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Old 03-23-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Engine Oil Change Cost

Hi Folks,

I contacted the local RV dealers about an oil change for our Legacy. The quote I was given was $380.00 for oil and a filter.

Is there something special the requires more labor for a MH oil change? I figure the oil and filter should be under $100.00. Labor should be less then 1hr, $135 at the most expensive shop.

Whats up?

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Old 03-23-2017, 07:34 PM   #2
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Engine Oil Change Cost

You forgot to add the pain in the butt tax...
Plus, it takes up a lot of space for such a low profit job, as an oil change.

Try an independent garage, one that would do it in their parking lot.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #3
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Why take it to an RV dealership. Take it to an authorized feightliner/cumins dealer where they can do all the required maintenance, i.e. Lub the joints etc. We learned that our RV dealer just drove the units to a feightliner shop and charged a fee for that too.
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:23 AM   #4
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Take it to a FL dealer & ask for the PM-1 maintenance.

That will take care of the oil change.
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I use my local Freightliner service center and pay around $450 for the annual service. Doesn't include generator.
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ahh...remember how good you feel when you put diesel in that tank. Time to pay when it comes to oil changes and other maintenance. A gasser would cost $60 if you do it yourself.
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:31 PM   #8
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ahh...remember how good you feel when you put diesel in that tank. Time to pay when it comes to oil changes and other maintenance. A gasser would cost $60 if you do it yourself.
I have a 2012 Ram 3500 with a Cummins. It takes 12 qrts of oil plus a Wix filter and I have never paid more than $75.00 for a oil change. If you can do it yourself it's not that expensive. Some of the newer trucks with the 6 liter engines take at least 8 qrts of oil and the manufacturers require full synthetic oil so if you can do it yourself it's almost a wash as far as the cost of a oil change. If you can't then your going to pay.
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You're also forgetting it takes 18 quarts of oil at about $4.00 per quart, not including the generator. I do them both at the same time and use the Freightliner shop. They know what they're doing, check it all out, lube, etc. and for the record, shop rate for motor home repair is closer to $130 per hour at every shop I've seen.
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When I purchased our used Chevrolet Duramax diesel(8860 miles) in 2016, the dealer agreed to change the oil & filter for the first 50,000 miles free of charge. After that I will change it myself, not a difficult job at all. It holds 10 qts. of oil.
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One advantage of doing it yourself is that you can afford to put in top of the line full synthetic oil like Rotella T6. (The mechanic probably wants to double the oil cost, so starting with expensive oil really hurts.) The Cummins manual sets the oil change interval at 15,000 miles for motorhome use of an ISB 6.7. That is a lot of miles compared to a gas engine oil change interval. That suggests that synthetic could be pretty useful.

Of course, you need to do a lot of driving to do 15,000 miles in a year, but I did 10,000 last year with two major trips and I'm not retired.

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When I purchased our used Chevrolet Duramax diesel(8860 miles) in 2016, the dealer agreed to change the oil & filter for the first 50,000 miles free of charge. After that I will change it myself, not a difficult job at all. It holds 10 qts. of oil.
The Legacy is a Cummins ISB.....18 quarts of oil needed.
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If you can do it yourself you could drop the price to around $120 or so 5 gallons T/6 at walley world $20 for a oil filter about 90 min of free labor
The gen set you could do it yourself for around$30 to $35 3 qt oil and a filter
As far as going to camping world for a oil change. Very scary. Would not let them put air in my tires
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A friend said that the oil should be changed every year, our MH is 3 years old and 13,000 miles. Last oil change was in late 2015 so with the yearly change requirement I need to do it asap.
I actually took it in to a local RV service center for an oil change for engine and generator and when I dropped it off the owner said he would not change the engine oil. That prompted my question.
The closest Frieghtliner Service Center is over an hour away, but I might make a day of it for my next service.
This time I may do it myself, that is just a lot of oil to dispose of properly.
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A friend said that the oil should be changed every year, our MH is 3 years old and 13,000 miles. Last oil change was in late 2015 so with the yearly change requirement I need to do it asap.
I actually took it in to a local RV service center for an oil change for engine and generator and when I dropped it off the owner said he would not change the engine oil. That prompted my question.
The closest Frieghtliner Service Center is over an hour away, but I might make a day of it for my next service.
This time I may do it myself, that is just a lot of oil to dispose of properly.
Any quick oil change service center or a Wal-Mart that has a service center will take used oil
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Any truck service center should be capable of changing....assuming you want to and they will. It's how they make their living.
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Any quick oil change service center or a Wal-Mart that has a service center will take used oil
Sometimes they have a "monthly" limit. My local Wallyworld does. Not sure how much it is, as I've never exceeded it. I usually take them 3 5-quart containers at at time and they haven't said anything. If you have more than that, I'd just spit it in two and take 1/2 in one month and 1/2 the next month.

They don't want some "semi-pro" mechanic sending them all his oil.
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$380 is not bad if they are hitting all the lube fittings too. I paid my dealer for a fuel filter change in Spring of 2016 along with the oil, oil filter, and lube only to find out a year later they DID NOT change the fuel filter. Cost was $400. I will be having a talk with the dealer in Manassas, VA pretty soon about charging me for the omission. It took two mechanics over an hour to remove the "original" fuel filter that had seized up and had to be destroyed to be removed. My dealer is ill equipped and dishonest. In addition, my newly selected Cummins Diesel expert discovered grease fittings that had the appearance of having never been greased. You really must check behind some shops.
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If you can do it yourself you could drop the price to around $120 or so 5 gallons T/6 at walley world $20 for a oil filter about 90 min of free labor
The gen set you could do it yourself for around$30 to $35 3 qt oil and a filter
As far as going to camping world for a oil change. Very scary. Would not let them put air in my tires
+10 on that. Those buffons would probably forget to tighten the drain plug.

Menards is cheaper than Wally world on T6 btw. 18 bucks a gallon every day.

Never buy it at Autozone... 28 a gallon around here.

Far as oil change intervals and synthetic oil goes, Class 8 diesel engine builder went to 24,000 mile change intervals.
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