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Old 06-15-2016, 06:04 PM   #55903
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Sorry to hear about the slide motor. This too shall pass.

How the weather?
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:06 PM   #55904
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Back at the park. Bonita had a spa day at CIT (Central Illinois Trucks ). She got a new air filter, 2 oil filters, 1 fuel filter, fresh oil, new tranny filter and Transynd, radiator degreased and washed, one of two license plate bulbs and the passenger head light replaced.
She will have to go back before we leave town for a new air dryer. The air has been popping off too often so I had them run it down. The safety valve on the dryer is "warn out, failing, tried to get it out and stopped before I broke it."

They were willing to drill it out, but didn't have a dryer on hand which could have stranded us there. The air line between the the compressor and dryer is also rusting out so that will be replaced as well.

Today's total = $1,362.75. About 1.5 hours of that was running through the air system.

The new air dryer is $423. Not sure on the air line part - but the two will probably be about 4 hours labor. So pushing another $grand.

I know. Some of you would be flabbergasted. Personally, I think it was reasonable. And when you consider the heat and humidity in central Illinois - and my unwillingness to do the job if I had a place to do it, a bargain. Tranny good for 2 years, oil and filters for 10,000 miles.
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:11 PM   #55905
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Well don't all post at once!

So... what's your take on air filters for DPs? I'm thinking at $123 (or there bouts depending on make) they're annual no matter what the gauge says.
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Wayne.
Sorry to hear about the slide motor. This too shall pass.

How the weather?
Well, the weather raises our spirts. We had to go about 7-8 miles inland toady and it got up to a sweltering 72 degrees. Out here at the beach it is in the 60's most of the day. Love the Calif. weather. If Earlene had a lot of money I'd let her move us out here.

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Back at the park. Bonita had a spa day at CIT (Central Illinois Trucks ). She got a new air filter, 2 oil filters, 1 fuel filter, fresh oil, new tranny filter and Transynd, radiator degreased and washed, one of two license plate bulbs and the passenger head light replaced.
She will have to go back before we leave town for a new air dryer. The air has been popping off too often so I had them run it down. The safety valve on the dryer is "warn out, failing, tried to get it out and stopped before I broke it."

They were willing to drill it out, but didn't have a dryer on hand which could have stranded us there. The air line between the the compressor and dryer is also rusting out so that will be replaced as well.

Today's total = $1,362.75. About 1.5 hours of that was running through the air system.

The new air dryer is $423. Not sure on the air line part - but the two will probably be about 4 hours labor. So pushing another $grand.

I know. Some of you would be flabbergasted. Personally, I think it was reasonable. And when you consider the heat and humidity in central Illinois - and my unwillingness to do the job if I had a place to do it, a bargain. Tranny good for 2 years, oil and filters for 10,000 miles.
I try and figure on $1000 a year as a minimum on the annual maintenance. I think $423 is a little high, but what do I know. The filter is about $90 give or take then the labor. They have to pull the air dryer completly off to change the filter.
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Well, the weather raises our spirts. We had to go about 7-8 miles inland toady and it got up to a sweltering 72 degrees. Out here at the beach it is in the 60's most of the day. Love the Calif. weather. If Earlene had a lot of money I'd let her move us out here.



I try and figure on $1000 a year as a minimum on the annual maintenance. I think $423 is a little high, but what do I know. The filter is about $90 give or take then the labor. They have to pull the air dryer completly off to change the filter.
It is miserable here in Central Illinois. Hot and humid.


$123.17 for the air filter and $28.00 labor. About what I paid 2 years ago.

As for the Dryer, he said it's "unusual".

I don't actually have a dollar amount in mind for annual maintenance. Rotella and Transynd are are little pricey but the oil change was package price at $149.95 - that was for up to 8 gallons of Rotella or Mobil Delvac - 3 filters - chassis grease and dif.

I know the popping off of the dryer safety valve is overworking the compressor. Fortunately it's still kicking!
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Hay! Any lurkers/Murkers out there? Need someone to grab the RVM Brass Ring (disguised as mop and broom).
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Thanks! So do we.

Wayne, Steve ... Sorry to hear about your coach troubles. You know we empathasize.

Our new ride has thrown us a couple of minor curves: that passenger side lower mirror that fell off ... Well, a large RV dealer in Salt Lake ordered it for me last week. It came in on Tuesday and I drove 2.5 hours from our campsite to pick it up and 2.5 hrs back. Guess what? It doesn't fit. They ordered it straight from Tiffin. I had given them the numbers off the mirror housing they asked for, make, model and year of coach, etc. it's a snap in chrome mirror and it doesn't even match the thing it's supposed to snap onto. I'll call Tiffin myself today!

Next, a bay door just came right out of the track and thankfully the struts and I caught it! I yelled for Kate. She ran over and together we got it reconnected in the track on the body of the coach, but it's not in there correctly bcos I can't open it up all the way. So, when we get to the Tetons, I'll see if I can't find a neighborly fellow to help me get it on there correctly. It's always something, but then that's part of the journey!
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Well don't all post at once!

