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RE: New South Dakota resident - Almost There - 07-08-2015

Most post offices will hold general delivery mail for 30 days.

It's preferable to choose a smallish town post office for service since it will only have one post office in town. The larger towns with multiple post offices - well, it's inevitable that your mail will go to the 'other' post office.

Always check with the post office first to make sure that they will receive general delivery mail. Some postmasters are friendlier than others. Also check to see if they have specific hours for picking up general delivery mail or whether any time they're open is okay.

I also used to have my  mail sent to some state parks if I was staying there. Again, always check to see if it's okay. Some state parks mail didn't actually come to the park but to admin offices off-site which wouldn't do any good.

And of course, if you're staying in a private park, they may also be able to accept mail for you.


RE: New South Dakota resident - WriterMs - 07-08-2015

(07-08-2015, 03:50 AM)VanLifeCrisis Wrote:  Thanks for the reply WriterMs.   I do know they need compensated to register the vehicles, they list a fee for that.  I was not looking for volunteers Wink  But i was wondering if you had to also sign up for their mailing services, which have other fees and deposits.  One service didnt seem to draw a line between the two, another seem to suggest a clear delineation between the two services but i'm not positive.  I will contact them directly to find out.  

I might be able to handle a written test, id have to study up on the handbook first though.

VanLifeCrisis, you may already have learned this, but the point of my earlier reply was to say you MUST be a SD "resident" to register your vehicles in the state if I read their rules properly. So, unless you have relatives who live within SD and you can use their address, you must use one of the mailing services to get a SD address.

The big difference in SD is that they allow a private mail box to be your "residence" because it IS a SD address. Most states require a real street address in order for you to register a vehicle and they will not accept a private mailbox address. But even for SD, you do have to have a SD address of some kind.


RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 07-08-2015

You ALWAYS have to have a physical address for nearly everything. Most of us get it through our mail forwarder, which is one reason SD is so popular they have many excellent mail forwarders.

My mail forwarder is based out of her home so her home address is my home address. I am a resident of Pahrump, NV in Nye county.
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - Almost There - 07-09-2015

And I had mine out of a mail forwarder/address company out of Green Cove Springs FL.

They originally set up business in response to the need from full time boaters who needed a land address for the same reasons we need one.


RE: New South Dakota resident - highdesertranger - 07-10-2015

so bob you have your address in Pahrump NV. but your van and trailer are registered in Arizona right? how does that work? you don't need an Arizona address? where do you have your DL? AZ or NV? curious minds want to know. highdesertranger


RE: New South Dakota resident - akrvbob - 07-10-2015

HDR, I am a NV resident and have a NV drivers license but I register my van in AZ. NV insists a 1 ton van be registered as commercial and AZ doesn't so my insurance dropped nearly $200 a year.

My girlfriend is an AZ resident and has an address with a mail forwarder. I use her mailing address.

I keep my NV residence because they don't have income taxes and AZ does.
Bob


RE: New South Dakota resident - grampywanderer - 08-20-2015

Bob, are you willing to share what mail service you use?


RE: New South Dakota resident - VanLifeCrisis - 08-21-2015

This might be answered but how do you guys get stuff like amazon packages when on the road? I know you can send them to your mail forwarder, but how do they get them to you? I'd imagine general delivery would be iffy on a package, right?


I can't give up amazon lol One of the best things about my job (that im leaving tomorrow mornin!) is that i can always get packages there from any carrier.


RE: New South Dakota resident - Optimistic Paranoid - 08-21-2015

(08-21-2015, 01:37 AM)VanLifeCrisis Wrote:  This might be answered but how do you guys get stuff like amazon packages when on the road?  I know you can send them to your mail forwarder, but how do they get them to you?   I'd imagine general delivery would be iffy on a package, right?  


I can't give up amazon lol  One of the best things about my job (that im leaving tomorrow mornin!) is that i can always get packages there from any carrier.

I've been doing some research on this myself.  I came across the following info on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/forums?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2NFGOONPZEXIP&cdThread=Tx20WNXL305POYP

Regards
John


RE: New South Dakota resident - VanLifeCrisis - 08-21-2015

yeah, that person assumes standard amazon delivery goes post, but it is a mix of all three carriers, so no guarantee there :/ in fact ive gotten much faster delivery with standard then they estimate on big items because they have to use fedex to ship em. but i guess it doesnt matter as the mail box service will be sending post to post office(at my expense). i was just worried general delivery doesnt do packages.