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Old 05-10-2022, 01:51 PM   #1
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My husband and I are selling our home of 27 years, to start many new adventures together and with our two fur babies. We will be living in our Jayco travel trailer. I have so many questions. But if you’d like to make suggestions, or advice that would be helpful. A pressing question is: How do we change our address to receive our mail and medications on time?
Thank you, Connie
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We do not full time but have taken several 5&1/2 month tours cross-country. We use a mail forwarding service(there's many) and we use Walgreens for our prescriptions. There's not many towns that do not have a Walgreens in them and the subscriptions are transferable.

Any recurring bills are set up on 'autopay' at our bank. Mail is forward on demand to longer campground stays...if the CG will accept mail.

Congrats on the lifestyle decision.
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Old 05-10-2022, 04:11 PM   #3
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HiConnie! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-10-2022, 10:08 PM   #4
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We used the Escapees RV Club's mail service for approx. 20 yr. with no issues. It's a great organization for full-timers. Get involved with them and you'll make many friends who you'll meet up with occasionally as you travel.

Make your address change ASAP and start changing over everything to your new address and using your new address - even before hitting the road. Set up AutoPays for bills as much as you can.

https://escapees.com/mail-service/
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Old 05-11-2022, 05:51 AM   #5
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I also do Escapees for mail scheduling batches to to to future stops. If using General Delivery, call ahead to that specific post office a some do not accept General Delivery.

For prescriptions, the ones that go thru Expressscripts I deal directly with them by phone to have them sent to a place I am headed - trying to schedule as best as I can for a place I will be for awhile. Other prescriptions I use Walmart as they can transfer between sites. The worst problem for me is the diabetes testing supplies which Medicare in its wisdom consider durable Medical equipment. Those can not be transferred.
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Old 05-11-2022, 07:00 AM   #6
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We have been full time traveling for awhile. I wouldn't jump right out there and start paying some mail service and do a permanent change of address, especially if it involves that address being in another State. How will that effect your vehicle/RV insurance? How will that address effect your medical insurance? How will it effect your voting? How will it effect filing your 2022 income taxes?

If there is a son/daughter, or other close relative in your home area that can handle your mail needs for a year then I would change your address to their address. It would only be for a year while to get on the road and see what full timing is all about. As you go through the first summer/fall and decide where you want to spend the winter then you will no doubt figure out where it would be best to have your new address and domicile.
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Welcome to the forum. We have been full timing for over 2.5 years and still loving the adventure.

You are joining a good group of friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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I use MyRVMail out of Crestview, FL for my mail forwarding service. My permanent residence is a lot at Myakka River Motorcoach Resort for my auto insurance, voting and all other addresses that you need a physical address for. I agree with the above poster, if you have family that you can use as your permanent address, that is good.
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Hello everyone-
My husband and I are selling our home of 27 years, to start many new adventures together and with our two fur babies. We will be living in our Jayco travel trailer. I have so many questions. But if you’d like to make suggestions, or advice that would be helpful. A pressing question is: How do we change our address to receive our mail and medications on time?
Thank you, Connie
As suggested, if possible use a relative, if nearby, to make sure this is what you want to do. But our first 2 years on the road we used UPS as a mail forwarding service.
After we decided it was for us, we switched our state of residency to South Dakota and use Americas Mailbox. We have now been on the road for 3 years.
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Old 05-14-2022, 11:53 AM   #10
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We use MyRVmail in Crestview, FL and recommend them (they also handle Good Sams mail forwarding business). For prescriptions we use Walmart Pharmacy. Escapees.com likely still has information on how to set up a domicile. Important to set up your address (in our case at MyRVMail) several months in advance because this information is needed to set up the domicile banking etc
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Old 05-18-2022, 09:23 PM   #11
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Hello new member here 😎

Hi, Connie…. Congrats on your new adventures! I can guarantee there will be days that make you ask ‘what the hell were we thinking?’, but they will likely be few and far between. My most general advice is to take it slow. Do not rush. Most new fulltimers find that they easily slip into “vacation mode”, and wind up rushing to get to their next place to explore. Oh! Gotta see the Great Smokies! Oh! Don’t forget the Grand Canyon! Hey! We can stop in New Orleans on the way! A year goes by, and you’re exhausted, you’ve spent a ton of money on fuel, and your memories feel like they’re all mashed together in a soup of Interstate Highway exit signs. Slow down. America will still be there.
Most newcomers have lots of questions, usually in just a few categories: where do I live? How do I get my mail? What about all those different medical issues and questions? What about all those other nagging life/admin things like Voter Reg, Drivers Lic, bank accounts, investments, club & organization memberships, etc, etc.
I could write for the next half hour and probably bore you and half the forum to tears! But, I won’t. Instead I will first tell you briefly how we do it. We started fulltiming 10 years ago. Selected Texas as our domicile. [the states of TX, SD, and FL are the most RV friendly] We joined the Escapees Club and arranged for their mail forwarding service, and also followed their advice on a host of fulltiming issues. All facets got switched to TX, medical coverage, voter reg, DL, vehicle reg, bank accts, club memberships, handgun permits, … everything.
In ten years on the road we haven’t had any problems based on administrative foul ups.
The final advice is to contact- and join- the Escapees Club. This is a group founded 50+ years ago by, and for the express purpose of helping, fulltime RVers. They know all there is to know about fulltiming. They offer a broad spectrum of services for RVers, from simple mail forwarding to assisted living (when your traveling days are done). They keep an eye on things governmental and political, to protect RVers. They will gladly advise you and assist you on the things you need to do. This is what they know. This is what they do, and in my opinion they do it better than anyone else.
Good Luck with your adventures, and keep posting here! This is a great group, always willing to help, and with an astounding breadth and depth of knowledge.
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