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Old 06-14-2016, 10:39 AM   #15
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I have always done my own work in all vehicles. Unfortunately a disabled back and neck put me out of work. We sold the house and bought a DP.
My question is where do full timers do the maintenance work. I do a lot of my own repairs. At least as much as I can. I'm not afraid to tackle most items. What keeps me paying for oil changes is no place to do them. I'm afraid to do them at any campgrounds I'm at. Our lot in Florida we own but I can't see the management allowing me to change the oil and I don't want the mess.
Any ideas?
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:05 PM   #16
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Well done. I am impressed.
Ours is new enough that I am able to the easier stuff.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:18 PM   #17
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I have always done my own work in all vehicles. Unfortunately a disabled back and neck put me out of work. We sold the house and bought a DP.
My question is where do full timers do the maintenance work. I do a lot of my own repairs. At least as much as I can. I'm not afraid to tackle most items. What keeps me paying for oil changes is no place to do them. I'm afraid to do them at any campgrounds I'm at. Our lot in Florida we own but I can't see the management allowing me to change the oil and I don't want the mess.
Any ideas?
As a fulltimer, we do our work at family's members houses. I'm lucky to have brothers in Upstate NY, Long Island and Florida and a daughter in PA.

Haven't had a breakdown that stopped us from getting to one of them yet.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:47 PM   #18
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I have always done my own maintenance and repairs, everything from removing tires to replacing an exhaust manifold, removing radiators, replacing fan bearings. I buy the correct tools because likely I will use them again? I even try electronics, mounted a satellite dish and ran all new coax, mounted tv's. Most things are possible if you put your mind to it. I even found replaceable fittings for HWH hoses and how to make them work after the factory told me they don't make them, you have to change the hose out. If I could have gotten the hose out without dismantling half the coach I would have. Most of these things I have never done before. I have people ask "how do you know how to do it" followed by I could never do that. Well I don't know how to do it, I just figure it out. This forum is a big help. You tube, search engines also good resources. Whatever your issue it is likely someone on here has done it or knows something to get you started. Knock on wood I have not had to take a coach to a shop in the last 10 years. I also over maintain, my thinking is prevention. I couldn't afford to own this coach if I had to pay someone everytime I thought something was wrong. Well I could but my Wife would freak out when I told her how much $ it cost for repairs. Major engine overhaul I couldn't do, but a turbo, hydraulic pump or motor yes. Transmission repair no. Gotta know your limits too. It would bug me to pay someone $120 an hour to do something I could do myself. I think 1/2 the time they have to figure it out just like I would.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:12 PM   #19
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I still do all servicing and repairs.At 76 it just takes me longer.The main problem I have is all the changes that have been made since I retired.I am fortunate I have a son and grandson that I can call for advise on the new stuff.
When I read about all the problems that RV's have getting repair's I would be much more understanding if I was still working.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:05 AM   #20
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I admire all the work a lot of you do. When I am under the coach, most of the time I have no idea what I am looking at. I have done stuff like replacing the air dryer and air filter, and installing a True Center and replacing TVs, lubing the Pac Brake, etc. But I bring the coach to Speedo or the local Freightliner dealer for the oil and filters change and lubrication and most of the other items on the maintenance list. I wish there was someone that could show me things like how to lubricate everything and other tasks.
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I admire all the work a lot of you do. When I am under the coach, most of the time I have no idea what I am looking at. I have done stuff like replacing the air dryer and air filter, and installing a True Center and replacing TVs, lubing the Pac Brake, etc. But I bring the coach to Speedo or the local Freightliner dealer for the oil and filters change and lubrication and most of the other items on the maintenance list. I wish there was someone that could show me things like how to lubricate everything and other tasks.

If you've serviced the air dryer & installed a TruCenter, you have already exceeded the difficultly factor or an oil/filter change. The addition of a Fumoto valve for ez oil draining is a good idea. The only difficulty there is the volume of oil involved. The only difficulty with the fuel filters is priming the system with fuel when finished and you can get advise on how to do that for your specific situation. Living is another thing that's generally dirty and messy but not technical. If you contact your chassis manufacturer, they can provide you with a diagram of the location and number of Lube points on your chassis.
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Wow that's very cool appreciate the post, yes it is inspirational! I think I will service my Onan generator this week
That's what I was thinking too. Btw, I tackled our DP maintenance myself. I had never worked on a diesel before. The CAT dealer and O'Reilly automotive are great references.
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