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How to Get Mail on the Road as an RVer

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In this RV Living video, I explain how I get mail and packages delivered to me as I travel and live in my RV. I also share information about declaring residency and which states don't have state income tax. For more information and links to the services mentioned in this video about mail and residency for full time RVing, Vandwelling or living in an camper, visit my blog: http://www.carolynsrvlife.com/2017/01/05/residency-mail-rver/
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James Catanese (3 months ago)
thank that help infro
Judy A (3 months ago)
Late response but, I also retain my CA residency and use a UPS store as my mailing address. However. the CA Dept of Motor Vehicles will not accept a UPS store street address for a CDL or vehicle registration. I use a neighbor's address for the DMV and the UPS address as my mailing.address.
R Palmer (4 months ago)
Carolyn, North Dakota does indeed have a state income tax and I think you might have mis-spoken since your list has "South Dakota" listed as one of the friendly states. I own rural property in ND and am considering making this property a RVers haven but I need to talk to some pro RVers on the matter. ND is a great place to take on seasonal work and then snowbird to the south. I know where the free camping is and the free RV tank dump sites are and I have a vacuum truck here for my septic pumping business and can take care of that if someone wants to stay a while. I have a couple of RV's already here. This is the place where someone could come and do heavy maintenance and upgrades that take a month or two. This is a place where you can put in a garden and can it and take the produce with you. The winters here are very harsh most years but the summers are pretty mild and on the longest days, it does not get fully dark at night. How do I connect with the pro RV'ers? I'll stop here for now and check this thread from time to time.
James Thompson (5 months ago)
Thanks for all the info am working towards making the jump to the van life but it costs money so save your money
E. Sinclair Bliss (5 months ago)
Constant state of bliss
Bill Rayvan (6 months ago)
Thanks for the clean and clear info , Bob confused the living hell out of me , curse his ADD
Virginia Miller (8 months ago)
Check out www.americasmailbox.com located in South Dakota. They take care of everything for you and they now have a hotel and RV Park where you spend one night and you qualify to make SD your state of residence. The only down side I've found is going back once every 5 years to renew you drivers license, especially if like me, I want to hang in the Southwest. So I'd be sure to get in and out before Winter! LOL
Virginia Miller (8 months ago)
Can't a man and a woman be friends and not have some people think they are involved. And who cares if they are.
good day (1 year ago)
when i lived in oregon national forest i was 15 minute drive to cougar lane. that was the name of the place. a small very small store actually cabin that took our mail and put it in this small shed with cubbies . it all came as general delivery. i think the population was 26 spread out way out.thanks for the info.
Faye Calder (1 year ago)
Thank you for everything you do. You made realize, I'm a Nomad ready to happen. You help so many people with your personal experience. I also watch Bob Wells Channel as well as Debra Dickinson. Keep up the wonderful advise and personal experiences. I'm a standup comedian who has this passion to travel to my gigs sleeping in my own bed and having my own coffee pot at my finger tips. I have taken off the last 28 months taking care of my mom who had a Massive Stroke. So I am there traveling along with you. You, Bob and Debra have brought sunshine to my soul and hope I can meet you all one day. MommaFaye
Chelsea Rhodes (1 year ago)
This is amazing. I am hearing this for the first time and I've tried researching and had not found this info. My husband and I will be full time RVing by August! So, needless to say, I am watching most of your videos. MY QUESTION: I want to expand my puppy and housecleaning business on the road. Do you think this is possible???... puppyandcompany.com. Do RVer's ever need cleanings done? If so, what cleanings should I start to market as we enter RV parks? The pet service side of the business I'm praying will just work itself out as I KNOW RVers have animals and want to maybe stay at a hotel or something. Anyways, I'm thoroughly enjoying your videos and this is my starter blog (but I do not wish to make money on it): https://rhodesadventureblog.wordpress.com/
Malcolm Nicoll (1 year ago)
This is great info. Thanks ever so much for posting.
Shelley Pitchford (1 year ago)
Another very helpful video! Thanks😊
Shelley Pitchford (1 year ago)
Where do you want to visit? What sights are you planning to visit? How much driving do you do in a month? What is your favorite place so far? Best good surprise? Worst?
Then, Now and Forever (1 year ago)
David has no insurance but he is still stubborn!
Karen Behymer (1 year ago)
How is the mail addressed so that it gets to your mail forwarder?
bookmouse770 (1 year ago)
I don't live in CA but that's where I left my <3 Nice vid :-)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
:-) me too (my heart).. thank you!
Réal Gagnon (1 year ago)
good information Carolyn.  Thanks!
