Bend, Oregon: Well we picked a fantastic time to head to Bend, Oregon, right in the middle of the July PNW heat wave. Record temps of up to 115 were forecasted in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Bend was only supposed to get to 108. As we left California, we drove all the way to Klamath Falls because we needed better internet, and the small town of Mt. Shasta wasn’t going to cut it....
This is one of the trickier things about living on the road. Both of our permanent addresses are back in Denver at Blake’s moms house. She receives our mail and we return to Denver frequently enough that she rarely has to forward on our mail.
We move so frequently that we are constantly waiting to order packages until we know we have a reliable address for a week. If we could use an Amazon locker for everything, we would. But even an Amazon locker requires us to know where we’ll be for 3 days. Sometimes we order to a friends house if we know people in the cities we are passing through. We have been known to abuse addresses of friends and have no shame about it! (What’s 1 package vs 10??) We stay in hotels often during our film shoots, so we can order items to hotels. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret. We’ve also discovered that you don’t necessarily have to be staying at a hotel in order to get something shipped there. Sometimes we pick a random hotel on our route and just ship a package there because you know someone is always going to be there to accept it. We just call and say either that we were planning to stay there and our plans changed, our friends are staying there, or that we ordered it to the wrong hotel. It’s never been a big deal that we aren’t staying there. Sometimes they’ll check our ID. It’s only been an issue once when we tried to order a package to a hotel in Jackson Hole, and the hotel had a different PO box and didn’t receive mail at their actual store front. You do have to be careful with this method in small mountain towns, because some friends have confirmed that they can’t get deliveries at their address and everyone has a PO box instead. The best way to do this is to just call and confirm the mailing address ahead of time.
Other Full time RVers will tell you about their methods to use the General Delivery with the Post Office, but we’ve sworn to never use the USPS (except when we had to renew our passports), so you’ll have to find information for that somewhere else!
There’s also plenty of resources out there for RVers about traveling mail service and establishing residency in South Dakota. Although we register our vehicles in South Dakota, we did not move our residency because we didn’t want to have to do the process to also move our business to SD.
But our advice for getting packages is our secret Hotel method.