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Old 01-30-2023, 08:34 AM   #1
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Oil Change Prices | Locations

Hi There.

I know this topic probably has been discussed several times in the past.. even though I did a search and wasn't able to find a good one.

I'm due for my 1st Oil Change and looking for places to take my rig here in Central Florida as I don't have the tools and the experience for doing that myself. The ones that provided a quote are asking 270+ for oil/filter change on a gas MH.. Is that the normal price for an oil change?

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It will vary from state to state and city to city. If you have several quotes around that $270 price, that is probably going to be the rate for your area.



RV shops here charge $150 or more an hour labor so 1 to 1 1/2 hour labor plus filter, oil and disposal fee that $270 is not far out of the picture.
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If you are in a campground, or familiar with any local campgrounds, I would give one or more of them a phone call and ask if there is a RV Mobile Mechanic they recommend that is local to the area. I would then call one (or more) of their recommendations and ask what they would charge to come out to your RV and perform an oil change for you at your location. Just a thought. ~CA
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Before doing that check with the RV park about rules on maintenance on their grounds. Some forbid any type of repair/maintenance. Mainly due to insurance issues but also because of the noise etc related to repairs.
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Before doing that check with the RV park about rules on maintenance on their grounds. Some forbid any type of repair/maintenance. Mainly due to insurance issues but also because of the noise etc related to repairs.
Always a good idea to check before scheduling anything, in fact even some neighborhood HOA's have rules against working on a vehicle on the road or in your driveway. ~CA
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Called a Mobile Tech that served the area and for Oil Change / Filter / Disposal / Synthetic Oil they want 350.
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Just a thought. I know you said you donít have the tools or experience to change the oil yourself. You might google ď Jayco alante oil change ď . YouTube has some good how-to videos. You can go to a ford dealership for the oil and filter . The list of tools below are from home depot. You just might find that changing the oil is not that difficult.
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I saw a few videos and in fact is not that difficult. Videos I saw was for the V10 Ford F53... but should be similar for the V8 F53 chassis that I have.

I'm thinking of getting some tools and doing it myself... I need to start learning somehow Any synthetic oil you guys recommend? I'll check the manual for specs but I think it is 5W-30... Mobile1? Motorcraft?

Besides doing the oil change.. anything else I should pay attention?

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Any synthetic oil you guys recommend? I'll check the manual for specs but I think it is 5W-30... Mobile1? Motorcraft?

Besides doing the oil change.. anything else I should pay attention?

Sorry.. but learning from the pros

Asking about a brand of oil is like saying you add beans to your chili. Someone's going to pat you on the back and someone else is going to think you're nutz.

Pretty much ALL oil in the big box stores meets or exceeds the manufacturers minimum standards. I use Mobil-1 simply because I've always used Mobil-1. Since the late 70's.

Others will use Motorcraft thinking "put Ford stuff in a Ford". And still other's swear by their brand.

My take is that it doesn't matter so much which brand. Just decide Synthetic or Not, pick the right weight and then change it (and the filter) at the recommended intervals.

If you decide to do this yourself, it's not hard. Don't forget to buy some kitty litter to soak up the inevitable spill.

And, for Pete's Sake, don't crank the new filter or drain plug back on so tight! Just snug them.
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[QUOTE=embeleco;1093430]I saw a few videos and in fact is not that difficult. Videos I saw was for the V10 Ford F53... but should be similar for the V8 F53 chassis that I have.



Besides doing the oil change.. anything else I should pay

As far as the oil goes you can get a lot of different opinions on whatís best. Myself I like mobile1 or Quaker state. Donít forget about your air filter. Check the brake fluid level. Check the power steering fluid ( DO NOT OVER FILL The RESERVOIR ). Tire pressure. Radiator fluid level. Check engine oil level. Check the transmission fluid level. Check the fan belt ( beltís) for cracks. These are the things I check on a regular basis. Iím not a pro, Iíve just been around cars/trucks for awhile. Safe travels!
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While changing oil/oil filter, it's usually a good idea to lube the chassis and there are videos available for that also. It is not hard, but you will need a grease gun and grease. The hardest part of doing the oil change is refilling the oil due to where the oil fill is in the engine compartment. I screw on a "fitting" that can be purchased at auto stores/wal-mart to the quart size oil bottle. This fitting has a 3-4 inch spout and a twist on/off feature that allows me to negotiate getting the spout in the oil fill tube before opening. Others use a portable pump (manual and electric are available) and tubing in order to fill directly from the large oil containers. Oil changes cost less than $100 this way and it gives me a chance to take a good look for any potential problems underneath the MH i.e. loose bolts, wires hanging down, broken sway bar mounts etc.

