I love shopping on Amazon! Not only am I able to snap up some incredible buys, but I can also shop on my own time—even if it’s in the middle of the night. That frees our days for traveling and exploring in our RV. Here are some Amazon tips and tricks for RVers.
Tips and tricks for RVers when using Amazon
Did you know that Amazon has an Outlet store? It’s true. Click here to browse the most discounted items on Amazon. Clearance and overstock items come from every category and can save you up to 80%! Type “RV” into the search bar at the top of this special page and you’ll see dozens of deals for your rig. Regular prices are listed along with the clearance/overstock price, so you’ll see how much you’re saving.
Don’t forget to look at the drop menu on the left side of the page. This listing will help narrow your search if you’re looking for a specific item.
Amazon Locker is a self-service delivery and pickup service provided by Amazon. This service allows customers to have packages delivered to a locker at a convenient location for pickup later.
Amazon Locker is great for RVers who are on the move. Simply check your itinerary to see where you’ll be on or near the delivery date. Request that your order be sent to that location’s nearest Amazon Locker. You can do this during checkout on Amazon’s website or mobile app. (You can also locate locker sites here.)
When the package arrives at the locker, you’ll receive a unique code via email or text message. This code will open the lock so you can retrieve your order. Lockers are monitored by cameras for security and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Amazon Prime members may use Amazon Locker at no additional cost.
Note: Amazon won’t hold your packages forever! Their website clearly states: “Your package will be available for pick-up for three business days after you receive your pickup code.”
Here’s another handy Amazon tip you may not know about: An alternative way to get your Amazon packages delivered while traveling in your RV is the United States Postal Service. Use Amazon’s “Ship to a USPS Location” option during checkout. Then follow these steps:
- In the “Shipping Address” section, select “Ship to a USPS Location” and click “Search.”
- In the search box, enter the name of the city, state, or zip code (include extension: 50579-XXXX) of the RV campground where you plan to be on delivery day. This will help you determine the USPS location nearest the campground. Note that not every post office offers General Delivery. You can check the USPS website to find out.
- Select the USPS location where you plan to pick up your package. Then complete the checkout process. Write your delivery address like this (underlining for emphasis):
P.O. Box General Delivery
4. When your Amazon order arrives at the post office you’ve selected, you’ll receive a notification to pick up your package. You’ll need a major form of identification to claim your order. The post office is required to hold the package for ten days.
Note: Not all Amazon items are eligible for delivery to a USPS location. In addition, there may be size and/or weight restrictions. Make sure to check the product details before selecting this delivery option.
There you have it! I hope these Amazon tips for you RVers help you find a bargain purchase for your RV, have it delivered, and keep you traveling, too.
Excellent! Thank you, Gail! I now know how to get Amazon shipments while traveling! Yippee! 🙂 😎
Nice to know stuff.
Gail that was great info! (I have used the locker while camping at COE Saylorville, very slick). I think the link to your previous article is a loop just taking us back to this current article. Although I may just be misunderstanding your comment about a “first article” – it’s early. 🙂
Hi, Pat. I just went back into the most recent article and the link to Gail’s previous article does go back to the first one regarding tips for RVers when using Amazon. The first one is the one you commented under, BTW, so maybe you got stuck in there and thought you were in a loop.🤔 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
This is great information Gail!
I wish we’d known last year when we spent an extra 4 days in Eagle Nest, New Mexico in March waiting for replacement air bladders for the Sleep Number bed.
I am very interested in this article. I have searched for the option on the Amazon website and the Amazon app, to select “Ship to a USPS Location” and could not find it anywhere. Any help is appreciated.
It depends on the item. Large, overweight packages will not be accepted. According to the USPS blog: You can redirect a package you’ve ordered by selecting “Hold for Pickup” using “Intercept a Package” under “Track & Manage” on the site: usps.com.
Another tactic is to use the local Post Office’s actual address. You may be required to sign up for this service and there may be a fee attached.
Also, as John and Gary mentioned below, other popular merchant locations also often offer a package pickup for local delivery.
Hope this helps!
Some post offices now offer a “street address” for the PO Boxes, thus allowing ordinary UPS and Fedex deiivery for box customers. Also, UPS Stores will accept packages for you, usually for $5 a package, as do some Advance Auto Parts stores.
Also I believe Dollar General does as well.
Great tip on the USPS! Was not aware of that one….
Good tips Gail. Thanks, I’m passing them on.
Very helpful, thank you!