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Claudia Rutherford’s $750,000 home has plenty of luxury appointments—a spacious living area with leather sofas, a gourmet kitchen and three-zone air conditioning. It also has four wheels and a 600-horsepower diesel engine. That is because Mrs. Rutherford, 67, and her husband, Jack, 73, live in a 45-foot-long American Eagle Heritage Edition motor coach from American Coach. The couple sold their 39-acre farm in Perkasie, Pa., in November 2020, downsizing from a five-bedroom home to pursue full-time RV life . And they are not alone. According to an owner demographic profile published in March 2021 by the RV Industry Association, a trade group, there were 11.2 million RV-owning households in the United States, up 26% over the 8.9 million in 2011. About 400,000 RV owners today are considered full-time RVers. The median age of an RV owner is 53, 70% are married and 29% have an annual income in excess of $100,000, according to the RVIA. The interior of an American Eagle Heritage Edition motor coach from American Coach, similar to the one owned by Claudia and Jack Rutherford. Photo: American Coach But those who adopt a nomadic lifestyle face multiple legal and financial considerations, the most important of which is the selection of a domicile. “That can have significant legal ramifications,” said Martin M. Shenkman, an attorney and certified public accountant in Fort Lee, N.J. “Domicile can affect a wide range of legal rights, from income taxes to estate planning and matrimonial law.” SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS What advice on […]