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Old 12-02-2012, 10:35 AM   #15
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I have used the USPS weekly shipping now for a few years. I like the fact that the USPS personnel are the only ones handling my mail, and they handle it when I'm in town. Every Wed. it was shipped and when we were in New England it arrived every Fri. When we were in Calif. it arrived every Friday. Now in our case it was temporarily done for longer than a month. When we departed for home we just put a hold on it.

If it is done at the USPS, any subsequent action, so I have been told, has to be one at the USPS. We had one hick-up when a USPS in a rural area did not know what was going on. We wanted it shipped to a different address for a month. (or notified) Our city is about 40,000 and the postmaster gave us her phone number, in case. I called, the USPS we were at talked to her, and all was well.

We received the "Do Not Forward" mail. I think it is a common sense thing. Our USPS personnel new we were not changing our location, but just on temporary travel and would return. Most of the do not forward mail is to assure the sender that they still have your address. In our case, they did, and the mail was "sent" to us.

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Old 12-02-2012, 02:38 PM   #16
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We are FTers and use a UPS store for our mail. Ot is forwarded once a week or whenever we ask. The only complaint we have had (and it could be a major one) is that we occasionally get mail addressed to someone (a different box number). We wonder if some of our mail disappears into other boxes as well.

Btw $15/wk is $780/yr and is way too expensive!!😱😱

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #17
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I think the Missing link is if you use UPS store, you have to change your permanent mailing address to the UPS mailbox. That means your drivers license, and all your bills, magazines, memberships, insurance, etc.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:16 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Spinner View Post
I think the Missing link is if you use UPS store, you have to change your permanent mailing address to the UPS mailbox. That means your drivers license, and all your bills, magazines, memberships, insurance, etc.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Where you recieve mail does not have to be your driver's license address. If you temporarily forward mail to a different address, nothing else changes. Our driver's license, vehicle registrations, etc. are keyed to our domicile address, not where the mail is being sent while we are on a six month trip. Even then, your mailing address does not have to be your official domicile address.

The original question was how to get mail when on a longer trip. The answer is to use a temporary forward through USPS to some other address, whether a PMB, UPS, a neighbor, girlfriend, or enemy. The other address then does with the mail what you want done.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:52 AM   #19
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Thanks Gary RVRoamer - That was great help! I went to the link and read the information. This is exactly what I needed.

For others who might need simplification - for temporary mail forwarding, instead of having your mail forwarded, do a temporary change of address. It is designed to be used when you intend to return to your old address and is good for up to 6 months, and then can be extended for another 6 months if needed.

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