Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Community Forums > Thor Owners Community Discussions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-12-2016, 05:03 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 25.2
State: Arkansas
Posts: 215
THOR #4986
Oil service dilemma

Recently went to check the oil in my 2017 Vegas after coming off the road on our first real trip. The oil was fine but after locating the oil service port (in the event I would need to add) from front of the coach my question is how in the world does one add oil given the location of the service port? Am I missing something here?? Thanks for any advice.
__________________

__________________
Jerry B.
USAF (Retired E-8) Vietnam Vet
2017 Vegas 25.2
Jerry B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 05:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 27.1
State: California
Posts: 228
THOR #3186
Get an inexpensive hand pump from Napa. They come in very handy for changing or adding oil in hard to reach places.
__________________

__________________
Forest Grump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 06:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
bevedfelker's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2015 Vegas 24.1
State: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,230
THOR #2601
The only way to have easy access to the Axis/Vegas oil filler -- you are not going to believe the rest of this -- is to go down through the top of the dash. You would remove the computer desk and cut though a marked access to get to the top of the engine area. This is also how you would get access to remove and replace the battery in the Axis/Vegas (2014 & 2015 for sure not sure about the 16 & 17 model years).

If you have the owners manual I compiled, there is a picture of this process on Pg 69. If you need the manual, go to the Motorhome Tech Topics section of the forum and the first sticky gives you website to download the manual.

I'd go with the hand pump. Just be careful when you remove the cap - if you drop it, it will be gone forever and you'll be stuffing a rag in the hole!
__________________
Ed & Bev Felker
Retired USAF Col and retired Nurse
Traveling with Lily & Bella ('Teddy Bear' breed)
2015 Vegas 24.1 (E-350)
bevedfelker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 07:12 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Windsport 31S
State: Florida
Posts: 300
THOR #4443
When I took delivery of my 2016 axis they had to call 3 different guys to try and find where to add oil. Finally one of the guys said "there it is." I didn't see it but at least I know its there somewhere or maybe the guy was lying. I would probably just remove the little dog house for access and hope I find it.
__________________
penguin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 25.2
State: Arkansas
Posts: 215
THOR #4986
Thanks guys for the info/suggestions. Believe I'll do the hand pump. It looks like the same holds true for servicing the coolant. Although it is on the opposite side from oil filler access is nearly the same. I'm guessing to check battery it is through the computer desk access. Thanks again. Stay safe.
__________________
Jerry B.
USAF (Retired E-8) Vietnam Vet
2017 Vegas 25.2
Jerry B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 10:40 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
petew's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: North Carolina
Posts: 292
THOR #5374
I just went down to my 2016 24.1 and confirmed what I had thought all along. While it is tight in the engine compartment there is sufficient room to pour a quart of oil into a short funnel .
The funnel in the picture is 5 1/2 " deep and 5" across with an opening large enough to pass cold oil at the bottom.
The oil shown was for demonstration purposes only but represents a one quart bottle
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3467.JPG
Views:	116
Size:	96.4 KB
ID:	2985  
__________________
petew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2016, 11:03 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
bevedfelker's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2015 Vegas 24.1
State: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,230
THOR #2601
I think beginning in 2016 Thor provided more room on this side of the engine. I believe they also lowered the battery making it able to be changed without cutting the hole in the dash.

I can tell you, you'll not pour oil in the 2014/15. I pay to have the oil change and let the dealer get the new oil in.
__________________
Ed & Bev Felker
Retired USAF Col and retired Nurse
Traveling with Lily & Bella ('Teddy Bear' breed)
2015 Vegas 24.1 (E-350)
bevedfelker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2016, 10:36 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
SuperD's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2017 Windsport 29M
State: Indiana
Posts: 3,593
THOR #5196
Go to auto parts store and look for device that screws on to oil container, it has about a foot long clear hose attached. I have a couple of these for use in tight spaces, they work great, don't drip, don't leak, and they're cheap!
__________________
SuperD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2016, 10:41 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Oneilkeys's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2016 Axis 24.1
State: Florida
Posts: 1,893
THOR #1765
Believe me, the 2016 and 17 models are a lot, lot easier than the original 2014 Vegas.
__________________
Oneilkeys is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2017, 06:31 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Hurricane 34E
State: California
Posts: 524
THOR #937
You guys that pay a service center to put in oil should know that the dipstick tube is where they are inserting oil. If you can reach the dipstick tube, you too can change your oil.
__________________
Beacher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2017, 11:53 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Florida
Posts: 607
THOR #4366
While we can reach the dip stick tube, it's so small that it will take a long time to fill that way without a pump. Funnel and hose long enough to reach the oil fill works for me.
__________________
2016 Axis 24.1 E-450 6 spd tranny
300 watts portable solar.
200 watts solar on the roof.
Wrangler JK dinghy
scrubjaysnest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2017, 12:24 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Illinois
Posts: 212
THOR #5112
i have a 2016 axis 25-2 and it takes me 30 minutes to change the oil.10 min to drain oil and change filter and 20 min to put the new oil in.i can reach in a[ long ways] remove cap then i use a long transmission flex funnel which i slid a new 18''x3/4 heater hose onto funnel. put hose in hole. the rest of funnel is 8 ''out past front 0f MH and is very easy and fast to dump 6 quarts of oil in to engine.

its harder to remove and replace dip stick then to change the oil.
__________________
tigwelder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2017, 10:57 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: Florida
Posts: 368
THOR #5313
I use a PVC extender when I refill during oil change. To add oil between changes use a gear oil cap and squirt down dipstick tube.
Gear oil is the slender bottles used for adding to axles. I only had to add oil once and used the gear oil tip without issue.
__________________
Muggs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2017, 12:38 AM   #14
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Florida
Posts: 1
THOR #6893
If you have a 2014 axis , it is harder to find the dipstick than the oil filler tube. Even the dealer couldn't find mine . the 2015s up had an extension installed from the factory bringing the stick right to the front.After exhaustive research I finally was able to order the extension, WOW $175.00 delivered.The good news is they sent me two by mistake. So anyone having a 2014 Axis or Vegas and needs an extension let me know . I will sell you my extra for $75.00 plus shipping.
__________________
Yolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2017, 10:24 PM   #15
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 25.3
State: California
Posts: 22
THOR #7103
Reading the posts here, I thought we would have to cut into the dash to access the oil fill. Thank You PeteW for posting the picture http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f4/oil-service-dilemma-5112.html>
I was able to reach in and touch the oil fill good to know where it is. We took it to our local auto shop all done!
__________________

__________________
Jiri & Lynne V.
2017 Vegas 25.3
Jirka is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 03:22 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2