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
Ron & Linda
2000 Dynasty 38PBS
Full time since 2007