So... what's your take on air filters for DPs? I'm thinking at $123 (or there bouts depending on make) they're annual no matter what the gauge says.
I took my w@&$ truck in once and the wanted to charge an hour labor to replace a dipstick for the oil. I said if I fall for b that, I'm the dipstick or something like that. Told the shop Forman it was things like that which severs a 12 year working relationship.
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...Tranny good for 2 years,...
Did they just top off the tranny fluid after the filter replacement or was this a fluid "change"? Also, did they change 1 tranny filter or both? I THINK you have 2 tranny filters but I have been known to be wrong. LOL I know I have 2.

Fresh Transynd fluid is good for 4 years or 150,000 miles. Tranny filters are good for 3 years or 75,000 miles. If you do fluid analysis you can go longer based on results. Transynd can easily go much further. Filters can also be extended based on analysis however, I prefer to keep filters "on schedule" at least for now because you need a higher priced analysis for that.
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Hmmmmm. So while you are talking above my head. I will just say we ordered a double recliner Lazyboy sofa to replace the stoopid L sofa. Anyone want it? Tried going thru Berkshire. Tried Lambright , he would not warranty the fabric that Forest River uses on it, and it was twice what the LZ Boy is

So i guess i will have a Berk a recliner
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It is miserable here in Central Illinois. Hot and humid.

$123.17 for the air filter and $28.00 labor. About what I paid 2 years ago.

As for the Dryer, he said it's "unusual".

I don't actually have a dollar amount in mind for annual maintenance. Rotella and Transynd are are little pricey but the oil change was package price at $149.95 - that was for up to 8 gallons of Rotella or Mobil Delvac - 3 filters - chassis grease and dif.

I know the popping off of the dryer safety valve is overworking the compressor. Fortunately it's still kicking!
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So are ya going to go surfing?
I tried surfing here last year. It drew a crowd and they were thinking a beach whale was on the sand. Not going to try that again.

My estimate is based on a full M1, 2 or 3 per Freightliner recommendations. Freightliner Houston does a good job.

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Your dipstick episode reminds me of this: Many many moons ago there was a cartoon of two men standing in front of a car with the hood up. One was the owner and the other was the mechanic. The owner caption read, "Can you keep it under $15?" The Mechanic replied, "Do you want to close the hood or do you want me to?"

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Hmmmmm. So while you are talking above my head. I will just say we ordered a double recliner Lazyboy sofa to replace the stoopid L sofa. Anyone want it? Tried going thru Berkshire. Tried Lambright , he would not warranty the fabric that Forest River uses on it, and it was twice what the LZ Boy is

So i guess i will have a Berk a recliner
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Did they just top off the tranny fluid after the filter replacement or was this a fluid "change"? Also, did they change 1 tranny filter or both? I THINK you have 2 tranny filters but I have been known to be wrong. LOL I know I have 2.

Fresh Transynd fluid is good for 4 years or 150,000 miles. Tranny filters are good for 3 years or 75,000 miles. If you do fluid analysis you can go longer based on results. Transynd can easily go much further. Filters can also be extended based on analysis however, I prefer to keep filters "on schedule" at least for now because you need a higher priced analysis for that.
Don... Seems like we went to the same school. iRV2 University.

I had a full change. I asked them to pull the filters first and let me know the dates. I didn't pull my records out but knew I had a full change done sometime after we bought her. He came back and told me the filters were dated 2012 and I ok'd the full change. I can look at the invoice again but think there were two.

The freightliner shop we used in Howe TX did the first change and dated every filter they installed - oil, fuel, tranny. I miss that place. We have gone about 12k miles (have 29k now) and about 4 years.

When you think about how long and far Transynd can go, the miles are probably not that relevant to most RVers. Time is probably the reasonable measure, and testing if you want to extend time or miles, or don't know one or the other, or you precieve or suspect an issue.

OTR drivers will pull 75k miles (filter change) and 150k miles well ahead of the 4 years (try 6 months and 1 year if they're staying busy), and with 40 to 60k lb loads in addition to the cab. This is why people test fluid and of course to see any contaminates. At 29k I'm not really concerned about the tranny itself. It's basically new and performing well.

I know some people swear by testing. I just want the service to be done on a reasonable schedule at this point. Maybe when we turn 50k miles in a couple years we will have her fluids tested.

So did you change your filters yourself? Climb under and count two? See it in the manual? Or get billed for two? LOL. I really don't "know" anything till I see it with my own eyes... lol. Maybe they didn't do anything all day yesterday but prepare a bill and take my money.

I know you like the Cummins shop next door. If you ever need service and they're backed up, give CIT a call. Ed the Rezman works for them in Mokena, IL and I went on his referral. The place in Normal is huge and from what I saw, very efficient.
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