Debra Anchondo (1 year ago)
I have to say you are living my dream. all my kids are grown and that's what I had hoped I could do this. unfortunately the hand I was dealt will not allow me. So please continue your videos are awesome. I don't know you personally but I think we could talk for hours. I wish you the best. Do you ever come down Colorado way?
Pen Wize (1 year ago)
Hi, Carolyn, that looks a bit like Utah. Is it Lake Powell? Beautiful. Can you swim there?
Barb Hayes (1 year ago)
Great information, Carolyn, thanks!
Moose (1 year ago)
thanks Carolyn! Great info
Kevin Connolly (1 year ago)
Doesn't residency have some kind of requirement about either having an address, or how much time you spend physically in the state?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Each state has different requirements. Yes, you have to have an address, but how you get it and residency varies by state.there are a ton of resources online, InterstellarOrchard.com covers it very well..
Idaho Rider (1 year ago)
Thanks for the information. If I may respectively comment; I love your red hair. I seem to have always been partial that way. Keep having fun.
I have a private mail box, accessible 24 hours, in the Bay Area of northern California, through a small store (not UPS Store or Postal Annex). It cost like $7 a month. I get a street address to use, even though it is like a PO box. Therefore I can get FedEx and UPS deliveries, as well as bank statements and some rebate checks that will not mail to a PO box. Technically, the bank requires a home/residential address address, not just a street address that is a mail box. If the bank knew, they would not allow me to use this address, unless I also had a residential address to give them. So, technically full-time RV'ers cannot have a bank account or credit card, since they have no residential address to use, unless a friend or relative lets them use theirs. Or unless they also own property or a business whose address they can use. Otherwise, they can only get a bank account through fraud really.
You cannot get a California driver's license with a UPS Store street address or a PO Box, despite what you said in the video. The DMV knows which addresses are actually mail receivers for customers and will reject any UPS Store. I tried to use a UPS Store in Maine for my address for my Maine DL in 2008 or so, and the clerk knew right away from her computer. She said I need an actual HOME/Residential address, not just a street address.. This is because of the requirements of the federal REAL ID act since 9/11. So to be legal, you have to go to a state that welcomes full-time RV'rs/nomads, and allows you to use a mail forwarder. The three that I know of are South Dakota, Texas, and Florida. BTW, why on earth would you want to pay California's outrageous registration and insurance fees, and have to get a bi-annual SMOG inspection??
Tina Perez (1 year ago)
thanks Carolyn. I just discovered your videos yesterday and I've already learned so much from you. Keep up the good work. I'd love to travel the U.S as well.
Creek Bottom (1 year ago)
Thank you Carolyn for a the helpful tips! :) Can you do a video of all the places you have been? would love some good ideas to go! Soon to be a Full time Rv'er!
Tina Bell (1 year ago)
Hey Carolyn thanks so much for all the information you share, It will help me out a lot , I'm turning 60 and I plan on hitting the road this October, I've already bought my RV it's a BT cruiser only 20 feet long, I'm banking all my checks this year so I can quit my job and live the life I love (travel) 🙏🏻 Hopefully I'll get to camp out with you some day soon. Im like you I don't like to be around a lot of people, I really need my space and quite time but on occasion I do love people lol.. I just want to see and photograph all the beauty in the USA and Canada. And I definitely won't be be doing the YouTube thing...lol. Well good luck on you journey and be safe🙏🏻
Kris K (1 year ago)
Just one thing I learned from the Escapees Club was to visit the Post Office prior to receiving a package to introduce yourself and that you have a delivery coming that you will be by again to pick up. I don't remember exactly what they said but it had to do with how many days they hold it for you before returning it as undeliverable. I think the problem is that they have no requirement as to the length of time they have to hold it for delivery. So some might only hold it for a day or two and then send it back before you can get there.
Howard Scott (1 year ago)
I am selling my home this year and plan on full time RVing this year. Really enjoyed all of the information on mail and residency. Stay safe.
Carla E Photography (1 year ago)
Thank you Thank you!! Great info!
Curtis DeAtley (1 year ago)
People who "cherry pick" states with no income, sales, etc. tax for their residence without any ties to that state reflect a selfish nature and are an anathema to our spirit of liberty. Many non-tax states have higher real estate taxes and real property taxes that residents pay for the privilege/advantage of living there; the faux "residents" do not. My opinion is that they are small-time tax dodgers and should be challenged as such. I have resided in many states and legally kept my home state residence for taxes, voting, etc. and have never regretted the decision. I applaud you for keeping CA as you home, at least at the time of this post. One other thing: Do your "clients" know that you do not have a "hard" location where they could talk to you face-to-face? No disrespect meant but if I do business with someone, it's important to me to know I can contact them as needed, for whatever. I realize that the definition of business has been transformed by technology and will adapt I'm sure. On the business side, I view many RV'ers selling "stuff" on their posts. Do any of these nomads pay sales/business taxes according to the laws in each state they do business? I am a conservative who believes that this country was founded on a pioneer spirit and we are taxed "to death", but believe the way to lower taxation is not to purposely avoid it/them but each to pay their fair share while fighting to change "the system". Best wishes and may God richly bless you and keep you safe throughout your travels/adventures.
