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Old 09-07-2015, 12:55 AM   #1
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How do you handle mail when traveling several months?
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:11 AM   #2
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There are several mail services available. We use Escapees and have been very satisfied.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:03 AM   #3
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This last trip, I just put in a temporary change of address form and had it delivered to a relative. Since we have all our bills paid electronically, I just had him check for anything that looked like it needed my attention. The one item that came that I wanted to see, he just scanned it in and emailed it to me.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:07 AM   #4
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I am paperless on all Bills, CC and Banks.
And never need any mail forwarded to me during my 5 month summer trips for the last 15 years.

A friends puts all my mail in a Walmart plastic bag while I am gone. It is usually only 1/2 full when I get back.

A PC and now a Smart Phone make it easy to manage all.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:23 AM   #5
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We've been fulltiming for over 5yrs. and are completely paperless. For an address we use our dtrs., and haven't needed any kind of paper mail. She just throws out all the junk mail. I can't remember the last time anything important came by mail for us.
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We use SOS mail and shipping center on South Padre Island - just send an E-Mail to them with our location and its there in two days - Nice
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Old 09-07-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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This last trip, I just put in a temporary change of address form and had it delivered to a relative. Since we have all our bills paid electronically, I just had him check for anything that looked like it needed my attention. The one item that came that I wanted to see, he just scanned it in and emailed it to me.
This is a good way for a short-term travel. Or...if you're going to stay in one RV park for the whole stay and you have O.K'd with the RV park that you can receive mail there, use the RV park's address to have your mail forwarded.

The easiest thing for short-term is to put your bills on AutoPay and you don't have to worry about your mail or paying bills on time.
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We will be looking into "mid term" options on mail as well (let's say more than 30 days and less than 6 months at a time), which is entirely different than 30 days or less (usps will hold for 30 days) or full timing. We do not want a permanent address change which is what I think Escapees basically is, since we will be at home I the s&b at times too.

Not worried about bill payments, we have been paperless for quite some time, but it is simply how to manage the mail that accumulates. We are letting magazines expire, and it is really mostly garbage and catalogs, but also need to sort out the few things that we would want to see in the meantime.

If you have family you can con into picking it up for you every day, that would be a great option (we don't), a trusting neighbor would be nice too (we'll be moving into a new downsized s&b so don't know any neighbors yet) but I would feel obligated to bribe them with something for thier kindness (like a monthly wine service for them for instance).

So looking for insight too!
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We have used Americas Mail box in Box Elder, SD for 10 years and have been very satisfied! We full time and they are our permanent address. No junk mail comes our way!
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Why not use a PO box or a UPS store mail box. When you are home you can just swing by and pick up the mail one or two times a week, or with it being mostly junk mail, once every other week. Once your home mailbox is full of weekly flyers hopefully the mailman will stop putting it in.
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We will be looking into "mid term" options on mail as well (let's say more than 30 days and less than 6 months at a time), which is entirely different than 30 days or less (usps will hold for 30 days) or full timing. We do not want a permanent address change which is what I think Escapees basically is, since we will be at home I the s&b at times too.

Not worried about bill payments, we have been paperless for quite some time, but it is simply how to manage the mail that accumulates. We are letting magazines expire, and it is really mostly garbage and catalogs, but also need to sort out the few things that we would want to see in the meantime.

If you have family you can con into picking it up for you every day, that would be a great option (we don't), a trusting neighbor would be nice too (we'll be moving into a new downsized s&b so don't know any neighbors yet) but I would feel obligated to bribe them with something for thier kindness (like a monthly wine service for them for instance).

So looking for insight too!
I think this is the gist of the OP's question. The fulltimer answers are not the solution.

I tried the 30 day hold with my son going in and trying to extend that for another 30 days and pick up accumulated mail. Wasn't the best solution.

In July, we had to go out to my elderly folks home for an undetermined length of time. So I rented a P O box at my Post Office and put in a change of addy. Son went by and picked up mail every few days. Worked great until I found out that all of my magazines and some other mail has auto-changed to the new PO. Don't want that either.

And yes, all of my bills that can autopay, do. But there are a few that can't.
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I'm fortunate enough to have daughters living near by and a great mailman. Mailman puts all my mail in a basket inside the porch door and once a week one of my daughters will send me a flat rate box with most of the mail, junk excluded. For the winter ( I snowbird) same thing and use a general delivery near my rv park.
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If your mail typically is delivered to the house, get one of those mail slots installed in your front door.
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We travel 6 months of the year. We have items going to 2 addresses, S&B and Escapees. We put in a temporary change of address when traveling to forward everything from our S&B to Escapees, then just email where to send our mail. When at home we have Escapees send any accumulated mail to the S&B every 2 weeks.

Works well for us.
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