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Old 08-07-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Where can one go for self maintenance?

For those of you without any S&B place to call home, where do you go to do your own maintenance? Almost every CG/RV resort prohibits working on your MH including simple things like changing the oil. I am not a super mechanic but I have been known to change oil, filters and stuff on my own.

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Old 08-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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We do the maintenance where we are at. We have asked and the only thing most have said is the rule is to stop the ones that put the car up on blocks and leave it for weeks at a time. They usually do not care about a one time thing but they just do not want it look like you are rebuilding it from the ground up. We have changed out batteries with no problems. Worked on the engine several times at several places and still tracing an electrical problem. We have changed out 2 TV's and a microwave/convection oven. We also have changed out the inverter/charger and added in a surge unit. All in various CG's, parks and resorts.

EDIT: I think the one thing we have not done yet is the oil change or transmission fluid yet. The first on the coach we had W.W. Williams do it in MI and Thom had them go over the coach and find others wrong and they even fixed a few other things with no charge
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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For those of you without any S&B place to call home, where do you go to do your own maintenance? Almost every CG/RV resort prohibits working on your MH including simple things like changing the oil. I am not a super mechanic but I have been known to change oil, filters and stuff on my own.

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Wow! Good question! We have ours in a storage yard and maintenance is "winked at" so, within reason, you can do normal stuff. I replaced a roof A/C and nobody said anything. I'm interested in the answers in the event we sell our S&B. I guess, worst case, I could rent a spot in a storage yard a month at a time. Around here, you can terminate a contract on 15 - 30 days notice. $90 a month is current rate and that's ok to accomplish a ton of stuff.
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I suppose the follow up question regards the logistics. Certainly you better not get oil and other fluids on the site.

When it comes to self maintenance, how do you collect and then dispose of 24 qts of old oil? I would assume that liberal use of plastic sheets would be in order too.

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Side of the road, Parking lots of defunct businesses, old gravel quarries. Near where we store the MH is a nice big concrete slab in the desert and that is perfect for oil change and grease. Hang the back of the MH off the slab and the few drops of oil that hit the sand don't matter too much.

In CA the retailers have to take back the old oil so I buy a new oil drain pan (less than $10), and oil and when finished double-bag the drain pan with oil filter and any empty grease cartridges and take it and the old oil back to Walmarts, sign the register and the job is done.
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I suppose the follow up question regards the logistics. Certainly you better not get oil and other fluids on the site.

When it comes to self maintenance, how do you collect and then dispose of 24 qts of old oil? I would assume that liberal use of plastic sheets would be in order too.

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I use a large storage container something like this:
Amazon.com : Storage Container, 30 Qt Clear : Home Storage & Organization : Patio, Lawn & Garden

I then pump/scoop the oil back into the original containers and take them to the retail store (Advance auto, Autozone, Etc.)
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For an oil change, I let the oil drain into a plastic tub. About 10 gal size I guess.

After putting new oil into the engine, I pour the old oil into the new oil containers. Many places like Jiffy Lube will gladly take your old oil. I may have to carry the used oil around for a couple days but no big deal.

I drain and wipe out the tub and put it back in the basement where i keep it to store spare filters, and other parts.
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I have one of these
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:27 PM   #9
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I have had emergency repairs done by mobile repairmen while in RV Parks. I have never tried changing the oil.

My MH only takes 7 quarts and I do the change in front of the house. I just bought this Blitz 15-QT. OIL DRAIN PAN - 765-11838 - 765-11838 at Wares Direct at WalMart for less than $8. I guess you would need two.

They are fully sealed when done and I then empty the used oil into the now empty new oil containers which hold 5 qts each. Almost all auto parts take used oil, some even take used filters.
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Self servicing vs a Fleet Service tech

I used to do all my own work but it was mainly the transport and disposal of the old oil and filters that stopped me. It's hard to store, transport and find a disposal site for 25 qts of oil. I recently ran into a "Fleet Service" guy who comes to the storage place where my RV is at. The storage place will move the RV if necessary and the guy services anything I want right there. I checked on his rates and by the time I buy the oil and filters it is about $100 more than I can do it myself and he hauls away the waste.

I would imagine you'd need to be careful with whom you select as a lot of fleet service guys work on dump trucks and earthmovers in the field and might not be careful about being clean inside your RV, but this guy is great. The fleet service guy was priced higher than Speedco but less than a Cummins shop.

Shop the price of filters, then add the oil price and then call and compare with an on site fleet service guy and I'll bet it's not too much difference.
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Another bennie to having access to a military installations auto care center, I take my oil, filters, and related stuff to the auto center (on a nice day, they don't have bays for large vehicles like my dually) and DIY right there. They all have an oil reclamation center too.
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Do you have a brother in law? Problem solved. And if he has kids, pay them to wash and wax while you do your service.
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If you're going to change your oil you need one of these:
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If you're going to change your oil you need one of these:
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I looked at them but with the low location and the ISC pan also being pretty low I'd be afraid of knocking it off.
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