Last week I received an email from one of our readers who are in the process of selling off everything and going on the road. They wanted some information on how you handle things like Taxes, your mail service and your medical records. Well after sending them a reply Vicki and I spent some time discussing the importance of Full Time RVers having access to your medical records.
So we did some research and found several products that can make storing, sharing and retrieving your medical records very manageable. There are many different ways of storing and retrieving your information you will need to do some research and find a service that fits your individual needs, however the one I have written on seems to solve a lot of the issues in an effective and affordable way.
My Medical Records While looking at all of the various services this one really stood out to me. Although a lot of the companies can store your medical records, X-Rays and Lab Results most of the services are based on you typing information into a data base of some sort. This is not a bad thing however, based on being a full time RVer and understanding the difficulty of traveling with a ton of records and or having to type my information into a data base this company makes it so much easier.
With My Medical Records you get your own, personal, telephone number. This number can be used to receive both faxes and voice messages. This number is your MMR user ID. Every document faxed to your number or voice message left becomes a new record in your MMR account. You also get a series of "authorization stickers" imprinted with your toll-free number that you give to your doctor(s) so that they can fax in your medical records upon your request.
You, and anyone else for that matter, also can fax in records to your account using any fax machine. In the event of an emergency or disaster MMR has a Physicians Emergency Login button on their website in order to allow them to retrieve your medical records.
Let's not forget about your pets! MMR Stores your records in a set of File Folders in a virtual “Safe Deposit Box” on their servers and you can store ANY information that you want in these folders this allows you to manage your safe deposit box easily. Because you have complete control over what and how information is stored in your virtual safe deposit box you can also store medical information for your pets.
I think this is a great benefit of the service they provide. It’s just as important to be able to store and retrieve the medical records of your pets. Being on the road you are going to be going to different Vets and having those records available insures that your pets will be receiving the level of care they need and deserve.
How do I handle mail while being a full-time RVer?
Assuming that you sell off your house and do not actually have a “stick and mortar” place to call home you will need to come up with a way to still receive your mail. Very much like storing your medical records there are a number of ways that you can accomplish this. Again it will depend on your individual needs.
The first question you have to ask your self is “Where do I want my residency to be”? It’s an important question because as a full time RVer you will have to change your address on your driver’s license. Some Rvers when they go on the road will get a Post Office Box either in the local town or utilize one from the UPS or FEDEX store.
You will need to find a service that will provide you with the ability to have them forward your mail to you from time to time when you are in a fixed location. The service that Vicki and I use is My RV Mail . We have utilized it since going on the road and it has been a great solution for us. With My RV Mail, we subscribe to the service and not only do we receive a Mail Box but it provides us with a physical address which allowed us to change our residency to Florida.
The way the service works is you sign up for either the standard service or the premium. The difference is on the premium service they will actually Scan a document and email it to you at your request. I do not receive anything that is that critical so I utilize the standard service.
You log into your account and will be able to see how many pieces of mail are currently in your box. Then when you want your mail sent to you, you provide the service with the mailing address that you want your mail forwarded to and then they ship it priority mail to that location. You set up an escrow account that they deduct the postage from and alert you when it is getting low. We have been using the service we went on the road and have never had any issues with it.
Oh I almost forgot, you know how you receive that “junk” mail, well the nice thing is that unless you really want it they do weed it out for you so you’re not paying to have a bunch of flyers sent to you.
I hope that you found this information helpful, and we'll do our best to keep you informed as a full-time RVer!
Till next time, SAFE TRAVELS!
About the Bloggers: Matt and Vicki Hulbert are full time RVers who decided to begin a life on the road and enjoy the Rving lifestyle while still in their mid-40’s. With no real savings, no retirement to speak of and only a dream they took the plunge into this way of life.They like to consider their selves “21st Century Gypsies”, they figure it out as they go. It has not always been an easy road but they are living proof that with a dream, good work ethic and a little luck you too can achieve this wonderful lifestyle. Follow the adventures of Matt, Vicki and their 3 Pugs, see where their adventure takes them next. If you are one of those individuals or couples that are sitting there right now saying “one day” then maybe Matt and Vicki can help you find out that “ONE DAY” is TODAY and you too can start living the dream!
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