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Old 07-30-2021, 05:41 PM   #1
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Non-Dealer Diesel Oil Changes

Were full timers moving weekly and have found it almost impossible to get an oil and fuel filter service on a few weeks notice at a well-regarded RV Dealer and usually for not less than 2.5-3hrs of labor plus parts

Can anyone share their experiences in going to a TA truck stop service center or Cummins dealer for an oil and fuel filter service? Their pricing seems to be about 25% less which is very attractive in addition to their more convenient short-term appointment booking availability.

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I use a local diesel repair and service truck stop exclusively for any engine or transmission service/maintenance issues. Have never had an issue and they are likely much more knowledgeable on your Cummins or Detroit diesel than an rv dealer. And they get you in quicker and are less expensive. Only go to rv dealers for specific issues associated with the electrical or interior components.
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What TEDO said! Good advice.
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You can also find Tiffin authorized service centers all over the country. I use ABC Bus in Grand Prairie, TX for my service. I always pre-purchase my filters to make sure in case they don't stock the right ones, and this time supplied my own oil. It's an hour and a half or so while I wait.
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:07 PM   #5
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Local Freightliner dealer services for less than two hundred with just a few days to get appointment. They are also Cummins repair shop.
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Agree-- an RV dealer is the last place I would suggest for chassis LOF or chassis maintenance.
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I also agree an RV dealer would be the last place i would take our rig for service.

We get our engine service and genny as well usually at a Freightliner/Cummings service center. We just had it done last week and made an appointment 4 days before service with no problem. Charges were 1/2 the cost at an RV dealer.
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We are not full timers so I get mine done each year at Freightliner in Gaffney SC. We live about 4 hours away, I make my appointment about 2-3 months in advance and then integrate that service visit into a short trip in that area or within a few hours drive. They have hook ups so I go in the afternoon prior to my appointment and stay the night so I am ready for them to take my RV into the service bay first thing in the AM (usually 8-830am).
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We are not full timers so I get mine done each year at Freightliner in Gaffney SC. We live about 4 hours away, I make my appointment about 2-3 months in advance and then integrate that service visit into a short trip in that area or within a few hours drive. They have hook ups so I go in the afternoon prior to my appointment and stay the night so I am ready for them to take my RV into the service bay first thing in the AM (usually 8-830am).
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Were full timers moving weekly and have found it almost impossible to get an oil and fuel filter service on a few weeks notice at a well-regarded RV Dealer and usually for not less than 2.5-3hrs of labor plus parts

Can anyone share their experiences in going to a TA truck stop service center or Cummins dealer for an oil and fuel filter service? Their pricing seems to be about 25% less which is very attractive in addition to their more convenient short-term appointment booking availability.

Thanks!
Hey Paul,
Why would you even consider a dealer for an engine issue? I do all preventive maintenance myself but when I must use the services of others, it is simple; engine issues = Cummins. Chassis = Freightliner etc. A dealer is for coach problems if I cannot find a mobile or mom pop shop. Dealers are highly focused on the bottom line and do not usually imply highly skilled individuals. I have made 2 trips to the mothership for coach related items.
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Hey Paul,
Why would you even consider a dealer for an engine issue? I do all preventive maintenance myself but when I must use the services of others, it is simple; engine issues = Cummins. Chassis = Freightliner etc. A dealer is for coach problems if I cannot find a mobile or mom pop shop. Dealers are highly focused on the bottom line and do not usually imply highly skilled individuals. I have made 2 trips to the mothership for coach related items.

Initially I had the same question you had when reading the post. I will never let a dealer touch my coach (unless absolutely no choice).



But after thinking about it, I recall after buying my coach being very confused as to who I would rely on to do the maintenance. It never occurred to me that I would need to rely on separate entities to handle engine/chassis/house. I too do most of my own maintenance (all filters, oil, etc.). I was planning to lube the chassis soon, but unfortunately the coach is up on a lift at Cummins having a leaky rear main seal replaced (at 8400 miles ....another thread). I decided to let Cummins lube the chassis while they have it. I have a PowerGlide, so I printed off the sheets Tiffin provided showing all of the lube points.


Anyway, my whole point here is after buying one of these things, it's a bit of an education understanding what you have and who can help. Fortunately, this forum and these replies have been great for this.
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Initially I had the same question you had when reading the post. I will never let a dealer touch my coach (unless absolutely no choice).



But after thinking about it, I recall after buying my coach being very confused as to who I would rely on to do the maintenance. It never occurred to me that I would need to rely on separate entities to handle engine/chassis/house. I too do most of my own maintenance (all filters, oil, etc.). I was planning to lube the chassis soon, but unfortunately the coach is up on a lift at Cummins having a leaky rear main seal replaced (at 8400 miles ....another thread). I decided to let Cummins lube the chassis while they have it. I have a PowerGlide, so I printed off the sheets Tiffin provided showing all of the lube points.


Anyway, my whole point here is after buying one of these things, it's a bit of an education understanding what you have and who can help. Fortunately, this forum and these replies have been great for this.
Hi Tommy,
You are so correct with the education on these rigs and that is another reason I stay away from the dealer. They are just too complicated for a "jack of all trades" mentality.

Having Cummins due a grease job is well within their scope but I too had a an issue which required a trip to Freightliner for a fan gear box replacement and they did not know how to access the engine compartment from the real bedroom or how to open the bedroom slide.

Besides, the more I do and learn the more capable I am in getting her back on the road if an issue arises.

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Old 08-01-2021, 11:42 AM   #13
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Some use Speedco:


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