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Old 03-31-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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Traveling toll roads

Have a trip planned from NE PA to Va Beach,Va. Was going to go over the Bay Bridge tunnel. Just looked at the website and started adding all of my tolls- Total from PA turnpike, Rte 1 in DE and Bay Bridge will be $56 one way- YIKES! Figured out different route, adds 80 miles and about 35 minutes difference, but no tolls. Not familiar with western travel. Are there a lot of toll roads or is it mostly open interstate?
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:13 PM   #2
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A few in California, but the majority of the rest of everything Nebraska west is toll free, not sure about any up around Seattle,
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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Have a trip planned from NE PA to Va Beach,Va. Was going to go over the Bay Bridge tunnel. Just looked at the website and started adding all of my tolls- Total from PA turnpike, Rte 1 in DE and Bay Bridge will be $56 one way- YIKES! Figured out different route, adds 80 miles and about 35 minutes difference, but no tolls. Not familiar with western travel. Are there a lot of toll roads or is it mostly open interstate?
If you have a GPS you can set it up so that you can avoid tolls, but you may pay more for fuel and take you longer to get there.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:01 PM   #4
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What's a toll?

Actually we do have one, it's for the new Tacoma Narrows bridge and it's $4 to cross one way only (eastbound) otherwise we don't have any toll roads out here in the west.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:23 PM   #5
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If you have a GPS you can set it up so that you can avoid tolls, but you may pay more for fuel and take you longer to get there.
I've got a Ford factory nav. system, and it's pretty limited with what you can do. I never really gave much thought to the tolls, after I got EZ Pass, I never really knew what I was even paying. New truck (dually ) new trailer (triple axle), so I knew they were going to be higher. Just wasn't quite prepared for what it was!! Seems to be a North East thing, usually never hit a toll booth south of VA., but I gotta go thru them all the way up thru Maine. Only ever encountered the Ohio turnpike to the west, haven't been farther than that. Even with paying the extra for fuel, I think I'm still better off missing the tolls. Only downside is longer to get there
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:43 PM   #6
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Only ever encountered the Ohio turnpike to the west, haven't been farther than that. Even with paying the extra for fuel, I think I'm still better off missing the tolls. Only downside is longer to get there
Well.... I figure "the man" is going to take it from me one way or the other.. so I may was well be having fun when they do!

Best tolls I've ever paid are in my RV!

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Old 04-01-2010, 08:16 AM   #7
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Lets see....you will be traveling 80 extra miles, that is probably and extra 10 gallons in fuel, so you will only be saving somewhere in the vicinity of $25.

Why don't you try 1 way down, and another back ?? We enjoy traveling new roads.

BTW, if you do the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, you will need to turn off the propane during that leg of the trip, as well as any tunnel you travel through to get to VA. Beach.

The Eastern Shore (Delmarva Pennisula) is pretty country, and the Bridge Tunnel is a nice ride.
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We go through Chicago 3-4 times a year, and even thought we live in Minnesota I picked up one of their I-Pass, it save us about half the toll cost plus we donít need to stop by all the booths.
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You'll need to be aware that many tunnels don't allow propane so be sure to check that out before you plan your route. Wouldn't want to get to the tunnel and having to turn around because they don't allow propane.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:49 PM   #10
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Yeah, I know about the propane in the tunnels. That's why I started using I78 to I83 to I695 when I go to Myrtle Beach. First year they had the restriction at Fort McHenry tunnel, ended up way out on Francis Scott Key bridge- what a LOOOONG roundabout way!! Next year, went thru late nite, and never saw any signs until we got to the tunnel, and with EZ Pass, they never stopped me. I called the Bay Bridge to verify going thru, and they said propane is O.K. as long as the valves are closed. My big concern is the height restriction being 13'6". Spoke to a seargent, as my new trailer at the A/C is EXACTLY 13'6", wanted to know if it would definetly fit and all he could tell me was that RV's go thru there all of the time. I explained again about my height being exactly what the restriction said, and his response was they have height detectors, so if I am too high, they wouldn't let me on to begin with. Well, that's just fine, but I would have to turn around and drive all the way back up and off the eastern shore to get where I'm going. Not the best scenario in my book.
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