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Old 04-14-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Snail mail deliveries ?

How do you deal with USPS deliveries while on the road for an extended period of time in different locations?

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Old 04-14-2016, 03:13 PM   #2
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Pick a small-town post office where you'll be staying and have it sent to General Delivery. They'll hold it for a month, usually. We did it this way for 16 years of full-timing - even to Alaska. It works!

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Old 04-14-2016, 03:18 PM   #3
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Mail forwarding service. Specifically America's Mailbox.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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Join Escapees. They have a mail service and other benefits as well.

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Old 04-14-2016, 10:20 PM   #5
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If long-term, yes, a mail forwarding service. We used Escapees. Since we had no other house except for our motorhome, that was our address and everything went there. However, when you request your mail - could be every week or every month, etc., they'll need some place to ship it. We always had them ship it to the nearest Small-town post office in care of General Delivery. We've never had a problem doing this. The key is to choose a small town, not someplace like Dallas.

If you're going for a long vacation and want a friend or relative to gather your mail for you and ship it somewhere, have them ship it Priority Mail to General Delivery.

You can also think of putting all your bills on AutoPay through your checking account or credit card. Then you don't have to worry about mail while you're gone for a vacation.
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:15 AM   #6
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While are not full timers, we are on the road a lot. Last year, our first year, the longest trip was a month, so just a post office hold was fine. Going forward, we will be gone longer, so after evaluating options we have opened for a mail box at a UPS store. They will forward mail at your request to any address you ask them to.

Once we get all our mailing addresses updated to the UPS store, it will be interesting to see what shows up at our S&B..... When we are away, we expect to have to put a temporary forwarding address at the post office to the UPS store to get anything that still may happen to come to the house.........
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Old 04-15-2016, 05:37 AM   #7
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General delivery to local post office.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:03 AM   #8
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Ditto- Asked a relative to sort and then forward the important stuff to General Delivery.

Don't overlook changing as much as you can to electronic payment.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:37 PM   #9
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For less than 6 months you can do a TEMPORARY forwarding to a mail forwarding service and have the mail forwarding service send it when and where you want.

From the USPS web site :"You can use the temporary service for as short as 15 days or as long as 1 year. After the first 6 months, you can extend for another 6 months."
They charge $1.05 for setting up the temporary forwarding service.

Note the temporary forward is a must.
Because the mail forwarding service will issue you a PMB (private mail box number) which the post office does not know belongs to you, trying to do a regular change of address from the mail forwarding service after you are back home would require you to contact everyone that sends you mail because the change of address would mean that all mail going to the mail forwarding service would be sent to you and they will not allow that.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:09 PM   #10
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I'm very lucky. My daughters live nearby and the oldest volunteered to be the mail person. Each Friday she will gather my mail and send it to me c/o general delivery via a flat rate envelope of box depending on how much mail. On Tuesday morning. I hed to the PO and pick up my mail. It works very well and only cost me a dinner for her and her husband. My wife taught her daughters well.
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:41 PM   #11
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We are usually away 4-6 months, so we have our mail Temp Forwarded to our daughter's house. We don't get much of importance via snail mail anyway - our bills are all digital and paid via electronic banking. If anything important comes, she usually scans it and drops the file to me online, but she if needed she will put it in a Priority Mail envelope and send it to wherever we are.

Some campgrounds will accept packages for campers, so a priority mail package or UPS package can be delivered right to the campground. If not. General Delivery works well, as others have already described.
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Snail mail deliveries ?

Some of the mail services are now scanning your mail. You view online the front of the envelope and click hold/forward/discard as appropriate.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:15 PM   #13
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America's Mailbox is very good send it to were ever we are.
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This winter we had it forwarded to our known address in the RGV. For 60 + days. And the date the forward was to end, I had a "Hold" in place for 30 days while we wandered home. Worked fine, and free too.

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