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Old 03-19-2019, 06:44 PM   #1
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Annual Maintenance

We bought a new 2018 Ventana 4369 in May of last year. It has 6700 miles on it and is coming up on its first anniversary. We have had no major problems with it, and everything is operating properly. I have looked at Newmar's recommended maintenance that has been posted on this site, and the list is as long as my arm and runs into multiple thousands of $$. My question is, how much of this really has to be done, and can any reliable RV repair shop do it vs going to the Newmar factory? We live in SE Texas. I have the same question about the Freightliner annual maintenance - do I really need to go to a Freightliner shop?

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Freightliner’s schedule is based on chassis build date, not MH purchase date. They have schedule for 6 mos, 1 yr, then annually. Recommended items different each year. Given how much we spend on these toys, I follow their recommendations and have the work done at the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney, SC.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:16 PM   #3
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Many people use Speedco at Love’s Truck stops. They will do an oil and filter change, fuel filters, and chassis lube for about $300. What else is on the list?
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:05 PM   #4
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Chassis wise, you have greasing, and air dryer service, ride height check, rear hub oil check, and perhaps a check for any software updates (engine/tranny). That's a few things that come to mind anyway.
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Since it has a Cummins engine in it, they will do a level A service, which includes, oil and filter, fuel filters, and lube the coach. Depending on where, we have used Chattanooga, TN shop and they treat you right. Coburg, OR Coach Care Center is also highly recommended, they have some spots to overnight in there. No Sewer, but water and power. I have had only great service at that location. Detroit Diesel in Ridgefield, OR also has excellent Allison Transmission service, and they treat you right too. Call and speak to Brandy. Cummins may check rear end level, never asked them too, and have not done it. On new one, will take to either Cummins or freightliner, depending on location, and price. You can check recalls on Freightliner's site, as well as register for Cummins Power Club, enter serial number of engine and check for recalls, plus save 10% off service and parts. Cummins will let you provide the filters for all the services, and only charge for oil and labor, and recycling fee. So if AMZN on filters you can save $$ doing that way. Don’t know if Freightliner will let you provide filters or not.

With my Current MH, I have the engine oil annually in August-October each year, we never put more than 6-8 K miles on it, but sitting is not great either.

I put 1 quart of power service diesel fuel treatment (red cap) every 3rd fill up, or just before long stay someplace to keep fuel system clean and dry.

Air Cleaner every other year or third year, depending on mileage, transmission filter change with transynd fluid is every 3rd year I think, or mileage. Get the part number of the Air Filter off old one, or manual, and write it on AF Cover so you always have it in nice bright yellow paint pencil.

Amazon is great place to buy filters, oil, air, fuel, genset as well. I carry two sets of fuel filters in case of bad fuel. Since I have been driving this one since 08, never had bad fuel at Pilot/Flying J, use the truck lanes except in AZ, where RV's have their own lane, with cheaper prices. Never stop at Love’s, high prices, and if you use CC, they price goes up more too. Won’t stop at loves period.

Oh, on current coach did my own air dyer service, but this one does not have air brakes. On new one, depending on how hard it is to get to, may do it as well, not difficult, just might be hard to reach or have location which is way under coach. Don't like crawling under these things at all. So freightliner can do it, depending on how much money they want. The filter is not that expensive, and if I remember, 4 bolts hold it together, with new o rings in the filter package as well. Been a few years since I did it.
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Freightliner if they are to provide benefit past the warranty period, will want proof that all scheduled maintenance has been done. I have no service records for the first 2 years oi f my coach, so extra help was deni.
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I too make the pilgrimage to Gaffney once a year in late Oct to catch the change of colors and get the coach serviced. Freightliner factory does it right.
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Freightliner’s schedule is based on chassis build date, not MH purchase date. They have schedule for 6 mos, 1 yr, then annually. Recommended items different each year. Given how much we spend on these toys, I follow their recommendations and have the work done at the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney, SC.
Same here-- I schedule a yearly service at Gaffney to coincide with our trip up north. They do good work, only work on RV's and have all the parts,etc right on hand and are much more reasonably priced than a normal truck service facility. Now the OP is in Texas, so that will probably be a problem. But he can look up and find a Freightliner Oasis rated service facility.
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Jeff.....for clarity, you stated that there was an arm's length list of yearly servicing for the coach and then asked about the chassis. What kind of servicing of the coach are you talking about?
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We bought a new 2018 Ventana 4369 in May of last year. It has 6700 miles on it and is coming up on its first anniversary. We have had no major problems with it, and everything is operating properly. I have looked at Newmar's recommended maintenance that has been posted on this site, and the list is as long as my arm and runs into multiple thousands of $$. My question is, how much of this really has to be done, and can any reliable RV repair shop do it vs going to the Newmar factory? We live in SE Texas. I have the same question about the Freightliner annual maintenance - do I really need to go to a Freightliner shop?

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Thanks to all for the replies. There is a Freightliner Oasis shop in Bryan Texas that I will take the rig to for the 6,000 mile maintenance. As to the Newmar "rest of coach" maintenance, I have seen the list provided by Newmar on this site. I will do a search to see if I can find that list again, or look in my manuals. The local dealer is Holiday World of Willis, Texas. Reputation is not great and I may look elsewhere for a smaller shop like
Action RV in Montgomery.

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Hi jefftaylor2,
The Newmar list of coach servicing may include the appliances installed in the coach and the items needed to keep those appliances warranties valid.
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Things you would want to do on top of the Freightliner chassis maintenance would include the genset servicing (oil,air,fuel filter, oil change). Also the Oasis hydronic heater has an annual service requirement. Essentially change the fuel filter,replace the ignitor,replace the air filter and clean the nozzle . You will also want to check/replace the water filter in the refer, if so equipped and the whole house water filter. Now, get up on the roof and inspect the dicor sealant and reseal as needed.
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Thanks to all for the replies. There is a Freightliner Oasis shop in Bryan Texas that I will take the rig to for the 6,000 mile maintenance. As to the Newmar "rest of coach" maintenance, I have seen the list provided by Newmar on this site. I will do a search to see if I can find that list again, or look in my manuals. The local dealer is Holiday World of Willis, Texas. Reputation is not great and I may look elsewhere for a smaller shop like
Action RV in Montgomery.

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You will want to get the one year maintenance. The 6000 mile (6 month) does not include an oil change. The one year maintenance is due one year from the chassis build date. The yellow notes on this document were made by the instructor from "Camp Freightliner". The class is worth attending if you get an opportunity.
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Others have more talent, time, and knowledge for this sort of periodic maintenance and do it themselves. I follow Freightliner's recommendations and pay the annual cost for routine preventative maintenance on chassis, engine, drive train, gen set, and Oasis. Doing so enables me to sleep better. I take it to Freightliner and/or Cummins.
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