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Old 06-21-2019, 10:58 PM   #1
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Motorhomes, Tows and Tolls

When driving a MH and towing a car, do you have to pay just 1 toll for the complete rig or do you jave to pay one for the MH and one for the
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:17 PM   #2
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Remove the transponder for the toad and you won't get billed for it as it has became part of the coach. Leave the transponder in and you pay for the coach & toad, and then the toad again.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:23 PM   #3
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Not that simple. Most of the toll roads i have gone over charge mostly by the axel. So a coach (no tag) and toad is 4axels.
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Old 06-21-2019, 11:43 PM   #4
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We went west into San Francisco a couple weeks back with our two axle motor home and Jeep in tow. The toll was based on four axles, $21. Had she charged us for a motor home and car, it would have been $12 ($6 x 2).
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:57 AM   #5
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It is that simple. If we are pulling the toad and we have both transponders up, we get charged for 4 axles for the coach, then the toad gets dinged. If we remove the transponder for the Prius, then we get charged for 4 axles on a private vehicle (some differentiate, some don't). Stopping to unhook, drive thru the toll plaza, then rehook simply to save a few bucks simply is not an effective use of our travel time. Your thoughts may be different about hooking / unhooking.
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Don't have to remove transponder from toad, as you will forget to put it back.... Just wrap it in aluminum foil.
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Though I have traveled on the toll roads in the past I tend to stay completely away from them. I'm retired; I'm usually not in a hurry and I hate spending exhobedent fees to drive bumper-to-bumper on bad roads. Its even worse when you come to a self serve exit requiring exact change and you have none.

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First of all, tolls are set by the agency operating the bridge/tunnel/highway and they aren't all the same. It may not make any difference how they compute the charge, or it may be huge. One bridge I have to use occasionally charges a flat $1 for any non-commercial vehicle.


That said, most of them charge per axle and when a coach is towing a car or trailer, they simply count the axles and charge accordingly. Once in awhile I've encountered a human toll collector who of his own volition issued me two toll tickets (one coach, one car) so I would pay a lower combined rate
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Still confused

I guess I just need to call West VA and ask. We dont currently have a transponder in either vehicle. We are going to order one for our MH because we can order one with unlimited use for 3 years for $37. I just didnt know if I needed to order 1 for the MH and 1 for the tow or if I needed 2
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Then the question becomes, do you use both (separately) on the toll roads, or just when travelling in the RV? If you only use the toll road when in the RV, then just one for it. If you use both, then one for each. Remember, you can always pay cash if you want and as Gary said, it is possible that toll booth attendant may help you out a little bit.

My very best advice is either call the TA or go see them. They are the reigning expert on the West Virginia Toll Roads.
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Our experience with Texas toll roads has been that each transponder will be charged separately, and the motorhome towing the toad will be charged for the MH with the toad. Essentially, the toad was double charged. After challenging the double charge, I was told to disable the transponder for the toad via their website. Then enable it when not hooked up to MH. The transponders used are mounted to the windshield and are not removable. After following their instructions, we are being charged appropriately when using toll roads.
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We went through a toll last year in Pennsylvania. When we went through there was no one there working and there was no way to get a ticket to show where we entered the toll road. When we went to get off at our exit there was someone working there. I told him about the situation and he asked where we got on at. When I told him he said he was not familiar with that entrance so we had to pay the entire toll. So after some choice back and forth words I had no choice but to pay it...…$145 bucks. A few weeks later I spent an hour online and eventually got back almost $100 bucks.
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Motorhomes, Tows and Tolls

We got our transponders from Ohio.

Got one for coach based on weight and includes axels for the Toad.

Got another for the Toad by itself if we need and it normally stays in the foil bag so only the one in the coach hits going through tolls.

We never travel without the Toad so the combined for the coach and Toad works for us.
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There are tollways without transponders or attendants. Highway 407 across Toronto comes to mind. Cameras take a picture of your license plates and you get the bill in the mail, even well outside their jurisdiction.
I can't recall what we paid, but believe they catch both front and rear plates as I have paid separately for an enclosed trailer in the past. If your home jurisdiction does not require plates on the front, I suppose you would only pay for the towed trailer/toad....
When leaving your home state and you want to know what to expect it would be best to call or google.
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