Getting Mail While Living On an RV
Your road map is in hand, the bags are packed, and you’re ready to hit the road. Your RV trip is about to begin, but did you remember all the pre-trip details? One detail you’ll want to address is your mail, particularly if bills will need to be paid while you’re gone. Here are a few alternatives to overwhelming your mailbox and ways you can get mail while living on the road.
Ask a Trusted Person: One way to keep your mailbox at home from filling up is to ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to collect your mail for you. Mail buildup can be a giveaway to criminals that your home isn’t occupied, making your home more vulnerable to invasions, according to CNN. Home security is essential while away from your permanent residence.
U.S Postal Service: Whether your plan is to take your RV on the road for a lifetime, or just a weekend, the U.S. Postal Service offers a few different options.
- If you plan to stay long-term at a particular location, you may be able to install a mailbox so your mail can be delivered right to your RV lot. But it is also possible to have your mail delivered at the entrance if your campground permits it.
- RV travelers can also rent a post office box at a nearby U.S Post Office. This option is great if you plan on traveling past that location frequently to pick up your mail. If you are considering this option, you should inform friends, family and companies you expect to receive mail from that you are temporarily changing your address.
- If you don’t want to change your address and rent a post office box, another option is placing your mail on hold. Mail can be held at your local post office for up to 30 days.
Forwarding Mail Service: Whether you’re a full-time RVer, or you travel for weeks at a time, you can hire a private service to forward your mail to you while you’re on the road. Most of these services have the same process. First, you change your address to one the forwarding mail service provides. The service then sorts your mail per your request and can digitally scan your mail and email it to you, open your mail upon your approval, and even overnight your mail based your RV’s location. Communication is vital for these companies for security reasons, because they will not open your mail without your consent.
Go Electronic: About 50 percent of consumer bills are now paid online, reports The Electronics Payment Association. This means you might not even need to have mail delivered to your RV unless you want to collect personal correspondence. Opting for paperless bills will allow you to view and pay them online.
RVing on the open road offers a lot of freedoms. But you can’t leave behind all of life’s responsibilities. With these mailing options to consider, you can take your RV to the end of the road while still being accountable for your financial and personal obligations.