WallyB Blues (1 year ago)
Hi Carolyn Been a busy year so far for me. I have a small Home / Studio And lately just been doing a lot of mixing with that being said I been meaning to ask you Who does your music for the intro that you have for the videos
Steven Eidmann (1 year ago)
2017 and you are still being paid by paper check??
Dan Whiteman (1 year ago)
Thanks for great info.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
You're welcome, thanks for watching! :-)
Chris Czerwinski (1 year ago)
Found you a couple of weeks ago. Great info. Just started gathering info on full time RVing. Thanks.
BC150YEARS (1 year ago)
Years ago, 1970, in Europe, people traveling Europe would collect any mail at a local American Express Office in many cities...it was a good service...but I doubt they had any mail forwarding system then....enjoy your video...Brock..Vancouver, Canada....
KIM I (1 year ago)
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David Alexander (1 year ago)
Hi Where on the Colorado river did you film? Keep up the good work
David Alexander (1 year ago)
looked familair
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Ehrenberg, BLM land.
Carlos Leon (1 year ago)
hi Carolyn,....,,this is a good information...well detailed...thanks...
Christopher Barclay (1 year ago)
Why South Dakota? .... No personal income taxes, no business taxes, 4% sales tax on vehicles, Need to spend one night to get a drivers license not 30 days as in some others, no vehicle inspections of any kind.... catalytic converter dying? Get rid of it. No emissions inspections. You will need to go back every 5 years to renew drivers license. That's it unless you get hit with jury duty but that goes for any state. I'm not going to recommend a mail service. You can google that for yourself.
Michael Doerner (1 year ago)
So how do you establish an address in your state of residency? In Ohio for example, when you get a drivers license, you need to also bring in a utility bill or some other documentation to prove you are living where you say you're at. Or is that different in the states you listed?
James Gardner (1 year ago)
Thank you, so much that really help a lot..Take care...
TheLunarLumen (1 year ago)
5:19 Weird???
Ron S (1 year ago)
Carolyn, thanks for another informative video :::))) Appreciate your channel sooo much.
Joe Frailey (1 year ago)
Love your channel Jennifer. Bob as well. Gives me food for thought. I'm close to retirement after 33+ years working for Xerox. I wish to move to Cottonwood AZ about a 20 minute drive from my daughter and her husband and my two grandkids. I can see me buying a small home or condo and a camper and just going away for a week or two out to nowhere. I would love it. Your channel inspires me.
Steven (1 year ago)
Sarah S (1 year ago)
I live in the Rogue Valley area. Eleven years ago, when I first moved here, I got a mailbox through a small private mail store. I still have my mailbox 11 years later and have gone through 3 owners! I love having a mailbox. I've moved a lot within the Valley, even left for several months on occasion, and never had to worry about the security of my mail. I love the mailbox services, but I don't recommend PO Boxes because there will always be hassles with a PO Box address. Go for the street address option. Thank you Caroline.
No Regrets With Kim (1 year ago)
Thanks for the wealth of information that you have shared in your videos Carolyn.  You help your viewers to be all the more prepared to hit the road.
amanda currin (1 year ago)
very helpful as always ~!!!!!
Annie Howell (1 year ago)
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Lawrn West (1 year ago)
The extra money for the UPS address over the P.O. Box is very much worth it! I have had a P.O. Box for my business and went w it as I still have a "brick & mortor" home and it works for now. But the UPS Store as you state, is much better for all the reasons you bring up! Great video once again!
Gypsy Nomad (1 year ago)
Great info hun **THUMBS UP**
Happy New Years Carolyn! I loved seeing the wonderful community you shared Christmas with. you mentioned in your video, "that's how we roll", so how about naming our group "GYPSY ROLLERS". Hope Tully is better soon. Best to you and Capone! Joan H.
Maggie (1 year ago)
oops sorry I sent message before I heard all of your message on length of time..sorry thanks
Maggie (1 year ago)
I work for FedEx n we offer hold at a location for pick up too...usually it is for only 5 business days!! is ups longer?
