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Old 05-16-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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where to get the oil changed

Hi

Where we bought our motorhome, they do not service the "motor"home part of the motorhome (i.e. they do oil changes).
As such, I am looking for where to go to get the oil changed (almost time for time for the first oil change!)

I am wondering;
- where do you go (in general)
- if your know the vancouver area, can you suggest a place

thanks everyone
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I use these people here in Albuquerque.
http://www.onsiteoilchange.com/
They come to my house and take care of everything, Engine, Transmission, Generator. If you can find a service like this one in your area it would save a lot of stress driving into the city and pulling into a bay and so forth. The price is less than CW with a $20 trip charge added. They usually show up within three days of me calling them.
Sorry they aren't a franchise or even national but it's worth looking for someone like them.

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Old 05-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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You might start your search here: RV Service Review

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:27 PM   #4
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With our Suncruiser, we had it done at the local garage. They were happy to do it as long as it wasn't too cold or raining. Usually cost $30.
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You might look for a truck service center near you. I use one in Howe, Texas and am very happy with there good work and reasonable prices.
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thanks for the replies - appreciate the help/suggestions.
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I am wondering;
- where do you go (in general)...
Our dealer doesn't handle anything related to the chassis, so we found a truck repair shop that will take care of all things with the chassis. Maybe, Google "truck repair" in your area for possible locations.

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I, too, found a local, independent truck repair shop that can handle just about anything except heavy chassis work.
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...an update....

The 3,000 miles / first oil change was going to roll around during this current 10 day trip to the Oregon coast.
So, while in Newport, I asked for a recommendation from an RV repair place; Steen's Master Lube (they specialize in trucks)

They were great - and at $37.00 I consider it a good deal.

thanks again for everyone's help/suggestions
(and if you find yourself in Newport, OR....)
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Checkout Speedco.......They ae located all over the country.
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A lot of people are happy with Speedco. I typically try to perform all of my own maintenance, primarily so I can keep an eye on things... but I have used Speedco once. They do a thorough job changing the oil - you even witness them torquing the drain plug, but when I got home, me being me, I re-lubed the chassis and found several zerks that they didn't hit.

My personal philosophy is, nobody is going to care as much about your rig as you are - so either watch the work being performed or do it yourself. I do have a trusted truck repair facility for things I can't do myself, such as a Hunter 3 axle alignment.
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I change my own oil and it is no big deal if you dont mind going under your coach and getting your hands a little dirty. I catch the old oil in a ''catch pan'' and turn it in at Auto Zone or Advance Stores. Here is a tip if you change it yourself or you ''hire'' it done.
Before they put on the oil filter have the tech pour it about three fourths full of oil with the filter setting upright in the box. This is easy to do and it accomplishes a very important thing ....
One. After an oil and filter change you must start your engine to pressurize your oil system in your engine. In order to do this it is necessary that for your oil pump to PUMP THE NEW OIL FILTER FULL OF OIL. While this is taking place you have ZERO oil pressure anywhere else in the engine. THIS IS NOT GOOD. I have seen people ''rev up the engine'' to speed up filling the filter with oil. I have seen instances where you could hear the ''rods knocking'' until the pressure comes up. The critical moving parts of an engine ''float'' on oil pressure between the parts that move. Without this ''oil pressure'' the parts literally touch surface to surface and you will get more wear on engine parts at that time than you will in a thousand miles of regular driving.....
I have had ''techs'' argue with me on this point but I simply explain that I am old and I dont mind going back to prison and I am the person paying the bill and they will do it my way or live to regret it. I have a Pace Arrow with a V 10 Ford engine with about 110,000 miles on it and it runs like a song and it has always had its oil changed in this manner.
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Please, no flaming. Our local WalMart will change oil in motorhomes. They have a stall large enough. You can go into the store and buy the oil and filter you want them to use. I have not tried them yet, I usually do the oil changes myself.

Our local Aamco dealer will also change oil in motorhomes. But I do not trust them very much, they wanted to put non-synthetic oil in my Allison.
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