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Old 11-28-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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Oil Change?

Wife and I are giving thought on a drive to Florida in RV (from Renton, Wa.) was curious should I change the oil prior or just wait until I return?


I changed it just before my return from HB, Ca. back in July and have driven 1,609 miles since then. I'm using Valvoline advanced full synthetic 10w-30 with a Mobil 1 Extended Performance filter.
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Hey there fellow Washingtonian!

We recently, October 3rd, left Spokane and traveled over 4250 miles to Melbourne Beach Fl. I never actually thought about needing to change the oil until we arrived here and figured out the mileage. Since we’re a gas rig I probably should have changed it while on the road.

All that to say, you may go further than you expect so perhaps changing it before isn’t a bad idea although doing it on the road is probably possible.

Take care and enjoy the journey! And safe travels!

Oh...btw, where in Florida are you headed? We’re in Melbourne Beach at Outdoor Resort....and LOVING IT!
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What are you talking $50? Your oil is already close to 6 months old which is a max time span suggested in most owners manuals.
If you really want to know the facts, send a oil sample in for testing which will cost about $30 and then you will get a expert analysis on the projected oil life. I do this for my truck every 2 years/20k miles which is 4 oil changes. For me it is a small cost to monitor my tuck engine health.
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Oil Change?

Assuming you used approximately a quart of oil since the change, I would top off with fresh of what you used and plan on replacing the oil and filtervwhen you get back. Even if it is 2,000 miles each way to FL you would be just a little over 5K since changed and would likely have replaced at least two quarts since the change.

Whenever you change it, please know the recommendation is 5W30, especially when going into winter months.
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IF it were my rig I'd change prior to departure. Cheap insurance. If you do the work yourself at least change the filter and refill as needed. Most modern syn oils will last for those miles.

On a 12,000 mile to Alaska I changed oil twice in route. I was due for a change at the first 1,000 miles and again at the 6,500 mile mark. Not lots of places to
change oil in some areas. Then did another oil change right after getting home.
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I pulled a sample of my oil last interval (10W-30 Valvoline VR-1 racing conventional) after ~4,000 and 14 months the TBN was still 6.1 (started at 8.5 new) I'm now using Valvoline full synthetic 10w-30 w/Mobil 1 Ext Perf. filter
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I pulled a sample of my oil last interval (10W-30 Valvoline VR-1 racing conventional) after ~4,000 and 14 months the TBN was still 6.1 (started at 8.5 new) I'm now using Valvoline full synthetic 10w-30 w/Mobil 1 Ext Perf. filter


Hmmm, can you elaborate? What’s TBN? Pretty sure it’s not a TV channel...
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TBN = Total base number

It measures how much base (as in base vs. acid) additive is in the oil to offset the effects of acids coming into the oil from combustion and other sources. The lower the TBN reading, the less active additive the oil has left. A low TBN test result, meaning very little additive is left, is down around 1.0 or lower.
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Hey there fellow Washingtonian!

We recently, October 3rd, left Spokane and traveled over 4250 miles to Melbourne Beach Fl. I never actually thought about needing to change the oil until we arrived here and figured out the mileage. Since we’re a gas rig I probably should have changed it while on the road.

All that to say, you may go further than you expect so perhaps changing it before isn’t a bad idea although doing it on the road is probably possible.

Take care and enjoy the journey! And safe travels!

Oh...btw, where in Florida are you headed? We’re in Melbourne Beach at Outdoor Resort....and LOVING IT!
Headed to Orlando. Then likely down to visit a buddy in Miami. With perhaps a trip down to the Keys.
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Given the timing and the mileage I see no reason to change it now, unless you just want to spend money. You are using a modern synthetic oil that is probably good for 10,000 miles or more between oil changes, not that I would suggest pushing it that far.
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It sounds like the OP has a oil analysis history to go from, which is way better than opinions.
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