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Old 03-26-2014, 03:52 PM   #1
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Camping season is almost here :) Do you prep your TV each season?

This is our first full summer camping in our hybrid and I'm beyond excited!!

Question for you guys
Do you prep your TV each season? Transmission flush, tune up etc...
We have the TV scheduled in for a routine maintenance tune up but I was just wondering if there is something else I should be doing besides the "standard".

Same grade oil? Transmission fluid?
We are towing close to max. weight capacity if that makes a difference.

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Old 03-26-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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Towing does place additional strain on the TV. We do increase the number of maintenance events during towing season. In your owners manual, there should be two maintenance schedules, one for "normal" driving and one for "harsh/towing". If not, I would suggest reaching out to Mazda corporate (not a dealership) for recommendations for your specific vehicle.

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Old 03-26-2014, 11:05 PM   #3
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Sorry I posted in the wrong category. Thanks for moving the post

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Old 03-27-2014, 03:59 AM   #4
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I don't change the tranny or rear diff fluid every season. Follow the "severe" duty maintenance schedule in your owners manual. My vehicles all get a new air filter when I do the spring engine oil changes.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:00 AM   #5
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Other than filters I always do a spring oil change. My TV is a 'camping truck'. It only gets used for camping and during the winter when the snow is deep. I don't even change the clock for the winter but leave it on DST.

In the spring it does get the spring cleaning including oil, filters, grease and a good cleaning.
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:11 AM   #6
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I don't do anything different...I have a mechanic that I trust and follow his recommendations on tranny, rear end and transfer case fluid changes. Other than that just the normal maintenance that is needed. I do change the oil at every 3000 miles which when towing I think is a necessity.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:25 PM   #7
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First off no one on this site or anywhere else is harder on a TV that I am. So to me, meticulous maintenance is top priority unless I feel like sweeping parts up that come flying out from under the truck. I have run gas TV's flat out (3000-6000+ RPMS) for hours on end with no problems. I believe in Mobil 1 synthetic oils / greases in everything front to back. I use exactly the weights and types of fluids recommended by the owners manual, but in a synthetic oil.

Gas motor- Change every 3000 miles with Mobil 1

Trans- Change oil and filter every 30,000 miles- DO NOT GET IT FLUSHED- EVER. Tell your dealer, mechanic to drop the pan, replace the filter, clean pan well, put the pan back up, refill with synthetic oil. Thats it. The idiots who sell transmission flushes have cash on the brain because its a huge money maker and is so bad for the trans. It washes all the dirt from the bottom of the pan / filter and circulates that gritty clutch material crap all over your trans and gets the lodged in the solenoids and valves, partially hangs them up. Next thing is puff, your sitting on the side of the road with your RV hooked up, likely with a pile of parts laying on the ground.

Diffs- Change initially at 15,000- use Mobil 1. Then every 60,000 afterwards

Coolant- Change every 60,000 using only what the OEM says to use. New coolants do not like each other and may gel if mixed. Use only what the owners manual says with distilled water.

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Old 03-31-2014, 09:09 PM   #8
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Yes, I do transfer case and differentials every spring.

Tranny every 30k miles
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As said above, follow the manual's recommendations. In the case of my previous TV, front/real diffs at 30k, transfer case every 30k, trans every 50k. Oil every 5k or when the OLM system says to change it.

Always use the manufacturer's recommended fluids or better.
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Every spring I open the front cowlings on my TV and wash all the junk out of my rad and tranny coolers. I always run with a bug screen but its amazing the crud that gets in there.

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