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  1. Boy this thread has suddenly gotten more life nearly two months after I first posted! So just to follow up for anyone who may care, after looking hard at several services and talking to RVers, I decided to go with TravelingMailbox.com. For me, it boiled down to what I wanted from a mail service. Escapees is a STELLAR service if you want very strong mail forwarding with the ability to get some add-ons that may benefit you. In my case, I wanted a service that would automatically scan all my letter covers without charging me extra, securely shred what I don't want on cue from a browser window, scan in what I do want to a PDF in Evernote, deposit checks, allow me to tie in a business mailbox at no charge, and occasionally forward a piece of mail. To me, this is more like a personal assistant. As far as sensitive information goes, this isn't a paramount concern to me as all my mail that's confidential is electronic anymore (such as Barbaraok said, my 403b paperwork is all online). And the few pieces that aren't electronic, I can just have them forward without opening. But that said, I also chose to go with a well known service with positive reviews in the industry. There are too many small/new outfits that could be untrustworthy/still need to prove themselves. Much thanks for everyone's input. Great discussion and help all over this forum!
  2. No sales pitches, blackout times, etc when using RPI? Is it a pretty painless experience?
  3. We're going full-time in a month and I've been looking at ways to save at campgrounds as we travel. We've joined several clubs that are no-brainers--Escapees, Good Sam, Passport America. But I'm discovering that many of the PA parks, which have the biggest discounts, have HUGE exclusions. Does anyone have experience with Resort Parks International and/or Coast to Coast? It seems these are the best deals out there if you don't want to spend thousands for a Thousand Trails membership. For about $300 or so I can join a Home Park, then stay at participating parks for $10-$15/night with RPI or C2C. BUT are the RPI and C2C $10-$15/night deals subject to huge exclusions in real-life practice? Or am I setting myself up to getting a high-pressure sales pitch at any RPI or C2C park I want to say at? It seems to good to be true, but unlike PA and TT, I can't find much talk online about RPI or C2C, positive or negative. Would love to hear from some full-timers about real-life experience with RPI and/or C2C, or other solutions I might be missing.
  4. We just got our TT with an Equalizer hitch. This last week we stayed in a park and half way through our stay we needed to dump and so we had to pull in the slides, pull up the levels and rehook up the Equalizer hitch--the latter being the most difficult item. Is it safe/fine to travel without the Equalizer hitch sway bars installed if we're just moving to the dump station and back in a park? Here's our specs: 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 dually 2017 Rockwood Windjammer (this unit is about 10,000 lbs max filled) Thanks in advance!
  5. Excellent! Thx for the clarification. As I figured, this process will be much easier than I thought it would be!
  6. Actually, I was surprised to see that almost all of them offer this except Escapees. For just $5 they'll take a check you receive and forward it to your bank, marked as "For Deposit Only." I wouldn't have even thought about this as an option until I saw it on all the other services. No doubt! No, I just mean the cost of the mail service alone. I can tell the Escapees membership itself is a crazy good deal and seems to have a great community. If anything, I was surprised it didn't cost more!
  7. Nice! I'll do that for sure. How did we get by without the Internet??
  8. Believe me, I'd love to do away with checks all together. My entire life is online, but some clients still are "old school." Actually, that's why I'd prefer mail scanning over mail forwarding, except when I absolutely need it. I'd much prefer to just check my email box, look at my mail and delete what I don't want than have to have it shipped to me. We want to streamline these communication channels!
  9. Yes, I suppose I'm looking for more of a mail scanning and forwarding service. The mail we receive is minimal and most could be scanned, but some we'd need forwarded. Most services scan the front of your envelope as a basic service (not a surcharge) and then you can tell them to forward it, shred it, or open and scan the contents. Some charge for scanning the contents, some do not. I'm a freelance writer and unfortunately, some clients still only pay by check. What most mail services will do for you is open the envelope, stamp "For Deposit Only" on the check and then forward it to your bank. Almost all services offer this for $5 per check, which is why I was surprised not to see it mentioned from Escapees. I'll have to see if I can find that email address. Good idea.
  10. I've been looking at mail services for full-timers and know most people here recommend Escapees, but the website seems to lack the answers to several questions other mail service websites answer. For instance: If you receive a check, will they deposit it for you? (Most services offer this.) How many recipients can you have at your Escapees address? (Most allow 2-6.) If they allow more than one, can one of those be a business name? Or will that cost extra? (Most include.) The scanning service seems to indicate it's an additional $10/month, but another place says scans are 50c/page. Is it $10/month + 50c/page? Is mail recycled or securely shredded? I want to support Escapees, but if I'm reading the webpages right, it appears the service is twice the price of their competitors with half the perks. What am I missing?? Help convince me! (I've been comparing to Traveling Mailbox, ScanMailboxes, AnytimeMailbox, TexasHomebase and iPostal1.)
  11. Nice! Didn't even think about that!
  12. We'll be traveling the country for a year. Well, that's very encouraging to hear. So just driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration and insurance--I wonder if I can do all that online? I was thinking I'd have to enter Polk county to get my inspection, etc, but can I just change my address since I've already got the Texas inspection? That wouldn't be so bad...
  13. We're going full time in about 45 days. House is up for sale in about a week! I currently live in Fort Worth, Texas (Tarrant County), where we've lived for a long time. From what I understand, we need to: Get a new domicile/mail forwarding address Update our driver's license Update our voter registration I was going to use the Escapees mail service, but from reading their FAQ it sounds like I'd have to change everything to that county, establish professional and social connections, etc, requiring us to drive down there for some things. I'm imagining it would be easiest to use a Fort Worth virtual mailbox and mail forwarding address...but I could be wrong. Can we just get a mail service anywhere and have it understood that Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas is our domicile since this was the last place we lived? Or does it not work like that? I'm a bit confused at to how this might work since we already are established in the State, but not the County. I apologize for being another person on this forum likely making this more difficult than it actually is!
  14. I got the Escapees membership right away. I mean the insurance submission. I used this page, and haven't heard anything: https://www.rverinsurance.com/auto-insurance-quote/ (It's linked to from the main Escapees page).
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