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I Am a New Full-Time RVer, How Do I Get My Mail?
How to Get Your Mail While RVing
We are first-time full-timers. I am confused and it's probably a crazy question but here goes.
When we moved out of our condo and into our coach full-time we used our daughters' address as our forwarding address. This is fine for now because we are still in the same town and I just pick it up. But, we are leaving for our first full-time adventure in Sept. and won't be back until May.
We will be in Florida first then across the south and then at a few places in Arizona until May when we will come back to Wisconsin. So, my question is...right now everything with our name on it goes to her...but when she goes to forward it to me at either a campground or post office (general delivery) won't it just come back to her because my name is on it?
I just can't get this concept..please help. I'm sorry if this is a stupid question.
Thanking everyone in advance for trying to help me by answering this question.
ANSWER: Hi Peggy, first off, your question is not stupid. Now that we got that out of the way, lets answer it.
If you plan on still having your daughter receive your mail all you have to do is contact her when you get to a destination that you plan on spending some time at. If your destination happens to be a campground; you need to check with them to see if they will accept packages at their office for you. Most campgrounds that have any dealings with full-time RVers are more than happy to accept packages for their visitors.
Once you have determined that you can get a package at the campground you are staying at, you can contact your daughter and give her the physical address. She can then pack all of your mail in a box and send it to you. Since it is going to a physical address, she can send it by USPS, UPS or FedEx. The cheapest way to send it will be by ground service which depending on your location can take up to 7 days.
If for some reason the place that you are staying is not willing to accept any packages or mail for you, then you will have to go the "General Delivery" route. Some things you need to know is that UPS and FedEx will not do General Delivery, so your daughter will have to use the
Postal Service to ship your mail to you.
You also need to check with the local post office to confirm what they have in place for General Delivery.
Another option you have is to remove your daughter from the mail forwarding loop altogether and use a mail forwarding service designed especially for full-time RVers like the Good Sam Mail Service. The basic Good Sam Mail Forwarding Plan can cost as little as $9.00 per month if you sign up for a year and you are a member of the Good Sam Club. Even if you are not a member of the Good Sam Club, you can still sign up for the Good Sam Mail Service. The basic plan includes:
* Access Your Account Online * View numbered mailpiece count - online * Replenish your postage or renew subscription - online * Change forwarding address - online * Request to forward all mail - online * Physical street address in Florida * Unlimited address forwarding changes - No extra charge * Shred all obvious unwanted mail - No extra charge * Unlimited mail pieces received - No extra charge * Custom mail sorting and mail holding as needed - No extra charge * Call to review mail count and open a letter if requested - No extra charge * Schedule auto-shipments weekly, biweekly, and monthly - No extra charge * Receive shipment e-mail notification * No club membership required; just a one-time setup fee of $25 * Free fax available. Receive a fax or have us fax a letter to you * No charge for receiving incoming packages (large or small)
There is also a Premium Plan that can cost less than $17.00 per month if you sign up for a year and are a current Good Sam Club Member. The Premium Plan includes everything I mentioned above, plus:
* Complete Mailbox Management * View alphabetical mail list of senders name and information * View an alphabetical list of magazines and packages * Request a scan for that urgent letter (additional $2.50 per scan up to 10 pages)
Take a look at the short video below to find out even more about the Good Sam Mail Forwarding Serve.
There are also other mail forwarding plans. If any of our visitors have a suggestion for another mail forwarding plan they can leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
I hope that this information was helpful to you.
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