RVFreeDa (1 year ago)
I wish I had put in for my passport before I left my house of 40 years. Not sure how to do it now since I want to go to Mexico and get my teeth fixed next month. I'll be going to the RTR and hope I will find out more there.
Joel Weidenfeld (1 year ago)
you don't really want to deal with the post office when it's about money, checks in the mail,,, post offices are closing around the country and they will tell you to use direct deposit,,, that is not away available SO FAR BUT ALTERNATIVE MONEY TRANSFER METHODS ARE COMING, ALSO,, YOU DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN SCHEMES THAT PUTS YOUR CHECKs in the mail multiple times, that's asking for problems,,, unless you really don't need the money or care that much.
Joel Weidenfeld (1 year ago)
you don't really want to deal with the post office when it's about money, checks in the mail,,, post offices are closing around the country and they will tell you to use direct deposit,,, that is not away available SO FAR BUT ALTERNATIVE MONEY TRANSFER METHODS ARE COMING, ALSO,, YOU DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN SCHEMES THAT PUTS YOUR CHECKs in the mail multiple times, that's asking for problems,,, unless you really don't need the money or care that much.
Hi Carolyn this is Fantastic information thank you so much
Nookie Studios (1 year ago)
Thank you Carolyn, another fantastic video. Can you use the UPS address to register and get insurance for your vehicle?
pirucreek (1 year ago)
We need someone like you to create a national boondockers foundation fighting for the right to park for free anywhere. Also build restroom and showers and secure land for the people. To prevent the Bundy's, government, and private landowners from ruining the United States. Also to work with organizations like The Nature Conservancy, to all boondockers to use land. http://ailt.org/2011/09/conservation-websites/ . To pay for a place to live is evil and led to Hitler and fall of Rome.
Pete_ Hine_Of_PA (1 year ago)
Now is when you could use a cheap Kayak to paddle up and down the river, maybe even fish. I really enjoy seeing Capone. He's so old with his white tinted mussel. I hope you call him into the shots more often. BTW, i'd rather deal with UPS than I would USPS, the latter are prima donnas. Reading about your tanny, sorry to hear. Rebuilt and repaired tannys stink, you'd of been better off with one from a low millage truck out of the junk yard or second, bite the bullet and order a new one and have it installed
bill Ralban (1 year ago)
Excellent video, you answered many questions. Thanks from Flagstaff.
Carrie Bishop (1 year ago)
So good to know .Your wonderful .Thankyou!
Just Living (1 year ago)
good video thanks
Irene's Vanventures (1 year ago)
Thank you for this awesome video!!! 👍😉💓😄🚐
Rob Brown (1 year ago)
How do you deal with jury duty?  Great interview you had with Bob
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Rob - oh wow. THAT is a great question. I have never heard that addressed before.. I will have to do some research on that! thank you for the compliment on the interview with Bob, that feels like a million years ago (was last June).. :-) C
jim a (1 year ago)
I wouldn't use Cal. as a legal residence because of income tax. Paid enough over the years when I lived in San Francisco.
erikkohl (1 year ago)
oh...as for Capone, today...we all have our days where we'd rather keep to ourselves, don't we?
erikkohl (1 year ago)
The info in this video reminded me of a wonderful sabbatical Southwestern adventure with my family in the 90's. Really, the mail and residency issues are not all that different, now. The wonderful scenery you share also recalls this happy time for me. I am totally glad I chose to have a Western Carolina cabin in the woods built last year, including the specification that they nail my shoes to the wood floors! Lots of room for my music instrument collection and exercise routines, sweet kitchen to serve my passion for whole foods, beautiful surroundings, good neighbors. Still, I enjoy so much getting a vicarious experience of the other option I considered, fantastically provided through your vibrant videos and discussions. And who knows, I just might get a carpenter's claw and pry myself loose sometime down the road. If I do I will surely apply what I am learning from you. Whatever I choose to do, my life is enriched right now by the work you do here. Thank you!
William Lane (1 year ago)
thanks for sharing! pets to Capone! also did you say that if I have a ups mail box that they would forward mail to another ups store?
L.D. husky (1 year ago)
All of those were questions I wondered about. Thank you!!
youroam1 (1 year ago)
Good Video!
MKONE (1 year ago)
Hi how's life ? U still being annoying lol 😆👍🏻😂
chris 1 (1 year ago)
Very helpful, It's overcoming the daily practicalities that give you freedom. Cheers
brownsheep (1 year ago)
depends on who you order from. Thy have to choose to use that service. Most company's don't care about making things easier for customers. They just want basic.
David Kissane (1 year ago)
Glad to see you are feeling better.
