Can I use an E-ZPass for a Class C motorhome?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can I use an E-ZPass for a Class C motorhome? We will explain what an E-ZPass is, how and where to install it on your Class C motorhome. 

Can I use an E-ZPass for a Class C motorhome?

Yes, you can use an E-ZPass for a Class C motorhome. If you already have an E-ZPass account, you can access all major toll roads in the US and manage all nationwide toll fees from the same place, even if you are driving a motorhome.  

E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system that was created in 1987 and it is an easy option to manage your toll fees when traveling with a Class C motorhome in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. 

As long as you have an E-ZPass you can either choose the manual toll lane or the dedicated E-ZPass lanes. We recommend the latter as it doesn’t require drivers to slow down and thus will save you plenty of time, especially on a long road trip. 

E-ZPass can be used in the following 17 states:

  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia. 

Why choose an E-ZPass?

Electronic toll badges for motorhomes allow you to be classified in category 2 (3.5 tons, single rear axle, less than 3 meters high) but also to avoid queues at toll booths.

Although the cost of the motorway can be considered relatively expensive, it should be taken into account that the fuel consumption of a motorhome is actually higher when traveling on a normal road. Due to frequent stops, traffic lights and repeated acceleration. We can consider that this consumption is higher than on a motorway at stabilized speed. 

In short, taking the motorway can sometimes be more economical if we take into account the criteria of fuel consumption, time savings and fatigue, and of course with regard to the safety of travelers.

When you drive in a motorhome, if you have an electronic toll badge, you must always take the electronic toll lane without height restriction or the mixed lane indicated by at and a green arrow. If you do not have an electronic toll badge, you can use the bank card channels.

Our advice for passing the motorhome toll using an E-ZPass

While it should be an easy path, many drivers struggle with using the electronic toll system on the motorway. Here is our advice:

  •  Adopt the right reflexes: When you get to the tollgate, think about slowing down first. Signs tell you the speed to adapt. If you’re using cruise control, don’t wait until the last moment to turn it off! Anticipate and quickly choose your path. Last-minute lane changes can surprise other motorists and cause traffic jams.
  • Things to never do at the toll booth: U-turn or reverse and G

getting out of your vehicle and moving on the tracks. If you encounter any difficulty, turn on your hazard lights to warn other motorists and use the intercom located outside, on the driver’s side. A call center operator will provide assistance 24 hours a day.

How to mount an E-ZPass on a Class C motorhome

Installing the E-ZPass on a Class C motorhome should be a straightforward job. By default, the theE-ZPass badge must be positioned on the windshield at the top in the black dotted area. If you encounter difficulties in being detected (because positioned too high in relation to the detection zone), the E-ZPass can be positioned at the bottom of the windshield and centered in relation to the dashboard.

 Your badge must imperatively be fixed using the sticker holder, next to your mirror,

on the previously cleaned windshield of your vehicle.

  1. Remove the protection adhesive on the back.
  2. Stick the badge on the windshield. Press it for a few seconds to perfect your fixation.
  3.  Slide your badge into its fixing support. A “click” is heard when the badge is correctly positioned. It is now operational. To remove it from its holder, press the badge then pull slightly while holding the holder with the other hand to prevent it from coming off.

E-ZPass can be damaged by shocks, thus you should limit the unnecessary manipulations. Do not throw away the silver packaging, it is a protective case. Keep it to store your badge when you do not want it to be detected at the electronic toll collection.

If your vehicle is fitted with a windshield with a black dotted area, a non-athermal area, the badge must be positioned there to be detected. For optimal use of your electronic toll badge, it must be attached to the windshield. Any manipulation of the badge during the passage may cause it to be detected incorrectly, which could lead to a billing anomaly.

I have an athermal windshield, where should I place my E-ZPass?

If your vehicle is fitted with a windshield with a black dotted area, a non-thermal zone, the E-ZPass must be positioned there to be detected, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

I have a panoramic windshield, where can I place my E-ZPass?

If your vehicle is fitted with a panoramic windshield, the E-ZPass must be positioned at the level of the triangular window on the driver’s side, to be better detected. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The bottom line

As discussed, installing an E-ZPass on your Class C motorhome is an easy task that will save you a lot of time in the long run. Keep in mind that when you drive in a motorhome, if you have an electronic toll badge, you must always take the electronic toll lane without height restriction or the mixed lane indicated by at and a green arrow. If you do not have an electronic toll badge, you can use the bank card channels.

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FAQ on Can I use an E-ZPass for a Class C motorhome?

Can I use my E-ZPass in an RV?

Yes, you can use your E-ZPass in an RV, just like you would in a car. When you drive in a motorhome, if you have an electronic toll badge, you must always take the electronic toll lane without height restriction or the mixed lane indicated by at and a green arrow. If you do not have an electronic toll badge, you can use the bank card channels.

How do you pay tolls with a Class C motorhome?

When driving a Class C motorhome on the highway, at the toll booth, you can pay in cash, by credit card or via an electronic toll system to which you must subscribe. For payment to the cabin crew, in cash or with a bank card, all you have to do is go to a lane open to traffic (green arrow).

How do I know the class of my vehicle for tolls?

Here are all the classes on the highway:

  1. Light vehicles (sedans, 4X4s, station wagons, SUVs, etc.), even with a trailer: class 1.
  2. Light vehicles with caravans, camper vans, large utility vehicles: class 2.
  3. Heavy goods vehicles, buses, etc.: classes 3 and 4.
  4. Motorized two-wheelers: class 5.

What to do if you don’t have money at the toll?

If the customer is stuck and has no other means of payment at a tall booth, he must then press the call button on the payment terminal. He will either be put in contact with the staff present or with a telephone platform. He will be given a ticket with the amount of the toll he will have to pay in the following days.

Which toll pass covers the most states?

In the US, Uni is the toll pass that covers most states. With Uni you can pay tolls through Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

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