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Old 12-29-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Mail Service

I wanted to poll people on this thread, since it's about communication. We started traveling extensively with our trailer last year and feel the need for a some kind of mail service. Someone that can forward our mail to different locations.
Does anyone use such a service? If so, are you happy with them? If so, would you share their name?
Thanks a million. Lia Rizenko
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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The best I've heard is from Escapees. Escapees RV Club – the club for all RVers They are an excellent support service for the full timer. I prefer their magazine for informative articles. Have been to an Escapade and it was very educational with a good selection of vendors. Plus they do mail forwarding.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:45 AM   #3
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Howdy!

We have been using Escapee mail service for the last four years and are very pleased with it. They are also a great RV support network especially for the Fulltime RV'ers.

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Old 12-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #4
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try the google search. there are a number of thread over the past few years.
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
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Escapees is the only one I have used and thus far am very pleased with the staff and service.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:50 AM   #6
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How about USPS' Premium Forwarding Service? Anyone have experience with it? USPS - Premium Forwarding Service
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:06 AM   #7
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We have used St. Brendons in Green Cove Springs, FL for years and have had excellent service. They can tailor to suit your needs and are relatively inexpensive.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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We tried USPS and had problems their Premium service is for a temporary fixed location.

I have used UPS for several years and have been happy with it.

The positive is you have a street address in your home town, they can sign for mail, when you want your mail forward you call or e-mail and instruct them on where, when and how to forward.

Cost is around $100 per year for your mail box, $2 handling + cost of shipping for each forwarding.

For us when on the road the average is 3 times every 2 months $6 handling and $10 to $12 shipping depending on what method of shipping (UPS or FedEX overnight, 2 day or regular USPS.

We plan on average of $10 per month with no charge when you are in town and you pick-up.


Your address has a PMB (Private mail box number)

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Old 02-06-2011, 10:15 AM   #9
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Lia,
Like chiefneon, we are in fourth year with Escapees mail service. Costs us 105per year and great very reliable service.

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Old 02-06-2011, 01:22 PM   #10
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If you plan to full-time, are you able to obtain your tag using Escapee's address? If so, is the address in a location with affordable taxes? In Alabama my tag is $30 in the county but $409 in the city ... location of the mailbox is important!

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We analyzed total difference and havent justified changing residency in four years. Just not worth it on sum of all counts.

Our income is so nothing, so state sales taxes don't matter.

We get zero sales taxes whenever we visit states that don't charge these, but unless we actually are taking to stay there we won't change residency to them. When we travel we wouldn't benefit, only when we are there.

Property taxes matter little, the only property we have are a six year old trailer and five year old truck. Our annual tax bill is cheap.

Safety inspections on trailer could be a pia, but how expensive is this? But truck and trailer registrations could add up, we've heard.

Health insurance costs vary a lot from state to state, and auto insurance varies by state and whether urban or rural (we moved our address within our state to rural area).

For the past four years and the foreseeable future we don't plan to change residency. Our parents and siblings are all there and the economics totally don't make it worth it.

Changing state of residency is not a one-step deal, either. Some people mistakenly oversimplified it, got hammered by their "form" state for back taxes and penalties. In Minnesota's own words, "Moving from Minnesota does not make you a non-resident". One guy had left behind nothing more than a credit union account, had moved everything else. They nailed him, and he apparently isn't the only one, nor is MN the only aggressive state.

Is it worth bothering to change?

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Old 02-07-2011, 03:32 AM   #12
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Is it worth bothering to change?

I could save $1500 per year if my trailer and two vehicles were tagged outside my municipality.

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Yup, that sounds like change I can believe in. I'd change for 1,000, especially if it is annually recurring expense.

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