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Old 09-20-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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Towing/toll rip-off

For those of us who tow a dinghy, we are being cheated as we cross bridges that collect tolls. For those of you who do not live on the East Cost (where we are tolled to death for every mile we move) ignore this.

The bridges use EZ-Pass to collect tolls. This is an automated system. They measure and charge by the axle. A class A unit towing has four axles or more so the toll is 7.50 per axle at the Commodore Barry Bridge crossing over the Delaware River...that equals 30 bucks. If you drove the rv over the bridge and drove the dinghy behind it the toll is 20 bucks. The car toll is 5 bucks. The rv toll is 15 bucks if driven separately. Hook them together and you increase your toll by 10 bucks. Go figure. The toll collectors have not adjusted to the 20 million people who rv. They must be brought up to speed through your discussion with your representatives.

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Old 09-20-2017, 04:26 PM   #2
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Wow!!!! When I grew up near Chicago the toll was 25 cents for a car. Then it went up to 35 cents and drivers went nuts! For a $20 toll, they better be handing me a hot cup of coffee and warm snack as I pass through.

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Old 09-20-2017, 11:13 PM   #3
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Is it worth $10 to not unhook the toad? Convenience tax.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:07 AM   #4
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Yeah, I hate toll roads when towing. Even out West in Oklahoma, I-44 is a toll road that charges by the axle. So my pickup towing my tandem-axle TT is charged double. So when planning my trips "back east" I go out of my way to not have to use I-44. And I simply don't go RVing anywhere near New England or New Jersey.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:22 AM   #5
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In NY we found that it was less costly to route around a toll road than pay the tax.

Dear Governor; In spite of the fancy signs touting the attributes of NY we will not be returning. The cost (we paid more in toll than it cost in fuel to travel the toll road) of travelling in your state far exceeds the pleasure I would get viewing the attractions.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:32 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by keymastr View Post
Is it worth $10 to not unhook the toad? Convenience tax.
Lol, really

Thats not the point
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:26 AM   #7
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I've really enjoyed seeing the sites/scenery throughout the NE this year, but the tolls are killing me. We're on our way south now and hopefully done with them. Painful to spend so much money for the "privilege" of driving on crappy roads...
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I argued the extra toll when hooked up one morning at 5:30 AM with the toll collector. I lost that argument and paid the toll . In the 93,000 miles I've rv'd , tolls were a minuscule part of my expenses and I'd gladly pay them again to travel the same roads . YMMV

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Old 09-21-2017, 11:57 AM   #9
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My mapping program is set to avoid tolls so I normally don't worry about them but do agree they are pretty expensive for larger vehicles.
As far as New York is concerned I will never be concerned about any costs levied by that state. Their governor said very explicitly that I have no place in his state. I would love to visit some of the states farther north but New York blocks my path.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:00 PM   #10
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We just completed a 2200 mile, 18 day trip to Niagara Falls and back to Atlanta.
You can't go 10 feet in the Northeast without paying a toll.
Loved the trip, however, and the scenery was just beautiful this time of year.
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:56 PM   #11
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It could be worse...you could live in California. Well, maybe not worse but maybe the same. I intend to stay away from both California as well as the north east.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:08 PM   #12
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Tolls are slanted at charging commercial trucks more to ease the fees to cars. Unfortunately, a motorhome with a toad looks like a commercial truck.

Now if the roads with tolls on them were in decent shape.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:14 PM   #13
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You have the Option of not using the Toll Roads. Don't drive across the George Washington Bridge going East you will have a heart Attack
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:44 PM   #14
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Cool Toll Roads

Back when the wife & I did are traveling & touring on motorcycles and we each towed a small trailer we were charged for three axles though we only had 4 tires on the road. The Lord gives and the government takes away.

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