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Old 12-15-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Question about mail forwarding

Hi All,

I recently retired, and the DW and I are planning our first extended trip in our RV, and we are curious how to handle mail forwarding. We will be moving around to various parts of Florida for two+ months beginning in January.

Any suggestions how to handle mail forwarding? Thanks.

Eric
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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The answer would depend on whether your going full-time or if your trip to Florida is your only concern.

If your just concerned about your mail while in Florida you could ask a friend or family member to forward it to you when you call for it. Establishing an electronic bill pay is very convenient since you can pay all your bills online cutting down on the amount of mail that has to be sent. Most RV parks will accept forwarded mail but it's wise to ask before hand.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions

RJay,

Thanks for the suggestions. We are not fulltiming. We will be in Florida for a couple of months, staying about 1 to 2 weeks in each of several locations.

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We came down in Feb for 3 months, just had our mail held at the PO because we were traveling with no specific plans. Pay all our Bills online only problem we had was with vehicle reg, renewed online, but had to wait till we got home to get the window sticker. Right now we're back for 6 months this time, having our mail forwarded by the PO, but we're not moving around so our mail is just forwarded to the Resort. Good luck
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After retiring but before going full time, we took an extended trip. My SIL/Daughter went to our house once per week. He cut the grass for us and she picked up our mail at the Post Office. I had to sign an authorization for her to pick up our mail. When we talked to her she told us what was in the mail. Anything important she dropped in the mail to where we were. She held everything else until we got home.
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We travel 6-7 months per year. Tried the friend/relative mail handling but sometimes the friend's or relative's life interfered with our needs and, besides, I am a bit squeamish about friends/relatives looking my mail over. Tried USPS premium forwarding and thought that was the biggest bad joke going - what a disaster. We now rent a box at a UPS store and have mail temporarily forwarded there. We email/call the store whenever we want our mail and they forward it where and when we want it using the best (price/time) method available. Has worked absolutely great for us for several years. Good luck with your trips.
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Thanks for the good idea

Thanks for the clue. The UPS box sounds like a good idea. Since we are only going to be in one place for a week or two at a time, this makes a lot of sense.

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We travel 6-7 months per year. Tried the friend/relative mail handling but sometimes the friend's or relative's life interfered with our needs and, besides, I am a bit squeamish about friends/relatives looking my mail over. Tried USPS premium forwarding and thought that was the biggest bad joke going - what a disaster. We now rent a box at a UPS store and have mail temporarily forwarded there. We email/call the store whenever we want our mail and they forward it where and when we want it using the best (price/time) method available. Has worked absolutely great for us for several years. Good luck with your trips.
Right now we are doing exactly this & it's worked well. While they don't sort like other mail forwarding services, we can call & get our mail forwarded with no issues.

At our UPS store, it was $100 for a year because we didn't need access after hours - shipping has varied between $9-12.

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