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Old 11-24-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Does this seem like too much, or am I just being cheap: My pick-up acrosss the Ohio Turnpike is $15.00, but put my 5th Wheel camper on it and the toll goes to $40.00. In PA, the truck alone from OH to Exit 161 in Breezewood is $11.25, but with the camper it's $30. Now, for the clincher... The Chesapeake Bay Bridge south of Baltimore is $2.50 for my truck, but $12 with my camper. That's almost 500% increase with the 5th Wheel. What gives?
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Weight and/or axles?
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Oh yeah... I made the mistake of taking a toll bridge when pulling a car dolly (two additional Axles).

I think some bridges / tunnels have surcharges on RV's for additional risk (large size / towing / road blockage potential + LP gas risk)
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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It's a 26' KZ 2-axle f/w. Nothing unusual. One of my friends said that when he tows his car behind his motorhome, it's more expensive then if he unhooked it and drove it separately. Hmmm...
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:42 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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They probably have a formula for extra axles that discourages commercial trucks, You just lucked out an had to pay the premium.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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I once ran across the PA turnpike with a standard 13'6" truck trailer after a snowfall. They charged me extra for being "over height". What a racket...
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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It'll only get worse. Wyoming is a conservative state that doesn't take taxing lightly, but the next legislative session will likely see some kind of bill for instituting a toll on I-80 through the southern section of the state. The feds cut funding as highway maintenance expenses increase, and with the small population of the state, it's almost impossible to absorb the costs of maintaining and rebuilding the road. One proposed solution would have the state selling the road to private enterprise. If that happens you can be sure tolls will be way up there. Either way, it's likely that I-80 will be a toll road in the coming years. I hope there's another way....
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... Wyoming is ... a toll on I-80 through the southern section of the state. .. Either way, it's likely that I-80 will be a toll road in the coming years. I hope there's another way....

Horrors, I was upset that our region is considering a toll on I-5 (Columbia River Crossing) Didn't know of any cross country primary route that was tolled, but maybe I've been sleeping

I know it is common to toll 'bypasses', but living in Europe soured me real fast on toll roads. It really cuts into your ETA and Average speed on a thousand mile trip (That's what my range is in my car, and I hate stopping, and more-so PAYING )
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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Fortunately, there is a LOT of opposition to tolling Interstate highways that were PREVIOUSLY paid for with our tax dollars. An effort to toll I-80 in PA was defeated last year. And other states have already seen opposition to thier lawmakers' plans. So let's hope it stays that way...
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Really! They've been trying to toll VA-81 for years. If they do, I guess I'll be touring the fine people who live along Rt. 11 often. Campers are innocuous, unlike those big bad trucks out there (kidding!).
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