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Old 12-23-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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I recently had my MH serviced and was billed for three hours of shop time. This seemed excessive to me by about an hour.

Would like to hear how long a service center should take to perform the following basic service to a P32 Workhorse Chassis. i.e. oil & filter change, lube, check fluids, tire pressures.

Thanks

This is a 2004 Airstream Landyacht 30 Class A.
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Old 12-23-2006, 12:48 PM   #2
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I recently had my MH serviced and was billed for three hours of shop time. This seemed excessive to me by about an hour.

Would like to hear how long a service center should take to perform the following basic service to a P32 Workhorse Chassis. i.e. oil & filter change, lube, check fluids, tire pressures.

Thanks

This is a 2004 Airstream Landyacht 30 Class A.
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:36 PM   #3
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My local garage (auto/truck not RV)usually charges me about $26 for an oil channge/lube.

The Workhouse book said the front wheel bearings should be re-packed @ 30,000. My garage said that would be too hard for them; so I took it to the local (private) school bus garage. He changed the oil, oil, air & fuel filters, lubed it and checked the bearings. The book is wrong because they are in an oil bath not grease. It all cost $65.00
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:04 PM   #4
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JacMart, did they charge you 3hrs. labor plus oil and filters? Was this a dealer and /or a WH svc center? I have a P-32 and it is probably easier to change the oil on than any vehicle I have ever owned. It's amazing the way so many places just gouge you to work on a MH. What was your total bill?
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Old 12-24-2006, 04:43 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Cousin Ed:
The Workhouse book said the front wheel bearings should be re-packed @ 30,000. The book is wrong because they are in an oil bath not grease. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Cousin Ed, Sugesting that Workhorse incorrectly wrote the service manual for your 2005 chassis is quite remarkable. I'm thinking that you might be looking at the incorrect service requirement in your book which only applies to the P32 Chassis.

W Series chassis front wheel bearings have been wet lubed since the chassis introduction in 2001 and in your case only require periodic inspection through the sight glass. The oil fill-to line is clearly visible on the glass.

FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS
The W Series chassis utilize two different front
hub bearing systems. The W20, W22, and W24
chassis utilize an oil lubricated front hub
bearing system. The oil level in the front hubs
can be checked by simply looking into the
sight glass on the front wheel hubs. The sight
glass is located in the center of the hub and is
mark with a full level on the glass. If oil is
low, remove the cap located in the center of
the hub adjacent to the sight glass taking care
to not allow any dirt or water in the oil and
the fill is pointed upward. Once filled to the
proper level drive a short distance and check
oil level again, you may require addition oil as
flows through the system. The condition of
the fluid must also be inspected during tire
rotation or once if per year, if fluid is
contaminated (i.e. dirt or water in the oil) the
fluid must be changed and inner hub assembly
cleaned.

The W16 and W18 chassis utilize spindle-less
hub system with uni-pack bearings. This front
hub bearing system does not require
adjustment, maintenance, inspection or
lubrication.

The P Series chassis utilize packed grease front
hub bearing lubrication system. This system
uses a high temperature wheel bearing grease,
see "Recommended Fluids and Lubricants" in the
Owner's Manual or in the back of this guide, for
lubrication specifications. Under normal usage
these bearings should be clean, inspected and
repacked with grease every 30,000 miles or
during brake relining, whichever occurs first.
In a severe duty application this interval
should be every 15,000 miles or during brake
relining, whichever occurs first.
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The garage I used is a heavy truck service center and they did charge for the filter, fluids, etc.

It looks like I got fleeced and should look around for another service center.

Thanks for your responses
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Thanks; I'll re-read the manual.
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:04 AM   #8
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I booked our motorhome for an oil change at Ford and asked how much it would cost and they replied, approx. 40 dollars but in the end theay charged me more.
Next time I will ask them to give me an exact estimate including taxes so there will be no surprises.

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Oil, lube and filter, plus over-all vehicle check including fluid levels and tire pressure on our Class C costs us $35.75 at a local shop and $39.95 at a Ford dealership. For some reason some places want to charge a little more for gas chassis class A's. Shop around until you find a place that is reasonable AND trustworthy.

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Went to McBride's in Chino Ca. Engine oil and filter, $259.93 Checked front toe and set tire pressure,$123.00 Adjusted head lights ( think they are wrong again), $123.00 Will be looking for another place.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JacMart:
I recently had my MH serviced and was billed for three hours of shop time. This seemed excessive to me by about an hour.

Would like to hear how long a service center should take to perform the following basic service to a P32 Workhorse Chassis. i.e. oil & filter change, lube, check fluids, tire pressures.

Thanks

This is a 2004 Airstream Landyacht 30 Class A. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

On my last P32 it would take me about 1.5 hrs doing it myself however many shops will charge double what the chassis book says if it is a motor home. The shop I use, when I don't feel like doing it myself, charges the time it actually takes which often is less time then the book indicates.
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