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Old 03-20-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Oil change interval on Ford V-10

I have a 2016 Leprechaun 319DS with a Ford V-10. The manual says that the oil must be changed every six months or the warranty may not be any good. I'm getting the oil changed now at 22K miles and will begin my RV season. Say I drive 5000 miles by September, change the oil again and shut her down for the winter. Do they really expect me to change the oil again in March, 2017 after not driving it all winter? Do people really do this? Thanx.
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While we've got the previous generation chassis/engine & no longer under a warranty, we change ours once a year, no matter how much/little we drive & it's in storage from Nov 1-Apr 30, give or take a month.

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I changed my 01 & 08 every 5000 miles. In 04 we changed it twice on our Alaska trip ( 14,000 miles ) and again when we arrived home.
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I have owned many Ford products over the last 30 years. The V-10 is the same engine Ford used in some, not all of their F series trucks and E series vans. So with my Canyon Star I treated it the same. I changed it religiously at the 3,000 to 3,500 mile intervals. It uses the same 5w 20 oil as does the Triton V-8, and the smaller 3.0L V-6. That is a pretty thin oil anyway. JMHO.

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:16 AM   #5
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I have a 2016 Leprechaun 319DS with a Ford V-10. The manual says that the oil must be changed every six months or the warranty may not be any good. I'm getting the oil changed now at 22K miles and will begin my RV season. Say I drive 5000 miles by September, change the oil again and shut her down for the winter. Do they really expect me to change the oil again in March, 2017 after not driving it all winter? Do people really do this? Thanx.
If you change the oil and put the vehicle in storage for several months it won't have an impact on the warranty. We do this regularly with our motorhome, and have done it in the past with cars and trucks. Just make a note as to the date and mileage when it went into storage and the date it was removed from storage. No one is going to expect you to change the oil when the vehicle sets idle.

I would however make sure the oil is changed as close as possible to the date it enters storage. Don't drive it 500 or 1000 miles then put it into storage. Combustion forms acids that are washed into the oil pan. Over time these acids can eat away at bearing surfaces. Leaving the bearings set several months in an oil/acid bath won't do them any good.

We change the oil in our motorhome a coupe times a year. We have less than 20 miles on the last oil change before it goes into storage.
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I have to believe that the six month window assumes you are driving it, just not enough to rack up the miles. I suspect that unless you have an oil related failure, which has to be very rare, and the failure can be traced to you not changing the oil, then you will be just fine.
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I do it every 5,000 with synthetic
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Oil change interval on Ford V-10

While under warranty, follow the engine manufacturers recommendation. It should state miles and months time. I'm surprised it just says 6 months! What if you drive 30k miles in 6 months and then changed?

I changed my very first at 1000 miles and will follow the remaining manufacturer's schedule. I use Amsoil 5/W20 synthetic OEM. After warranty period, I'll use Amsoil Signature Series 5/W20 and change yearly.
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It's six months or 7500 miles (in the case of a motorhome), whichever comes first.
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Once a year or 10000 miles, which ever comes first. Spring time is the best time to change it. It's part of the getting ready for the camping season thang.
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I usually change ours at the end of the camping season. Got lazy last year so I will be changing it at the beginning and end of this season. I would follow their rules till the warranty expires.
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Six months or 7500 miles which ever occurs first. That's going to be a pain for the next 36 months. Or you can roll the dice. The chances of Ford winning are pretty low but if they do, well the three or so extra oil changes will cost a lot less. Just be happy you don't have a big diesel where oil capacity is measured in gallons.
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I do it every 5,000 with synthetic
Too often
Waste of money.
Synthetic oil 10000 miles no problem.
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Too often

Waste of money.

Synthetic oil 10000 miles no problem.

I agree, 5000 miles is too early for most synthetics. It depends on the detergents and oil additives. I've seen really great name brands go 10k maximum and some up to 25k under certain conditions. I change yearly and I am under normal miles.
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