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shannon62

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Posted: 08/22/22 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, i have a class a motor home & would like to change my own oil & filter, does anybody have any suggestions on where i can do this, i am fulltime & the campground i am staying does not allow this. Thanks for the help.

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Posted: 08/22/22 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With all the hazardous waste laws, regulations, rules and fines, I don't think you will find anyone (just like your campground) that is going to let you change your oil on their property.


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I know you said you wanted to DIY but for the hassle of finding a place, the task itself, wrench, drain pan, buying the oil and filter and disposal of the old oil I would just take to a truck center or RV dealer to have it done. Anymore you don't really save a lot of money doing it yourself and it's certainly less hassle and mess. There is a reason CG's don't want people changing oil and primarily it's the risk of a spill and the disposal of the old oil. I think you'll find the same concern anywhere you would try and change it that wasn't personal property.


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Posted: 08/22/22 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find an auto parts store with a large parking lot and ask if they mind. I've seen plenty of people doing minor work in parking lots.

I'm assuming you don't need a lift or anything extravagant to change the oil. If you have one of the pumps that will draw oil out from the dipstick and the oil filter is easy to reach, just make sure not to make a mess and likely no one will have an issue.

Most auto parts stores will accept used oil for free, so disposal isn't a big concern.


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Do you have a gasser or a diesel?


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Posted: 08/22/22 09:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would probably hire a mobile mechanic or just top it off and keep going.


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Might get filters on hand, or check in advance to be sure they stock what you need, but Speedco is reasonable priced for trucks.
Compared to the cost of cleanup of a spill pretty reasonable.

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Auto parts store is the way to go. DIY it is easy and you do save money, better oil.

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Posted: 08/23/22 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Auto parts store is the best choice for a gasser.

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I'm assuming you have a class A gasser, pretty simple job, takes less than 15 minutes on our Monaco with 8.1 on workhorse W24 chassis. Grab a wrench, even an adjustable will work, grab receptacle for used oil, your favorite oil and filter, maybe an oil filter wrench although I just use a rag to twist off filter, and have at it. As mentioned above most auto part stores or Walmart will have all parts and room in there parking lots, they will also recycle your old oil when you are done. Basically, if you are physically able, you can accomplish this task in a quarter hour, find a flat spot to park and get it done.

That is what I love about our class A, it is so easy to do maintenance work with all the space around and underneath powertrain, no need to jack up rig making service intervals on our Allison 2000 series tranny a breeze. It sounds like a few have had issues with spills which can occur but rare, a piece of cardboard or small tarp will alleviate any minor incidents. At 40' long and 13' high it is way too much hassle to find, and drive, and wait for our class A rig to be serviced by some junior mechanic doing this menial job at whatever service center that happens to actually work on your brand and chassis of rig.

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