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rondeb

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We have been having a real problem finding a place to get our oil changed. Either they don't have a bay tall enough (we are only 11') or they won't work on RV's even though our Class C is really just a Ford 350 Econoline Van when it comes to changing the oil. We stopped at 2 different Ford dealerships today. One said they couldn't do it because they didn't have an RV bay and the last one after considerable persuasion and a 2 hour wait, we got an oil change.

We have been trying to find a place for quite a few days. I just was wondering what everyone else does to get your oil changed.

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We just change the oil, oil filter, and air filter before every big trip. That way we do not spend "vacation" time getting oil changed. Besides I use ONLY Mobil 1 oil, which adds another issue to getting it done on the road.

Our old TV only needed oil changed every 10,000 miles, and we never exceeded that in one trip. Ford is every 7,500 miles, so we may need to watch that one.


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Posted: 07/28/10 06:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too get my oil changed before a long trip even if it's not due.

Call ahead, so you can get it changed in the truck bay possibly.


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Begin by stopping (and asking) at "normal" service stations.

Many/most don't need a service bay to change oil.

My BIL has a smog test-only facility - does minor maint items also.
He thinks nothing of changing oil & filter on motorhomes (A's & C's) -
even mentioned he had a guy bring in his own oil (which was OK with him).

Next choice before a dealership - would be a truck stop.
They should be happy to take your money AND get you out of there way quicker than a dealership (IMO: dealership = poor choice!)

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We always change our oil just before a long trip - and have recently begun to use synthetic oil just so we don't end up searching for an oil change in towns where one can't be found easily .... works great so far - guilt free travelling within the oil-change interval for synthetic oil by the time we return home.


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I do it myself. I take 4 empty milk jugs. Have Fumoto drain. 30 minutes max.
Good chore for a rainy day.


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i have used jiffy lube or their equivilent when needbe. the secret there is that they dont have a lift but rather a pit to work underneath from.

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Truck stop or a garage that works on large trucks.


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I, too, just have the Class A changed before a trip. If I had to have it changed on a trip and couldn't find a Ford dealership to do it, I would call Ford Customer Service and ask them to give me the name of a dealership that would change the oil. Lots of folks I know, use Wal-Mart, even the big diesel rigs. On our Class B, Road Runner changes it (like a Jiffy-Lube.)

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We are not just on "vacation" We are not full timers, but leave home for 4-5 -6 months at a time so we obviously have to get an oil change long before we would get back home.

We haven't found a Walmart that will change the oil on our Class C. We have tried. We haven't found a Jiffy Lube either. Even if the front of the RV will go in the front of the bay just enough to get over their pit, they won't do it.

We also change the oil before we leave, but I change our oil every 5,000 miles and we are now over 6000 for this trip and are almost 3,000. miles from home and probably will put another 5,000 miles on before we are home again.

I had not thought of a truck stop, but will check that out. I will also just check for the local small type mechanic ads the next time I need a change. I have tried to talk a number of individuals into changing the oil flat (that is how it used to all be done) but NO ONE wants to do it. I even offered Jiffy Lube an extra $30. to change the oil outside their bay and they said no. I guess business is too good LOL

Thanks for the ideas. We did find an individual that had a service bay that was just tall enough to bring the front end of the RV in the front door and change it that way. That was in Alabama a few months ago, but we are now in Gettysburg, PA. The top of the RV was just a few inches away from the top.

When those that mentioned a truck stop, would that be the normal large truck stops I see?

* This post was edited 07/28/10 08:36pm by rondeb *

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