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Old 05-09-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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U. S. Mail

I am getting down to the details of preparing for our first extended, 7 week, trip in our new Work and Play 18 EC toy hauler in mid June. I am now wondering how to handle the mail that goes to my home. I figured out the bills (mostly) by using e-bills or setting up payment on my bank's bill pay service.

But the U.S. Postal Service will only hold mail for a maximum of 30 days. I really don't want to bother my neighbors and I don't believe my 25 year old will be around enough to count on.

How do you handle snail mail while on extended trips?


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Old 05-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Have checked any mailbox stores in your area? Mailboxes Etc. Will hold your mail, not sure of price.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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or open a temp. po box at the local post office where your going to be . There not that much .
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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I know some use USPS premium mail forwarding service (I think that's what it's called) or Escapees, or UPS and some use friends or other venues. There are more than a few methods. Hopefully a full timer will chime in for you.

I'm moving this thread to the general forum.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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I have handled this differently. Since we had (he retired this year ) a great relationship with our postman (left him a bottle of homemade wine in the mailbox every so often), I just filled out 2 hold mail cards with one date rolling into the next and a 1.5 liter of his favorite Riesling with "Thank You" on the label.

Now that he has gone, I will need a plan "B" for this winter.

Good Sam has a mail forwarding service with several levels of forward that is fairly inexpensive and is used a lot by full timers.

Mail Forwarding

Basically all mail is forwarded to them. They sort it. Depending on the level of service you request; they will box your mail into a priority mail box and send it to the "will call" at the post office you tell them by email.

Most likely we will use them this winter.
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I have handled this differently. Since we had (he retired this year ) a great relationship with our postman (left him a bottle of homemade wine in the mailbox every so often), I just filled out 2 hold mail cards with one date rolling into the next and a 1.5 liter of his favorite Riesling with "Thank You" on the label.

Now that he has gone, I will need a plan "B" for this winter.

Good Sam has a mail forwarding service with several levels of forward that is fairly inexpensive and is used a lot by full timers.

Mail Forwarding

Basically all mail is forwarded to them. They sort it. Depending on the level of service you request; they will box your mail into a priority mail box and send it to the "will call" at the post office you tell them by email.

Most likely we will use them this winter.

all I took from your post is in red !

Whey did the post man only get this perk !
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The hot neighbor who sunbathes in a white bikini in the yard behind our house also gets this perk.

But try to keep that a secret.
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The hot neighbor who sunbathes in a white bikini in the yard behind our house also gets this perk.

But try to keep that a secret.



BTW, I need your address.
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The hot neighbor who sunbathes in a white bikini in the yard behind our house also gets this perk.

But try to keep that a secret.
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We are on the road several times over the 30 day limit. What we do is fill out the hold mail card to cover the 1st 30 days, then before the 30 days are up, mail in another hold cards for the 2nd 30 day period.
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We are on the road several times over the 30 day limit. What we do is fill out the hold mail card to cover the 1st 30 days, then before the 30 days are up, mail in another hold cards for the 2nd 30 day period.
The advantage here is you get to drink the wine.
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The hot neighbor who sunbathes in a white bikini in the yard behind our house also gets this perk.

But try to keep that a secret.
Man why can't I live there.Don't know if you remember my post about not knowing what Troll meant and thinking it was my neighbor, but,well you can probably get my drift about all I have to look at next door.
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