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Old 06-23-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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We just returned from a great 3.5 week cross country trip covering over 3,000 miles. I am still waiting for an owners manual from my awesome dealer but, I was wondering is the frequency for RV's the same as car-trucks? (3-5000 miles). I did have mine serviced as soon as I got back but was wondering for the future.

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Old 06-23-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Here is a thread discussing oil changes, w/just about every variable covered. Most of the owners are Excursion & P.U. owners, so your application is different. Every time you leave the driveway, your rig is fully loaded by design, so your change interval is going to be on the heavy duty cycle side. IIWMI'd get oil changed every year at least, or 5K if you are using it a lot.

The thread above has a number of mentions about high oil usage in the V-10, and higher if you go to synthetic, less if you up the viscosity to 10w-30 according to one guy. IIWMI'd wanna check oil level every time I was getting ready to leave the barn.
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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I try to use the 3000 mile method. There are time it will be 5000 miles.
I use FoMoCo oil 5w20 blend. Same as what Ford put in.
But ant brand of oil will work.
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I have the Mercedes CID 182 diesel engine and the owners manual says the change the oil at 10,000 miles. That seems like a long time in between to me. And if I were to put synthetic in there, which i am planning on doing, should I go longer? I won't. It just doesn't seem right.
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I have the Mercedes CID 182 diesel engine and the owners manual says the change the oil at 10,000 miles. That seems like a long time in between to me. And if I were to put synthetic in there, which i am planning on doing, should I go longer? I won't. It just doesn't seem right.
I never owned a diesel but, I heard diesel engines don't require change intervals the same as gas engines. I heard 12k is normal for diesels.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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My Cummins call for an oil change every 15,000 miles, but I change it every 7,000 miles...Just cheap insurance...well, it's not to cheap, since it takes 52 quarts...
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:37 AM   #7
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Why we talking diesel when the OP says he has a gas MH?
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #8
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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3,000 to 5,000 miles works fine.

I use synthetic.
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Once every year is what we do. In this period of time we would typically clock up around 5 to 6.000 miles or thereabout.

Changing oil every 3000 miles sounds excessive indeed to me. For the citybusses in Copenhagen, Denmark the recommended interval for an oilchange is between 9,000 and 18,000 miles depending on the engine and the type of use. They run similar engines to a class A RV, and the bus company do not skimp on servicing their busses.

Granted, my RV is not a city bus - this is just to illustrate to big difference recommended in different parts of the world.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:49 AM   #12
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Ehhhmmm - what

You lost me there.
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I don't drive that much. I've had my current coach about a year now, changed the oil twice, and put about 1000 miles on it.

I change the oil at the end of each camping season, just before I winterize and put her away. Mileage does not come into play for me.
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Ford's maintenance schedule covering 2000 through 2004 v10's calls for oil/filter change every 5,000 miles under the "normal" maintenance schedule, and every 3,000 miles under their "severe service" maintenance schedule defining severe service defined as heavy towing.

Maintenance schedules for the 2006 and later v10's I would suspect be pretty much the same, but not certain.

For whatever it's worth, using Mobil 1 full synthetic 5w/30 oil I change ours between 5 & 7,000 miles now have 74,000 miles on our coach.
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