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Old 02-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Just had a complete stem to stern service done on my coach at a Spartan service center. All fluids, all filters to include transmission, and excluding the gen. Full chassis lube and complete inspection of brakes, airbags...etc and the installation of the Roadmaster Brakemaster airline kit.....$1300.00 out the door. What I was surprised by the most was that the trans service alone was just over $500.00. Beyond that it is what it is and I now have a good baseline of service as I didn't know the complete service records on this coach....AND I am happy that Spartan said all was very good and no issues at all.

Just passing information as this has been a topic of late.
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Sure seems to be a lot of $$$$$$ for a service and a inspection! WOW I do my own work and just got under my Coach in the rear and came out the front and checked and greased and serviced everything and I don't think I quite $500.00 in filters and oil's. It is expensive to have these people do work for you, labor is out of site! How much per hour was labor?
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Good job ! Always great to have all fresh fluids and filters and great news that everything checks out OK.

Don't think that that price was bad. You had lots of service , inspections and the installation of the air line.

As far as shop rates here in New Jersey you can expect to pay over $120 a hour for automobile service, I could only imagine that truck / motorhome service would be the same if not more.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:15 AM   #4
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$121.00, I always do my own service also. But I just bought this coach and didn't know the service history. I am getting ready for a 4K mile trip and wanted to make sure I knew everyhting was good and I had a good service baseline. From here on out I will do the service on this one as I have my other coaches. Basically it was 1.0 hours on engine service, 1.5 hours on trans service and 1.5 hours on brakemaster install. Everything else was parts.

This was a piece of mind service.
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Sounds like you are all set for your trip. Best and safe travels.
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You got a deal. I just did the same thing and it cost me $ 2000 and it wasnt done right at Freightliner. $ 150 an hr labor.
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Sure seems to be a lot of $$$$$$ for a service and a inspection! WOW I do my own work and just got under my Coach in the rear and came out the front and checked and greased and serviced everything and I don't think I quite $500.00 in filters and oil's. It is expensive to have these people do work for you, labor is out of site! How much per hour was labor?
I don't know where you are at and what your labor rates are but the typical rate here in the Phoenix area are $100+/hour.
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Just had a complete stem to stern service done on my coach at a Spartan service center. All fluids, all filters to include transmission, and excluding the gen. Full chassis lube and complete inspection of brakes, airbags...etc and the installation of the Roadmaster Brakemaster airline kit.....$1300.00 out the door. What I was surprised by the most was that the trans service alone was just over $500.00. Beyond that it is what it is and I now have a good baseline of service as I didn't know the complete service records on this coach....AND I am happy that Spartan said all was very good and no issues at all.

Just passing information as this has been a topic of late.
If you got a TES295 transmission fluid then this is a good price. If TES389 fluid it's average to a little high.
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Steve, I don't know which one it is to be honest. The receipt says 5 gal, 27101 - ctcs Transynd @ 37.98 per gal. Total for trans service (fluid and all filters) was 440.51 (without tax). Filters were 51.03 and 1.5 hours labor.

The only thing I had a real issue with was the amount of labor charged t run the airline for the Brakemaster. For those have have installed on it is not hard at all. And I did not have them run the idiot light to the dash, only the airline from the service valve to the rear of the coach and I supplied the kit. I have installed three of these and it takes about an hour. They charged me three hours labor for that. It must have included lunch or something. Beyond that I thought everything was pretty fair. The only reason I didn't run this air line is that the weather was crappy and I knew they would have it in the air anyway. it is a real pain for me to get under this coach and I can't do it without going way up on the jacks and putting stands under. I just didn't want to mess with it. However, I didn't know they would charge me three hours either.
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Transynd is the new hotness I guess. I'll be doing the fluid change in my transmission this winter to that stuff.
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Yep, just looked it up and it appears that is the hot item...LOL per Allison, 100,000 miles or 48 months on a change. That's not too bad.
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You got the right trans fluid. The price wasn't bad for all you had done, especially at a Spartan service center.
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Steve, I don't know which one it is to be honest. The receipt says 5 gal, 27101 - ctcs Transynd @ 37.98 per gal. Total for trans service (fluid and all filters) was 440.51 (without tax). Filters were 51.03 and 1.5 hours labor.

The only thing I had a real issue with was the amount of labor charged t run the airline for the Brakemaster. For those have have installed on it is not hard at all. And I did not have them run the idiot light to the dash, only the airline from the service valve to the rear of the coach and I supplied the kit. I have installed three of these and it takes about an hour. They charged me three hours labor for that. It must have included lunch or something. Beyond that I thought everything was pretty fair. The only reason I didn't run this air line is that the weather was crappy and I knew they would have it in the air anyway. it is a real pain for me to get under this coach and I can't do it without going way up on the jacks and putting stands under. I just didn't want to mess with it. However, I didn't know they would charge me three hours either.
The Transynd meets the TES295 spec and is the full synthetic. The price they charged for the fluid and filters is very fair.
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