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Old 08-17-2021, 10:49 AM   #1
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New England Trip & Toll Roads

I am finalizing our route for our upcoming trip in mid September to New Hampshire and Maine, and need a little input from anyone more familiar with this region. I understand there may be a lot of toll roads in the New England region, and I'm wondering if I need to order an E-Z Pass or something like it for toll roads. We'll be in a 45' LA with a toad.

Our route coming north from Florida includes:
I95 to Washington DC
I270 to Highway 15 to Harrisburg
I81 to Binghamton
I88 to I90 to I87 to I91

This gets us close to our destination in NH, then we'll cut over to near Bar Harbor in Maine.

Any insight would be appreciated, thanks!
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I am finalizing our route for our upcoming trip in mid September to New Hampshire and Maine, and need a little input from anyone more familiar with this region. I understand there may be a lot of toll roads in the New England region, and I'm wondering if I need to order an E-Z Pass or something like it for toll roads. We'll be in a 45' LA with a toad.

Our route coming north from Florida includes:
I95 to Washington DC
I270 to Highway 15 to Harrisburg
I81 to Binghamton
I88 to I90 to I87 to I91

This gets us close to our destination in NH, then we'll cut over to near Bar Harbor in Maine.

Any insight would be appreciated, thanks!

I-90 is a toll road. I think you would be wise to get an easy pass. -Paul
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Old 08-17-2021, 11:36 AM   #3
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I would get the FL pass uni-pass by e-pass. it covers all ez-pass states, GA, FL, NC and a few other non-ezpass states. You pay for the a onetime charge transponder and no other fees. its like $20.

Its so easy to pay with a pass. Some toll both don't have attends and they mail to you with a premium. Then you have to mail back in a few weeks or you are charged a late fee, etc...

All of the NE states and most of the other ez-pass states, if you don't have their ez-pass, your ez-pass will be charged the standard toll rate with no discount. NY there are some tolls they will give you the discount, but most will be full rate. So if you are going to use a toll road a lot its worth while getting that states toll transponder.
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I would find the simplest and cheapest way to pay. If you're towing a toad, you'll be considered a semi and pay a high multi axle vehicle price. Next time we go that way, I'll be disconnecting the toad. We were getting charged $50.00 at every toll both. Got nailed for two in 9 miles.
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Old 08-17-2021, 02:41 PM   #5
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We travel I90 from Indiana to Massachusetts at least once a year. We have an IZoom transponder for the motorhome (3 axle), and hide the towed vehicle transponder so it doesn't get detected. I guess they consider us 5 axles total, (motorhome towing a trailer or vehicle). I80 would be much cheaper but I90 is a great road to travel on.
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New England Trip & Toll Roads

Stop by the local AAA office in Florida and get a Sunpass Pro. You can use that in all EZPass tolls now. It will get you all the way up to Maine

Also, if you donít need to go to Pennsylvania, take I287 up to I 84 East thru CT and then pick-up I-90 in Massachusetts to I 495 N to NH and Maine via I-93 and I-95
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I-90 is a toll road. I think you would be wise to get an easy pass. -Paul
The I90 section from I88 to I87 has no toll for those making those connections... its only about 2 exits.
Having an EZ pass or equivalent is still a good idea just in case you decide to run any of the toll roads.

I avoid I95 in the DC area. There are other routes that will get you to I81 farther south and avoid the Baltimore / Wash DC congestion.

I77 N through Charlotte to I81. Traffic can be an issue around Clt if at the wrong time but N bound better than S bound. There is a decent up hill climb to Fancy Gap on I77 but it is all interstate stds and doable.
I frequently run I74 from Lumberton, NC to Greensboro. Loop around E side of Gboro and pick up Rt29 N bound. 29 is 4 lane divided but has some grade crossings. Cities are all bypassed so not a big problem. I pick up I64 W and that takes you over to I81.
I64 is probably the easiest climb over the Blye Ridge Mtns.

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I second the SunPass Pro idea. It works well with the EZ Pass system although I don’t know if you get the state discounts.
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Just returned Saturday morning from Acadia NP, 14 days exploring all of New England. Used Ezpass all the way. Can't wait to see the bill next time I log in.
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