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Posted: 07/18/12 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before we bought our tow toad, my wife would drive the car behind me. When we came to a bridge, I would tell the toll taker I was paying for the car behind me too. It was $10.00 for both. When we started to tow, I got to the Toll Booth, and said the same thing. The price jumped to $14.00. So, now I find out that they have raised the toll to $20.00 if towing. Since we live about 3 miles from the Dumbarton Bridge, we decided to turn off before the bridge and unhook. Took about 10 minutes, tops to do so. My wife drove the toad to the bridge and I said I was paying for the car behind. Now it is a total of $10.00 again. I mentioned to the toll taker that I unhooked a couple blocks away, and she smiled and said wise idea. Won't be able to do this at all bridges, but at least at this one I get the discount.


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Well played.


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Posted: 07/18/12 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The toll bridges charge per axle, so if you are towing you are paying for 4 axles, two on the MH and two on the Toad.
Just found out that the per axle toll went up as of July 1 2012 to $5.00 per axle so yes it would be $20.00 if you tow the toad across.
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* This post was edited 07/18/12 01:08pm by othertonka *


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Posted: 07/18/12 02:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1rickw wrote:

Before we bought our tow toad, my wife would drive the car behind me. When we came to a bridge, I would tell the toll taker I was paying for the car behind me too. It was $10.00 for both. When we started to tow, I got to the Toll Booth, and said the same thing. The price jumped to $14.00. So, now I find out that they have raised the toll to $20.00 if towing. Since we live about 3 miles from the Dumbarton Bridge, we decided to turn off before the bridge and unhook. Took about 10 minutes, tops to do so. My wife drove the toad to the bridge and I said I was paying for the car behind. Now it is a total of $10.00 again. I mentioned to the toll taker that I unhooked a couple blocks away, and she smiled and said wise idea. Won't be able to do this at all bridges, but at least at this one I get the discount.


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Posted: 07/18/12 11:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just came over one of the bridges a few days ago. The fees really irked me. Five bucks per car, but we have to pay per axle for four axles. They don't charge a car for two axles. We pay a disproportionate higher price. I know....nobody said life would be fair.


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Posted: 07/19/12 08:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would be tempted to unhook right on the spot drive em thru then hook back up.


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Posted: 07/31/12 05:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pulling off the road and unhooking the toad, then doing it again to hook it back up...Is that really worth $10? NOT.


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Posted: 08/01/12 07:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First--It is the principle of the matter, charge per axle but if you are hooked together we charge more. I realize te five axle charge is for tractor-trailer but my motorhome is not commercial and does not weigh 80,000 pounds.
Second-- I woud not pull off of the road. I would do it at the gate.

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srx-6 wrote:

First--It is the principle of the matter, charge per axle but if you are hooked together we charge more. I realize te five axle charge is for tractor-trailer but my motorhome is not commercial and does not weigh 80,000 pounds.
Second-- I woud not pull off of the road. I would do it at the gate.
Which would make you eligible for an impeding/blocking traffic ticket. Something I would not want to receive at a toll plaza in the Bay Area.

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Posted: 08/02/12 11:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They are going to fix that either next year or the year after. Check the toll web page and it shows the fare increases coming with the final one will equal per axle for ALL vehicles, so a car will pay for 2 axles. I am waiting for them to try and charge me for 5 axles because of the dolly and trying to count the axle loaded on the dolly! Rules say on the ground but some brilliant guberment worker will try I am sure.


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