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Old 12-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #15
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Is an "oil analysis" needed more so on a diesel MH than on a gas MH?
What would be the cost?
Where would this procedure be done?
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Be sure to open all cabinets that are on outside walls...especially the ones adjacent to the roof...look for water damage from leaks. Use a trouble light or a high powered flash light, don't depend on dim 12v lighting.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:10 AM   #17
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I found a very good Used Motor Home Checklist on the internet. No idea who created it.

I used it in 2007 when I bought my Safari.

http://home.roadrunner.com/~kwildman/checklist.pdf

If you can't open a pdf file let me know and I'll post a Word document version.

I recommend that first you do the checklist, then if satisfied look at maintenance records, then if still satisfied take it to a diesel shop and have them do a mechanical check. Might cost several hundred dollars but well worth it considering the purchase cost.

I'd also recommend checking the NADA pricing WITHOUT options. It can give you a ball park figure, even though its based on a depreciation formula rather than sales data.

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Is an "oil analysis" needed more so on a diesel MH than on a gas MH?
What would be the cost?
Where would this procedure be done?
Thanks again
Fred from Pasco, Wa.
Check if you have any local oil products outlets near you. You buy a small kit with a small container then you fill it with the oil when you drain it and send off the sample to a laboratory (the kit will contain the address) for analysis, they will mail you a form back with results. A simple procedure with minimal costs involved.
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Check if you have any local oil products outlets near you. You buy a small kit with a small container then you fill it with the oil when you drain it and send off the sample to a laboratory (the kit will contain the address) for analysis, they will mail you a form back with results. A simple procedure with minimal costs involved.
Blackstone Labs

I found this site from mention in the forums. It sounds like a good company to use.

I did request the free kit and have it on hand for when I need to have an oil analysis, but have not sent one in as of yet.
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Blackstone is one of the preferred places to have a test done.
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Is an "oil analysis" needed more so on a diesel MH than on a gas MH?
What would be the cost?
Where would this procedure be done?
Thanks again
Fred from Pasco, Wa.
I suspect the only reason an oil analysis on a diesel would be needed more would be the fact that repairs to a diesel engine will probably be way more than repairs to a gas engine. That being said the real reason for an oil analysis is to show the condition of any engine. At approximately $25 it is reasonably inexpensive way to know what is happening inside the engine.
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