Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-24-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 11
FR Georgetown DIY Oil Change?

We have a 2000 mile round trip drive planned in a few days and I just remembered that I haven't changed the engine and generator oil in over a year (we've drove about 4200 miles last year). I don't have time to get it into a place that can change the oil for me before we leave so I'm weighing the options of just waiting until after our trip or attempting to do the oil change myself.

It's a Ford Triton V10 chassis engine and an Onan 5500 generator engine. Doing the research, it seems reasonably straightforward to do the oil filter and oil change myself, but I wanted to check with some experts here for advice, confirmation, warnings, etc.

Any advice is appreciated.


Thanks!
__________________

__________________
goombaloon is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-24-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
charliej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 907
Quote:
Originally Posted by goombaloon View Post
We have a 2000 mile round trip drive planned in a few days and I just remembered that I haven't changed the engine and generator oil in over a year (we've drove about 4200 miles last year). I don't have time to get it into a place that can change the oil for me before we leave so I'm weighing the options of just waiting until after our trip or attempting to do the oil change myself. It's a Ford Triton V10 chassis engine and an Onan 5500 generator engine. Doing the research, it seems reasonably straightforward to do the oil filter and oil change myself, but I wanted to check with some experts here for advice, confirmation, warnings, etc. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Easier than doing a car, at least on my 1999 V10. I set the catch pan on the cross member under the oil plug.
__________________

__________________
charliej is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2014, 08:42 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
charliej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 907
Oh, I forgot the only hard part was pouring the new oil in with the little opening at the front of the coach. I used a dixie cup and a funnel. Others have used a pump or hose on the end of a funnel. You my have better access.
__________________
charliej is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2014, 10:45 PM   #4
Member
 
sparks1032's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 48
Second the easy oil change as easy if you've done them before. Hard part is getting the oil in the pan. First time it was windy and the wind blew it all over the chassis and driveway. I cut a gallon windshield container to help guide it in. Might be a good idea to use or buy a transfer pump from Harbor Freight or Wally word it makes putting the oil in easier.

The generator is also pretty easy but similar issues with the wind and all but make sure you UNDER fill as first time book was wrong with amount.
__________________
a bad day camping is still better than a good day working.
sparks1032 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2014, 10:49 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 11
Thanks for the info and advice. I did it myself and it was pretty simple. As you indicated, I used the position of the cross member to hold the collection pan. On our Georgetown, the oil fill cap is way near the top of the engine compartment. It was a huge pain pouring the oil in there, and I have oil that dripped all over the engine compartment to prove it.

The generator was also pretty simple, but yep, the wind blew it around while draining, making it difficult to keep it in the pan and off my driveway.

All in all, though, not too bad.

Thanks again!
__________________
goombaloon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2014, 02:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
scenic route's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,767
For those that change their own gasser's oil, I've found that the Fumoto valve with the 'N' suffix (Nipple) stops all the mess when the wind kicks up. The nipple allows you to slip a 3/8ths inch ID hose onto it and the other ends goes into your container.

http://www.qwikvalve.com/fumoto-f106n-valve.html

Access to the oil fill is tight on our coach as well...I measured the ID of the oil filler tube and found a stubby funnel at Wal-Mart that fit snuggly into the tube so I don't have to hold it in place. Now I can fill the engine (8.1) with the Mobil 1, five quart container. Works great. The oil filter is removed with a heavy duty quart size freezer bag once I loosen the filter...no mess there either.
__________________
Jan and Bob

RIP 'Squeaky'
scenic route is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
Member
 
sparks1032's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 48
Was the valve worth $30 and does it have the safety clip on it?
__________________
a bad day camping is still better than a good day working.
sparks1032 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2014, 10:36 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
scenic route's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,767
Quote:
Originally Posted by sparks1032 View Post
Was the valve worth $30 and does it have the safety clip on it?
I think the Fumoto is worth it's cost. I've ruined so many shirts with oil splatter, I couldn't count 'em. Really, the lack of mess is worth every penny. If I don't make a mess, I don't have to clean it up. The valve is very well made... it really needs no safety clip because of the indention for the lever in the shutoff position - never a drop of leakage. Also, I was concerned about the threads of the valve extending into the oil pan too far causing oil to pool in the pan. I drained the oil until it was barely dripping...removed the valve, no pooling.

I always change the oil when the engine is hot. The Fumoto with an attached hose allows the oil to be changed without burning yourself. Draining is a little slower with the valve installed, but that just gives me time to do a complete chassis lube while the oil drains. No affiliation with Fumoto. BTW, I installed one on the Jeep as well.
__________________
Jan and Bob

RIP 'Squeaky'
scenic route is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 10:38 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
randyw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kelowna, BC
Posts: 104
Does anyone know the oil plug size on an Onan 7.5kw genset? The options on the oil change valve are 1/4" and 3/8".
__________________
randyw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2014, 10:55 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
mojoracing's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: northern IL
Posts: 2,557
I second the fumoto valve. Just changed mine for the first time and Im glad I had the fumoto valve ready to install so I don't have to go through that mess a few months from now. It is very well made and is going to be the easiest oil change ever on the next one. I bought the transfer pump to put the oil in and it wasn't needed. All it did was create a big mess to clean the pump when I was done. I fit the 5 quart mobil one up in there and with a funnel it was no problem. The onan 5500 is super easy to change too. Filter is right in front and has a petcock already installed to drain oil. I am however going to rig up a drain line that I can install into the existing tubing to cut down on the wind blowing it all over. Im going to get a brass connector, the kind that is barbed on both ends and can temporarily connect another length of hose to the existing one so it will reach the catch container. Problem solved. My oman 5500 holds 2 quarts.
__________________
2014 Fleetwood Bounder 35k
mojoracing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 01:50 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
Posts: 106
On my 1999 Georgetown with a Triton V-10 when I change or add oil I remove the doghouse cover off the engine and pull the cap open on top of the engine and dump the oil in. Don't try to pour it down the dipstick tube as it is really hard to reach it without making a mess.
__________________

__________________
Akcontender is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY: Where to change oil, etc? caheath Full-Timers 13 05-08-2014 08:13 PM
Oil Change Thoughts Vtxbiker Cummins Engines 39 04-09-2014 09:20 PM
1999 Cummins ISB 24V oil pan gasket change Bad Bolt Cummins Engines 8 02-24-2014 09:39 AM
Generator Oil Change Intervals brobox Entegra Owner's Forum 3 02-18-2014 10:20 AM
Change Oil Reminder Steve N Sal Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 2 12-01-2013 06:26 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.