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Old 06-01-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Receiving Mail on the Road

I'm not talking about mail forwarding services for full timers here.

I'm interested in what folks do when they're travelling on the road for weeks or perhaps a couple of months...staying in one spot for only a couple of days. I have someone who is willing to sort our mail and forward the important things to us. My question is "How does one accomplish this?"

Can it be sent to a P.O. as "General Delivery" and you pick it up when you get to town?

Can you send a FedEx package to a P.O.

Will a campground accept a Next Day Air package for you?

Does the P.O. have plans for this type of arrangement?

Comments and suggestions welcomed.

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Old 06-01-2014, 09:06 PM   #2
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I thought I just saw this thread:

"http://travelingmailbox.com/how-it-works
How does a Traveling Mailbox work?

1. Subscribe to a Traveling Mailbox. Click Here to jump to Pricing.
2. Complete the USPS 1583 Form. Mail, Email or Fax this form back with the proper Identification. (For more information on Form 1583, please scroll down further).
3. Update your incoming mail address to our centerís address and begin sending your mail to us.
4. As your mail arrives in our center, we will scan the envelopes and upload them to your online mailbox. You can then have us open and scan each piece, forward your mail, or shred it!

https://www.earthclassmail.com/
http://www.mydakotaaddress.com/ SD
http://www.americas-mailbox.com/ SD
http://www.alternativeresources.net/ SD
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http://www.goodsamclub.com/mailservice/"
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:20 PM   #3
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Yes

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See #1. Just be sure you specify the right post office if it's a large town, usually only one does General Delivery. Best bet is a USPS Priority Mail envelope or box.
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We have my cousin accept our forwarded mail. He and wife collect it and i phone them with a future CG address. They mail( in flat-rate box) it to the CG, who I have previously cleared this with, and they hold it for our arrival.
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Yes

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See #1. Just be sure you specify the right post office if it's a large town, usually only one does General Delivery. Best bet is a USPS Priority Mail envelope or box.

Exactly. We've used General Delivery for years. No problem at all...just make sure the PO you're sending to accepts General Delivery.

UPS or Fedex you can send to a UPS or Fedex office. Post Office will not accept.

Most private campgrounds accept mail. Just ask them first.
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It's not unusual to see UPS delivering to sites within a campground.

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If I'm going to be in Nashville (for example) in ten days or so I'll have the mail forwarded general delivery to Nashville. The only problem is I may have to go to a couple of Post Offices to find the one that handles the general delivery. The main post office listed on the internet may not be the post office facility that handles the GD. I've done this for over 20 years without much problem. I access my credit card companies on line to find out what I need to pay them - most of the "stuff" forwarded is not important. My friend that forwards the mail pulls the obivous junk mail out and only forwards what appears to be personal correspondence. Works for me.
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If I'm going to be in Nashville (for example) in ten days or so I'll have the mail forwarded general delivery to Nashville. The only problem is I may have to go to a couple of Post Offices to find the one that handles the general delivery. The main post office listed on the internet may not be the post office facility that handles the GD. I've done this for over 20 years without much problem. I access my credit card companies on line to find out what I need to pay them - most of the "stuff" forwarded is not important. My friend that forwards the mail pulls the obivous junk mail out and only forwards what appears to be personal correspondence. Works for me.

You don't need to walk around town to figure this out. Go to the USPS website, do a search for post office locations, then click on each result. When you do this the services offered at each site are listed right on the website. It will say "general delivery" if that option is offered there. I sometimes call to double-check and ask how long they will hold the mail, but I've been using the online method for years now.

For example I just did the search in Nashville and the 2nd result on the list (Broadway Retail location) is the one that handles general delivery:
https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorD...in=20&&&&&&&&&
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Before I had mail forwarded to Nashville I went on the web and searched main post office Nashville and that is where I had the mail forwarded. The "main post office" is not the one that handles general delivery. Thanks, next time I'll for the general delivery post office.
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