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Old 02-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Question Permanent Address for a Wanderer

How do you full-timers handle a mailing address? Having a permanent address is a necessity for obtaining a driver's license among other reasons, but I'm ready to wander about the USA. My options seem to be:
(1) rent or buy into an RV lot,
(2) rent a mailing address from the UPS Store or other provider,
(3) rent a small apartment somewhere cheap, or
(4) buy a cabin.

Any words of wisdom are much appreciated!!
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:46 PM   #2
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The Escapees RV Club has a mail forwarding service which I hear is quite good. Here's the link:
http://www.escapees.com/MailForwardingService.asp
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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Ditto on the Escapees...we full-time and have been using them for almost a year now (just renewed, actually) and have nothing bad to say about them or the service. The address you get from them is completely legal to use to establish residency in Texas, and a quick trip to Livingston will allow you to do your Driver License, plates, registrations and inspections.

If you just use the mail service, you either call them up or go online and tell them where you want it forwarded to (either general delivery, the camp ground you're staying at, friends/family, etc).
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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Before starting trip get a passport, good id for driver's license renewal, also need proof of getting mail somewhere. New 9 11 rules demand birth certificate and or picture id and passport solves it. Here in Florida you can't use your present drivers license for id to get a new one. I guess they know how it was issued in the past.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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Hi martian, we, too, have been pleased with the Escapees mail service. As exthemius indicated, if you want to establish legal residency as well, a pilgrimage to Livingston is in order. (Subsequent "renewals" can usually be accomplished on line, however, so you won't have to return every year).

Another thing that we've really appreciated is Polk County's reasonable and cooperative attitude about jury duty for those of us who live on "Rainbow Drive", (the longest street in the world, based on the number of us who "live" there....they're aware that, when your name comes up, you might be thousands of miles from Livingston).
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Getting ready to go on road 'full time' in about three months. We have a mail box and a trusted good friend checking it every week. My monies are direct deposited into our bank and anything important is overnighted to us where ever we are.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Ditto on Escapees. We're still three years out from going full-time, but when we do we will be Texans and using Escapees mail service.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:55 PM   #8
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Martian,
We used family member's address as our residency address because we wanted to retain residency in our same state as past 50+ years. We wholly agree with all comments about Escapees, we have belonged for more than six years to Escapees and all our mail forwarding is through them. So our mail, too, goes to Livingston TX and waits until we advise, "Please send our mail to" this post office or that one.

So we retained our original residency state and gained a mailing address in Livingston TX. This has worked out really fine without exception for more than four years for us.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:57 AM   #9
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I would have to pay $25 to get a new address on my license every time I move here in Florida. I have used my mothers address until recently she passed away. I don't know what I will do when we sell the condo...PO Boxes not allowed.
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Anyone know of a Massachusetts mail service like the Escapees in TX that also allows use as legal address?
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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California Mail Forwarding Service?

I'm starting my search in the Airforums, but will try Google, too. I just don't want to get stuck with a bad service. I'm looking for one in CA.

I can use Escapees, as I only need forwarding, but we will be trailering in CA, mostly, and I'd like to establish residency ASAP and shorten the distance forwarded mail needs to travel. TIA for any tips.
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In Indiana, my drivers license is also a "secure" ID (like first grade, there is a gold star in one corner of the license) and must show an actual physical Indiana address. I had to produce current bills for utilities at that address, the warranty deed to prove ownership, current property tax receipts and a birth certificate and social security card. I also had my passport for a photo ID and an Indiana bank checking account.

They also have on file my Arizona PO Box mailing address to send registration renewals to and an Indiana PO Box to mail the driver's license to. I have no active street mail address in Indiana. You do not walk out of an Indiana license branch with any paperwork other than a receipt. Everything must be mailed to an address in your profile.

I have a friend check the Indiana PO Box every week and forward any official looking documents to my current location. The usual junk mail and bills (which are on automatic pay with a credit card) await my arrival to file in Indiana.
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One of the reasons several of the larger mail forwarding services are located in Texas, and some other states, is the lack of state income tax.

Specifically, Texas funds itself with property and sales taxes. So if one doesn't own real estate, establishing residency there can substantially lower one's overall tax burden.


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South Dakota seems to be another state many full timers choose for establishing residency. In addition to state income taxes, one should also consider the cost of insurance, especially health insurance if you're not Medicare eligible. The savings here could outweigh taxes. We currently live and work in Florida and with no state income tax we'll likely keep our residency here when we start full timing next year. However, since we're a good way from turning 65, we might price health insurance in other states before deciding. With ACA pricing becoming available in Oct, it's still a little too early to research.
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