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Old 07-30-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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Travel Center vs Speedco oil change

I need an oil change in my class A RV and both of these companies offer a drive up service. Is one better?
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:39 AM   #2
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As I recall Speedco's prices vary by engine size. For a medium duty engine(ISL) the cost is about $250 for an oil change 2 oil filters and a grease job. I'm not familiar with Travel Center and their price structure.
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I've had good results with SPEEDCO, ISL engine 28 qts of oil, oil filter, 2 fuel filters and a chasis lube for ~$250, takes about 45 minutes. The also check the anti-freeze and differential level.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:00 PM   #4
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At least for me Speedco Denver was a miss...
Didn't have filters, couldn't get the oil filter off the Onan, broke the hydraulic fluid reservoir....

Didn't save any time or money, since I had to go to Cummis anyway to get the job completed....
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Never used a Travel Center but have been using Speedco for the past 5 years, no problems here.
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At least for me Speedco Denver was a miss...
Didn't have filters, couldn't get the oil filter off the Onan, broke the hydraulic fluid reservoir....

Didn't save any time or money, since I had to go to Cummis anyway to get the job completed....
Got all your money back from Speedco I hope!!
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Got all your money back from Speedco I hope!!
I WISH!
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:24 AM   #8
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I could be wrong, but the Travel Center drive -thru service seems to be for trucks.

I have only used Speedco in Brunswick, Georgia and they are DP knowledgeable and friendly. They can also service your Onan while you are there. Rotella-T, Fleetguard and CAT filters.

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I could be wrong, but the Travel Center drive -thru service seems to be for trucks.

I have only used Speedco in Brunswick, Georgia and they are DP knowledgeable and friendly. They can also service your Onan while you are there. Rotella-T, Fleetguard and CAT filters.

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My experience with Speedco outside of Kansas City was also mostly positive. I found the facility very easy to get in/out of (not always true at Travel Centers where you sometimes wonder what the traffic pattern is supposed to be or you get blocked by an 18 wheeler). They weres friendly and professional. Another plus at Speedco, for an additional fee, they can can perform an onsite engine oil analysis to help you spot potential problems early.

The one thing I found objectionable at the Speedco I visited (and I suspect may be company policy because of the nature of standardized forms), was that when the service was over and I paid them I was required to sign some type of acknowledgment that I had personally observed the fill line on the dipstick, and that I had personally checked the fit/tightness of the oil drain plug. Of course, I had done neither and was not called into the service bay at the time those activities were being done. Clearly they have had issues with owners alleging that the vehicle was under- over-filled or the plug was not properly torqued. I don't pay professional service providers so that I can "double check" their work and I shouldn't be required to affirm something I didn't have the opportunity to see. I didn't argue/fight the signing of the form but it said I was "required" to sign it. I seriously doubt that this would ever be enforceable in the event of a dispute whether Speedco did something improper (I'm a lawyer). I can't imagine any court enforcing it when it is presented as a take it or leave it proposition AFTER the service is completed and without even requesting the customer to observe. But, other than that silly form, the facility was very clean and they did stop and ask me several questions to ensure they understood my vehicle. They offered to check the tire pressure on all the tires, too, but I have a TPMS and did not need that done and did not want them removing the transmitters.

When I don't use Speedco, I go to Cummins, not a Travel Center, for oil changes. Speedco might be a little cheaper than Cummins but the main reason is convenience (no appointment needed and open on weekends). Both are about the same distance from my house.
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I've used Speedco once in NC and was satisfied with the service and price. I had the on site oil analysis done for $14.95. The guys did ask me to come into the service bay and check their work, including having me watch them torgue the oil plug.
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I've used Speedco once in NC and was satisfied with the service and price. I had the on site oil analysis done for $14.95. The guys did ask me to come into the service bay and check their work, including having me watch them torgue the oil plug.

Speedco in Brunswick Georgia insists that you observe the proper fluid fills, confirm torquing to specifications (Cummins or Cat) and witness that all dipsticks are tightened prior to your start-up.

I am a big fan of the onsite oil analysis and love that your get your prior history on the printout for comparison.

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I have never used either for the motorhome but with the 18 wheeler I can say that Speedco is much quicker. Usually under 1 hour from start to finish. Somtimes at Travel Centers it can be a 3 or 4 hour wait just to get in the service bay.
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Thank you all for your feedback. I think I'll try Speedco, but make sure they give me the guided tour or dipsticks and torque wrenches.

thanks all

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(now feeling better about the oil change process)
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