That’s the question we get most often when we tell people that we live full-time in our RV.
When you’re traveling for a short periods of time, mail is fairly easy to handle. You can put it on hold, have a neighbor pick it up for you, etc. However, when your home rolls, things become a bit more challenging.
We started out by doing the easy stuff … eliminating as much mail as possible by getting off of catalog mailing lists and switching all of our bill, bank, and credit card statements to electronic delivery. But that still leaves a bunch of personal mail and packages.
The best solution for us turned out to be MySouthDakotaAddress in Madison, South Dakota. Though MSDA caters to RVers, anyone can use their service. Here’s how it works:
After contacting MSDA and getting your new address, you head to your local post office and complete mail forwarding cards for all the members of your family. (Note: the postal service only allows you to forward mail for up to six months at a time.) We also chose to complete Postal Form 1583, which authorized MSDA to open our mail.
Now the mail that arrives at your home address will be forwarded to MSDA, and when it gets there, they’ll send you an email notification.
During the six months that the post office is forwarding your mail, you’ll have time to contact the senders to provide them with your new address.
Normally, we have MSDA hold our mail until we get to a place where we’ll be staying for a few days, and then we have it shipped via FedEx, UPS, or USPS, depending on how quickly we need it. Sending an email to MSDA is all that we need to do to get that process rolling.
Inexpensive! The mail service costs $17 a month and you pay separately for the cost of the delivery service you select to send the mail.
MSDA opens your account with a $50.00 postage deposit, generally given via a credit card charge. When your balance is depleted, another deposit is charged into your account. It’s that simple.
And THAT’S how we get our mail.
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