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Probably the best inexpensive rural mailbox on the market.......,
on August 16, 2006
This mailbox was originally designed and manufactured by Rubbermaid and has been sold for over 10 years. It has been availble in three sizes. They are now made under lisense bt Home Impressions of Hickory, NC, which was acquired by the Gibraltar Group. Gibraltar also owns the Solar group, a major namufacturer of metal mailboxes and posts.
The standard one is the small one, which is unremarkable. It is no more than a plastic version of the standard rural mailbox in both size and function. The smal one does not have the advanced features of the two larger ones.
The medium and large ones are the ones that are really excellent. They are equivalent to the I1-1/2 and T2 sizes. For most users, the medium one is the most useful. It allows magazines abd books to lie flat. Both of these sizes have special mounting provisions, which allow screwing of these mailboxes directly to an existing horizontal 4x4 or a standard 6-1/4x 17 inch mailbox mounting board (the same size as a standard metal mailbox).
The yellow mail signal flag is so convenient that I no longer need to go out to the street to open the box to see if the mailman has come. I don't know how I did without this feature before.
This mailbox has been tested for durability by several states highway authorities (including Colorado) and found it to be more durable than most others, when hit by snow coming off of a snow plow.
The medium box is a standard item available at all WalMarts for around $20, while the large one can be had at Ace Hardware for about $30.