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Old 08-27-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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Oil Changes

We are about to head out on our first 6 month trip with our 2006 HR Gasser, what does everyone do about oil changes on the road? Do you change your own? What do you do with the waste oil? Should I use Mobil One or equivalent to extent the the mileage interval? Do you change every 3000 miles to 5000 miles?
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As a mechanic, I would start with a fresh oil change. I personally run Amsoil full syn in everything I own. I did extensive research before this decision and went with my gut. I have gone anywhere from 10-12 k between oil changes with a filter change at mid point. I have also gone annually with the oil change with filter at 6 months. Either way, there was life left in the oil. Filter choice opens up a whole other can of worms. I personally use WIX.
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I carry everything to do an oil change on the road if I have to. I went to Walmart and bought a jug type oil container for the used oil, and a high capacity funnel(it's red and about 10" in diameter with about an 8" downtube). With this set up I just put the funnel at the drain plug, and the bottom sits in the jug. The only oil you get on you is when you take out the plug. I pour the used oil back into the empty new oil bottles and drop them off at Walmart or whever I buy my next oil. I just use the recommended Ford Synthetic blend as mine is still under warranty. Everything fits nicely in my smallest bay with all the rest of my tools ect.
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You should be fine if you run synthetic you could go 5000 to 7000 between changes I don't think you'll put that kind of mileage on it six months
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Good, I think I'll run synthetic oil. I just looked at Amsoil oil. A little pricey, is it worth the extra cost($11 per qt.) vs. Mobil 1 around $5 a qt.
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I use Mobil and am happy
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Mobil 1 is used by a great number of V-10 owners here on the forums. It is a great oil and I know I first rear about Mobil 1 in the mid 70's and I don't believe Amzoil has been around that long but I might be wrong.

Have you heard about the Futomo oil drain valve??? It's neat. Take your drain plug out, screw the valve in and with the flip of a valve you can drain your oil into a container using a 1/2" plastic tube. Neat and tidy. Yes you still have to drop the filter but that's not to bad.

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You will need an oil filter tool to get if off the first time and a 5/8" socket and about 6 quarts of oil, if you replace the filter.
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When I had my Gas Motorhome I ran Mobil 1 Best price I could find is Walmart 5 Qt around $23.00 , not sure about V-10 but on my workhorse I also used a 2 qt filter.
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Good, I think I'll run synthetic oil. I just looked at Amsoil oil. A little pricey, is it worth the extra cost($11 per qt.) vs. Mobil 1 around $5 a qt.

Amsoil is pricy, but IMHO, as with nearly everything you get what you pay for. They have a preferred customer program, for I believe $20 a year you get wholesale prices. Also prices are cheaper for the gallon jugs over the quart bottles.
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I use Speedco for my maintenance services, including genset!
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We are about to head out on our first 6 month trip with our 2006 HR Gasser, what does everyone do about oil changes on the road? Do you change your own? What do you do with the waste oil? Should I use Mobil One or equivalent to extent the the mileage interval? Do you change every 3000 miles to 5000 miles?
As has been mentioned it's best to start the trip with a fresh oil change. I would also take enough oil and a filter along just in case you need to do it yourself, or have it done. That having been said most campgrounds won't let you change oil on their property. It's always best to ask the campground owner if you can do it before you start. In some cases if you don't and they catch you doing it they will ask you to leave immediately and not refund any money. We've put on over 125,000 in the states and Canada. I've yet to see a campground that will allow anyone to do anything other than emergency maintenance.

Even though they may not allow it to be done in the campground they will probably recommend a place that can do it. We ran into a place in Dawson Creek BC that wouldn't let customers change their own oil, but would have their own staff change the oil and filter for you if you provided it.

In all the miles we've put on We've never gone without oil and filter changes at the proper intervals. If you ask around there's always someone willing to do it. In all our cases the products were good and the prices are reasonable. The most we paid was $97.00 in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories. All the others were $50.00 or less.
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If I need to change oil on the road I use Speedco. They are inexpensive, thorough and get you in and out. Plus they are all over the place.

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Change the oil & filter before you leave and you should be good for at least 6 months, regardless of mileage. RVs do mostly highway miles anyway, so the nominal interval (see your chassis manual) is ultra conservative. I would not be at all concerned if I ran up 10k miles of highway driving on one change. Nor would I limit my choice to synthetic - any top quality oil will perform that long in highway driving.
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