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Old 02-06-2016, 10:42 PM   #15
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After a year of ownership, I made a stupid mistake that cost me $900. I was low on coolant because a hose was leaking and stupidly added some coolant to my power steering reservoir to make sure the radiator didn't run dry on the way to the Freightliner repair shop. That got me thinking some training on maintenance would be a good idea. Camp Freightliner looks too much like something I could get from reading a manual, the 5 day classes I see on the inernet to make you an RV inspector seem to skip the chassis stuff, the 10-week classes to make you an RV Tech seem to avoid the chassis and be way too indepth. Does anyone know of a 5 day or less class that would teach how to lube your chassis, change filters, change fluids, etc. None of the general maintenance items seem like rocket science, but after the $900 mistake, I am hesitant to jump on these items myself. This seems like it could be an incredible business opportunity for a knowledgeable person.
What year, make and model is your rig? There is a Freightliner website where you can download a manual. It's called "Knowing your chassis" I believe. Google it and see what comes up. Pretty good information for someone like yourself. Pictures too !
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:32 AM   #16
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No. I want to be able to find and change filters, fluids and lube points. Additionally, lubing slides, sealing roof, topping off battery water would save money be awesome. I think a CC class would be overkill for something I could get in a 2-5 day class. Basically, I want to lean to do all the things that cost several hundred bucks at the dealer, but require removing a plug and spinning a filter. It sounds like there is a real void for the community.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:02 AM   #17
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Sounds like you want two separate educations. You want chassis and coach info. For basic coach info you could always seek out a mobile RV tech and ask or pay to follow him around for some general coach info. Specific chassis, engine info seems like it would require vehicle specific instructions. I'm not a DP owner but I know there are variations of the product. Visiting with a dealer willing to allow you some hands on time would seem like a positive direction to go in. Of course if it were my unit you were learning on I would just hope that it isn't my dime you're learning on !!!

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Freightliner has two classes. The first is classroom study. It present a great deal of information and is tailored to your specific type and year of chassis. I highly recommend it. I did mine at Gaffney.
After you complete the first class you are then eligible for the second that allows you into the shop and observe the actual maintenance performed. You can also ask questions to the tech. I will sign up for that at next maintenance.
This however this is strictly chassis and engine oriented. Most of the other maintenance should be somewhat addressed in your manuals. If it isn't covered there someone here on ther forum can probably answer it.
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Locate a Speedco shop nearby. Drive in (no appts) request a complete oil change for engine and generator, and anything else you may want; auto. trans. fluid/filter change, etc.
They welcome customers into their shop, even down into the oil drain pit. They will take time to answer all your questions. I no longer change my own oil/filter, Speedco can do the job for about 2X what I spend for materials, and I don't get greasy or oil-soaked.
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Locate a Speedco shop nearby. Drive in (no appts) request a complete oil change for engine and generator, and anything else you may want; auto. trans. fluid/filter change, etc.
They welcome customers into their shop, even down into the oil drain pit. They will take time to answer all your questions. I no longer change my own oil/filter, Speedco can do the job for about 2X what I spend for materials, and I don't get greasy or oil-soaked.

I like Speedco but they don't do Allison's or air dryers.
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You're right Steve, they only check AT fluid level. I was thinking of gearbox oil change. Speedco is still a good place to observe how things are done.
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You're right Steve, they only check AT fluid level. I was thinking of gearbox oil change. Speedco is still a good place to observe how things are done.

Couldn't agree more. As I collect birthdays, rolling around on a creeper is less appealing.
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Even better might be doing the work yourself while someone knowledgeable watches and instructs. IMHO, there is no substitute for hands on training, if it is possible to get.

The only thing I find less appealing about rolling around on a creeper is that it's becoming more difficult to fit under things, if you know what I mean.:-))

At 76 I still do all my maintenance work, in part because it's difficult to find someone who will be as diligent as the person who depends on the vehicle.

The only thing I can't do is alignment, so I took the MH to a local Peterbuilt shop. I only hope the alignment was done better than the wheel bearing adjustment that I had to re-do myself. That was after they wanted to replace the wheel bearings that had nothing wrong with them.

I've always thought the more knowledgeable you can become about anything, the better off you are. Kudos to Jmills1975 for wanting to learn, I hope you find what you are looking for.

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