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Old 03-07-2016, 10:43 PM   #1
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Do you perform your own maintenance tasks on your DP?

If you do your own maintenance on your MH, where do you order your filters?
I want to do the Trany, Oil, Genset, Oil and Air and have the filters but I don't think you can just pick these up at any autoparts store. Perhaps I am wrong.

My guess is Truck Stops, Speedco, CW.

I could not find a on-line source. If you have a good source I can order from let me know.

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Old 03-07-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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I do all my own maintenance and get the filters at Cummins for engine and gen. The transmission filters set I get at Allison. If you don't have oem engine service in your area napa can cross all filters but I prefer to obtain fuel,oil and coolant filters from cummins.I used cat filters when I had a cat.
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Filter Barn or Direct from the Cummins site although I do go direct to the Cummins dealer at times.
Today i got my Cummins Power club renewal. Saved me about $1,200 last year, just not sure it'll save enough this year to pay for itself since we aren't going to be doing much, if any, traveling.
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If you could not find any on-line info about DIY maintenance or where maintenance items can be found, Speedco or similar might be your best bet.
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I do all my own maintenance and get the filters at Cummins for engine and gen. The transmission filters set I get at Allison. If you don't have oem engine service in your area napa can cross all filters but I prefer to obtain fuel,oil and coolant filters from cummins. I used cat filters when I had a cat.
Yep, not worth trying to save a few and end up paying $$ for repairs!
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Yep, not worth trying to save a few and end up paying $$ for repairs!
Do you think the OEMs actually make their own filters? No, no they don't. They do however mark them up a fair bit. If you know who makes the filters, you can often find them for less through a third party. They just won't have "Cummins" or "Cat" on them. For example: $21 each for the hydraulic filters in my rig from Cummins, or $15 each for the exact same filters from the local parts store. That's not just a few cents.
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Do you think the OEMs actually make their own filters? No, no they don't.
But they are made too the OEM specification. And the cheaper ones?
And they cheaper ones are not the exact same filter inside.

Ever hear that saying. Pay me now or Pay much more $$$ later.
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Good info.... I wonder if I can do maint in a RV park?

Thanks everyone! & Mr D for the Filter Barn info. I know that at one time I read about Filter Barn but could not remember the name or find that thread any place. My google searches were not finding any leads either.

It appears that an aftermarket device was placed on the drain plug by the previous owner to help simplify oil draining. I have at the ready 5 clean, empty gallon jugs to drain oil and I purchased a Cement mixing pan at Home Depot. They are rectangular and large enough to catch any spill. Also salvaged some cardboard & smaller poly tarp to keep ground clean.

I had hoped to do this in storage area, but just IF we are out on the road where are good places for "do - it yourselfer's" to work on your DP?

It would be ideal to do it in a RV park but something tells me they frown on us working on the DP there. I know many do not want us to wash them there or post on park rules. Yet, I have seen it done. If it is not posted, just do it? Or ask then be told NO. Practice the Don't ask, Don't tell policy....?
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Do you think the OEMs actually make their own filters? No, no they don't. They do however mark them up a fair bit. If you know who makes the filters, you can often find them for less through a third party. They just won't have "Cummins" or "Cat" on them. For example: $21 each for the hydraulic filters in my rig from Cummins, or $15 each for the exact same filters from the local parts store. That's not just a few cents.

Actually Cummins owns Fleetguard. There is a poster here, who hasn't been very active lately, who is a retired field engineer for Fleetguard. He has vast experience in the filtration business and was an enormous help to me on several occasions. Gary posted as "Spike45".
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I try to as much of my own maintenance as possible.

The internet is a great tool to do research on how to do something, almost every aspect of any maintenance job can be found.

I use Fleetguard filters on the engine and I have a list of all my filters, when it is time to do maintenance I get on line and search for the best prices including shipping. There is a wide range of prices for the same filters so it pays to shop around. If practical I will buy enough filters for a couple of services to save on total cost.

Allison filters can be found at numerous sources and it pays to shop around there also, same with the Transynd oil. The first time I did my oil & filter change it was actually cheaper to buy it on line and have it shipped then buy it locally.

I will perform my regular maintenance at home. I will do normal checks on the road and if necessary do repairs.
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I'm like Jim, I do as much of my own maintenance as I can. I think I can do most of the routine maintenance and even some of the minor repairs. I've been collecting tools that I don't have like 12 ton jack stands and a jack that can lift the coach. I still need a big torque wrench or torque multiplier.

I order filters from Ryder Fleet services and use Cummins oil, fuel, and coolant filters. They also carry the Nelson hydraulic filters at $10.29 each. Are they the cheapest? No, but it's convenient and the parts show up in two days with a reasonable shipping charge.

I bought hydraulic fluid locally because I could buy it in 1 gallon jugs instead of a 5 gallon pail. It cost about 30% more, but it was more convenient.

I'm going to pay to have my transmission fluid changed from regular to synthetic because I don't want to dispose of that much ATF. It'll cost more, but I live in the country and don't have a good place to get rid of it.
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If you do your own maintenance on your MH, where do you order your filters?
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Not seen the recommendation for Amazon or Ebay yet, have had great luck getting my Fleetguard filters from both these sights. Also just Google your filter number and every now and then you get a pleasant surprise.
Anyway do most of my maintenance now. I did pay $450.00 for transmission service a few months back, then found a YouTube video to do it myself next time. Labor where I live starts at $85.00 to 120.000 an hour, do not know about you, but I will do everything I can do to save the labor/shop fees, not to mention the vendors mark up on parts.

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I use filterbarn.com, fleetfilter.com, local NAPA stores, or even local Cummins shops (last resort!). None of this stuff is hard to find if you know the part numbers, and most brands can cross-reference if you have the part # for another.
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