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Old 10-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Widly varying prices for same part.

I needed to replace the air dryer filter on our MH. While we were at Camping World I got their price, $149.50. Feeling that was outrageous, I looked up the online price for the same filter, $85. Still not satisfied, I visited a local HDT repair shop, $30.83; for the same desiccant air dryer filter.
It does pay to shop around!
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Depending on which air drier you have the "filter" and the "desiccant cartridge" may not be the same part. Check part numbers carefully. Sometimes the verbal description of parts for the same unit are somewhat loose.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:49 PM   #3
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I assume the parts guy knows, he looked it up by my VIN.
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No matter which air dryer you have on your chassis air system the parts to service it properly will cost closer to the Camping World price. I have serviced my air dryer myself for the last ten years and the lowest price I ever paid was $90. Last year for the same kit I think I paid about $130. I would say they were pricing only one part of the necessary parts needed to properly service the air dryer.
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Ray: Always have to check around here- and it's not always the same shop with the lowest price, and usually it is not a small difference.

Hard time finding the DQ6026 filter kit for my Air Dryer this year. Covington Truck was the only local source and it was his last one. "list" was $252.75, I paid $129.52 .. 3 years ago it was $90 at Empire (Freightliner)
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Also that unit should be removed and cleaned completely. Mine was filled with moisture and sludge like material in there.

Got mine new from a supplier on Ebay for $120.00 complete kit.
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Yes it was the dryer/desiccant filter only, the complete kit with new drain valve,etc. was $115. I only bought the dryer/desiccant filter. The box says Armada brand, and weighs about 4 lbs. He even cross-referenced it to the Fleetguard part number to make sure it is the correct one. He also said there are only 2 mfgrs for these filters.
After what Steve said, perhaps I should return the filter for the complete kit.
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PO paid $100 for a voltage regulator and we got the same part number voltage regulator for $25. They got theirs at an RV place and we got ours from an auto parts store. Same part, same part number. Of course we shop around.
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The proper servicing of the air dryer includes the other parts that come in the kit. I am not saying that just replacing the two filters without replacing the other parts is wrong but I would not go to the trouble to remove the air dryer, as I need to do on my motorhome to prevent dirt from getting into it, just to replace the two filters.
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CW is normally higher than anybody...unless they are having a big sale.
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