personal use. They ruled that an RV qualifies as a dwelling unit. The agreed that the primary reason for going to the rallies was business. The agreed that he made substantial revenue from his attendance at the rallies. They acknowledged that he expended significant money for expenses for the RV to generate those revenues. However because he used the RV for some personal use, he was disqualified from deducting any of the RV costs because it was not used exclusively for business and under the office in home rules he could not deduct any of the cost of the RV. While the article did not get into specifics, it would appear that they were referring to the depreciation, interest, registration fees and insurance.
    It would appear that he could deduct the fuel to get to the rally, tolls, his office supplies, computer and other direct expenses relating to the insurance business including his vendor fees. A gray area would be any site fees because it could be interpreted as utilities and rent and would also probably be disallowed. Please forward to Bad Nick.

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