According to AARP, 20 percent of Boomers plan to relocate in retirement. Some choose a warmer climate, others choose to be near family, others have different criteria. An article at Boston.com suggests that while many choose a new retirement location based on lack of state income tax, you should consider much more than that. These include other taxes, which could add up to even more than you had been paying, cost of medical care, cost of living and ability to get around using public transportation. The author strongly suggests you rent first before buying.
Retiring to an RV, at least for a while, gives you the chance to test the waters in new locations. Buying on impulse in a new community could prove to be a costly mistake. Spending time there in your RV allows you to get to know the community and these other factors without making a big investment. If you don't like one choice, you can easily relocate to another and try that one out. You might also decide to stay in your RV and lease or purchase a lot in a RV resort or retirement community like Voyager in Tucson (pictured above). Your cost of living will probably be lower and you might even be able to afford two locations, taking advantage of good weather all year round and perhaps more favorable tax treatment (by your choice of domicile).
RV retirement gives you a lot of flexibility and it doesn't have to be forever. Travel in your RV for as long as it suits you and use the time to check out places to land when you can no longer travel or no longer care to. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak