One of the most popular questions in the RV community is how to get your mail.
It's a completely logical question and I think it was probably the first question we asked after deciding to full-time RV.
The answer is quite simple actually, you need a mail forwarding service in the state you are going to claim domicile in.
Once you know what state that is, you need to hunt down a company that offers a mail forwarding service for full-time RVers.
We chose Texas as our domicile state since they do not have state income tax and they are full-time RVer friendly. It also helps that we have family in Texas and will find ourselves passing through at least once a year.
Once we decided on Texas, it was time to chose a mail forwarding service.
While plenty of RVers recommend Escapees Mail Forwarding, we decided to go with a smaller family run business called Texas Home Base.
We opted for Texas Home Base mainly due to the fact that scanning every piece of mail was included in the cost, while Escapees will only scan the envelope and then charge a small fee per additional page scanned (if you want to see the entire contents of a letter).
While Escapees Mail Forwarding service seemed cheaper originally, it ended up being slightly more than Texas Home Base after you added in the additional cost of scanning all mail.
We chose their middle tier package, which works out to less than $17 a month. If you only want their mail forwarding (no scanning) you can get it as cheap as $11 a month.
With any package, you will still need to pay the additional shipping fees to have your mail sent to wherever you are in the United States.
We only have documents forwarded to us when we need the original copy. Otherwise, we save a PDF version of anything we want to keep and then have it securely shredded, leaving us spending very little on additional postage.
Tip: Mention Getaway Couple sent you during sign up and receive $5 in your postage account!
Some additional benefits that we love about Texas Home Base include:
- You will receive a unique domicile address, meaning you can use it on legal documents and obtain a Texas drivers license with it
- There are no membership fees, enrollment fees, or cancellation fees
- There is never an extra charge to hold mail
- They will receive an unlimited amount of mail for each account and do not charge extra handling fees
- The staff is extremely friendly and they have prompt responses to any questions
We truly can't recommend Texas Home Base enough as a mail service for full-time RVers. We believe they are the best Texas mail forwarding service out there.