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Old 02-06-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Going to Florida for a month and would like to receive our mail while there. What is the best way to do this? Thanks
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Going to Florida for a month and would like to receive our mail while there. What is the best way to do this? Thanks
Best way is to have a good friend, neighbor or relative get your mail and send it to you. If you put in for forwarding at the post office, it's luck of the draw.....and then you have to "undo" the forwarding when you get back.

If you have several months before this happens, AND this is NOT a one time deal. ( meaning you will go on more extended trips away from home in the future)...then setting up a account at a mail forwarding service, and changing the addresses for all your mail, would work. Depends upon how much mail you receive, and the percentage of time spent "home" vs some other place. If it's just one month a year, get the friend or neighbor to help. If you will be gone 6-8 months of the year, the mail forwarding service could work better for you.
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I will soon be in the same position. i contacted the campground where we are staying to see if I could get my mail sent there and they said "no problem," they would get it to me. So my daughter is going to visit our home, collect mail and I have addressed lg envelopes with the CG's address on them so she can send me a packet each week. I figure if I get my mail 2X that month i can take care of anything important. i told my daughter to just send the things that look important and no junk mail.
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OK, thanks
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Last winter - the DW and I went to Florida for 3 months. I had our mail at the local post office forward mail to a local UPS store - where I rented a small P.O box. I gave the UPS store a 16 gallon Rubbermaid container to put all the junk mail and catalogs / magazines in. While in Florida - once a week we would call the agent at the hometown UPS store and they would read us the return address of any mail. Any mail that sounded important - we'd have them send to us in Florida - for a price of course. This worked for us. When I did go to the post office to began with - I gave them a start and stop date for forward mail.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:58 PM   #6
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I think I will just let my daughter forward the good stuff to us while there. Where we are going the owner of the RV Park said she goes through all mail lets us know when we do have mail.
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The post office service works just fine for that. https://www.usps.com/manage/forward-mail.htm
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Very simple with USPS if you have an address to forward to. Go online, request temp address change. Give new address, date to start change, date to end change, request hold ahead of your return home and pick up at PO to restart home delivery. They will charge you $1.00 for the online request. Or you can go to PO and fill out the yellow form in person, no charge. We do this 2 or 3 times a year has never failed.

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Be careful with the post office, they will not forward your mail back from a business address to your home address. A campground is a business!
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Be careful with the post office, they will not forward your mail back from a business address to your home address. A campground is a business!
This is not relevant to the OP's situation. USPS forwards their mail to the campground for a month while they are there after which time it resumes regular delivery to their home.
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We did what Glen and Cathy did. We are now in Florida for two months. Did the on line temporary address change for a dollar. Then found out post office will not do a change of address back to our home address because the address we forwarded to is a business. We should have had our mail forwarded to a P.O. Box close to where we are staying. I happen to personally know our home town postmaster, and he is bundling our mail once a week and sending it to us as a one time favor so I can get my mail. Read the small print!
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Premium Forwarding Service Residential™

https://www.usps.com/manage/forward-mail.htm
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Agree jackfish, premium mail forwarding will work, but expensive, or at least not a dollar.
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https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/ma...oves?state=tmp
Temporary change of address has an end date which reverts back to your previous address. So having your mail sent to a campground temporarily shouldn't be a problem.
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