We're all travelers here and we'd like to share some of the best products and services that we have experienced. If you have anything to share in this section please feel free to contact us so we can all learn from each other's experiences.
Read below for a list of references and recommendations.
Remember that in addition to mail forwarding and home base services, we now have our full-service campsites and guest room lodging available for rent, a vehicle insurance agent right on the premises, and used RV sales.
Even if you are NOT yet a member you can now order RV supplies and parts through our web site gateway and save yourselves time and money!
Don't forget to check out these additional tips, which were long enough to warrant their own pages:
We have our own independent insurance agents on staff here at Americas Mailbox. As an independent agency, we can write up insurance for your RV, truck, trailer, and motorcycle using a variety of companies looking for the best price and terms.
In order to give our members an accurate vehicle insurance quote, you must first fill out a detailed questionnaire by clicking HERE.
Please then call our office at: (605) 718-1234 and ask for our Insurance Department, or call them directly at 605-202-8349.
Our team will be able to give you the lowest available rates for your vehicles using your fully answered questionnaire. Armed with this knowledge, we will be be able to help insurance companies compete for your business based on all these different factors.
If you are UNDER 65, we strongly recommend you check with this recommended agent BEFORE trying to call or even log on to the government web site. He has the most up-to-date information regarding the Affordable Health Care act, and your coverage costs are exactly the same whether or not you use a licensed insurance agent. If you do not talk with an agent prior to this, there may be nothing we can do to help you as things must be handled in a very specific manner.
He can also handle those folks needing standard health insurance as well as Medicare supplements with nationwide coverage.
Best Choice Independent Insurance Services
PO Box 1958
Sioux Falls,SD 57101
Phone: (605) 782-4642
Toll Free: (888) 813-5802
Fax: (605) 221-5590
Voter's Registration/Absentee Ballots
For up to date information specifically for South Dakota, click HERE.
Make sure to have Americas Mailbox put the blank voter's registration forms in your box so that the residential and mailing addresses are filled out correctly.
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Concealed Carry Permits:
South Dakota and the Pennington County Sheriff do NOT require any classes or range time. Once you have obtained a South Dakota driver's license, you must spend 30 consecutive nights in Pennington County, and bring your Americas Campground/guest room receipt proving your stay to the sheriff's department. This is for both the first time AND renewals.
They will charge you $10, do a background check, and issue you a temporary permit in about a week or two. Then a short time later, the Dept. of Public Safety (Highway Patrol) will send you a card that is good for 5 years (the same length of time your driver's license is good for).
Of course Americas Campground and Lodging can provide you with a campsite or guest room for the required stay. When you make a reservation, plan on getting your driver's license at the start of the 30-day stay, then enjoy sightseeing in the Black Hills, and on the 31st day obtain your concealed carry permit.
To determine the 30 day requirement, the Sheriff's Office will compare the date that is on your receipt for the campground or hotel as well as your drivers license. They might give you a grace period on the drivers license for a few days but that's it. Don't put off getting the drivers license very long or until the very end.
For information on the new enhanced concealed carry permit ($100 fee), please review the state's website by clicking HERE.
To purchase firearms, you must usually find an individual range, pawn shop or gun show to have someone willing to sell you any type of gun or rifle. When we last checked ourselves with the ATF, we were told that most of the chain store managements have decided not to sell to anyone with a PMB address, even though it is your legal address shown on your South Dakota driver's license. These stores will tell you they are complying with ATF regulations, but in fact they are simply reflecting the choice of that store's management.
All addresses of this type throughout the country have been flagged by these businesses, so there is no reason to try to change it in any way.
Complying with the Patriot Act:
When you become a member of Americas Mailbox, you will be given a legal address that is good for all purposes, including being on your driver's license.
What you may run across with some credit cards (and also banks and brokerage firms) is this part of the Patriot Act:
CIP (Customer Identification Program) Rule (31 C.F.R. 103.121), which is the regulation implementing Section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act that requires a financial institution to get the following customer information (bottom of page 480 from CIP PDF above):
(1) Name;(2) Date of birth, for an individual;
(3) Address, which shall be:
(i) For an individual, a residential or business street address;
(ii) For an individual who does not have a residential or business street address, an Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) box number, or the residential or business street address of next of kin or of another contact individual
All PMB addresses in the country have been flagged as non-residential for purposes of this program.
However, you simply give them the "sticks and bricks" street address of any friend, relative or contact individual of your choice and you will have no more problems. You must STRESS that YOUR mailing address at Americas Mailbox is the ONLY way to contact you. No mail or correspondence will ever be sent to your contact individual.
We all want the best prices for fuel. The best places I have found on the Internet to get the prices around the country are Gasbuddy.com and GasPriceWatch. Just click on the state you're interested in and zoom in down to just above street level. They really do a good job. You can even get prices broken out by diesel or gas by exploring the web site. I hope this helps save a few bucks for you.
IRS Enrolled Agent
Northern Hills Business & Tax Service
1109 5th St
Sturgis, SD 57785
Office: 605.720.2130 or Fax: 866.201.4810
Accepting multi-year clients only
South Dakota Wills, Trusts, and other legal matters:
Lynn, Jackson, Schulz & Lebrun
909 St Joseph St Ste 800
Rapid City SD 57701
When talking with Jeffrey Collins, please tell him that you are referred to them by Don Humes at Americas Mailbox.
Tiffany C Even, CLTC
Legacy Financial Partners
An Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice
646 E. Colorado Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57783
Ameriprise Financial has been helping clients to be brilliant for more than 120 years - if there's anyone you care about who might benefit from a second set of eyes, I would be happy to help them.
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