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Old 03-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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New to RV'ing. How often do you change oil in an RV. A friend told me he
used mobile-1 and only changed the oil once a year????. He also told me
to change the brake fluid to avoid overheating and boiling of brake fluid.
Which could cause air in brake lines and loss of brakes. Any comments would
be appreciated
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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If it's a diesel engine, once a year or 15,000 miles whichever comes first. As far as the brake fluid info. That's the advice from alot of people due to the workhorse brake recall. Not so sure that would apply to all rigs. Interested to see what others think about this.

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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New to RV'ing. How often do you change oil in an RV. A friend told me he
used mobile-1 and only changed the oil once a year????. He also told me
to change the brake fluid to avoid overheating and boiling of brake fluid.
Which could cause air in brake lines and loss of brakes. Any comments would
be appreciated
Caldwell
Check you manual that came with your RV. I have a Ford V10 & they recommend an oil chg. at 6,500 miles or every 6 months. Brake fluid flush is important due to the heat our brakes produce. Some suggest every 2 years. Brake fluid can boil if to much water is in the lines which produces the air you are talking about.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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well i can agree on both about the brake fluid ,, and kinda on the oil change ,, if u don;t use the rv but maybe one big trip a yr ,, then IMO ,, i would say change it once a yr ,, as for the brake fluid ,, i would have it done as needed do to storage and such ,, but the one thing on the brakes ,, u don;t want to think about what u should have done ,, the next time u must rely on the brakes ,, i am knida an over kill type person ,, i look for stuff on my own rv ,, that i see fail alot ,, due to working on rvs
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If it's a diesel engine, once a year or 15,000 miles whichever comes first. As far as the brake fluid info. That's the advice from alot of people due to the workhorse brake recall. Not so sure that would apply to all rigs. Interested to see what others think about this.

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Thanks for the input
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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I change mine once a year since I put less the 15K/yr.. I always change before I park it for winter storage.
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New to RV'ing. How often do you change oil in an RV. A friend told me he
used mobile-1 and only changed the oil once a year????. He also told me
to change the brake fluid to avoid overheating and boiling of brake fluid.
Which could cause air in brake lines and loss of brakes. Any comments would
be appreciated
Caldwell
I change mine at the end of each season. I winterize and don't use mine several months of the year, and so before I put her to bed, I change the oil (engine and generator).
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I change our diesel oil every year which for us is about 10K-12K miles. I use Rotella T 15-40. I've never changed my brajke fluid and personally have never heard of anyone with a diesel changing brake fluid.

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All brake fluid is 'hygroscopic'. It's designed to hold and suspend any moisture in the fluid and keep it away from brake system components. Along with causing corrosion problems, toneumanns's comments are spot on. Bob
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