SunPass?

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  1. carengalletta

    carengalletta Earning My Ears

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    I saw someone here mentioned getting a SunPass and I started looking into it, but can’t figure out if it would be helpful to get one coming from South Alabama. We will be taking I-10 to I-75 to 91 (FL Turnpike), to 429. Does anyone know if the SunPass will work on the roads from I-75 to WDW?

    Thank you!!
     
  2. Kidatheart2010

    Kidatheart2010 Mouseketeer

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    The only Tolls you will have are for the Turnpike and that just one Plaza. and on 429. The Sunpass will work there as well. We use it every trip and it works great. What part of South Alabama?

    32 Days and counting till the Fort...
     
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  4. snowmedic

    snowmedic 1500 MIles From the Fort.

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    Sunpass will work on the turnpike, that is what I have and use when coming over from Destin.
     
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  5. carengalletta

    carengalletta Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the info!!

    We’re in Orange Beach!
     
  6. carengalletta

    carengalletta Earning My Ears

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    Thank you!
     
  7. mickeyfan0805

    mickeyfan0805 DIS Veteran

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    It also comes in handy if you end up leaving the bubble for any other central FL destinations.
     
  8. FLBBQMAN

    FLBBQMAN Mouseketeer

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    You can also look at getting a E-PASS instead of the sunpass. It also works on all the toll roads in Florida Georgia and north Carolina.
     
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  9. carengalletta

    carengalletta Earning My Ears

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    Darn!! I already bought the SunPass. I’ll keep that in mind for next time...
     
  10. Kidatheart2010

    Kidatheart2010 Mouseketeer

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    Transponders from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina now work in all three states. In Georgia, SunPass can be used now on Interstate 85 express lanes in Atlanta, and soon on up to 40 miles of new express lanes on I-75. In North Carolina, it can be used on the Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh area.
     
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  11. bama_ed

    bama_ed It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney

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    I'm one of those that has advocated for getting a SunPass if you are a regular/frequent visitor to Central/South Florida.

    The SunPass works on the Turnpike all the way from Wildwood (near Ocala) down to the Homestead exit south of Miami. It works all over central Florida on the other toll roads (Orlando Airport, Cape Canaveral, Hwy 429 way into WDW). I've also used it on toll roads/bridges around Tampa.

    Even if you only use it to WDW and back from I75, I like not have to stop completely to pay the toll each way (you slow down but don't stop). True, the turnpike portion is only one tollbooth and Hwy 429 one or two more (but at highway speeds). It makes me feel like a Florida native as I line up the approach for the SunPass lanes then roll through.

    E-Pass is a Central Florida prepaid toll pass and while there is reciprocity with other toll roads in other states, I've never had a problem with SunPass all over the state of Florida. SunPass also offers a discount over using cash for the toll costs.

    At one time early one the Central Florida Toll Authority folks (whatever their acronym is) created E-Pass. The Turnpike Authority created SunPass. Does it really matter?

    SunPass is sold at the Florida Welcome Centers all over the state (I95, I75, I10, Hwy231 into Florida) and sells the SunPass mini tranponder in vending machine inside the centers. (all over the state of FL too). Last time I got one was a few months ago (had replaced windshield on TV)

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    there was a young person with a laptop working at the Welcome Center to activate it for you during business hours. The SunPass transponder is $5 you put on your windshield then you prepay whatever amount you want and set a minimum reload threshold and amount to add. Come into the Welcome Center with your VIN, license TV plate number, and trailer license plate number.

    So for the $5 sunk cost and about $20 sitting in the account, I roll through the tolls rather than line up, creep, stop/start, and then accelerate away nice and slow. If you ever want to go to the Keys or Miami area, there are no tollbooths there - it's either SunPass or they snap a photo of your license plate and send you a bill in the USMail at a higher cost than SunPass.

    I'd say it works pretty well.

    https://www.sunpass.com/en/home/index.shtml

    Bama Ed
     
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  12. team bradfield

    team bradfield happy campers

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    I ordered ours online 4 years ago, I add $ before our trips, i agree with Bama Ed, rolling through the tolls is much easier than trying to stop/start, especially with a 16,000# Fifth Wheel
     
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  13. michelb

    michelb Mouseketeer

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    As others have said, the convenience is fantastic although to be fair, depending on where you are going, you might not even need it. There are quite a few toll roads around Orlando but if you are just going on the 75, you can simply avoid them.

    We've had one for about 10 years now. I like to think that I'm saving a fortune on gas not having to stop / go at the tolls!
     
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  14. BeachMama13

    BeachMama13 Earning My Ears

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    It's $5 for the "sticker" type transponder & $20 for the portable one with suction cups. If you think you might be traveling in different vehicles, then I'd spring for the portable one. You can't reuse the sticker transponder if you remove it from your windshield.

    I'm from near Destin, and if you occasionally drive over from Orange Beach, there are several bridges that you can use it on over here, too.
     
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  15. JETS70

    JETS70 Teardrop camping at the Fort

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    We just ordered our new portable transponder. We had the sticker for a couple of years but I just recently traded my truck. We absolutely love having SunPass. The first time having to stop at the toll booths and then having to merge back into moving traffic :eek:...……..they are totally worth it.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    Steve
     
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  16. carengalletta

    carengalletta Earning My Ears

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    Thank you all!
     
  17. michelb

    michelb Mouseketeer

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    FWIW, we've had the sticker one for about 10 years now and it's now in it's fourth or fifth vehicle and it works fine (at the time we bought it they only had the sticker and a much more expensive model (which I believe isn't supported anymore)). I only peeled the corners off ours so was able to transfer it from car to car.
     
  18. BeachMama13

    BeachMama13 Earning My Ears

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    That's great that you were able to peel it off! The older transponders that had displays were pretty expensive, from what I remember.
     
  19. Kidatheart2010

    Kidatheart2010 Mouseketeer

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    I've never had any luck peeling one. It breaks the antenna piece in it when you peel them off.
    9 days till we leave for the fort... I will be so glad when this Hurricane passes so I can check on my motorhome.
     
  20. jaredjohn4

    jaredjohn4 Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

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    I know everybody wants their money. I make 2 trips to the airport from the fort every trip. I have an I-pass (Illinois) which works with EasyPass. I just blow through the one section that wants SunPass. Sometimes they send me a letter when I get home asking for $3.00, sometimes not. Not really worth trying to be legal.
     
  21. team bradfield

    team bradfield happy campers

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    we peeled ours off and transferred, no problem
     

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