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Old 09-26-2014, 05:30 PM   #1
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Doing your own service on your DP? What oil drain pan are you using?

I'm going to be doing my own maintenance on my Beaver and I'm curious as to what oil drain pans you shade tree mechanics are using...I use a home depot bucket for my RAM CTD but I would need a couple of those for the Beaver. I may go to some sort of an oil drain valve (i.e.,Fumoto) but I haven't decided yet.

The Roughneck 15 gal with hand pump seems to fit the bill.
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Don't have an answer but want to follow this thread.
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I use an oil drain valve, and have some 2 1\2 gal jugs I drain into, works good.
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Oil drain pan

I have used a pan that WALMART sells. It is green in color and has the capacity to hold the 16 to 17 qts that my Cummins diesel requires. Not really expensive, under $20. I carry it with us on all our travels and use it to store items that I need to maintain the coach. Good value.
Check it out.
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PS: When you drain the engine completely, close the oil pan drain plug, place the green oil drain pan on a bucket, you can pour all the old oil into the new oil jugs. Has work for me for 10 years. Take the old oil to ADVANCE AUTO for disposal.
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tankcj.....I've been doing my own service on my DP for 9 years. My Diplomat had a 400 ISL with two drain plugs in the pan, a high and low. I had enough height to actually drain the oil into a 5 gallon gas can. I would do the top drain first, draining just some of the oil. I use the 2.5 gallon bottles of Rotella oil, that I purchase at Walmart, and use the empty containers to dispose of the oil. Once I've drained the upper half of the pan, I pour what's in the 5 gallon gas can into the empty oil containers from my previous service.....I save them. Once done, I return the old oil to AutoZone for recycling.

If you can't get a 5 gallon gas can to fit, buy an inexpensive one and cut the top off, leaving the side handle on. If you only have one drain plug, just reinstall it when the gas can starts to get full. Empty the gas can and finish draining the oil.

I like the idea of the Fumoto valve, but have always been leery of them coming open.

I also save large pieces of cardboard that come with items I buy. I lay them on the ground under the engine. Any spills are easily dealt with
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I use an oil drain valve, and have some 2 1\2 gal jugs I drain into, works good.
I'm just afraid that it may be susceptible to damage from hwy debris.

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I have used a pan that WALMART sells. It is green in color and has the capacity to hold the 16 to 17 qts that my Cummins diesel requires. Not really expensive, under $20. I carry it with us on all our travels and use it to store items that I need to maintain the coach. Good value.
Check it out.
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PS: When you drain the engine completely, close the oil pan drain plug, place the green oil drain pan on a bucket, you can pour all the old oil into the new oil jugs. Has work for me for 10 years. Take the old oil to ADVANCE AUTO for disposal.
I'm looking at 34 qts so that won't work for me...
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I also save large pieces of cardboard that come with items I buy. I lay them on the ground under the engine. Any spills are easily dealt with
LOL! Yeah I use a lot of cardboard on my CTD. The oil is like ink and it stains!
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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
http://reviews.lowes.com/0534/1226689/reviews.htm

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.
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I use this for my CTD and it works fairly well but just doesn't have the capacity I need...
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I bought a 55 gal. barrel metal or plastic cut at i 1st ring from either end, which lets it hold about 15 gal of oil, then put in 5 gal buckets, to take to reciyler.
Plastic works best can cut with saber saw if you don.t have a way to cut metal. Cost aroundKCMO area 10 to 15 dollars look on Craigs list.
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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.

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Ramps

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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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.
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My previous coach had the CAT C7 so only 19 quarts. No problem as all would fit into a 5 gal drain pan. Our new coach with the ISL has 28 quarts and on the first oil change I purchased a Fumoto valve and during the oil change, I used the 5 gal drain pan and stopped the draining when the pan was almost full. This however, created an oil stream down my arm and all over everything. After cleaning myself up, I removed the plug again and finished the drain. I then installed the Fumoto valve so next time I'll just fill the jugs that I emptied this time. No more mess for me!

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