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    How do you deal with the mail when on extended trips?

    How FT'ers handle mail? We will be in Florida for January, 2015. The post ofc clerk told us we can only stop the mail for 2 weeks, then they have to deliver it for 2-3 days. Then we can submit another hold. Doing mail forwarding or change of addr for 30 days seems awkward as we would be arriving in FL and then have to do a stop and have the mail come back home. What do you do? Thanks.

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    We're not full timers but we were away from home for two months this summer. We had our mail temporarily forwarded to a company that would hold it until we wanted it, shred it if we didn't want it or open an envelope and scan the contents and sent the scan to our email address. None of the mail was opened unless we requested it be opened & scanned.

    Now that we're home we're waiting to make sure the company has received all of our forwarded mail before I ask them to send what we want back to us and destroy what we don't want. If anyone is interested here's a link to the company. https://www.mailboxforwarding.com

    Hope this helps!

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    I go online to USPS, hold mail, and complete a request. They held mine for 4 weeks this past summer.

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    We were on the road for three months this summer. We paid a neighbor $15 per week to pick it up daily and place it in a very large bin in our locked storage shed. We had given him a key to access the shed, but not the house. Once every 3-4 weeks, our son came by the house and transferred the mail from the storage shed to the house. We pay all of our bills on line, so we weren't worried about anything being time sensitive. We also cancelled several magazine subscriptions. When we got back in September, the stack of mail was huge! But there was not one important item of mail in the whole pile! I wish we could completely opt out of mail delivery. It's usefullness has come and gone.

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    Thanks all; Navigator, thanks for the link - we'll check it out. cgoodnight - that's two weeks more than the clerk said they would, so it's a possiblity. Tucson, that's also a possiblity as we have family living nearby.

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    Hi, I am a retired carrier for USPS. The info the clerk gave you is wrong, you may hold your mail for a maximum of 30 days! I have seen people put their mail on hold for the 30 days and then when it gets close to the end, they put in a second request with overlapping dates. Caution the policy is 30 days max and if you get a lot of mail and/or the clerk is real stickler you may risk getting the mail relturned to sender if you do cheat! USPS has a service called preimium forwarding, basically they hold your mail for a week, then box it up and send it to you, (PO box, RFD campground c/o, etc), it is fine if you know where you will be check out at USPS.com for rates and info!

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    We're full-timers and are members of the Escapees FT group and use their Mail Service. Since we sold our home in Texas, our Escapee address also serves as our domicile. Their service to date has been flawless and we have received our mail from them 8 or 9 times since we began our adventure in July.
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