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Old 10-28-2013, 11:40 AM   #29
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We are just the opposite than most here. Don't change oil or grease, but we do "little" repairs like changing the refrigerator to a residential or completely changing the tub and surround in the bathroom.

I am really lazy but have a herd time paying $110.00 an hour labor for something I can do myself. I guess I am cheaper than I am lazy. LOL

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:01 PM   #30
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I do all the routine maintenance on the chassis and coach.

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #31
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Used to do most maintenance years ago, not any more. Fingernails are now allergic to grease.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #32
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Got too old, but examine the under carriage monthly. Plus, what would I do with 25 quarts of oil?
I take my oil to autozone,no problem.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #33
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I take my oil to autozone,no problem.

Do all autozones have a place to take oil? ( Maybe be a dumb question, didn't know if was a company thing or local deal)
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #34
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Do all autozones have a place to take oil? ( Maybe be a dumb question, didn't know if was a company thing or local deal)
They should all have a used oil tank. I take mine to Walmart.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #35
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Autozone, Pep Boys, Walmart, Target, O'Reily's are just a few of the places that I have seen the signs of "Drop Old Oil Off to recycle". Just about every place that sells oil will take it to recycle.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:54 AM   #36
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We do have an Auto Zone, and no they do not recycle oil. Closet Wal Mart is a 30 minute drive. Personally for the savings I'll opt for the 275.00 oil and filter change at the diesel shop. JMW!
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #37
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I do all the scheduled maintenance LOF etc. I found that the city municipal maintenance shops will take oil ( 15 gallons on our engine), antifreeze, and batteries. I got lazy once and called the local Cummins facility to schedule an oil change, they said they offered it as part of a 70 point RV inspection for several hundred dollars. I told them I just wanted the oil changed, they said they would check and call me back - never did
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:26 AM   #38
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Most states require that the store you purchase the oil from take the used oil back in the original containers if you provide the purchase receipt for the oil.

As far as the local Freightliner is concerned... They jack the labor cost way up for RVers. If you happen to be near Gaffney, SC or heading that general direction, it is a good idea to make an appointment with the factory service center and maybe even go to the school they provide at the same time. The labor rates are much more reasonable and the service it top shelf. The techs really know their products. We were not available for the last school for this year. We hope to catch one of their suitcase schools while volunteering on the wet coast next year. DW is very interested in it too boot!
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:40 AM   #39
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My city has a refuge facility that will take used oil, antifreeze etc. while under my toad [liberty] changing oil I spotted a no grease u joint that was suspect [seal looked bad] upon removal of the drive shaft i confirmed that the u joint was indeed bad. I dont think many lube services would look for these type of problems. Also be advised, I took the liberty in to a lube service shop while on the road, couldnt change oil in a campground. When I did the next oil change myself I discovered that the filter used by said shop was about 1/2 the size of the oem filter, so it took less oil to bring the dipstick up to the full mark. And no they didnt put the wrong filter on, it was clearly marked on the filter which vehicle it was intended for. Have no idea as to the quality of it. So if you are able it makes since to do your own maintenance or find a shop you trust to do what you yourself would do. Back to the driveshaft, can you imagine what would have happened if that u joint went while I was towing the jeep?It was the front joint.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:45 AM   #40
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I've gone so far as to install the Banks kit myself and it included a new turbo housing.
New LED and LCD TV's
New slide out motor.
Shocks all around, the fronts 6 times so far (testing shocks for Reyco Granning)
Change engine oil and filters, new cooling system hoses and coolant are next.
Right now the DW is in the hospital (8 times in 13 months for the same thing) so I am spending lots of time with her and not getting the stuff done!
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:08 AM   #41
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I change my oil and other maintenance but the major work I have done.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:14 PM   #42
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i also do all my own maintenance and repairs myself. it also helps that i've been a mechanic for 20 years and i'm on a very tight budget so paying someone else is not an option. even if you just do basic maintenance it is a great way to get to know your r.v. Knowing your r.v. will help tremendously if you ever have a malfunction of some sort while your out on the road somewhere. i have taken the time to tag all my major electrical wiring and switch's, plumbing lines such as supply, gray water etc. and propane stuff with a label maker just to make things easier if i ever have any issues. I'm a bit OCD and cant stop tinkering with things.
get yourself a good starter set of tools and a good multi meter and electrical kit and get dirty. happy wrenching!!

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