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Old 05-08-2014, 07:49 AM   #11
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IL and IN have tolls on that Interstate. With the trailer my off hand guess is about $40 - $50 for both states.

Don't know if you have enough time to get one, but you might consider an I-Pass. It'll work in IL and IN, as well as most places out east that use the EZ-Pass. And you can breeze right through without stopping at every toll both. In IL you get half off all tolls using the I-Pass. I'm not sure if that applies to other states.

Its $50, a $10 deposit (refundable) and $40 to start your account. The disadvantage is that when you use up each $40 increment, it'll load another $40 from your credit card. When you are done with the tolls, you might be out a few bucks.

Even if you lose a few bucks, the time saved and hassles pulling back into traffic might be worth it.

No discount with a trailer in il. It counts you the same as a med commercial. Ie a dump or concrete truck

I avoid tolls at all costs. Lol
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:55 PM   #12
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If you want to take I-94 I go around Chicago by taking I-90/I-94 to Rockford, paying one toll, to I-39 then to I-80 and pay one toll near the Illinois/Indiana state line. I can't remember how much each toll is. I've taken USH 30 from I-65 then to Ft. Wayne, IN then into Ohio. USH 30 is four lanes all the way to Ft. Wayne with stop lights but 65 mph limit between towns.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:52 AM   #13
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If you want to take I-94 I go around Chicago by taking I-90/I-94 to Rockford, paying one toll, to I-39 then to I-80 and pay one toll near the Illinois/Indiana state line. I can't remember how much each toll is. I've taken USH 30 from I-65 then to Ft. Wayne, IN then into Ohio. USH 30 is four lanes all the way to Ft. Wayne with stop lights but 65 mph limit between towns.
That is an option but taking I-39 south to I-80 adds 52 miles to the trip. Given gas prices this might almost be a wash. Here are your options as I see it from Beloit, WI to Portage, IN.

I-90 all the way
136 miles
IL Tollway Tolls = $11.85
Chicago Skyway Tolls = $16.80
Total Tolls = $28.65

I-90 to I-94 to I-90 (Avoiding Skyway)
141 miles
Total Tolls = $11.85

I-90 to I-294 to I-90 IN Toll Road
141 $miles
Total Tolls = $18.60

I-90 to I-39 to I-80 to I-90 IN Toll Road
188 miles
Total Tolls = $4.55

Option 1 is the shortest distance, option 2 is the cheapest, and option 4 has the least traffic. If you travel through Chicago overnight you will have reduced tolls and traffic. If it were me I would choose option 2 as it is the cheapest rate and only 5 extra miles.

Be aware that I-90 between Rockford, IL and I-294 in Chicago is under construction as they widen it from 2 to 3 lanes. When I went through there 2 weeks ago there were two lanes open for all but about 2-3 miles. I traveled at 55mph (the speed limit) with little problem but there cops all over the place so watch your speed.

Hope this helps.
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all i can say is being from NY its pretty expensive...at least $12 and MA isnt so bad but maybe $8
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Scott your post was very helpfull and agree i'll probably go with option 2
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Scott your post was very helpfull and agree i'll probably go with option 2
Glad I could help!

Just be aware not to get off the freeway between downtown and I-80 as the neighborhoods are really bad. In fact, I would not get off anywhere in Chicago as the roads are not RV friendly. They also closed the O'Hare Oasis so no fuel or potty stops there. You will pay a small fortune to get on and off the tollway so I would recommend filling up at the Belvidere Oasis and driving straight through to Indiana. Make sure you go though the diesel lanes to park in truck parking, as the car area is not friendly to any trailer over 20 feet (tight turns).

Hope your trip goes well.
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