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Old 03-21-2016, 01:38 PM   #29
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I change the oil in my DP every 6000-7000 miles. That is a bit more frequent than the manual may recommend, but as an Antique car guy we have a saying...Oil is cheap, engines are expensive. It costs me $400 to have my oil/filters changed and chassis lubed at Freightliner, about $75-$100 less at Speedco (right next door essentially) because I ask for CAT filters. We drive about 1000 miles per month so $600-$800/ year....that part is cheap. Failures (only a water pump so far, but always expecting other things to fail) are spendy. We have a rear radiator, 2005 DP with 77k miles on it. It is my home for 110-150 nights per year so I am OK with the costs. Your use, needs and pocket depth may mean different choices for you.
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Yep, that's why I'm asking . Thanks
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:55 PM   #31
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What amazes me in these topics is just how seldom it is pointed out that an oil change on a gas coach is performed about 3 to 5 times more often than a dp. We changed the oil every 3000 miles on our gas rig and now every 12,000- 15,000 miles on the dp.
But that's just us......
Doesn't your engine hold 3-5 times more oil than a gasser?
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:08 PM   #32
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boats

i have had 4 boats/ BOAT means, Bring On Another Thousand

any pleasure item will cost more than you think.

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Old 03-21-2016, 02:47 PM   #33
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Spray man I've had gas rv's for the last 6 yrs , I'm familier with the cost of those . I'm just wanting to see if a diesel is in the budget or not
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Doesn't your engine hold 3-5 times more oil than a gasser?
really? my isc 350 engine requires 6 gal oil. what kind of gas engine do you have needing only 1.2 to 2 gal oil?
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My ford 460 is 6 qts
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My ford 460 is 6 qts
aren't we talking about rvs in similar size one on diesel another on gas? apple to apple please
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Yes ? My Rv that I have now is 36 ft .
I would be considering both gas & diesel in the 36-38 ft range
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I have really no idea what they hold as far as oil capacity.
I take it to people do.
Gas lube, oil filter was about $60-80 with non synthetic oil.
DP is about $250-300.
If I did the gas at a 4 to 1 ratio, it's about a wash.
That's what I know.
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really? my isc 350 engine requires 6 gal oil. what kind of gas engine do you have needing only 1.2 to 2 gal oil?
Chevy 454. Holds 7 qts. Pretty sure most gas MH's hold around 6 or 7 qts.
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I have the oil changed it every 2 years or 12,000- 15,000, whichever comes first.
Our DP is on the once a year or 12,000 miles- whichever comes first plan. So far, the "anniversary" has come first. I have it done - which ends up running me a little over $300 and which includes oil, the necessary filters, a chassis lube and an oil change for the generator as well. If I were driving a gas coach I'd be getting 2-3 oil changes for the same interval. In the end - I consider the real cost difference to be negligible.
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Yes ? My Rv that I have now is 36 ft .
I would be considering both gas & diesel in the 36-38 ft range
ok, your length is close...
what is your gvwr? mine is 32200 lbs.
what's your hitch rating? mine is 10000 lbs.
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Chevy 454. Holds 7 qts. Pretty sure most gas MH's hold around 6 or 7 qts.
Our ISC was about 5 gallons.
The ISX we now have is about 14 gallons.
The "about" come from differing oil coolers and lines to connect them.

With the ISC I used oil tests to lengthen the oil change interval. They answer I got was "run an add'l 5,000 miles and retest", which I did, and the second test came back with the same result.
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