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About the only oil change I have done any more in the wife's Audi. It is too low to the ground to get under and running those vehicle up ramps is not safe. And besides that they have become so complicated that that thing does not even have a dipstick. It is all computer and readout.



I change the Jeep and the Greyhawk and used to change the Duramax and Pioneer. Stick with the weights recommended by the manual and dino oil is just that, the old dinosaur way. Most all synthetic has better heat properties is better for the environment, and is recommended by most all manufactures for extended oil changes. Many say oil is oil, but that is not entirely true any longer and the days of 3000 miles, 3 months is long gone even in extreme conditions (like Phoenix AZ).



Changing oil is simple and the biggest issue is finding a place to dispose of the used but most all auto parts let you bring it in. Get a Fumoto valve for the pan so that all you have to do is flip a switch to drain. Costco has a decent brand of synthetic at a good price.



Everything I own has Costco, Amazon or Cabelas on it, except vehicles.
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Hi,
I payed $172.00 for oil, filter, etc. at a Ford dealership
in MA right before we left for Key West
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I was checking the F53 Owner Guide for my MH. It is a 2021 F53 as per the VIN Number. On the normal schedule maintenance section it listed to change the Engine Oil and Filter every 10k miles | 12 months | 450 Engine Hours - whichever comes 1st.

Mine is at the 6k miles and the warning came on (Change Oil Required or something around that line). I bought the rig on March 2022 so I'm assuming it is due to the 12 months or maybe the 450 engine hours.. not sure. Anyways what is a good interval for changing the oil.. every 5|6|10k miles? Also on that same schedule maintenance section is saying to rotate the tires and couple of other inspections... So I guess I need to look for a tire shop as well
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If you decide to change your oil and filter then doing a lube of the chassis should be added. Your already dirty at this point. Here are the lube points for the F-53.
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If you decide to change your oil and filter then doing a lube of the chassis should be added. Your already dirty at this point. Here are the lube points for the F-53.
Thanks Barkie. Any mini grease pump you can recommend for the job?
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I had an old "two handed" model grease gun, but it was clumsy to use under the MH, so I bought this one and it worked well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
As far as oil change frequency, I go with every 5K miles since I consider the weight of the MH and pulling a toad to be more heavy duty than the 10K mile change allows.
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I had an old "two handed" model grease gun, but it was clumsy to use under the MH, so I bought this one and it worked well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
As far as oil change frequency, I go with every 5K miles since I consider the weight of the MH and pulling a toad to be more heavy duty than the 10K mile change allows.
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I use the same grease gun. Works well.
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I use the same grease gun. Works well.
These really are a pain to use. I just ordered the one shown above. Thanks guys for the information.
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I went to storage today and checked for the oil drain plug and filter location and it is in a great/easy location on the Godzilla V8. Not so easy with the filler location... as it is in a very difficult spot. I will probably need an ON/OFF Filler tube for better pouring the oil in.

Lots of good information on the thread. Appreciate all the help. I will try to get it done over the weekend... Will be my 1st oil change ... and hopefully won't be my last one.

I will use the following from amazon.

1. Ford Genuine Parts F1AZ-6731-BD Oil Filter
2. Mobil 1 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30
3. FloTool 10106B/6 Spill Saver Trans Fluid and Gear Oil On-Off Filler Refill
4. HORUSDY Grease Gun, 7000 PSI Heavy Duty Pistol Grip Grease Gun with 14 OZ. Grease & 18" Flex Hose Coupler
5. Lincoln 5883 Slotted Right Angle 90 Degree Grease Coupler Fits All Standard 1/8 in. NPT Grease Hoses, 1.6 Inch Length, 1,000 PSI
6. WORKPRO 12" Adjustable Oil Filter Pliers, Oil Filter Wrench Adjustable Oil Filter Removal Tool, Ideal For Engine Filters, Conduit, & Fittings, W114083A

Again.. thanks for all the help.. If I need something else or if I'm missing something let me know. And sorry for all my stupid questions.

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