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I get the gen serviced and engine once per year at a Cummins Coach Care facility. All filters including fuel, oil, lube job and bumper to bumper inspection run me 638.00. Last year the tech found a bolt had vibrated out of the engine a/c mount. While it had not gave me any indications of trouble it would not have made it another year with out causing some woes on the road. This includes coolant check as well. I do all my other oil, fuel changes myself on my other vehicles including the tractors but accessing all the zerk fittings, and getting to all the filters on the dp are a bit challenging and unsafe. I just prefer having an expert to do it.


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We had a guy in the shop last week during the cold snap here. Cheaped out on chassis Mx for a couple of years. Just changed the oil and filter himself. One of his fuel filters (the one that is hard to reach) was totally plugged with gelled fuel and algae. Stored the coach with 1/8 tank, then started it up to head for FL. Made it about 15 miles before the engine started bucking.

He was in the shop for 6 hours at $140 an hour, plus 2 fuel filters, an air filter and 32 quarts of Rotella and an oil filter. Like the old commercial says; pay me now or pay me later.

If you're going to do your own maintenance, make sure you do all of it.


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We had a guy in the shop last week during the cold snap here. Cheaped out on chassis Mx for a couple of years. Just changed the oil and filter himself. One of his fuel filters (the one that is hard to reach) was totally plugged with gelled fuel and algae. Stored the coach with 1/8 tank, then started it up to head for FL. Made it about 15 miles before the engine started bucking.

He was in the shop for 6 hours at $140 an hour, plus 2 fuel filters, an air filter and 32 quarts of Rotella and an oil filter. Like the old commercial says; pay me now or pay me later.

If you're going to do your own maintenance, make sure you do all of it.


I agree completely. To add to this,if you are looking to buy a coach from someone that does their own maintenance, make sure that you have it inspected first by a QUALIFIED mechanic, just to make sure that everything has been done, and done correctly.
This may save you a $10,000 bill that I received after a seller left something loose. I made it 260 miles before the problem showed up.
I worked on my own airplanes and if you do your own maintenance on your RV, do it like your life depends on it

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jplante4 wrote:

We had a guy in the shop last week during the cold snap here. Cheaped out on chassis Mx for a couple of years. Just changed the oil and filter himself. One of his fuel filters (the one that is hard to reach) was totally plugged with gelled fuel and algae. Stored the coach with 1/8 tank, then started it up to head for FL. Made it about 15 miles before the engine started bucking.

He was in the shop for 6 hours at $140 an hour, plus 2 fuel filters, an air filter and 32 quarts of Rotella and an oil filter. Like the old commercial says; pay me now or pay me later.

If you're going to do your own maintenance, make sure you do all of it.


I agree completely. To add to this,if you are looking to buy a coach from someone that does their own maintenance, make sure that you have it inspected first by a QUALIFIED mechanic, just to make sure that everything has been done, and done correctly.
This may save you a $10,000 bill that I received after a seller left something loose. I made it 260 miles before the problem showed up.
I worked on my own airplanes and if you do your own maintenance on your RV, do it like your life depends on it


I agree totally. A few years back after Coach Care serviced my dp and I had returned home, I brought it over to the garage to pack for an upcoming trip. I noticed it was down on the left rear drastically. After looking it over I found a clamp has slipped off the linkage to the air bag and the bag was not inflating. I raised the rear with the hyd jacks and place 4x4's along the length of the trailing arms. I then lowered till it was resting on the 4x4's. I could barely get enough of my body to the linkage to slip it back together an then put a new clamp on. I called Coach Care and because they felt they had missed it during the service they asked me to bring it back to them. They readjusted the ride heights and put all new clamps on and did not charge me a cent. It pays to have a relationship with good company in my honest opinion.

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Somehow I don't think the OP was looking for DIY costs.

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$300 @ Speedco. Includes filters, oil and fuel, lube and radiator check... as you can see from the above posts, though, each one seems to differ in what maintenance you are doing. Some engines require 15qts/oil, some 28. Mine takes 32. It's worth it to me to let someone else do the work. Draining 32 qts of oil means I'd have to drain it probably 8 times to complete it, move those 32 qts 32 old milk jugs, then cart them to the recycle center. Not really time nor labor efficient. I'd rather play golf, cards, play on the computer or take a nap, which I can do while they're changing my oil...[emoticon].....Dennis


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Executive wrote:

It's worth it to me to let someone else do the work.
x2. Changing generator oil is messy enough.. I don't need gallons of it!

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Just beware of Speedco's "up charges" that they don't run by you until the bill is tallied up. Ran up my bill to over $400.

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janstey58 wrote:

Just beware of Speedco's "up charges" that they don't run by you until the bill is tallied up. Ran up my bill to over $400.


Never had them do that. They always ask before doing anything to the coach. You have to witness them torquing the drain plug. I've even been invited to go into the pit with them to look underneath the rig. Perhaps different locations have different rules, dunno. One should always be vigilant....Dennis

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