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Posted: 02/15/17 06:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have an extended trip out west this summer planned which will include about 7500 miles of driving. We have a 2017 Tiffin 35 QBA Ford gasser chassis. The Ford manual says you can go 7500 miles between oil changes without towing. I am planning an oil change to Motorcraft synthetic oil before we go. I would like to avoid having to get service during our trip. Sound good to you all?

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You're set. Just check it from time to time and bring an extra quart

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Sure sounds good to go. Just be sure to check the level now and then.


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I assume you are not towing?
I would change it at 7,499 mi my self.
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Posted: 02/15/17 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No need to change during your trip. Do it before you leave and when you get back. I assume Bumpy was making a point that who really gets their oil change to the exact mile. Sometimes I do mine at 7k, sometimes at 8k. No harm in either case.


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Posted: 02/15/17 09:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even 10,000 is not a big deal. JMHO
Do check the oil level and top off as needed because low on oil is a big deal.

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Rat,

Let me tell you this about that..
For a some of my time in the OE, I ran the engine tear-down and inspection room(s). At that time (20+ya) that manufacturer was calling for a 7500 Lube Oil Service interval. It was SOP for the proving ground to run X2. I never saw lube oil related failures that were not first material failures.

The real problem with modern engines and long service intervals is not that the lube oil gets worn out (new oils are amazing in this regard) but that short cycling fouls the oil with moisture and other combustion by-products. the biggest problem those present is corrosion.

Now, you are going to switch to a synthetic, good move. There are two benefits to synthetics. First is temperature breakdown resistance. I suspect that will not be a big issue to you. But the other is the resistance to the formation of acids that can lead to corrosion of the oil wetted components. Unfortunately, you will not get the full benefit until after the next oil change. It takes an extensive procedure to get even 90% of the lube oil out of an engine.

As you will not be short cycling the engine during this excursion, you will be in good shape.

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In 2002 we took a trip to Alaska 56 days, 14,300 miles. Changed to Amsoil synthetic before the trip and changed again when we got back. Towed a Honda Accord and went up and down and up and down the mountains. The 1999 Bounder with the V-10 performed flawlessly even though it would scream and wind pretty tight going up the slopes.

Like others have said, I wouldn't worry about the mileage, just keep it topped off. Have a great trip. Arnold


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Effy wrote:

No need to change during your trip. Do it before you leave and when you get back. I assume Bumpy was making a point that who really gets their oil change to the exact mile. Sometimes I do mine at 7k, sometimes at 8k. No harm in either case.


no I was semi-serious. it is a new vehicle with warranty. I remember somebody posting here that they had some issue with a non-oil change part and notified the dealer that they had changed the oil at what was 50 miles over the "required" distance, and they pounced on that and denied the claim under warranty.
I like to play it safe myself.
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You say 2017.....I would advise you to do 3000 or more miles on the oil for break in. With the original oil removed you can then go the limit with synthetic. Just my 2 cents.............


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