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ricknbecky

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club memberships / mail forwarding
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:24:01 PM »
Well, we bought our new home. 2008 Heartland Bighorn 3055rl. Getting set up while our house is for sale. We learn something new with anything you-all have to say so any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated.
We're shopping insurance ( RV America, USAA, State farm) and the discount availabe with a club membership has come up. the two most mentioned seem to be Good Sams and Escapees. Perhaps  pretty much the same but does anyone have an experiencd opinion?
We currently live in San Antonio, Tx. As far as mail forwarding goes is the best option just to use, is it Escapees that's in Livingston, Tx, or SKP, or any other ideas?   Thanks all for your help.

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 03:51:19 PM »
Welcome to the full timing lifestyle, hope your new home is everything you want it to be.

We keep membership with GoodSam because we have our Extended Service Policy with them, and we are members of SKP (Escapees) because we use their mail forwarding service out of Livingston. We also maintain a membership with Passport America for their half price parks while we are traveling cross country. Not always the nicest parks in an area, but always half price and adequate services. For one night stays all we want is a place to hook up, eat, sleep and get back on the road and we don't do WalMart boon docking. Most WalMart stays wind up costing more than renting a site in an RV park anyway. LOL

We did a lot of research on mail forwarding services and SKP just was head and shoulders above all the others for us. We do not want a mail forwarding service that wants a power of attorney over our personal business, nor do we need them to register our vehicles and handle our absentee voting for us, soooooooooooo SKP was the best for us. We also like Texas so that also worked in well.

There are loads of camping clubs out there, and some are legit, others are rip offs, just do your research and see what is right for you.

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 02:05:36 AM »
We're shopping insurance ( RV America, USAA, State farm)
State Farm does not offer fulltimers insurance, which you'll need once you no longer have a house and homeowners insurance.  Also check with places like Miller's RV Insurance, Gilbert's RV Insurance, Poliseek, etc.  These are all insurance brokers who work with many insurance companies and specialize in RV and fulltimers insurance.
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the two most mentioned seem to be Good Sams and Escapees. Perhaps  pretty much the same but does anyone have an experiencd opinion?
There is no comparison between Good Sam and Escapees!  While we are lifetime members of both, our lifetime membership in Good Sam was bought many years ago...if we had it to do all over again NOW, we would not belong to Good Sam.  Of course, YMMV.

If you have not already done so, I highly recommend joining Escapees...which you'll have to do, anyway, if you want to use their mail forwarding service.  IMO, it's a club (more like a family) that ALL fulltimers and serious RVers should belong to.
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We currently live in San Antonio, Tx. As far as mail forwarding goes is the best option just to use, is it Escapees that's in Livingston, Tx, or SKP, or any other ideas?
Escapees and SKP are one and the same (say S...K...P out loud).   Certainly, if Texas works out best for you as far as a domicile state, you can't find a mail forwarding service any better than that provided by the Escapees.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 03:41:15 PM »
We use GEICO for our full timers insurance, of course I have been with them for 36 years. No one else could touch them price wise or coverage wise. We have their purchase price insurance on out RV, if it is totaled out we get our original purchase price, not the current value of the RV.

We are also lifetime members of Club Workamper which we think is a good investment just for the information available through them.

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2011, 04:35:00 AM »
We are going to be RVing full time as soon as house sells.We just looked into joining escapee or S K P but says online that they have a waiting list of 600. Did you have to wait ? Also is there any other mail forwarding place like it?

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 08:09:10 AM »
This is the first time I have heard a waiting list mentioned to join SKP. We did not have to wait but then we joined several years ago. I have to wonder why they would have a waiting list to join, maybe they are outgrowing their post officer facilities.

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 06:53:29 AM »
We have used "The Mail Room" as a forwarding agentfor the last 12 years with no problems.  They are located in Merritt Island Florida.  As I recall the cost is about $150 @ year plus postage.

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2011, 08:05:40 PM »
We are going to be RVing full time as soon as house sells.We just looked into joining escapee or S K P but says online that they have a waiting list of 600. Did you have to wait ? Also is there any other mail forwarding place like it?
What website did you go to?  www.escapees.com?

I'm thinking you must have gone to the wrong website, because there is no waiting to join the Escapees RV Club.

Please post the URL where you found the information about a waiting list of 600 to join the Escapees RV Club.

Here is the direct link to the Escapees website where you can join: https://www.escapees.com/store/membership.asp?ORC=20110728101029LHE&Category=New Membership.

As far as other mail forwarding services, I still say that if you have selected Texas as your domicile state, there is no mail forwarding service in Texas that is any better that that provided by the Escapees RV Club.

Now, if you are going to select South Dakota or Florida as your domicile state (the two other states popular as domicile states for fulltime RVers), there are other mail forwarders in each of those states.  We were domiciled in South Dakota and used Alternative Resources in Sioux Falls, www.alternativeresources.net.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 01:03:45 AM »
We will begin full time RVing in the fall.  We are setting up our health insurance and drug coverage.  Many insurance plans recommend getting prescriptions by mail every three months.  We will be using a mail forwarding service.  Has anyone had experience with getting their scripts by mail through a forwarding service?  If so, how did it work?

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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2011, 03:36:23 AM »
While we never did it (because we don't take much in the way of prescription drugs), I know lots of people who have their prescriptions mailed to their mail forwarding service.  It's never presented a problem with them.

We use Wal-Mart for the few prescriptions we use.  All the Wal-Marts are connected via computer, so it's a simple matter of transferring the prescription from one to another.  This also holds true for other national chains, such as Walgreens.  This is for *regular* drugs, not the (Class IV?) drugs which are much more highly regulated.

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2011, 04:05:42 AM »
Does anyone know of a mail forwarding service for RV'ers based in Colorado.  There are numerous reasons why other states won't work for us right now.

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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 02:36:10 AM »
You can always use one of the UPS Stores: http://www.theupsstorenow.com/

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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2011, 08:28:54 PM »
We have our sent to wherever we are.  In the summers they go to our son's and we zoom through and pick them up.  In the winter we have them sent to park we are in at the time.  Works well for us.  When you call in the prescriptions then have them sent to the place you are staying, just as your mail is forwarded to a specific location have your scripts sent there too.