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Old 09-13-2016, 05:14 PM   #1
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Let me preface this by saying I know I'm probably making a big deal out of (almost) nothing, but...

This weekend DW and I are heading from Boston to Utica NY to pick up our new-to-us motorhome and drive it home. Driving it home entails driving the entire length of the Mass Pike, which means passing through several toll booths (which ironically will all be gone in a few months).

I've never driven anything this big, and specifically anything 8 1/2 feet wide. And those toll booth lanes look awfully tight. Am I really going to fit?
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Let me preface this by saying I know I'm probably making a big deal out of (almost) nothing, but...

This weekend DW and I are heading from Boston to Utica NY to pick up our new-to-us motorhome and drive it home. Driving it home entails driving the entire length of the Mass Pike, which means passing through several toll booths (which ironically will all be gone in a few months).

I've never driven anything this big, and specifically anything 8 1/2 feet wide. And those toll booth lanes look awfully tight. Am I really going to fit?
Yes, You are going to fit. Approach slowly. DO NOT USE THE CARS ONLY LANE.

Remember... If a trailer truck fits, you will. No matter what size motorhome you have.

Good Luck
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Often there will be a wide load lane, typically to the far right. I always head for that lane when available. The tightest toll booths I have experienced are on the Indiana Turnpike.
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There will frequently be a wine load lane, often on the far right. Until you are comfortable with the width of the MH, you could use that.
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Yes, You are going to fit. Approach slowly. DO NOT USE THE CARS ONLY LANE.

Remember... If a trailer truck fits, you will. No matter what size motorhome you have.

Good Luck
I don't think there are CAR ONLY lanes on the Mass Pike, just EZPass and non-EZPass lanes. I've also never noticed that there are any wide truck lanes, unfortunately.

Ah well, I'll be the guy creeping through the tolls at 2 mph while the drivers behind me go ape-**** crazy.
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Often there will be a wide load lane, typically to the far right. I always head for that lane when available. The tightest toll booths I have experienced are on the Indiana Turnpike.
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It won't be as hard as you think. Once you have a few miles behind the wheel you will get comfortable. Watch the 18 wheelers in front of you and you will see how much clearance they have before you enter the booth. A couple of times through and you won't even think about it!
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After we got our 2002 Windsor we went on a trip to Florida. I was driving from Miami to Naples on I75 and was routed through some toll booths. I concentrated on the drivers side mirror getting as close as I thought I could. Paid the toll and started to pull out and someone jumped out in front of me pointing at my passenger side mirror. I had knocked it off and didn't even know it. Cost ~$150 to repair.
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Using the far right lane is a good idea even if you have to wait a bit longer. Some of the toll booths can be quite tight so your concern is not misguided. When you pick up your coach be sure and ofamiliarize yourself with the areas of minimum clearance. Specifically, mirrors and the generator exhaust are the closest clearance items on our coach so I have to be sure not to drive the generator exhaust into the protective and high curbing often surrounding tool booths. The location and height of the mirrors and the mirror support arms can be another source of contact with protective poles and bollards at the booths. Go in slow and concentrate on one side which you know will have the tightest clearance. If you clear the tightest item which you have identified ahead of time the rest of the coach will make it on the other side so to ease confusion concentrate on just the one tightest side as you roll in. Best driving tip I got when I started driving something this big.
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NYS Thruway booths can be intimidating.
TAKE YOUR Time
I'm comfortable driving and still take it easy..
Plus I don't like to blast the toll collector on take off.
I hug the left side and know the right side is good.
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An old timer once said " If the mirrors fit, the rest will "
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Most often the wide load lanes are closed . If you have wide load you just pull up to the closed lane and they open it and you pay toll.
A motorhome is no wider than a tractor trailer including mirrors . Just go slow and carefully through the toll booth . Usually 3 to 6 inches clearance on the left mirror is good . that will give you about 18 in on the right . keep it straight .
Ez pass will would be good to have .
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We've traveled the Mass Pike numerous times in our coach and we fit thru the toll booths. Just watch your mirrors carefully, cause you have to edge tight on the left to reach the toll taker (non-EZ Pass lanes). It's tight but OK.

There are truck lanes at the far right in all the toll plazas I remember.
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From recent experience, you will fit.

Really bums me to hear that the booths will be gone in a couple of months, especially I spent a small fortune on fees last month. They get you for number of axles and for being over height limit. What a rip
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