K Butler (1 year ago)
What did I miss, folks have been negative and mean spirited? Best not to acknowledge those ppl, at all. Delete, report, move on. if you engage the trolls at all, they will continue to seek attention. Do not engage cowards. Carolyn you inspire many.... Keep on keeping on.
tman406 (1 year ago)
very informative. answered a lot of the questions I had. with any kind of luck I'll be rving by the summer and I hope that we can get a chance to talk about my full time rv experience as a POC. Be free, be blessed on the road.
1972pimpstress (1 year ago)
Yea Capone wasn't having it. Lol
LovingAtlanta (1 year ago)
yellowhorse52 (1 year ago)
Instead of waiting for a paper check why not use Pay Pal? it is secure and the money is available in less than 2 days.And if a client says they don't have PP yo can tell them they don't need an account to send the funds. Just makes more sense to me.
MacRoibin (1 year ago)
your incredible , but, you looked Bored!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I was fighting a migraine... :-(
Dune Elliot (1 year ago)
Just an FYI Wyoming "residency" is tough to get as a nomad/RVer. You have to prove you are living here with utility bills, mortgage papers, bank statements etc. It's easy enough to keep your WY residency, which I will be doing, but it's not one of the easier states (Texas, South Dakota or Florida) to establish residency.
Bobby Harper (1 year ago)
You got it all figured out baby. Anyone considering full time RV living needs to watch your channel. And your hair is absolutely gorgeous.
Melissa Nikkie (1 year ago)
Thank you for all the details!
poot head (1 year ago)
I am surprised that hookers do not embrace the rv lifestyle. It would enable them to travel open shop and move before drawing too much attention, plus the benefit of having a place to live and use for incall
Elaine J (1 year ago)
Great info and what a beautiful spot you found! Happy Trails!
MakeUpDetective007 (1 year ago)
Great video's! Thank you for sharing all you do, Bob and you have become among my top fav's here in YouTube land, hopefully one day will see you in person. I like the location in this video with the water...where exactly is that? Thats my dream to drive and pull up to a beach area or such and enjoy :)
TheVideogirl1952 (1 year ago)
Have you ever had to renew your drivers license yet? I know they will not accept a P.O. Box. I wonder if a UPS address is OK with DPS?
Michele Of The Oaks (1 year ago)
TheVideogirl1952, UPS boxes have a street address, not a PO box. And, yes you can use it on your driver's license. I had a box for 7 years and used the address on everything.
Beccarae Calato (1 year ago)
VERY helpful indeed! These are all questions I've wondered about. Thanks!
Apollo Raiders (1 year ago)
Thanks for the videos
Hula Shack (1 year ago)
Carolyn, your view is amazing! That's a million dollar view! I am SOOOO jealous of your lifestyle!!!! Awesome video! Thanks for all that info. Helps me with one more thing I will need to address when I get out of this " weight around my neck".(my house) Love to you and to Capone!
Veprjack Veprjack (1 year ago)
I see that Capone's celebrity status has gone to his head! Next he'll want top billing - "Capone and Carolyn's RV Life"! If he starts sitting behind the wheel or submitting scripts, you've gone too far. Doggie Jammie's and an umbrella drink poolside? His own forwarding address for fan mail? Oh, boy... If it gets to the point where he demands his own therapist, I'll do it by Skype for a reasonable fee! Woof!
Veprjack Veprjack (1 year ago)
BTW - Don't let Bob leap ahead with that interview with the retired priest - go interview a retired nun! Glad you like my humor, because there's no "Off Button"!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
LOL... love your sense of humor.. Great laughs envisioning it all. Thank you! - C
Red Berry (1 year ago)
It's South Dakota that has no state tax, not North Dakota
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I say ND but wrote SD twice, hopefully people will realize I misspoke.. didn't catch that in the editing..
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
oh shoot, did i say ND?? grrrr.
Humidor 2016 (1 year ago)
I am surprised the word negativity appears on this channels discussion. This person is doing something that we should all aspire to. That is: Have shelter, food and companionship. When our lives are over we wont be taking our laptops, mobile phones and judgemental paradigms. Gees gave Carolyn some credit, the message has been lost on some but for me it's loud and clear. Be the soldier of life Carolyn your message has not been lost. God bless you and your loyal friend.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Humidor, you rock my friend. thank you for getting it!! I am so glad you're here and taking this journey with me!!! All the best to you, Carolyn and Capone <3
Gray Hiker (1 year ago)
Great information!  Thanks for sharing!!
Lisa Lovely (1 year ago)
thank u for sharing very useful & helpful tips!!! As always Thanks for sharing, n safe riding... Oh, and Happy New Year!!!
Jouncyg (1 year ago)
Very helpful info. Thanks

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