RV Mail Tips and Advice
RV mail tips and advice to make your mail forwarding experience in an RV the best it can possibly be. Don’t commit rookie mistakes in an RV. Travel with confidence that things will go right.
- Go with a RV mail forwarding service that owns the building they are located at for virtual addresses. It can be a nightmare changing your mail forwarding address if your provider decides to change their Florida address.
- Avoid using friends or family for a forwarding address. This would be a favor to you and it’s not their full time job to get you mail and packages immediately. This situation can and has soured relationships in the past.
- Learn what shipping services are offered from a mail forwarding service. What options will you have to physically mail an envelope or package to your RV location.
- Always go with an RV mail forwarding service that offers mail scanning with their mail forwarding package. A generous limit of scans is always better than paying a per transaction fee. Seeing your mail in real time is the best.
- With mail scanning should come an online account. Go with a company that offers free storage of all digital scans. Looking up old mail in the future can be invaluable.
- Choose locations where you can have mail sent to you. Parking your RV on the street does not mean a mailman will deliver to your “home”. When planning your trips, ask the camp sites if you can have mail sent there under your name and what the procedure is.
- Cut down on postage when forwarding your mail. Only send yourself mail when you absolutely need the original. If you only need to read the mail, a scan online should be enough.
- When you are done with your mail at the campground, dispose of it in a safe manor. Tossing sensitive information in a public place is not the brightest idea. Save your mail in a box and either shred it yourself or take it to an office supply store for shredding.
- Send yourself forwarded packages only when you are going to be somewhere for a certain amount of time. Planning to leave on a Tuesday and your package gets there Wednesday is a bummer.
Other RV Tips
Eating out at restaurants everyday is expensive and it’s bad for your health. Follow these food tips for a better RV experience on your next trip.
- Need a quick fire starter? That bag of tortilla chips will burn like crazy from all the oil.
- Take advantage of fast food condiments whenever you do eat out. They store nice and easy in your RV without taking up major space.
- Out of lighter fluid? Use an egg carton full of coal to start that BBQ. Make sure to use some kindling too.
- Instead of nuking your food in the power draining microwave, heat it up with a little water in your rice cooker.
- Bring plenty of water filters. Sometimes, the only water you can get comes out of a hose. Filter that taste.
- Cut your egg carton in half for better small space refrigerator storage.
- For even baking in a sub-par RV oven, use a pizza stone.
- Cook outside, whenever possible. Keep the heat and cooking smells out of your home on wheels.
- Pack sandwiches for lunch. It beats getting that nasty food at Burger World.
Use your resources wisely when on the road, they can get expensive.
- Use a gas app to find the cheapest fueling station.
- Use biodegradable toilet tissue.
- Travel as much as possible in the morning while it is still cool. Save money by not driving with that AC on.
- Go the speed limit, no need to waster gas on speeding.
- Get free electricity whenever you can. Solar power that roof.
- Install foam board installation and maybe even some window film while hitting the winter road in your RV.
- Only dump the tanks when they are full to avoid a stinky freeze up during the winter season.
- Put a fan in the fridge vent to get that hot air out and the need for expensive AC will be lowered. Those refrigerators get hotter than you may think.
- Upgrade to LED, they use less electricity.
- Always know where you are going, don’t waste gas.
- Use Borax in your tanks, not harsh chemicals.
- Always know your propane level. Don’t run out at the worst possible time.
Be prepared for anything on the RV roads. Always use teamwork and safety first. Here a couple of suggestions to keep you in one piece.
- Carry maps for all states you will be traveling in.
- Change your bay locks. The standard issue are duplicates to other RVs.
- Always do a walk around check before pulling out to the open road in the morning. You don’t want something falling off into traffic. This can cost you big bucks and it can cost someone their life.
- Add fish eye mirrors for better offensive and defensive driving.
- Keep a large first aid kit stocked and ready for any kind of emergencies. You can’t liquid skin a finger back on, have some life saving aid with you.
- Keep a flare gun, matches, solar power lantern and flares, just in case.
- Use levels for parking.
- Bring a ladder if there is not one built in.
- Always use surge protectors.
- Dry your shower after each use. Avoid harmful mold.
- Always keep medications stocked.
- Bring a spare pair of spectacles if you wear them. You need to see to be able to drive.
- Bring a common tools tool box. A tool for every job.
- Close windows if you are next to a generator.
Comfortable Living Quarters
You will be spending a bunch of time in your RV. Try to make it pleasant instead of a living nightmare from hell.
- Squirt some peppermint around areas that bugs are. They hate it.
- Sage in your camp fire might keep those pesky mosquitoes away and away from your blood.
- Pack a Wifi booster for a better signal at campgrounds.
- Get seat covers if you have fabric furniture and a pet with you.
- Park by a tree to cool off at night.
- Get an RV inverter.
- Use Pine-Sol when cleaning. A fly would rather die than spell that stuff.
- Make campground reservations ahead of time.
- Don’t drive more than 360 miles a day. Be comfortable.
- Command hooks are a great investment.
- Use eclipsed curtains to counter the heat.