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Highway robbery.
#1368871 Mon Jul 13 2020 03:28 AM
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Went to Middlebury, IN via I80. Bought a travel trailer. Anyhow, I80 toll with no trailer, $5.80. I80 toll with trailer $29.70!!!!!!!!!! On a busy Friday afternoon, I didn't feel protesting with the ticket taker would do me any good, but I do feel like I was robbed.


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Re: Highway robbery.
Whitedog #1368883 Mon Jul 13 2020 06:38 AM
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That does seem pretty high. I recall being on a toll highway in Kansas last year and they charged by the axle, which seems reasonable. But 5 times the cost for maybe double the number of axles (dual axle trailer) is pretty steep. I see their rates are also based on number of axles. Maybe they think you're as heavy as a semi if your more than 2 axles.


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Re: Highway robbery.
Whitedog #1368887 Mon Jul 13 2020 08:42 AM
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Whitedog, I can relate to your Gallery post. My father was a buyer for a wholesale egg company and also driver for there truck, 1 1/2 ton stakebed at first then an enclosed box truck and I don't remember if we had a car I even asked my older brother and he was not sure. BTW the Indiana toll road is privately owned.


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Re: Highway robbery.
Whitedog #1368893 Mon Jul 13 2020 12:11 PM
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I wasn't going to argue with the extremely pleasant toll booth attendant. I do however think she hit the wrong button. By comparison, the short time I was on the Illinois toll road, it cost me $1.10.


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Whitedog #1368895 Mon Jul 13 2020 12:44 PM
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You got off cheap with IL. The Chicago area would make Jesse James,(the bandit), proud.


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Whitedog #1368897 Mon Jul 13 2020 12:54 PM
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Crossing the hwy 301 bridge from Virginia to Maryland was free with a loaded dual tandem gooseneck trailer!
Crossing the hwy 301 bridge from Maryland to Virginia was 16 bucks with a empty dual tandem gooseneck trailer!

I guess they want folks to leave Virginia and stay in Maryland?
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Re: Highway robbery.
klhansen #1368898 Mon Jul 13 2020 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by klhansen
That does seem pretty high. I recall being on a toll highway in Kansas last year and they charged by the axle, which seems reasonable. But 5 times the cost for maybe double the number of axles (dual axle trailer) is pretty steep. I see their rates are also based on number of axles. Maybe they think you're as heavy as a semi if your more than 2 axles.
That would have been the turnpike. They do charge by the axle. I think they should also include whether a trailer is loaded or not. The premise that more axles cause more wear is sound if the trailer is loaded. An empty car hauler trailer is another story. I stopped using the turnpike after getting hit with the outrageous toll for hauling my car hauler trailer to KC. FYI you can take I-35 from KC to Emporia then US75 south to US400 then back over to Wichita to bypass the toll. The turnpike merges with I-35 at Emporia. It's only a few minutes longer and no toll. Once in Wichita you can take US81 to the OK border where the toll ends. US81 parallels the turnpike (I-35)

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Re: Highway robbery.
Whitedog #1368904 Mon Jul 13 2020 02:01 PM
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I have only paid tolls twice lately. I was on the way back from HQ and was in Virginia in the middle of nowhere and toll booths popped up. There had been a warning a few miles back but I thought it was strange. In the truck is was difficult digging for change and to keep moving. ohwell


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Re: Highway robbery.
Whitedog #1368945 Mon Jul 13 2020 07:07 PM
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Whitedog, I actually looked up the tolls on the website, and they do rip off multi-axle rigs. The extra charges for more axles go up exponentially, as opposed to the Kansas Turnpike south out of Wichita. Their fee structure is more linear, but does increase more steeply as you get to 7+ axles.
Don, up here, there's a tunnel to a popular fishing spot (the little dinky town of Whittier). They charge to get there, but it's free coming back out. The local joke is they should charge to get out instead. wink

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Whitedog #1368977 Mon Jul 13 2020 10:23 PM
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You don't want to take our toll road in the Toronto area then. (Highway 407) A 10 mile stretch would cost $12 in a small car and just over $75 in a big rig.


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