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Old 06-28-2019, 04:48 PM   #1
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What is a fair price for generator oil/filter change?

What is a reasonable price range for generator oil filter change?

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Old 06-28-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think more than $40
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Old 06-28-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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Gas or diesel? What size?
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:53 PM   #4
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i see them posted at rv dealers for about $100 for a gas generator and more for a diesel. that may include an air filter also.

fair and reasonable depends upon your viewpoint: customer or dealer
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:42 AM   #5
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My place charges $120 for the 6kw Onan QD diesel generator. This is with Rotella T6 synthetic 15w40 oil and OEM filter. I prefer synthetic as we run the AC a pretty heavily in the summer months.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:51 AM   #6
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Most places near here charge between $100-$150.

Parts to do it yourself is about half that.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:56 AM   #7
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I just did our Onan 7000 gas
T6 Rotella syn. gal. jug 15w40- $16 (only need 2 Qts)
Oil filter -----------------------> $ 13
All the miscl. gadgets that caught my eye while I was picking up oil & filter $489
Labor 1 1/2 Hrs-was busy messing with gadgets instead of just doing this 15 minute oil change
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:13 AM   #8
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$100-150 ?? for a genny ? Glad I don't have one. Only paid $94 for Oil / Filter / Air filter change on my 2500HD GMC.
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:01 AM   #9
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Holy smokes, I was going to guess 20 bucks. Try taking it to one of those Jiffy lube style places and see if they'll change it! Just bring a filter with you if it takes one, in case it's not a common size.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:26 AM   #10
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I bring my Berkshire to Freightliner in Hartford, CT
Price for Generator service and Engine/Chassis Service is $ 750.00 but it's alot more than just an oil change.
I bring it in for service once a year.
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:29 AM   #11
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go here for maintenance and service info:

https://www.fcccrv.com/owners/
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Old 10-06-2019, 11:52 AM   #12
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I do my own, filter 7.50, oil about 10.00. The problem is time for the dealers, the generator (gas 5.5kw)takes refill oil so slowly. I rigged up a funnel and hose and sit there and pour it in very slowly and take a break while it fills, then repeat. Takes me about an hour total and a couple of beers.
Had a dealer do it on first change and they charged $150.00. No way in heck.
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:52 PM   #13
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there are some of us 'men' who will choose to undergo these maintenance requirements ourselves, there are some who will never try it themselves, and then there are those of us on the fence, or in my case, who have done it BOTH ways - sometimes successful, sometimes aggravating, and yes, sometimes a lot cheaper.

I found that SpeedCo and the like can service your engine and generator quite efficiently, quickly, and with no appointment. Sure, you can arrive when 12 semis and trailers are stacked in front of you, or you might time it just right and be the only one in the whole set of bays. Their pricing may not be easy to understand, though, as even if you bring your 'own' filters, they don't typically care, and don't provide any price decrease to offset using their own brands. They may understand your RV, your DIESEL engine and generator, or they may not have had much to do with them and their 'underneath' change requirements. They may also not be familiar with the amount of oil that each needs - you best tell them ahead of time and keep a keen eye on their progress - the WILL let you watch, which is quite nice.
I would assess their pricing at about $350 for engine and generator, including all filters and oil. Speedco, though, does not do transmissions.

I've good experiences with Speedco, and a not so good one. I finally made a claim with my cc provider on the last stop, and they didn't fight it. It wound up being a 'free' oil and gen service, but at a cost. I had to relieve both the engine and the generator oil capacities as Speedco had overfilled them both...the engine should have 15qts - they put in over 23. My hitch, tow bar, tow car, and the whole backside of my rig was plastered with oil when I arrived home.

I've also changed my own oils and filters, but not my fuel filters. My engine drain pan is actually nice since it also has a side port, and the generator port is also easy to get to. The engine oil FILTER is another story, as it is WAY up and out of the way and hard to get to, much less figure out how to get any torque on it to free it up. I don't know if I want to try that again.
As for the FUEL filters - sorry, but I just can't get mine to budge, no matter what type of wrench I use - I don't want to break it in the process since it is mainly a plastic design, and FULL OF FUEL! MY secondary filter 'may' come off more easily, the one with the water drain cock, but I've not tried yet since there's no reason if the primary won't budge. I guess I'll have to leave it Speedco the next time I'm near one - though I guess the filters I bought will just be an additional cost!

Now, for the Gen - it can be a little more challenging in the tight spaces that the oil filter, fuel filter and air filter reside, but it's doable.
The 'spark arrestor' soot cleanout, though, is another challenge. If you can find it, reach it with a tool and remove it, you better WATCH OUT!, as the soot will cover you! Stay out of the way and try to have something to try to catch it. It's really just a bolt that covers a hole where this soot is contained until you can release it. I had quite a bit after 5 years and almost 600hours.


Will I do most of these things myself the next 1,500 miles or 200 gen hours?
Maybe, maybe not...it'll depend on how much of this I remember.
A clue should have been the CUMMINS dealer who had a hard time even finding what filters I actually need for this isb6.7L RV design... and then finding out that 'they' did not add the secondary fuel filter, but Freightliner did, maybe to Thor's specifications. This fuel filter they don't have, you'll have to find it on your own.


Maybe these things are simple to the garage mechanic, but to some of others it's about as clear a mud!
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:56 PM   #14
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My onan 4000 microquiet took about 1.6 quarts. No filter, so cost was about $6.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:08 PM   #15
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I do my own, filter 7.50, oil about 10.00. The problem is time for the dealers, the generator (gas 5.5kw)takes refill oil so slowly. I rigged up a funnel and hose and sit there and pour it in very slowly and take a break while it fills, then repeat. Takes me about an hour total and a couple of beers.
Had a dealer do it on first change and they charged $150.00. No way in heck.
Right on the money. Last time I took my vehicle into the Dealer for service there is a large sign on the wall "Labor will be charged at the rate of $125/hour".

Their employees aren't "Minimum Wage" like those in the Oil Quick Change places.
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I do my own, filter 7.50, oil about 10.00. The problem is time for the dealers, the generator (gas 5.5kw)takes refill oil so slowly. I rigged up a funnel and hose and sit there and pour it in very slowly and take a break while it fills, then repeat. Takes me about an hour total and a couple of beers.
Had a dealer do it on first change and they charged $150.00. No way in heck.
It's amazingly easy to change the oil on these generators. It's the sort of thing that if I can do it- truly anyone can.

I bought a oil filter wrench to make it easier to get a hold of the filter.

Other than that, a small catch pan and funnel are all that you need.

Watch a YouTube video on changing the oil on your specific generator and you'll be amazed at how easy it is.

Though, I do agree that $150 for a shop to do it isn't unreasonable. Parts are cheap but labor isn't.
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