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Ro646a

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Posted: 05/15/18 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm considering a beautiful, garage kept 2007 Winnie Adventurer with the W24 Workhorse chassis. Unfortunately, it has only had one oil change, and that was at 6000 miles.
I also wonder about the engine coolant and the potential for corrosion.

Should I pass?

* This post was edited 05/15/18 07:50am by Ro646a *


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6000 miles is not that bad , your heading says 11000, that is 2 many


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Take an oil sample and have it completely analyzed. They should be able to give you a handle on how much acid and other contaminates are present. Be sure to tell them the situation you are in and ask for their recommendations based on what they find. Blackstone Lab or JG Lubricant Services are a couple of good ones.


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With today's kinds of HI-Tec oils I wouldn't think it would be a problem. Do you know the kind of oil the owner was using?

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Posted: 05/15/18 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it already had an oil change at 6K miles and the moho now has 11K miles, it tells me it's due for another change right now. I won't be too concerned.





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You could go the lab route, but how does the oil look? Milky at all? First concern would be if there had been any moisture buildup due to long term storage. Did they excercise the engine at all? What types of trips did they make? If they took the unit 20 miles to a local lake a dozen or more times a year, I would think it was fine, all the fluids were warmed up and circulated frequently. Or was it one or two 3000 mile trips in all those years, meaning those fluids sat dormant for long spells.
And that same concern would go for the tranny too.

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my mb says every 10k I change at 8k that rv is safe in my eyes.

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My new 2017 F-150 recommends oil changes every 10,000 miles or 1 year. The first oil change at 6,000 miles with a second at 11,000 miles wouldn't worry me at all.


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Busdriver wrote:

6000 miles is not that bad , your heading says 11000, that is 2 many


I'll change my wording to make it more clear.
Thanks. :-)

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My Honda CRV came with "break in" oil and instructions not to do an oil change before 6000 miles. My Dodge Ram with Cummins diesel specifies a 7000 mile change. I follow that guideline.

In the past engines had poor tolerances and oils were not very good. Change intervals were about 3000 miles. There has not been any reason for doing that with an engine built in the last 30 years or so.

Because this is a 2007 model I would have like to see another change or two, but there are other issues that are probably more important. I am sure the tires need to be replaced, maybe hoses and belts, all the fluids including brake fluid. I would also be concerned about stale fuel and plugged injectors. Engine oil and engine wear are way down on the list of concerns.

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