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Old 02-11-2015, 08:21 AM   #43
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I know this is going to sound harsh but, in Mass all toll roads are going to become electronic in the future. When I do not know but we already have one bridge that will only accept electronic payment.

So I would recommend getting one.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/07/2...ll-electronic/
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:10 PM   #44
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I asked this same question on the entrgra owners forum... Pretty much the same answers. I contacted PA easy pass and they told me I need a "commercial" transponder.... My current transponder came from me towing a fiver. Also used it in my car. No issues. hOWEVER, the commercial transponder in PA requires a $100.00 balance in th e account to be updated by credit card or checking account when the balance falls below the minimum. I just still can't get it. Most replies to my original question some weeks ago that others just use what they have... ?? Still in a quandary....
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:38 PM   #45
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I live in WV but expect to use toll roads in Pennsylvania most often.

I kept putting off getting one because of the increased cost and hassle of the commercial transponders. I don't mind paying more for the use of the roads with the RV, but why the heck should a personal use RV have to get a "commercial" transponder that costs more?

Thanks to all of you that recommended the I-Pass from Illinois. Their FAQ told me this:

"Can I use my regular I-PASS when I tow a trailer or drive an RV?"

"Yes. In fact, the technology in the open road tolling lanes will automatically calculate and deduct the proper toll. You no longer need to use the cash lanes or purchase a special transponder."

Thanks to you, I just ordered two EZ Pass transponders from Illinois. We will keep one in the MH and switch the other between our two autos.

I will post back if I have any problems on the PA Turnpike with the MH, because we will be using our pass this spring.
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:14 PM   #46
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The I-Pass website clearly states if you have more than 4 tires or 2 axles and travel on EZ-Pass roads you need to exchange your white I-Pass for the compatible E-ZPass "blue" transponder. So I called the IPass customer service number to ask if I can put two transponders on the same account. After the customer service rep looked into it, I was told that I don't need the "blue" transponder and that they measure the vehicle weight, not axles to asses the toll. Talk about confusing info! How do you find out accurate information? As of 10 min ago I am more confused than ever.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:19 PM   #47
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I guess I will find out when I go through a toll plaza? Maybe a trooper or turnpike employee will run me down.

I do know that I have never paid for weight when going through a toll booth. They have always counted the axles and charged me accordingly.

What these commercial states are saying is that we will treat your RV different for the EZ pass than how we treat it at the toll plaza. They are saying if you are over 10,000 lbs, go commercial and pay commercial rates. But, if you stop at the booth, they charge you by the axle? I am confused too.

Why should it be any different in the EZ lane? Isn't that saving them money. I get charged the same tolls but don't have to stop and wait for the gate to open.

If the I Pass doesn't work, I will not be out any more than return postage so worth a try.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:47 PM   #48
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A lot of speculation and bad info here.

Here are the facts:
Why would you be so rude so as to inject the FACTS into the conversation?

I'm always curious why people start their post with: "I don't have any idea what you're talking about, since what I'm doing has nothing to do with your question and, if you do what I'm doing you might end up being fined...anyway...why don't you try this?"

Seems to me that you've posted some good info.

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Old 02-12-2015, 06:37 AM   #49
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I asked this same question on the entrgra owners forum... Pretty much the same answers. I contacted PA easy pass and they told me I need a "commercial" transponder.... My current transponder came from me towing a fiver. Also used it in my car. No issues. hOWEVER, the commercial transponder in PA requires a $100.00 balance in th e account to be updated by credit card or checking account when the balance falls below the minimum. I just still can't get it. Most replies to my original question some weeks ago that others just use what they have... ?? Still in a quandary....
For PA only, other states do it differently:

We just bought or first motorhome and we live close enough to Harrisburg that I just went to their office. If you want to get your Ez pass in PA here is how it works.

Motorhomes are under their commercial accounts section. They have a huge number of different classes for the motorhome itself. From two axle, 4 tires up to three axles ten tires. Then add your tow vehicle axles and tires.

So, I have two transponders for the motorhome, one for when I am towing and one for when I am not.

You just put the transponder in the window of the motorhome and nothing in the towed vehicle.

I also was able to merge into the commercial account my cars, so it is all on one account. You only get charged the $0.50 monthly account fee in a month when you have charges. So if you don't use ez pass in March, no monthly fee in March.

