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Old 09-26-2014, 06:52 PM   #15
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My C9 has a front drain plug and a rear one as well. I put the fumoto on the rear one. Even with the drain nipple its high enough it should not be damaged severely by road debris.
First CAT dealer put 36 qts in after I told them 34. Made draining 2 quarts a breeze.

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Old 09-26-2014, 06:52 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by KIX View Post
I use a Fumoto valve and have for the last 9 or 10 years. IMHO you really don't need to worry too much about road debris shearing the valve but I do understand your concern. The Fumoto is pretty hand to drain a gallon at a time and avoid clean up of the drain pan too.
You can use a shop vacuum holding the suction hose to the oil filler hole on the engine. With the vacuum running remove the drain plug and insert a Fumoto. Then put the drain plug back in after you have finished draining the oil. You won't lose a drop as long as the vacuum "connection" is wrapped with a rag to sort of seal it.
+1. fumoto is the ultimate solution.

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Old 09-26-2014, 06:53 PM   #17
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I'm cheap and like to repurpose when possible. I've found a used cattle feed tub (plastic or rubber) works great as a drain pan. If you don't have cattle to feed, they're available in different sizes with a low profile, probably free (or very cheap) from a feed store or Purina, Tractor Supply, etc. The same store will likely have the 4x4' cardboard "toppers" that come on wooden shipping pallets. Typically these are disposed of and my feed store is glad to save me a few for my shop use. I also try to work smarter, not harder, and since my M-11 holds 10 gallons it's less than convenient to handle/transport the used oil. I have an old 12v bilge pump that I use to transfer oil from the tub to 5 gal buckets (w/lids) for disposable. Works for me... neat, clean, and tidy!
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:58 PM   #18
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Ok for all you guys that use 5 gal buckets how do you have your rigs lifted?
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:09 PM   #19
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I cut a plastic barrel to 10" high. One inch holds 1.1 gallon liquid. It is stable since it is so wide. I use a nylon strap to pull it from under the MH, then pump it into the oil jugs I just emptied into the engine. A local mechanic shop has a used-oil burning furnace, they always welcome free fuel (recycling) to heat their huge shop for the winter.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:11 PM   #20
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I also made drive on ramps with 2x12 lumber, them are 4 levels 1st is 3 1/2 ft long 2nd is 3ft 3rd is2ft 4th is 2ft, put a 45 degree bevel on 1 end of each and screw together. You will need to make 4 to support both set of duels. My 295/80/22.5s fit perfect,With smaller tires you might be able to use 2x10s.

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Old 09-26-2014, 07:15 PM   #21
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I use a Rubbermaid tub that I bought at Walmart. It's about 24" X 18' X 10" deep or so.
I put it in a trash bag, drain the oil in it, empty the oil back into the jugs and turn the bag inside out and throw it away. No muss, no fuss.
I also use a Fumoto valve. I've used them for years with no problems.
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer View Post
I use a mortar mixing tub, available at Lowes or Depot. They are low but hold a lot.

I use one that is 26x20 for my Cummins ISL (24 quarts) but Lowes has one that is 36x24 for those really big block diesels.

Shop MacCourt 26-in x 20-in High Density Polyethylene Small Black All Purpose Tub at Lowes.com

The downside is that I have to scoop the oil back out to put it in jugs for recycling. I scoop until the level gets low enough to conveniently lift and pour the rest. One of these days I may insert a valve in the tub.
I also use a mortar mixing tub.....$12.99 at Menards:
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:32 PM   #23
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I use a galvanized wash tub, don't have to worry about it running over and no oil spills, will hold at least 40 quarts and is not as high a a 5 gallon bucket. Also can do the oil filter with it.

X2 mine is advertised as a 17 gallon tub
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Every time I change my oil, I think about the Fumoto valve, but by then it's too late. As I said in my first post, I'm not yet a fan of Fumoto. After I posted, I went to the Fumoto site and saw that they have a drain plug listed for my ISL. I also saw they sell a protective cover for the valve to keep debris from knocking it open.....so I changed my thinking and ordered the F104N, long nipple Fumoto, a piece of clear tubing and the lock cover for $37.00. I guess I'll try the Fumoto valve.

The price at Fumoto was cheaper than Amazon....here is the link for a Cummins engine: Search Results | Fumoto Engine Oil Drain Valves
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:44 AM   #25
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Valve protective cover? Went to the Fumoto web site...couldn't find it. Can you give me a url?


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I'm looking at 34 qts so that won't work for me...
Wow, my little ISB and it's 17 quarts is positively car-like.
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I've seen one post about a homemade ramp that raises the coach about 6 inches to service it. Is that how everyone lifts their coach?

Is it nessasary to also lift the front wheels to keep it level to drain a DP?
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I use a 15 gallon galvanized wash tub, has sturdy handles and slides fairly easy when full on concrete. It also fits in the motorhome basement and holds all the spare oil, coolant, fill hoses and funnels for future use.

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