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Old 05-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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U S. Mail forwarding

We're planning a trip in a couple of weeks that will take us 1500 miles from home...We hope to be gone for at least three months or more...However, probably not staying at the same place...maybe stay 30 days at each location unless one impresses us....or we find seasonal work in the area..

Anyone have any tips on handling the mail...??? I plan on forwarding it from Fl. to a post office where we are staying. Do I need to change the forwarding each month to a new post office at the next campground, etc., etc..?

Or is there another way ??? Thanks for the help...this is our first lengthy trip...

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:43 AM   #2
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I use the USPS premium mail forwarding, but I stay in the same place for four months. If you are going to change addresses periodically, the PO will have to have a change of address for each time you move. Just check with them for what they recommend you do. I use the premium service because I like to get everything, junk mail and all. The other kinds won't forward anything but 1st class mail, probably what you want anyway.

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Old 05-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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We typically travel six months or so at a time. Our one experience with USPS premium forwarding was a disaster. We now use a temporary USPS mail forward to a UPS store box while we travel. We always submit the temporary forward in person at the post office at least a month before leaving - about half the time it gets turned in by them as a permanent or screwed up in other ways and we have to go see them and get it corrected.

Once the USPS temporary forward is working and mail is being sent to the UPS box, our mail forwarding is easy. With an email or a phone call the UPS store personnel will package and forward our mail to us, flawlessly, wherever we tell them and can use the best method to make sure it arrives when it is supposed to. If we ask, they will even look at the mail and tell us what is there to help us decide whether to forward or wait until more arrives.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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I don't think the USPS will let you do what you want. You can do a temporary forward for six months but based on other posts I have read I don't think you can change the destination as often as you want.

I couldn't find anything on the USPS site that says they have a limit on how often they will allow changing your forwarding address but as inefficient as the USPS can be it would probably be a recipe for disaster even if they would allow it.

I think your best bet is to rent a PMB (personal mail box) at a UPS Store or other mail forwarding service and have the USPS do a temporary forward to the PMB number the service gives you.
A mail forwarding services business is to do exactly what you want and most of them do a very good job.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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We have used USPS with mixed results. Generally, if you require them to do more than one thing or one address it always ends up badly. I have come to the conclusion that renting a PO Box in a UPS Mail Box store permantly and asking them to resend it wherever we are at for a week or so is best. While we are at home we can just go to the box and get the mail!
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:53 PM   #6
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I agree with Clay. My local postmaster flatly stated,"do not attempt that". Now we have our mail forwarded to my SIL's home address, then she remails it to us at our directions. We phone our next CG, request they hold any mail for us. If they agree, we phone SIL give her the CG address and she remails our stuff. We just spent the winter in Ft. Myers Beach, and it took about 10 days for our forwarded mail to arrive from our home PO. We stayed in one spot for 4 months and the mail never improved; some never arrived that I knew should. You would be better to use a mail forwarding service as Clay advised, or a trusted family member to receive your mail then remail it per your directions.

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