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Old 06-21-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Oil Change for Fleetwood Bounder

I emailed my RV Dealer General RV in Huntley and asked for a quote to do an oil change:\

"Yes indeed We are.

$ about 165.00 motorhome
$ about $90.00 gene "


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Are you guys doing oil change for the MH and Generator?

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I called the local Ford Dealer and was quoted $39.95 plus tax.
Just to be sure I called another Ford Dealer, nearby and was quoted $34.95.

So, what is it that I get by going to the dealer for service? I like these guys but I can't see spending that kind of money for the same service. Any thoughts?
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Generator I do myself. Engine I have an independent shop do, I provide the oil and filter. They change oil/filter, lube chassis, and give the whole coach chassis components good check over. About $40-50.00.
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You might want to check back with your Ford dealer, and mention the engine you have. My diesel takes 22 quarts (~$100.00) of oil.
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I've seen that size of fee for a simple service at RV dealers before - RV dealers just charge their huge hourly rate for everything. There's no motivation to charge less when the tech could be making the same $$ on another job. And too many people seem to thing that everything on a RV has to be serviced at an RV dealer.

But I would double check to make sure it's apple-to-apples. Maybe, just maybe, the dealer was including a chassis lube or something. And the Ford dealer may not even have a bay that will handle your Bounder.
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If you are somewhat handy,you could do it yourself and save a bunch of money plus have the satisfaction of knowing that it was done right. You don't have to be a RV tech to change oil,it's easy.
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OIl Change

It use to be you could buy a quart of good engine oil for about a buck a quart when it was on sale but anymore it's $ 3 to $ 4 a quart plus somewhere around $ 4.00 or more for a good oil filter so you'll have $ 20 to $ 25 in oil and filter before you start so you have to ask yourself is it worth it doing it myself ( and getting rid of the old oil) or is it easier to let a garage do it. I use to do mine all the time but anymore it's not worth the hassle to save $ 10.00. Do not let an RV dealer do it...
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Ran across that nonsense a while back in Arizona. Camping World quoted $99.99 for an oil change, but then had to abandon the effort because our rig wouldn't fit into their service bay without removing the mirrors!

Drove down the road a half hour, and had the oil change done at a quick lube facility for $19.99!!
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