If you call their service center they are really helpful.
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:11 AM   #50
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Have one I-Pass for both MH and Jeep. When driving Jeep, I-Pass is on windshield. Driving MH same I-Pass is on windshield whether towing Jeep or not. Just have both vehicles and License # listed with them. We've been all over Northeast and Mid Atlantic with no problem
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:25 AM   #51
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Have one I-Pass for both MH and Jeep. When driving Jeep, I-Pass is on windshield. Driving MH same I-Pass is on windshield whether towing Jeep or not. Just have both vehicles and License # listed with them. We've been all over Northeast and Mid Atlantic with no problem
Thank you very much. This is how I thought it would work after sifting through all the different state's web sites and the forums. Every state is different.

Go figure?

I see nothing wrong with choosing the state with the easiest to understand registration process and no fees. It looks to me like every state I travel though will get their tolls, and that is all that really matters. Why pay more if you don't have to.
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Old 02-12-2015, 06:22 PM   #52
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I-PASS and E-ZPass I-PASS and E-ZPass can be used interchangeably and are accepted in 15 states by 26 toll agencies. Rates and discounts are set by individual facilities. Please visit their websites through the E-ZPass facilities page for specific information.
  • Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority
  • Burlington County Bridge Commission
  • Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Delaware River and Bay Authority
  • Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission
  • Delaware River Port Authority
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, LLC
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Transportation Authority
  • Maine Turnpike Authority
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels
  • New Hampshire Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority
  • New York State Bridges Authority
  • New York State Thruway Authority
  • Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority
  • Ohio Turnpike Commission
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority
  • Skyway Concession Company
  • South Jersey Transportation Authority
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia Parkway Authority
Keep in mind that toll rates on the E-ZPass system tend to be higher than those on the Illinois Tollway. Please ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account a minimum of 48 hours prior to traveling out of state, and remember to check your balance frequently. If you use automatic balance replenishment to add funds to your I-PASS account balance, make sure your credit/debit card information, including the expiration date, is accurate. Refer to the Customer Service Chart for ways to check your balance and replenish your account.
I-PASS users do not need to register with E-ZPass, and E-ZPass users do not need to register with I-PASS in order to use the other system. As always, make sure the transponder is properly mounted and your account information is current. Keep in mind it may take up to 48 hours for out-of-state roadways to update your I-PASS account.
*The Indiana Toll Road Concession Company - the private company that operates the Indiana Toll Road and the Skyway - passes on a 3-cent-per-transaction fee to all I-PASS customers using the Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway.
*The Indiana Toll Road Concession Company is also charging I-PASS customers $1.00 surcharge for improperly mounted transponders. The surcharge will be added to the standard toll charge on your account statement.
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Been thru Pa, NY, state not city, Ohio, Il, In, with the same white transponder, Ohio has messed up my charges, they showed me leaving the state but not entering, and In seems to charge more for the trailer than the coach, my tolls show up online shortly after I go thru the lane, so you can monitor as you go, if you desire
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #53
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We are also from NJ and were informed by EZ Pass that we only needed a device for the motor home but before they sent the new device they asked how many axles our coach had. Since we have a tag axle we told them three axles and the device works or charges us accordingly. Trust me we have verified the are not over or under charging us and they are not. In fact they have been very accurate to date. Now we are ready to tow our car with us and the car must have a device as well. I hate tolls..... But what can you do.




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We are also from NJ and were informed by EZ Pass that we only needed a device for the motor home but before they sent the new device they asked how many axles our coach had. Since we have a tag axle we told them three axles and the device works or charges us accordingly. Trust me we have verified the are not over or under charging us and they are not. In fact they have been very accurate to date. Now we are ready to tow our car with us and the car must have a device as well. I hate tolls..... But what can you do.
Technically, New Jersey makes it hard, although some have said they just use their car's NJ E-ZPass and hope for the best. What you can do, based on what sites like I-Pass say and others, is buy from any state you please. Illinois seems the best option for me, although I'm not sure about discounts, etc state by state. Living in New Jersey doesn't mean you need to get your E-Zpass there.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:08 PM   #55
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With regard to discounting, here in NH we get a 15%(?) discount on tolls in NH, but pay full price in other EZpass states. I assume other states have similar arrangements.
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