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Old 01-25-2016, 08:43 PM   #29
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I used a mail forwarding and scanning service for the first time on our summer trip last year. I'll never go back to the old way again. They scan what mail you want scanned each day which can be read on online after 6PM. No waiting for mail to be forwarded unless you want it. We had them hold all hard copies until we got home. https://www.sbimailservice.com/rv-clients.htm

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Old 01-26-2016, 09:18 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Betr2Trvl View Post
We will be also be doing trips longer than 1 month (standard USPO hold period) going forward and looking at several options.

Of course having a neighbor / friend / family pick up and forward anything "interesting" would be great, but other than family (not an option for us), not really comfortable with putting a friend into a long commitment.

The person at our current post office that handles holds says we could do consecutive 30 day mail holds. Would be easiest but kind of working in the gray area with the Post Office that I'm not 100% comfortable with. No forwarding obviously.

Move our permanent mailing address to a PO Box, where they would automatically hold mail if your box fills up. Suggest telling them before you leave on extended trips. No forwarding, and this is near the top of our list since we will be moving to our new S&B in the spring and will need to change all our mailings anyway.

Move our permanent mailing address to a UPS Store "mailbox". Again, one and done on address changes for us. We THINK we can have them forward mail upon request, but will be going to a store to determine if that is the case. I would not expect them to filter out the junk mail, but if you are gone for 90 days, you'd really only have to pay to forward a box of mail a couple times. This looks to be an attractive option if our assumptions are correct. It also gives you a "street address" for anything that is not sent US Mail.

As for bills, we are almost 100% on line now, and the couple that we are not, we'll just pay ahead based on a generous estimate as appropriate.

For our license plates (which will expire at the end of one trip this year) we will go to the plate office and do those ahead of time as well.

For the options with no forwarding, when we have looked closely at what we do get I the mail, there is really nothing that we have seen that a 90 day delay in seeing would be a big problem (Jury duty may be a bit of a hassle......).

We are really not interested in the FMCA type services that are really geared to full timers, but open to other suggestions too.

As a follow up, yesterday we locked down a box at the UPS store.

It is in a very convieient location to our soon to be new S&B.

It is convieient enough to live with the next few months of our current temporary (way to long temporary) apt. so it will allow us several months to transition most address changes, and we'll still get mail at the apt. while picking things up at the UPS store on a weekly / confidence basis. Once we move, we'll have the USPO use this as our new forwarding address.

They will forward mail as requested for a nominal fee plus shipping, and they will "trash" catalogs and obvious junk mail to minimize shipping costs.

It seems to be a 98% solution. The one outstanding thing we still don't know is just how much junk mail will still end up at the S&B. The "current occupant" type junk..... So we will need to find a new neighbor to " bribe"to deal with that I guess......


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Old 01-27-2016, 07:41 PM   #31
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So we are planning to go cross country this summer for 3 months. I'm wondering the best way to handle mail that usually comes to my house. We wont be in any one place long enough to have mail forwarded so how have others handled this. Most of our bills are paid through automatic payment however there are some that are not.
We approached our local post office with this problem ... They hold our mail, and we send the Lead Retail Associate an e-mail, and he sends us our mail. The local postmaster may have to approve the process, but we have been doing this for years, and it works. Communications with our contact is essential, since postal regulations can interfere, but we have found that this process works great.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:56 PM   #32
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We set up our normal monthly bills, such as electric, TV, Phone etc, to all auto pay off of one credit card. We get emails to confirm the billing.
Then we set the credit card up to auto pay off a checking account.

We know our insurance bills are paid before we leave, so we get no bills while were gone.
We have our mail held at post office, and our son picks it up once a week or so.
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How to beat the USPS 30 day rule.

As discussed here, the USPS will only hold mail for 30 consecutive days. To beat this rule cancel your hold mail (on-line) late Saturday just before it is scheduled to expire. With the hold now cancelled, too late for them to deliver the mail, you can then put in a new hold, again on-line. Since the new hold starting on Monday is over one day away it will go through. This is where I would have a neighbor check to make sure that mail was not delivered.

I've done this several times in the last two years with no problem. I have to admit it does help to know, or at least be friendly with your mail carrier.

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