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Old 10-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #15
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5 Gal. oil = $36.00

That's only $1.44 a quart. Please tell me where I can buy diesel oil for that price.
If you buy the discount oil (Miles for example) in a 55 gallon drum you can get it under $2. a gal here in California. I'd imagine that elsewhere you could get it even cheaper, considering how much more everything seems to cost here.
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Still, $1.44 is really cheap.

While I commend the frugality, I have to point out that you get what you pay for. As a former master tech, I've seen up close the differences over time from el-cheapo oils vs. high quality lubricants. Just over a decade ago in our shop we signed a contract with Shell for bulk conventional oil. The oil was stupid cheap on a per quart basis. It was also quite bad for peoples engines. The oil caked up really bad and clogged the finer oil passages around camshafts and tappets, as well as gumming up oil pumps and oil pickups. We switched to Castrol GTX and started flushing out all the motors we had been regularly servicing as they came through. Over the long run, the cheap oil became very expensive.

Personally, I buy Rotella T6 Synthetic in 5 gallon buckets. It's over $100 per 5 gallon bucket, but I feel it's worth it. My rig uses 6 gallons of oil. I get my O.E. filters direct from Spartan. As with oil, I feel it's worth it to spend a bit extra for O.E. filters, and Spartan (R.V.Chassis Parts.com) sells filter kits at a great price. For just over $100 I can get the oil filter, coolant filter, both fuel filters, and the coolant additive for my rig, all O.E.. Napa wanted $70 for one fuel filter and $45 for the oil filter.

My rig, a 14yr old DP, hasn't been too expensive on the routine maintenance side. Most of the cost has been small repairs and system upgrades, which is expected with a coach of this age. Granted, I do all of my own work, so my costs are purely parts bases, no labor. For me, cost of ownership for a DP vs. Gasser wasn't a considerations in the purchase. After months of looking at nothing but gas coaches, when we walked into our current rig, it just felt more solid. Less gimicky. Then we drove it and the deal was done.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:24 PM   #16
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I found the 6 22.5 tires price hard to believe also. What tires did you get for that price? And how old were they?
The tires I bought were new but most of you wouldn't touch them. They are what a lot of people on here refer to as Chinese "crap". I will not try to convince others to buy these tires nor will I defend my choice because it is just that. "My choice".
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5 Gal. oil = $36.00

That's only $1.44 a quart. Please tell me where I can buy diesel oil for that price.
On sale twice a year at Tractor Supply. 5 Gal. buckets. Not synthetic.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:37 PM   #18
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ALERT....ALERT
This old boy is slipping. I mis quoted the oil price.
After all the posts about the price I pulled the credit card receipt.
I paid $46 yes $46 for a 5 gal bucket of rotella T.
My humblest apologies.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:04 PM   #19
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mel, I know you have been posting and RV'ing a long time. As have I. Entering our 20th year in MH's and other types before that. That said, let me tell you no one likes to be called a liar. Or at the very least as misconstruing the facts.
Here are the facts for my dollar expenditures on my MH. Remembering I do my own service. Some items, filters are bought on line way cheaper.
5 Gal. oil = $36
Oil filter = $28
Fuel filters 1 @ $14, 1 @ & 9. These are changed every other oil change, so every other year.
Coolant filter = $8, I have only changed one of these in 20 years.
If that isn't well under $200 I will eat my hat.
I replaced 2 tires last year @ $ 286 Each, $286 X 6 = $1716. Again, well under the price I stated in my post.l
Now for your attempt at humor I hope.
Over 6 years of owning this coach and the overall MPG is 8.6.
To all of you who aren't mel, sorry about the rant but the dis-respect needed to be addressed.
I totally agree with your concerning Mel's reply to you. Very rude.

As for your figures.... you didn't mention anything about the engine air filter....mine is over $100 and I typically swap out about every three years. There is also the dryer filter, hydraulic filter, and one other that escapes my memory right now. Also, tires for $286? Wow! I've never heard of 22.5 tires this cheap before. Can you tell us the brand? Everything I've looked at was at least $500 or more (275/80-22.5). And, I might add, my fuel and oil filters are considerably more than what you quoted for yours.

Maybe I'm just not buying my stuff at the right place.

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You asked about manufacturers that stand behind their product. The two that I have heard the best about are Newmar and Tiffin. I have a Newmar and they have always been great.
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As far as tires...NOTHING will help if not inflated properly. Even the best brand on the market will blow out then.
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5 Gal. oil = $36.00

That's only $1.44 a quart. Please tell me where I can buy diesel oil for that price.

I buy 5 gallons of Delo 15-40 at Walmart for about $60.

Substitute the Delo for his (probably typo) $36 oil, I still get a total far less than $200.

I also do my own lube, oil and filters. My historical cost has averaged $110 without the $40 air filter.
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Rual king&tractor supply sell Rotella 15w40 5 gal 40.00
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boy id shop around if i payed the prices listed above.. and i just bought american tires by general the HS i think an cost installed out the door taxed was $2800 i just dont know where anybody gets tires for 5 grand. heck it would be worth to come here and stock up on filters and tires. just my opinion as i really dont think its anybody's right to call some ones dignity to question, especially online ,, maybe face tot face but not in front of what you call an audience.
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[QUOTE=We switched to Castrol GTX and started flushing out all the motors we had been regularly servicing as they came through.
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I love Castrol Syn oil and use it in my 2015 FORD 150, 2.7 eco along with BG MOA additive. I use BG products religiously in all my vehicles. Awesome products in so many ways. In my Ford V10 gas MH I just had ALL MY FLUID SYSTEMS flushed and redone with BG products...except the engine oil. The oil was just changed a month ago when we bought this rig with reg. oil 5-20 oil. I'm planning on switching over to 5-20 syn & MOA right after winter. With only 18K miles on it this shouldn't be any problem. But....

My question is:
You said above, "you started flushing out all the motors first". Would you suggest I flush out my motor first also and if so what do you flush it out with and what's the procedure?
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ALERT....ALERT
This old boy is slipping. I mis quoted the oil price.
After all the posts about the price I pulled the credit card receipt.
I paid $46 yes $46 for a 5 gal bucket of rotella T.
My humblest apologies.
Buy us all a cold beer and we will absolutely forgive you.
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The tires I bought were new but most of you wouldn't touch them. They are what a lot of people on here refer to as Chinese "crap". I will not try to convince others to buy these tires nor will I defend my choice because it is just that. "My choice".
I never criticize anyone for looking for the best bang for the buck. I do it every day. Just as an aside, one of the absolute books I have ever read is "The Millionaire Next Door". In today's world, "value" is a dirty word. Not for me.

I know a lot of people who out of hand describe all Chinese tire brands as "crap". But not sure if this is the same crowd that calls everything made in China as "crap". What these people seem to forget is most everything we buy in this country is made not in the US or Europe, but in the "cheap crap" countries of the world.
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my tires are hurcules but they are 19.5 under 1600 all 6 had them 3 yrs and love them Made by copper also live in mich been traveling nd to nc to mich about 10 times so far in 2 years
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