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Old 05-23-2017, 10:50 PM   #1
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I have a new (basically) Thor Hurricane, changed the oil at 3000 miles. I changed it to get all the new stuff out of the engine. It now has 5800 ish miles .. do I treat it like a car and change every 3000 miles ?
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:00 PM   #2
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I have a new (basically) Thor Hurricane, changed the oil at 3000 miles. I changed it to get all the new stuff out of the engine. It now has 5800 ish miles .. do I treat it like a car and change every 3000 miles ?


Changing the oil at 3000 miles these days is a waste of $ that is what was done years ago before we had engines that run cleaner filters that filter better and new oil technology
change it by what Ford recommends
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:20 PM   #3
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Or whatever makes you comfortable. It's not all that expensive if it gives you piece of mind. I do mine with Mobil 1 every 5,000 miles-ish.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:26 PM   #4
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Oil prices are high enough already without people pooling good oil down the drain
I changed the oil on my volvo at 15000 mile interval with Mobil 1 and it still runs like new with 340,000 miles
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:27 PM   #5
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Oil prices are high enough already without people pooling good oil down the drain
I changed the oil on my volvo at 15000 mile interval with Mobil 1 and it still runs like new with 340,000 miles
They recycle the oil.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:31 PM   #6
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And use a quality filter
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:38 PM   #7
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Oil prices are high enough already without people pooling good oil down the drain
I changed the oil on my volvo at 15000 mile interval with Mobil 1 and it still runs like new with 340,000 miles
That's my interval with my 2005 Scion Xb with 260,000 miles except I use Castrol synthetic.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:16 AM   #8
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They recycle the oil.


Mobil 1 is a synthetic oil made with a crude base you can't turn old oil back to new spend your money on upgrades
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:27 AM   #9
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With the quality of oil now 5,000 per change is good.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:12 AM   #10
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I have a new (basically) Thor Hurricane, changed the oil at 3000 miles. I changed it to get all the new stuff out of the engine. It now has 5800 ish miles .. do I treat it like a car and change every 3000 miles ?
3000 mile oil changes are a thing of the past unless I guess you drive up and down a dirt road, on a grade, hauling a trailer.... Most autos today have the "oil minder" that tells you based on computer generated info of your driving when to change the oil. We had a Honda Pilot (2006) that normally had us change the oil at around 6000 miles. As far as this Class A RV owner is concerned, I plan on getting the oil changed about every six months and let it go at that. Synthetic oil and a good quality oil filter. My RV service center uses K&N oil filters.
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Old 05-24-2017, 04:53 AM   #11
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I would say it depends on how hard you are driving the coach. If you live in a area of flat land and possibly not towing anything, I would change it around 10K miles with a good synthetic. I on the other hand, live in AZ and I don't believe there is a road that is flat. Except for the 10 west bound. And I tow either a boxed trailer with a SXS (1700 lbs+2000lbs for trailer) or a 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback (2800 lbs+tow dolly 600lbs). I tend to change the oil every 6K. First oil change was from a Ford dealer using Ford oil (semi syn). Now I use a premium synthetic and a Ford filter.
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:22 AM   #12
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Go by the recommendations found in the owners manual. Also just because synthetic oil may be used most all brands will state that just by using synthetic do not increase recommended oil change interval mileage.
IMHO unless your vehicle specifies using synthetic oil I think all the "will increase horsepower & fuel mileage " or " don't change oil as often" is hype & expensive. If you want to use it fine, just don't fall for the bs.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:26 PM   #13
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Go by the recommendations found in the owners manual. Also just because synthetic oil may be used most all brands will state that just by using synthetic do not increase recommended oil change interval mileage.
IMHO unless your vehicle specifies using synthetic oil I think all the "will increase horsepower & fuel mileage " or " don't change oil as often" is hype & expensive. If you want to use it fine, just don't fall for the bs.
I wouldn't say using synthetic is BS, a far cry from that. Synthetics tend to be a oil that resist shearing and breaking down with over temp. The base stock is formed with different chemicals and added to dino oil. Hence why all modern transmissions spec synthetic oil. Even though I have never over temp either engine or transmission, using synthetic oil will allow extended intervals. It's really not that much more to use synthetic over conventional.
Added note, I didn't receive any owners manual for my chassis....
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Old 05-24-2017, 10:13 PM   #14
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I use the Motorcraft 5W20 synthetic blend and Ford filter. Change oil around 3,000 - 4,000 miles towing a 5,500 lb trailer most of time. If not towing would likely be time based.

This style of oil change is cost effective.
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:33 AM   #15
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I just changed mine today. It only has 1775 miles but I am about to go on a 5000 mile trip and did not want to have it changed on the road. I am thinking I read in the manual Ford recommends every 7500 miles and they want Motorcraft 5W-30 and the filter is the FL820S also Motorcraft. Both are available at Wal Mart. The 6.8L motor takes 6qts with filter change and the pan bolt is 5/8". The filter was only like $4 and the oil was $23 for 5qts. Single quarts are $4.33 each so for about $33 you can do it yourself, what does a dealer charge???
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:48 AM   #16
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We change oil and filter every 5000 miles and use Ford synthetic blend. When we are traveling I opt for Ford dealers to change and usually only pay The Works price + 1 quart extra oil. Generally runs about $50. Rarely and ONLY when I cannot get to a Ford dealer, I will have Camping World change it. I do that by plotting out our travel route then call ahead, making an oil change appointment. Generally is $65.
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:57 AM   #17
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I am using Mobil full synthetic and am changing the oil every 5000 miles.

Even after driving to Florida from Ohio and travelling in the mountains, the oil is hardly discolored when changing. 5000 is probably overkill seeing the advertise now going till 15,000. I am a little nervous about that interval, especially when it is still under warranty.
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Our usage pattern is a little different: Since I'm still working and being in Michigan our unit sits for 6 months covered up. Thus my oil change interval is based on time vs miles: Both the engine and the genny get an oil change just prior to putting it away for the winter (thus there is one less thing to do in the spring and it sits all winter with fresh oil in it).

So the # of miles on it will vary based on how far we took it that season but typically it will be between 3000 and 5000 miles (Usually take one long trip over the summer that will be close to 2000 miles by itself).
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:03 AM   #19
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When I was doing the CHF I noticed that my oil drain plug had the on/off attachment, plus the oil filter was easily reached. I can buy my recommended oil and filter at any Walmart and change it myself in about 20 minutes. This is by far the easiest vehicle I have ever owned for oil changes. This is why I change it myself every 4,500 to 5,000 miles no matter if I am traveling or not.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #20
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I wouldn't say using synthetic is BS, a far cry from that. Synthetics tend to be a oil that resist shearing and breaking down with over temp. The base stock is formed with different chemicals and added to dino oil. Hence why all modern transmissions spec synthetic oil. Even though I have never over temp either engine or transmission, using synthetic oil will allow extended intervals. It's really not that much more to use synthetic over conventional.
Added note, I didn't receive any owners manual for my chassis....
I'm not saying the synthetic oil is bs, but all the hype on what a miracle elixir for your engine it is. It DOES NOT increase fuel mileage, increase horsepower or increase oil change intervals, but it does cost more which is great if that's what you want to use or your vehicle recommends using. It was designed to decrease demand for fossil fuels much like the ethanol fuel was supposed to do & that is a giant load of bs.
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