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Old 10-18-2020, 12:37 AM   #1
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how often Class C motorhome needs regular service?

For full-timer, Class C motorhome is home. How often Class C motorhome needs regular service? same day service?

If something goes wrong, normally how long does it usually take to get fixed? During these days, where to find a place to stay? hotel? expense covered by warranty?
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Hotel expense during warranty service is not paid by the manufacturer, that is your expense. The warranty will state the unit is for recreational use and not for full time living. Depending an where is is serviced some dealers have hookups for folks to stay on their lots temporarily but the question would be did that dealer sell you the rig and if not are they willing to service something they did not sell.

How often it needs service depends on the build and how often systems are used and fail.

The chassis will need service per the chassis manufacturer's recommendations.

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You will find that most things you can research and fix yourself. Because of long wait times to get into dealers in large city’s it is easier to just do it yourself. In first year of ownership I required the dealer one time. This was when we were in Billings Montana area. Stayed in area for three days to get in to shop. Fix took less than an hour and we were on our way. Good luck and safe travels.


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Depends on the chassis as well. The Mercedes chassis is up 20k mile intervals but a lot of owners including me choose 10k. Not sure what the Ford and Dodge intervals are but before I got the MB never heard of a 20k interval for oil and other Maint. Locally it takes about a full day to get a standard service but if you wait on it they say allow for 4 hours. I have never waited because I get a loaner car but if you do wait there are “free” snack and drinks and plush leather chairs to sit in.
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Depends on the chassis as well. The Mercedes chassis is up 20k mile intervals but a lot of owners including me choose 10k. Not sure what the Ford and Dodge intervals are but before I got the MB never heard of a 20k interval for oil and other Maint. Locally it takes about a full day to get a standard service but if you wait on it they say allow for 4 hours. I have never waited because I get a loaner car but if you do wait there are “free” snack and drinks and plush leather chairs to sit in.
For regular service such as oil change, can we do it ourselves? is it difficult or easy? It is better to not drive home to the shop and wait there for many hours.
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Hotel expense during warranty service is not paid by the manufacturer, that is your expense. The warranty will state the unit is for recreational use and not for full time living. Depending an where is is serviced some dealers have hookups for folks to stay on their lots temporarily but the question would be did that dealer sell you the rig and if not are they willing to service something they did not sell.

How often it needs service depends on the build and how often systems are used and fail.

The chassis will need service per the chassis manufacturer's recommendations.

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That would be very nice to have hookup in dealer's lot. RV manufactures should have agreement with dealers on this. We as RV owners should request this.
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Our 2020 Ford E450 is a commercial vehicle. It only needs oil changes at 7500 mile intervals. That said, I want a Ford dealer to look it over when I go in for routine maintenance and not trust a 3rd party to spot any issues I might overlook. The V10 engine easily gets 200K without issues.

Get your maintenance done at home between trips rather than on the road. If you are full time then you may want to use the OEM dealers so the manufacturer has a record of who did what when to back up any future warranty claim. Also, having a Toad will give you a set of wheels to find accommodations should you need to leave it for a day or so.
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That would be very nice to have hookup in dealer's lot. RV manufactures should have agreement with dealers on this. We as RV owners should request this.

There are six pads over at Transwest in Frederick CO. No hookups but you can "boondock" a couple hundred feet from I-25 while you're waiting for them to get you in for your appointment.
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Between the Chassis manual, the Jayco owners manual and all the individual system manuals that come in that big package, when you bought your rig, will have any necessary preventative and scheduled maintenance sections in them. As far as corrective maintenance and warranty work is concerned call the dealer, where you bought it or a local authorized deal and ask the directly.
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When Class C motorhome is being serviced/repaired, can we stay inside the motorhome cooking meals or even sleeping inside? Is it being serviced/repaired right in an open parking lot, or need to be put into a small covered repair shop like regular cars? If it is in open parking lot being serviced/repaired from outside, we can stay inside motorhome comfortably, and do not need hotel.
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When Class C motorhome is being serviced/repaired, can we stay inside the motorhome cooking meals or even sleeping inside? Is it being serviced/repaired right in an open parking lot, or need to be put into a small covered repair shop like regular cars? If it is in open parking lot being serviced/repaired from outside, we can stay inside motorhome comfortably, and do not need hotel.
No repair shop worth 2 cents will allow you to stay in a unit while it is serviced. The shop’s insurance will not allow it and you will be a disruption to the flow of work. Plan accordingly.

The diesel quick lubes might let you stay inside during an oil change.
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We service our Seneca twice a year, Spring and Fall. Oil change and filter plus grease zerts and a general check over by another set of eyes. Fuel filters get changed each Spring. In both cases, is between 5K and 10K. The generator is done at the same interval. Some may think this is a little much, but oil and filters are cheap compare to repair. We go to our dealership (MH2GO) for Jayco style needs and we go to a Freightliner Truck Center (Truck Centers of America) for those needs. Generator has gone in to a Cummins dealer once after 500 hours. It was warranty work. Our goal is to not break down on the road. 80K and 5 years and doing well, so far.
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