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klutchdust

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Posted: 06/28/22 12:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For something that can be done in your driveway I would not rule out a mobile mechanic. Look up RV mobile mechanics and check their

pricing. A dealer would be my last choice for anything. There is nothing special about these chassis, be it Ford GM or otherwise. Now a

MB chassis will cost more due to those two letters.

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We always take our Class C to our local MasterLube-for oil changes, lubes, etc. Their facility has a walk/work space underneath the vehicle. Our Class C is on a Chevy 4500 chassis with 6.0 gas engine-about 25 ft.


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enblethen wrote:

Dealers would be my last choice!
Oil change and lube joints and even Walmart would be better choices.


Now I do all my own work on personal vehicles anyway, and my mistrust of mechanics in general is strong, but why all the “no dealer for oil changes” stuff?
I get my company vehicles serviced by others and If one has the extra time to dink around making an appointment and a 10 min oil change taking a half hour, dealers are traditionally way cheaper than the Jippo Lube places, for oil changes. (Because they have 5 other things you “need “ done. (At inflated prices). )
Why not use the dealer cheap oil change lure to your advantage?

I generally use the Jippo lubes though because a dealer oil change seems to kill a good extra hour or more of my day and the savings is less than my hourly cost to the company.


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Oil change specifically is typically a SIMPLE job on Class C RVs. They are high enough off the ground that you can crawl under (or put your leveling blocks/etc underneath...of course be careful anytime you go under a vehicle!). On many Class C RVs, the oil filter is also underneath and simple to get to.

It will take you LESS time (and of course money) to change the oil yourself if you consider driving to the shop, waiting your turn (or dropping it off, getting a ride back and forth, etc), waiting for them to change the oil, and driving home.

For anything safety related, I want a certified RV shop or mechanic to perform the task (liability reasons).

Good luck!
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I know I can change it myself. I was actually wondering where people go when they are out on a trip and needed to have some service done, like an oil change for example. I know if something is rv related I would need to go to an rv shop



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austinjenna wrote:

I know I can change it myself. I was actually wondering where people go when they are out on a trip and needed to have some service done, like an oil change for example. I know if something is rv related I would need to go to an rv shop


As far as RV shops, I am curious also where repairs could be available. One trip my front stabilizer mounting bolt snapped and the stabilizer was interfering with my steering. I had to jury rig to hold it up with a ratchet strap, drive 30 miles to Bishop to buy the right socket to get it off, laying in the parking lot of a shopping center. Next trip, Bishop also, the bracket holding the water tank broke and back to the auto parts store to buy C clamp to hold it up. Couldn't find anyone open on Sunday to weld it.

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austinjenna wrote:

I know I can change it myself. I was actually wondering where people go when they are out on a trip and needed to have some service done, like an oil change for example. I know if something is rv related I would need to go to an rv shop


You are a member here for 20 years , nothing much will be any different running a 25’ class C. [emoticon] Handle it the same way you would operating your fiver and HD pickup.

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Make one phone call, tell them what you need. They find you someone that can accommodate a class C.

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SJ-Chris wrote:

Oil change specifically is typically a SIMPLE job on Class C RVs. They are high enough off the ground that you can crawl under (or put your leveling blocks/etc underneath...of course be careful anytime you go under a vehicle!). On many Class C RVs, the oil filter is also underneath and simple to get to.

It will take you LESS time (and of course money) to change the oil yourself if you consider driving to the shop, waiting your turn (or dropping it off, getting a ride back and forth, etc), waiting for them to change the oil, and driving home.

For anything safety related, I want a certified RV shop or mechanic to perform the task (liability reasons).

Good luck!
Chris


Assuming you coordinate it with another trip (the OP was asking about while traveling so I assume there are moves involved), there is negligible drive time involved. Add in that you can typically just show up and get in within 5-10minutes and much easier than making an appointment at the dealer and paying an inflated rate. Never had to leave a vehicle at an oil change place and come back later.

Most campgrounds won't be happy with you doing an oil change at the campsite.


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valhalla360 wrote:

SJ-Chris wrote:

Oil change specifically is typically a SIMPLE job on Class C RVs. They are high enough off the ground that you can crawl under (or put your leveling blocks/etc underneath...of course be careful anytime you go under a vehicle!). On many Class C RVs, the oil filter is also underneath and simple to get to.

It will take you LESS time (and of course money) to change the oil yourself if you consider driving to the shop, waiting your turn (or dropping it off, getting a ride back and forth, etc), waiting for them to change the oil, and driving home.

For anything safety related, I want a certified RV shop or mechanic to perform the task (liability reasons).

Good luck!
Chris


Assuming you coordinate it with another trip (the OP was asking about while traveling so I assume there are moves involved), there is negligible drive time involved. Add in that you can typically just show up and get in within 5-10minutes and much easier than making an appointment at the dealer and paying an inflated rate. Never had to leave a vehicle at an oil change place and come back later.

Most campgrounds won't be happy with you doing an oil change at the campsite.



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austinjenna wrote:

Hello, we currently have a fiver but lately have been looking at smaller class c around the 25ft length. My question is having to do with oil changes and was wondering - for example if it was a Ford powered rv do you take it to the ford dealer for oil changes?

Are they generally able to work on these types of vehicles without a problem?


I don't see anything in the original post about "while traveling".
Unless my trip was for 5000+ miles, I'd either change the oil before going or when I got back.

-Chris

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SJ-Chris wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

SJ-Chris wrote:

Oil change specifically is typically a SIMPLE job on Class C RVs. They are high enough off the ground that you can crawl under (or put your leveling blocks/etc underneath...of course be careful anytime you go under a vehicle!). On many Class C RVs, the oil filter is also underneath and simple to get to.

It will take you LESS time (and of course money) to change the oil yourself if you consider driving to the shop, waiting your turn (or dropping it off, getting a ride back and forth, etc), waiting for them to change the oil, and driving home.

For anything safety related, I want a certified RV shop or mechanic to perform the task (liability reasons).

Good luck!
Chris


Assuming you coordinate it with another trip (the OP was asking about while traveling so I assume there are moves involved), there is negligible drive time involved. Add in that you can typically just show up and get in within 5-10minutes and much easier than making an appointment at the dealer and paying an inflated rate. Never had to leave a vehicle at an oil change place and come back later.

Most campgrounds won't be happy with you doing an oil change at the campsite.



Here is the original post:

austinjenna wrote:

Hello, we currently have a fiver but lately have been looking at smaller class c around the 25ft length. My question is having to do with oil changes and was wondering - for example if it was a Ford powered rv do you take it to the ford dealer for oil changes?

Are they generally able to work on these types of vehicles without a problem?


I don't see anything in the original post about "while traveling".
Unless my trip was for 5000+ miles, I'd either change the oil before going or when I got back.

-Chris


Quote from OP: I know I can change it myself. I was actually wondering where people go when they are out on a trip and needed to have some service done, like an oil change for example. I know if something is rv related I would need to go to an rv shop

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