Faxing from the Road

Even though it is rare to find an adult without an email address, many people still rely on fax machines for document transmittal. Instead of dedicating precious RV space to a fax machine, take advantage of fax to email technology via the Internet. These services are available for free or nearly free to light users and at a reasonable cost to frequent users.

What You Will Need

To send and receive faxes from your recreational vehicle over the Internet, you will need the following:

How it Works

Internet fax providers differentiate themselves by offering unique mixes of services and pricing, but in general they all work this way:

  • Receiving faxes: The service will assign a fax number to your account. When a fax is received on your behalf, the service will send it to your email account as an attachment. The attachments are usually in PDF or TIFF formats, which can be viewed by a variety of software on your computer.
  • Sending faxes via web page: Most services provide a web page where you prepare the outbound fax. The pages of your fax are uploaded as a document file. Common file types accepted for uploading are Microsoft Word, PDF, and TIFF.
  • Sending faxes by printing: Many services provide downloadable software that you install on your computer. This software acts as a printer and enables faxing from any program on your computer that is able to print. To send a fax, choose the special fax printer and print your document. The software will capture an image of the pages and will ask for information necessary to send the fax.
  • Sendig faxes via email: Some services allow you to send a fax by attaching a document file to an email message. The email containing your document will also contain the destination fax number in a format specified by the service. When the service receives your email, it will transmit the attached document to the destination fax number.

If you would like to see how a fax is received in your email inbox, take the free Test Drive at MyFax.

Light Fax Users

Most of us receive faxes rarely and send even less frequently. For light users, a combination of the eFaxFree plan for receiving and the Fax1 sending plan should be sufficient.

For those who almost never send faxes, the ideal may be to pay the RV park a few dollars for the use of their fax machine.

eFaxFree

  • Cost: none
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 20 pages in a 30 day period
    • Extra pages: required to upgrade to paid plan or terminate account
  • Sending Faxes: not available
  • Service web site: eFaxFree

Fax1

  • Free Trial: $1 credit, sending only
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Cost: $9 per month
    • Pages included in package: 200
    • Extra pages: 5¢ per page
  • Sending Faxes:
    • Cost: minimum $10 credit (good until used up)
    • Pages included in package: 0
    • Extra pages: 12¢ per page
  • Service web site: Fax1

Frequent Fax Users

If you send or receive faxes more frequently than a couple each month, consider one or more of the following services, sorted from least to most expensive:

Packetel

  • Free Trial: no
  • Cost: $3.95 per month
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: unlimited
  • Sending Faxes: not available
  • Service web site: Packetel

CallWave

  • Free Trial: 30 days
  • Cost: $7.95 per month
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: unlimited
  • Sending Faxes: not available
  • Service web site: CallWave Fax to Email

Fax1

  • Free Trial: $1 credit, sending only
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Cost: $9 per month
    • Pages included in package: 200
    • Extra pages: 5¢ per page
  • Sending Faxes:
    • Cost: minimum $10 credit (good until used up)
    • Pages included in package: 0
    • Extra pages: 12¢ per page
  • Service web site: Fax1

RapidFax

  • Free Trial: 30 days
  • Cost: $9.95 per month
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 200
    • Extra pages: 8¢ per page
  • Sending Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 100
    • Extra pages: 8¢ per page
  • Service web site:

MyFax

  • Free Trial: 30 days (offered after completing Test Drive)
  • Cost: $10 per month
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 200
    • Extra pages: 10¢ per page
  • Sending Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 100
    • Extra pages: 10¢ per page
  • Service web site: MyFax

eFaxPlus

  • Free Trial: 1 month
  • Cost: $12.95 per month + $12.95 setup
  • Receiving Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: unlimited
  • Sending Faxes:
    • Pages included in package: 0
    • Extra pages: 10¢ per page
  • Service web site: eFax

Reduce Your Dependence on Fax

If faxing is a hassle, you may be able to reduce your dependence on this technology by asking the sender if the document in question is available via the Internet or email. Often the sender can email you a PDF version of the document as an attachment. To open PDF files, you will need the free Adobe Reader (previously Acrobat Reader).

Also ask about the inverse—would the sender mind if you returned the completed document as an email attachment? For this you will need a scanner capable of saving a document in PDF format.