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Old 04-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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First oil change

While the oil in our newly acquired 99 Winnebago Chieftain 36L looks clean, I don't know how old it is. What should I expect to pay for an oil change on a class A MH?
Also, other than the impossibly tight working area underneath, what should I be aware of if I plan to do it myself?
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I think the Chieftain is a gasoline engine.if that's true, the change frequency and capacity will be the same as the truck version of that engine. DIY costs should also be the same.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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Do some checking around and I think you'll find out two important things.
1 - Some places won't work on motorhomes at all.
2 - Some places double their price when they hear "motorhome".
If you can find a shop that will accomodate your Class A and not gouge you on the price then become good friends with them.

Alternately, if you have a workable location and the ability, why not do the oil & filter change yourself?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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Do some checking around and I think you'll find out two important things.
1 - Some places won't work on motorhomes at all.
2 - Some places double their price when they hear "motorhome".
If you can find a shop that will accomodate your Class A and not gouge you on the price then become good friends with them.

Alternately, if you have a workable location and the ability, why not do the oil & filter change yourself?
I was worried about getting my oversize butt to fit the undersized clearance beneath the RV.
I called the local deal La Mesa RV and they'll do a service for $70. Might be good to let a pro give it a look over anyway.
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If you happen to use Leveling Jacks to raise your coach use Jack Stands rated for the weight and don't depend on the coach jacks with your life.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:53 PM   #6
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What should I expect to pay for an oil change on a class A MH?
We paid $39.95 at a Ford Commercial Truck dealership. (The RV dealer wanted $130. )
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If space allows (length clearance) get the large 2 quart oil filter available from NAPA and WIX. More filter, one quart more oil. If you're going to do the work yourself, I highly recommend using the Qwik Valve. Fumoto Valve | Qwik Valve™ Eliminates need for wrench and removing oil plug and replacing washers.Change the oil every 3-5 K or once a year which ever comes first. Don't forget grease fittings, lube of sliders and steps and the oil and filter of your generator.
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