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A concern many have before starting
out on the full-time road is how they'll get their mail. Use of Internet has
made this a much easier endeavor but there is always some mail that can only be
received via hard copy.
Of course, if you spend a majority
of time in one Park you can usually arrange with them to receive your mail
there and just inform all senders and the post office of your new address. This often takes a little time (usually a couple
weeks) so make sure you make arrangements for any mailings made before it goes
Many who move around pretty
frequently have the luxury of a friend or family member who will hold, then forward,
mail for them. This allows you to use
that friend’s address for bills, etc. that you can’t get online. Some have even used this method to establish
residency in the state where that friend lives.
Another option is a mailing
service. Good Sam, Escapees, Passport
America, Mailboxes Etc., are all examples of organizations that handle mail forwarding. They generally have a monthly or annual fee
for the service, then charge the post office fees additionally for each mailing,
usually sent in one of those bulk postal mailing envelopes. They will hold your mail till you inform them
where and when to forward it.
But, in the land of no fixed
addresses, how will Mr. Postman find you to deliver these packages?
Enter General Delivery. He's no
military man, but he can be a Major Hit for those of us who leave our sticks
and bricks homes behind. General Delivery is a service of your United States
Post Office. Those who don't have a fixed address or a post office box simply
have mail sent to any given town for themselves, care of General Delivery. When
the mail hits the post office, postal workers set it aside to be held until you
ask for it.
Here are a few tips to make your
mail travel on to you a bit more smoothly:
Small towns are better...Maybe not this small
Small towns are better: While
General Delivery is available for any town that has a post office, in the
larger cities with more than one post office; General Delivery often goes to
the downtown post office. Parking your rig may be a major issue in a busy downtown
area. And if there is more than one post office in town, you'll have to find
out which office receives and holds it. You’ll usually find the staff in a
small town post office (PO) is generally more laid back and eager to help a
stranger. It’s a good idea, if possible,
to contact the PO in advance and ask if they have any specific requirements or
preferences. Some for example, want
their PO street address included on the envelope others just want the city,
state and zip code.
Bring ID when fetching your mail at the PO: You'll usually be
asked to provide identification when you pick up your mail. If you have an
unusual name with a hyphen or a Mc or Von in front of it, if they don't find
your mail on the first try, ask them to look at an alternative. Remember, they file the general delivery mail
by hand and could easily misread the envelope or just be subject to human
Make sure your sender(s) label the
mail correctly: If married, you might want to have your sender label the mail
for "John & Jackie Smith" rather than in just one name. In that
way either one of you should be able to pick up the mail.
Here's a sample
John or Jackie Smith
1150 Main Street (Street address not
always required-depends on the PO)
Von Ormy, TX 78073
While the post office will hold the
mail for a specified time, it's not a bad idea to have the mailing labeled with
a conspicuous, "Hold for Delivery." If you'll be delayed, a phone
call to the post office (especially in smaller towns) may get some cooperation
in holding your mail longer than the "rule" suggests. Some small PO's will tell you via phone if your mail has arrived. If it's quite a drive from where you are this can be helpful. Contacting a specific post office is
sometimes difficult because the phone book lists a general info government
number with several automated options.
If you plan on being in a given town
for an extended time, it’s best to check just how long you can use this
"free" service. Some PO’s have a 30 day rule, especially in a
metropolitan area or city. If your going
to be around longer you may need to rent a post office box or ask the RV Park
that you’re at if they will accept your mail.
At Hidden Valley RV Park near San
Antonio we offer mail forwarding as a complementary perk to our guests. We only collect a reimbursement for the post
office delivery fee- no monthly or annual charge for the service itself. If you’re current guest we will accept your
mail at our office and inform you immediately of its arrival. If you visit here and are in need of a
permanent mailing address, you can use our Park and we will coordinate with you
as often as you like to set up forwarding your mail to the PO general delivery OR
other address of your choice. Some have
opted to have us accept and hold their mail and they collect it personally on
their next visit to Hidden Valley.
Let us know if this service would be
helpful to you or call us for details (210-623-6737.)