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Old 01-06-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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Mail while traveling

Hello,
New to the RV/travel trailer lifestyle. DW and I planning first extended trip (3 months). Lots of questions but getting many answered via the forum.

What do you all do with your mail while you are on extended trip. We will not be in any place for a long time.

Suggestions and past experiences welcome.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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Do you have a tech. savvy neighbor? When we were thinking of a year-long trip, I was going to have a friend get our mail, scan what is important and email it.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:53 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum paladave. if you have a good neighbor or a relative that lives close by the can pick up the mail. We use online bill pay at our bank to take care of bill payments.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:23 AM   #4
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When we came to FL, we had a friend pick up our mail and when she has enough she stuffs one of those USPS If it fits it ships envelopes and mails it. We left about 6 envelopes with $$ clipped to them.

You can always have it sent to your next stop or, if you will be in one place long enough, have it sent to where you are. Ours seems to take about 4 days to get from rural KY to FL.

We pay everything through the bank and set up the home utility co to go to our checking account as that varies monthly and we don't want to pay late.


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Old 01-06-2014, 10:39 AM   #5
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If it's just mail and not bills the post office will hold all mail for 30 days but you can extend that every 30 days by going on line at usps.com (check with your post office). All our bills are set up for auto pay from account. We have been out for as long as 3 months with no issues by doing what I mentioned. Of course when you finally do pick up your mail upon returning better have a large container available for all the junk mail.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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Thank you - appreciate your ideas. Do pay most bills on-line but was wondering about the occasional important mail. Scanning will probably be the answer.

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Old 01-06-2014, 01:36 PM   #7
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I was gone out of the USA for 5 years, We used the UPS store and got a PO BOX, and had our address changed to the PO box #, Then we would call the UPS Store and they would forward all my mail to the address I gave them once a month where ever we were at. It even worked in the 15 country's we were in. Let alone the USA, but over seas it had to all go to customs frist where we would pick it up. There is also a place in Texas that is a service for the RV's. You could find it on line.
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