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Old 06-05-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Oil Change

I am having a hard time finding anyone to change the oil on my 2013 3170ds. Either they won't take motorhomes or want over $125-$150 for the privilege. Is that the going rate? I have 3400 miles on my coach and I am getting ready for an 3000 mile trip. I am thinking about doing it myself. I have not changed my oil since high school, so it has been a LONG time. Any recommendation, hints or suggestions? What about lube points? How many? Location? I have seen a diagram for another chassis, anyone have one? I am sure there is one in the manual, but who has time for that?
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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IHO $125 is way out of line. We needed our first a long way from home and the local Ford guy had us if he'd wanted. It was $56 which included his going through all the rigamarole including topping off the windshield fluid and checking the tires. On past motor homes we've had good luck with generic lube shops, Jiffy Lub etal, if they have a big bay. And worst comes to worst, doing yourself is only a little inconvenient and messy. Then self certify that you've done it in the maintenance log.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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imo $125 is a good price if you are getting a good tech doing it using quality oil and filters. you can bet that with a cheep oil change you are getting the cheapest oil and filter they can buy and done by the guy with the least experience in the shop.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
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I found a Ford dealer nearby that did it for (I think it was) about $40.

Several ideas...

I called the local Ford dealers off their website. If a dealer couldn't do it I asked them if they knew one that had a big bay for trucks. That's how I found the dealer.

Might want to say what area you are from in case someone on the forum knows the area and has a reco.

Also might want to post on another Internet RV class C forum (not a brand specific one) to get to more people for a reco.
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I changed mine and it was a lot easier than I thought. I can slide right under and the oil drain and filter are both easy to find and easy to reach. I use Mobil 1 and the whole thing costs me under $40.

Hardest part - taking the oil back to the store to recycle.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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I have a Chevy, but anyway, my local Chevy dealer welcomed me with open arms. Thanked me repeatedly for the business. Price was in line with what I pay for my truck.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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I changed mine and it was a lot easier than I thought. I can slide right under and the oil drain and filter are both easy to find and easy to reach. I use Mobil 1 and the whole thing costs me under $40.

Hardest part - taking the oil back to the store to recycle.

On the recycle issue, I live in Virginia and our county landfill accepts used oil, antifreeze, etc... up to 10 gals per visit, without a fee to residents. Also, in some areas local lube shops are required by law to accept used moter oil for recycling. Many will take the used oil without charge because they sell it to the oil recycling companies. One word of caution, make sure the used oil is not contaminated with water etc... or you may have some difficulty with the disposal.
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On the recycle issue, I live in Virginia and our county landfill accepts used oil, antifreeze, etc... up to 10 gals per visit, without a fee to residents. Also, in some areas local lube shops are required by law to accept used moter oil for recycling. Many will take the used oil without charge because they sell it to the oil recycling companies. One word of caution, make sure the used oil is not contaminated with water etc... or you may have some difficulty with the disposal.
lol - thanks. I meant the hardest part was getting up off the couch to take it back...
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The only advice I have here wether you preform the maintenance or not is to keep meticulous records.
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I had my local Ford dealer do the first one on my 2013 model. They said they do them all the time and it was around $60. I also have them do any warranty work on the chassis as opposed to an RV facility. Warranty repairs get done with no questions asked and they have the parts available.
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