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Old 03-30-2015, 11:27 PM   #29
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I am able do my own service of the engine, transmission and generator. I found that a diesel motorhome is just like a big van when it comes to service. I am also able to do most of my own repairs.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:58 AM   #30
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In my late teens, I briefly worked at a repair shop where the owner cheated everyone he could and considered it good business. From that point on, I was always distrustful of repair facilities. I'm a DIY guy from home repair to RV service for several reasons. One, I couldn't afford to pay for the work, two, I enjoy doing the work and three, I'm a firm believer that you can identify problems early on by being hands on, including washing and waxing.

I also believe that people should know their limitations and if they aren't handy, they're probably better off to hire the work out. Lastly, as I get older, crawling under the coach gets harder, but I'll continue to do it until I physically can't. I have a new SMI brake unit coming this week, which will mean some time under the coach installing the brake components. I'm not as excited about the install as I would have been in the past, but knowing how it works and it's properly installed can really save you on the road.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:05 AM   #31
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Past mid 70's I still do my own. A lot slower now and stop several times to rest.

In the last month changed oil & filter. Have the valve with tube to fill empty 1 gal jugs with no mess.
Changed the rear end fluid. Had to use a catch pan for that. Last change I did was 13 years ago.
Greased the chassis. About a 3 hour job for me with rest in between.
Always ware a old T-shirt & jeans doing it. And throw them away after done.

Washed the roof with a power washer.
Today I will finish the wash job I started Sat. and did some of it yesterday.

Last year I did have the Gaffney factory shop change the Antifreeze & all OEM hoses, belts on engine and replace a leaking air bag.

I still do my own air dryer filter changes, both fuel filters, front hubs and transmission service when needed.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:57 AM   #32
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Fumoto or not?

Question for the DIY guys. Have you installed a Fumoto Valve? I understand the advantage of not stripping the drain plug and ability to easily oil sample. But, I'm not buying the save the mess pitch. How do you get around the oil filter mess?
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:45 AM   #33
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Like a lot of others here, I do as much as I can my self. Having worked on equipment on one sort or another for over 35 years, I am no stranger to getting dirty. However there are some repair item that I choose not to tackle. So for those items the MH goes to the shop, but I inspect it real close when I go to pick it up.
I can see a point in time when I will just take the MH to a shop that I 'trust' to have maintenance done, but until the time I will keep on doing it.
The 'upside' of doing your own maintenance is that if something goes wrong while you are on the road, then you could have a good idea on how to make the repairs.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:46 AM   #34
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Have you installed a Fumoto Valve?
I need to do that. On the Ford F53 the oil drains onto the front axle. I've been using a small piece of cardboard to deflect it into the drip pan.
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I do my own maint and enjoy the satisfaction of having done it myself and knowing that it was done right.
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Question for the DIY guys. Have you installed a Fumoto Valve? I understand the advantage of not stripping the drain plug and ability to easily oil sample. But, I'm not buying the save the mess pitch. How do you get around the oil filter mess?
i am using a fumoto valve, no mess, recommended.
for the oil filter, i use a KD tools oil wrench to loose it a little first, then use a nail to punch a hole at the center of bottom of the oil filter. make sure don't punch it before loosing the filter; you never know if you need to drive your rig to a shop in case you can't take the filter down; it could happen. the oil goes to a catcher through the punch hole. let the oil out completely before you take the filter out. at that time the filer is light weight and no mess.
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Nail hole - Never thought of that. and its always a mess getting that filter off....
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:31 PM   #38
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On my 05 Diplomat, I just drained the oil for 9 years in a large pan and often spilled some. On my new coach, I added the Fumoto Valve before the first oil change. I removed the drain plug, with a pan in place and quickly screwed in the Fumoto valve. I loved the way I was able to insert a drain tube into the old oil jugs and drain the oil. Once it was empty, I removed the Fumoto unit and cleaned up the threads and pan and reinstalled the unit.

I never tried punching the hole in the filter, but may try it next oil change and then cover with some Gorilla tape. Typically, I've been successful with removing the filter and not spilling.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:39 PM   #39
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I am a mechanic so YES, I do all my own work.

To be honest, I don't think I could afford either our current coach or the previous two if I didn't perform all of my own maintenance and repairs.

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I use gallon or two gallon plastic seal able bags to remove oil filters without dripping oil every where.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:03 PM   #41
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I too,service everything I own. I'm 66 & I've been fixing things since I started taking "Big Ben" alarm clocks apart, about 60 yrs. ago. Not that I'm cheap, but I couldn't afford half my toys if I had to hire someone else to keep them running. About the only thing I farm out is Company car repair & maintenance, seeing what happens with it, convinces me "If you want something done right, do it yourself."
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