During short trips your mail can be collected by kind neighbors or friends. As the length of your trip extends, forwarding your mail could become a burden, even for the most well-intentioned friends.
Mail Forwarding Services
A mail forwarding service is just what you would expect: a service that receives, collects, and forwards mail to your current physical location.
If you are a fulltimer, you can change your official address to the mail forwarding service and receive all your mail there.
Benefits of a mail forwarding service:
Here is a list of mail forwarding services catering to RVers, with their home state in parenthesis:
No matter who is forwarding your mail, you need a place to receive it. The choices are:
RV Park Address
The most convenient place to receive mail is at the RV park where you are staying. Before having mail forwarded to the park address, be sure to check with the facility manager to make sure you can receive mail and to determine proper addressing.
PO Box or Mailbox
If the RV park is not a good option, then consider renting a mail box at the local Post Office or mailing store.
If none of the above options meet your needs, another way to receive mail is by General Delivery at the nearest Post Office.
It works like this: 1) your mail is forwarded to "General Delivery" in the town where you would like to pick it up, 2) go in to the Post Office and ask for your mail.
Address general delivery mail as follows:
Your Name General Delivery City, State, ZIP
While most people report no problems getting mail this way, some branch offices in large towns may not accept General Delivery. Plan ahead and call the local branch to make sure. Here are a couple of helpful resources:
To save time, you can log on to the major shippers' web sites to buy postage and print shipping labels. With the right equipment and materials, you can prepare the package in your RV, ready to be dropped off.
What You Will Need
Go to one of the shipper web sites below, create a free account, and log on to print shipping labels.