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Old 08-12-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Towing with EZ PASS

Another newbie question. I live in northern Virginia and will be towing my TT on toll roads. Since moving here I've been using EZ PASS to pay tolls. Once I add the trailer, I'm not sure how to travel toll roads. Is my only option to remove the EZ PASS from my car and get in line with everyone else or is there a way I can use the pass?
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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E-Z pass can adjust your service for the type of vehicle which the toll is required. Then you can just drive on through. Just remember that if this is not permanent, you must call again when just the car is used. You may be able to have a seperate account for the towing situation. Our account remains active even though we spend up to a year away from the ez pass network. Hope this helps.
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Call EZ-Pass and tell them that you will be towing a trailer when you travel on the toll roads. They will send you a blue window tag that is to be used when towing. That way they can charge the correct rate for a car & trailer. They are very helpful.
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You don't have to do anything when you tow your TT. Depending on the state, the toll is charged by the number of axles or the total weight and they have sensors to determine that. Since EZPass booths are unmanned, how could a window tag affect your toll? When we tow our toad we have always been charged the correct toll.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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Been using EZ pass on mh and car for years. You can go on their web site and put tag no. for each power unit and you shouldn't have a problem. Toll booth simply counts your axles.
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Thanks everyone. I will call them and see what they say.
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Been using EZ pass on mh and car for years. You can go on their web site and put tag no. for each power unit and you shouldn't have a problem. Toll booth simply counts your axles.
We have an EZPass. I have used it with MH only, MH + Tow and Tow only. Always been charged the correct toll.
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Same here works in MH when towing, or in toad both are registered with EZPass.
Havent tried towing the MH with the toad but I assume it will work with that also
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I live in Va., and I can tell you from painful experience, Va EZ-Pass does not charge your account according to whether you have a trailer of not. I have been having this argument with these idiots in Richmond for years. You would think that a system that is smart enough to know I have a trailer in tow, would be smart enough to charge my account accordingly. BUT, not in Va !!!!

I used to constantly get nasty letters from EZ-Pass threatening court action over $10 or less because I would pull my trailer through an EZ-Pass lane with my standard "2 axle" tag. Also, it would know if I drove my RV through an EZ-Pass lane, and would gig me because I was over the weight limit (although it was only 2 axles). I eventually had to get a seperate "3 axle" tag to use when pulling the trailer, AND "overweight" tag ( I think for anything over 7000lbs on 2 axles) for the RV. Otherwise, you have to go through the regular pay lanes.
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Thanks. I looked at the website today and am thinking I will reclassify my SUV when I'm going to pull the trailer, then reclass it back to 2 axles.
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I live in Va., and I can tell you from painful experience, Va EZ-Pass does not charge your account according to whether you have a trailer of not. I have been having this argument with these idiots in Richmond for years. You would think that a system that is smart enough to know I have a trailer in tow, would be smart enough to charge my account accordingly. BUT, not in Va !!!!

I used to constantly get nasty letters from EZ-Pass threatening court action over $10 or less because I would pull my trailer through an EZ-Pass lane with my standard "2 axle" tag. Also, it would know if I drove my RV through an EZ-Pass lane, and would gig me because I was over the weight limit (although it was only 2 axles). I eventually had to get a seperate "3 axle" tag to use when pulling the trailer, AND "overweight" tag ( I think for anything over 7000lbs on 2 axles) for the RV. Otherwise, you have to go through the regular pay lanes.

I'm assuming you have a VA EZPass. I got charged the correct toll last year when I crossed the bridge on US301 from MD to VA using a MD EZPass. I wonder if it is something in how VA implemented the system.
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I would like to get an EZPass for my MH and toad but WV doesn't seem to allow this. Their rule states
"Your tag will not be valid when your vehicle is towing anything. If your
vehicle is towing anything, you must use a staffed lane and pay your toll fare."
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I would like to get an EZPass for my MH and toad but WV doesn't seem to allow this. Their rule states
"Your tag will not be valid when your vehicle is towing anything. If your
vehicle is towing anything, you must use a staffed lane and pay your toll fare."
It must be a state-by-state thing since this is a direct quote from the Maryland EZPass website:

Can I use my E-ZPassŪ transponder while towing a camper or trailer?
Yes. However, you will be charged the full fare rate for the actual number of axles.


Are you aware that you don't have to get an EZPass from the state you live in? Now that we are South Dakota residents, Maryland doesn't seem to any any problem with it. The account information webpage is quite content to accept our out-of-state address and vehicle registration information.
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It's got to be the individual State system of managing your EZPass. We've had a series of Delaware Passes since they first came out and tow all up and down the east coast, and out to Illinois. Never had a problem if I was towing, not towing, pulling single or multiple axles or just driving. We were always charged the right amount, although some times it would have been cheaper to disconnect the toad and drive them through separately. In fact, when I was pulling numerous different trailers that were not mine, I was still charged correctly. As far as I know no state is charging by weight. The Ohio Turnpike was the last to change to the standard EZPass I believe.
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