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Old 02-25-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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We'll be traveling soon and going out west for about 5-6 months, and I'm working on the mail thing.I'm familiar with the different companies that offer mail forwarding service (Good Sam, Passport America, etc), but if you are traveling and only spending a short time (less than a week) in any one location, how do you select an address for your mail to be forwarded to?? Can you have it forwarded in care of General Delivery to a post office in a town that you know you'll be visiting in a week or so?? I've even been thinking of just giving my neighbor a stack of $3.85 Priority Mail envelopes and let him forward our mail a couple of times a month. Any tips or hints appreciated.

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Old 02-25-2005, 04:22 PM   #2
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We have mail forwarded from two of the major RV related services (FMCA & Escapees) and find that it usually takes three to four days to get the mail, with the occasional five day wait.
You should always use a town with a single zip code so that you know for sure where the mail will wind up. Finally, if for some reason you must leave before your mail arrives, you can leave a forwarding card.
To make bill paying easier, you can authorize all you bills to be paid automatically from your charge card or checking account. When the bills finally catch up with you, check that they are correct and you never have to worry about a missed payment and/or late charge.
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Old 02-26-2005, 07:17 AM   #3
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Yes, you can have mail forwarded to Generl Delivery. In larger cities, often only one post office will accept G.D> mail, so make sure you have the right zip code (the Post Office has a directory that tells which P.O. does what). Better yet, use small town post offices, where there is less chance of your package being lost in the traffic.

Be aware that individual Postmasters determine how long they will hold General Delivery mail waiting for pick-up. 14-30 days is typical, but not universal. Some may be as few as a day or two if it is a name they do not recognise. Rvers have occasionally been surprised to find their mail arrived at the P.O. and was returned to sender in just a few days. If you will not arrive at the P.O. for several days after the expected delivery date, it may be wise to call and advise them you are enroute.
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We get a local P.O. Box at the UPS store and have our mail forwarded to the box then when we stop somewhere for a few days we call the store and have them send our mail.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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We do general delivery to Post Offices all the time. Just be sure you call ahead to make sure the PO you chose accepts it (not all do) and ask how long they'll hold it for you. We'll usually forward the mail ~5 days before we arrive and then go pick it up when we're there.

Another option, if you're staying at private parks, is to forward the mail to the park. Again, just ask if they accept it (many do).
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We travel 6-7 months continuous and have mail sent to a box rented at a UPS store. When we want mail forwarded, we just call or email the store and have mail sent to wherever we are. They send it in a way that ensures it will get to us on time. UPS will deliver right to the campsite if that is what we want. Because of cost we generally use priority mail, but if time is of the essence, we use other ways. The advantage to the UPS store is they can use the best method.

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