VIDEO: You’ve Got Mail – Or Do You?

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You’ve got mail — or do you?

If you take the plunge and become a FULL-TIME occupant of your RV, life goes on. It still rains, snows, sleets, and hails. (And in our case, it now also leaks.) You still need to receive mail from time to time.

Of course you can always keep a post office box in your hometown of choice. Many full-time RVers establish a residence in South Dakota for a variety of tax advantages. There are probably more South Dakota RV plates than there are actual residents of the state.

In our case, we maintain a brick-and-mortar home in the Deep South. We are “part-time full-timers,” doing the majority of our RV travel in the summer. So, no South Dakota P.O. box for us. And anyway, even if you DO have your own shiny metal mailbox somewhere in North America, you will still find yourself in need of packages.

Many campgrounds — especially those that cater to full-timers — will be happy to receive mail for you. If you need to receive a package via a private carrier like Fed Ex or UPS, you can often just have it delivered straight to the campground office.

When we hit the road for a hearty dose of full-time travel, we often travel with no set itinerary or agenda. Weeks may pass without us remaining in one location for more than a few days. Often we may know which town we’ll be visiting, but not which campground.

So we use post offices to receive packages.

The magic words are “general delivery.”

For those of us who are hardcore nomads, the logistics of arranging a “general delivery” package are sometimes tricky. Before using a post office as your general delivery address, YOU MUST CONFIRM WITH THE INDIVIDUAL POST OFFICE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE. Some post offices are so small, they don’t allow general delivery.

For example, our video was shot mostly in Illinois. I needed to receive a package. I chose Fargo, North Dakota as the destination where we’d receive said package. After making a few phone calls, I settled on a post office in nearby Moorhead. It’s not that big a deal, but it’s certainly more involved than just strolling down to your front doorstep.

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