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Omer&Donna

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Posted: 04/27/21 09:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are headed to Houston and wondering if we should get a TXTAG for the toll roads. We didn't get the pass the last time we were there and got a scary bill in the mail months later. Has anyone had recent experience or can offer any info? We would have to drive to a location to buy the tag since there is no time to get one in the mail.


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Posted: 04/27/21 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What do you mean by a scary bill? Threatening legal action? Larger than you expected? Didn't expect to get billed at all?

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All that technology and they still send bills in the mail.

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2oldman wrote:

All that technology and they still send bills in the mail.

If you don’t have an account with them they have no choice but to send the bill to the name and address of the vehicle license plate number.

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BB_TX wrote:

2oldman wrote:

All that technology and they still send bills in the mail.

If you don’t have an account with them they have no choice but to send the bill to the name and address of the vehicle license plate number.
What about when they do have a choice? Seems like there may be an email address along with your registration. Then again, maybe it's an arcane system like medical bills. Paper only. Wait 6 months.

Excuse the rant, but some of these systems just seem so behind the times. If the doctors I visit in my travels would simply email or text me a bill, they could get paid immediately instead of waiting.

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Posted: 04/27/21 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The tolls are high if you don't have an EZ Pass so if you plan to spend any amount of time in the Houston area you absolutely want to get the pass. If you are just passing through you can pay or you can detour to non-toll roads. It's not hard to do but it does add miles to your travels.
Houston is our home base so when we are not traveling we often head to Houston. We have the pass and even when we don't use it for years it costs us nothing. When we return it's still active and we are good to go. We keep one on the toad only and if we pass through with the MH and the toad we get charged the 5 axle price. If we are just in the car we get charged for just the car.
It has worked out very well for us.

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Don't forget, they charge for the Toad too. they take a photo of the back plate and when it is different they charge for two.


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If this is a regular trip, then set up an account and put money in it and they take it out as needed. When you pay by mail the price is a lot higher or use to be. Where we live we had to go thru Texas to o East so a account was setup. Way cheaper and easy.

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I did expect to get a bill but it was much higher than I thought and they had a note that if this was your first time they would forgive some of the charges and I paid it promptly. The locations to walk in and buy a pass are limited, 70 miles from where we are now and not on our current route to Houston. After looking at the non-toll road options, we're going to buy the pass. Thank you all for the info, this forum always comes through for us. Great info LouLawrence to put it on the toad.

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Tom/Barb wrote:

Don't forget, they charge for the Toad too. they take a photo of the back plate and when it is different they charge for two.

That's why I mentioned I got charged for a 5 axle toll. RV plus toad.

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