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Old 12-21-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Mail forwarding when boonbocking

question on having your mail forwarded when you're boondocking. hypothetical -- bouncing mountain locations during summers and bouncing deserts during winter. using mail forwarding services ???????
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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We use a mail forwarding service for almost all of our mail. We usually stay in RV parks where we can have our mail sent. On occasion the park doesn't want the responsibility of receiving our mail. When that happens we check with the local Post Office to ensure that they accept "General Delivery/Hold for Pickup" mail. Most do. Then we just have it shipped to:

Craig or Donna R_
General Delivery - Hold for Pickup
Anytown, USA 12345

We've only had to do that a few times but it's never been a problem.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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You can have mail delivered to a local Post Office via "General Delivery." You will want to check with the PO first to see if they have a problem with it. Some are better than others.

If you are full-timing you will want to use a mail service so that you have a permanent address, aka domicile. They will send your mail whenever and wherever you want it.
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We "live" at our kid's house. Almost everything is done online. Exceptions that kid gets for us is opened, $ amount and account texted to us, all paid online. Done
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Mail forwarding is often not free and if you move around a lot it may not catch up with you. We have all our regular bills for everything done electronically with both the receipt of the charges and paying them using the internet. The junk mail can wait until we return home and dispose of it. We stop and start the mail using the online service provided by the USPS as well.
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We use a mail forwarder in South Dakota and get our mail sent General Delivery to the nearest post office wherever we are staying. Like others have said you need to call ahead to check that the post office you've chosen accepts this. Not all post offices do and they each have different rules on how long they will hold the mail for you. This has worked well for us.
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We do 95% of everything online, bill pay and invoice notification. We officially "live" at our kid's house. All mail is filtered there and the account and amount of any odd bills is texted to us and paid with online bill pay. Yearly stuff is overnighted to us, like W-2s and such. Dang near no mail at all!
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Just for clarification, we also receive and pay all of our bills electronically. In today's marketplace you can set up everything to be done online if you take the time to do it. When I say, "all of our bills", that means both monthly and annual annual bills. About the only thing I can't do online is driver's license renewal.

When we are stationary, as we are now, we set up a weekly mailing with our mail forwarding service. When we are on the move we either plan mailings in advance or will allow our mail to "catch up" with us if we are stationary for a week or more.

Since we retired and went full time our volume of mail has dropped to about <10 pieces of mail per week.
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[QUOTE=wonderer1;1406547] -- bouncing mountain locations during summers and bouncing deserts during winter. using mail forwarding services QUOTE]

Not sure what this means
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We're doing a Temporary Change Of Address this time rather than Mail Forwarding. We'll see if we get all our mail this time. Last year we didn't.
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We're doing a Temporary Change Of Address this time rather than Mail Forwarding. We'll see if we get all our mail this time. Last year we didn't.
There are certain things that don't get forwarded from banks and healthcare or other sensitive senders.
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There are certain things that don't get forwarded from banks and healthcare or other sensitive senders.
All of my bank and healthcare statements, etc are available online. Only have W2s fowarded and that is all. Gotta love technology.
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All of my bank and healthcare statements, etc are available online. Only have W2s fowarded and that is all. Gotta love technology.
I'm with you. I only get my service to send mail every month or so, and find most often, it's nothing that's really important.
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