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Old 07-15-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Should I change the oil?

I usually change the engine oil every fall on my 2005 National Seabreeze prior to winterizing (F53 V10 gas). I only used it 3 times for short trips this year and plan only 2 more prior to winterizing. The total miles used this year will end up being about 500 to 600 miles (less than 2 tanks of gas) before I store it for the winter. The oil is still clear in appearance so I an wondering, should I just leave it for another year or change it anyways?

Pros, Cons?

What would you do?

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Those with unlimited funds will yell CHANGE but I know without a doubt you will be fine. I do the same when I am idle for long periods.
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I'd leave it too.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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I change mine every spring. If you refer to your maintenance guide, it will say every 5K or 6 months which ever comes first. Severe duty, every 3K or 3 months. It is up to you, but to me $35 is pretty cheap insurance that there are no oil related issues from sitting over the winter.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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If you change the oil now it will undergo the same conditions as the oil that is currently in it. Condensation, fuel contamination if you run it for only short periods of time, etc. .

My opinion is to leave it 'till spring.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
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Id say check with Ford. I wouldnt listen to what you hear here
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Id say check with Ford. I wouldnt listen to what you hear here
That information is right in his owners maintenance guide.
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Id say check with Ford. I wouldnt listen to what you hear here
I have found valuable information here. Maybe it all does not create the expert or factory scenario but real life experience most times gets us going. Sorry you feel that way.
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I have found usefull info here to. There are people that have years of experience. As far as how often to change oil, I will allways say, check with the Mfg, if in doubt
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My Diesel Pusher goes several years with out a change and the Oil Analyses always come back with the message to run it for another 5000 miles. I would not worry about it. I also only pot a couple of hundred miles on my coach each year. I believe as long as the majority of the miles are more than 30 minutes each trip, the oil will be hot enough to get rid of the moisture and other crap that causes the oil to degrade and cause the problems. My Oil Analysis seems to confirm this. I believe it is a good method to keep track of my engine and transmission.

I just got the analysis back for my Ford Focus Automatic Transmission with 95000 miles on it and was told it was due for a change in the next 5000 miles. I do not consider this to bad as it is the original fluid from the factory. It is on my to do list by this fall.
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I suspect Ford recommends at least yearly. Cummins does for sure, they specifically say that oil tests should not be used to extend the change interval.

The nice thing is, it is your motorhome, do what you want. As mentioned, the owners manual will give you the manufacturers guidelines.
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Thanks for the comments everyone.
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Id say check with Ford. I wouldnt listen to what you hear here
Are you saying we are not experts here ?
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Are you saying we are not experts here ?
That is what I got out of it. Hope we can survive this .
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