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Old 10-31-2015, 09:08 AM   #1
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What do most of you do about your mail when traveling for a couple months when you are not in a specific campground. ?
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What do most of you do about your mail when traveling for a couple months when you are not in a specific campground. ?
Even when we are in a specific campground, if we can, we forward to our son and DIL house (near where we camp). I worry about forwarding to a campground for the mail that arrives before we get there or after we leave. Of course we have that luxury because they are nearby. I suppose you always can forward to a nearby UPS store and have them re-forward for stuff that arrives late.
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If we are in travel mode and need our mail we use General Delivery.
1 look ahead on our route for a 4 day window( baring natural disasters we know our forwarding service uses priority service which falls into that time frame) and locate a small town post office.
2 using the internet we get a phone number directly to that PO
3 call the PO and ask to speak to the Postmaster ( not just anyone answering the phone). Ask if they will accept General Delivery mail, are there specific hour for pick up , how long they will hold that mail. We also ask if we can call ahead to determine if the pkg has arrived
We initially didn't do this and just used what ever post office looked OK. We quickly learned that in metropolitan areas GD mail usually goes to the main post office which can be difficult to navigate. Not all PO ( in spite of the postal regulations,) accept GD mail or have their own quirks about how its handled. Natural weather events( snow storms etc can delay your delivery). After a couple unusual delivery events in our first year we learned the above work every time. If we have an important delivery we ask our sender to use a signature required so we can track it.

Unless we are settled in at a volunteer gig, or a campground for an extended time frame we always us this method
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General Delivery works very well. We used it for 16 years of full-timing - even on our Alaskan trips. The key is to pick a small town and have it sent there. Don't try it with a big city.
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Just do what my parents do when they stay out for extended trips, I go by and grab their mail for them and go through it to make sure anything important is opened and taken care of. Will not be much longer and I will be retired and will be asking my kids to do the same.
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