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Old 06-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Oil change cost

I own a Coachmen Mirada 29ds just picked up my unit from the local Ford dealer. When I brought it in for recall work on the transmission shifter I told the service rep to also have the oil changed. This was the first time the oil was changed and it had 3100 miles on the unit. I should have asked the price... 4 hours and 90 dollars later I drove away. The cost was for the oil/filter change only. WOW!!! Is this typical or should i look for a Jiffy Lube type place to have the oil and filter changed or so I just do it myself? I don't mind paying this price if this is normal but for adding one more quart of oil than my truck holds the 60 dollar price difference doesn't seem justified.

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It costs me $120 to have the oil changed in my f250 diesel pick up at the Ford stealer!
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I WISH my changes were only $90
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It cost me $95.00 to change my oil. That's with a NAPA Gold filter and 6 gals of oil. Have a DP with Cat C7. Did it myself.
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Shop around. While most shops do not have room or lift capacity for an RV, some may be willing to do it on the ground for less $$.
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My local Ford Dealer here charged me 39.95. Lube, oil, filter, 27 point safety inspection.

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Everything cost more I try to do what I can myself. Mainly so it's done right the first time.
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I own a Coachmen Mirada 29ds just picked up my unit from the local Ford dealer. When I brought it in for recall work on the transmission shifter I told the service rep to also have the oil changed. This was the first time the oil was changed and it had 3100 miles on the unit. I should have asked the price... 4 hours and 90 dollars later I drove away. The cost was for the oil/filter change only. WOW!!! Is this typical or should i look for a Jiffy Lube type place to have the oil and filter changed or so I just do it myself? I don't mind paying this price if this is normal but for adding one more quart of oil than my truck holds the 60 dollar price difference doesn't seem justified.

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It appears that your coach has a gas motor and most likely holds 6-8 qts of with a filter. I'm with you as this is a little steep but unfortunately not uncommon for dealerships to gouge their customers. Our previous coach had the 8.1L motor that held 7-8 qts depending on whether you used the 1 or 2 qt filter so when the Work Horse dealer charged me $88 about (2) yrs ago to do this maintenance, I asked the service mgr why so much. His reply was, "because we can". That was my last trip there for anything. I'm not a big fan of quick lube joints for rv service as I believe most employed there lack the basic knowledgeable for dealing with rv maintenance and there usually not set up for something that large. I did, however, let one such place change the oil in our previous mh as I watched intently and they passed with flying colors. The cost was about $10 dollars more than our regular vehicles. If you can find a place like that then maybe give them a shot, otherwise, be prepared the pay the piper. Unfortunately/fortunately we now have a dp and the maintenance cost/places that are qualified to work on them are fewer. I guess if you want to run with the big dogs then you got to be willing to step up to the plate.
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Look for Rotella at Sam's in the 2- 2-1/2 gal jugs for $63. Best price I've seen. I use 10 gallons so it's $126 for oil. big deal.
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With a gas MH,I would talk to my local Super Walmart service writer and get a quote for the oil change +filter + lube.
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Welcome to the RV (Charge me Double) World. MH was $67, and I provided the fluid and filter. '06VUE was $28 and they did it all.

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Another option would be a mobile RV or Auto/Truck service if you have a good area at your home where they could work.
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Thanks to everyone for the replies. I guess that this is the norm and will probably not be using a Jiffy Lube type place. On of my biggest fears with using these place is the in/out quick service that they do. This is great for a car but a little more scary with a MH. I think I will bring it to the dealer, MH friendly garage or do it myself. I knew this forum had all the answers.

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