Put another way, getting an oil change for your motorhome can be significantly more difficult than getting an oil change for your automobile. You can’t just pull into Jiffy Lube with a motorhome that’s 30 feet in length.
Some people choose a small Class B van because it makes mechanical work easier; in fact, things like oil changes are one of the reasons some people choose a small Class B van.
For some mechanics, the size of your motorhome is a deterrent to working on it. This is especially true if your motorhome is powered by diesel or is a Class A motorhome. Many auto mechanics treat a motorhome as if it were a commercial truck, and they will not work on them.
Let’s take a look at a few things you should be aware of before you attempt to have the oil changed in your motorhome.
Understand the type of oil that your motorhome requires.
Consult your owner’s manual to determine the type of oil your coach requires, as well as how frequently it should be changed.
Every three months or every 3,000 miles, it is generally recommended that you change your engine oil. Motorhomes, on the other hand, spend the majority of their time parked, and many RVers only travel 5,000 to 6,000 miles per year.
One solution is to switch to synthetic motorhome oil, which allows you to plan on changing your motorhome oil every 5,000 miles, or twice a year, instead.
If you do decide to switch to synthetic oil, you’ll have to stick with it for the foreseeable future. Switching between conventional and synthetic oils on a regular basis has raised some concerns about the possibility of complications.
Synthetic oil, on the other hand, should not be used in a newly purchased motorhome. The reason for this is that new engines must be broken in; the additional friction generated by conventional oils will smooth off the internal parts of the engine, resulting in a smoother running engine as a result.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Synthetic Motor Oil
An important advantage of synthetic motor oil is that it lasts significantly longer than conventional motor oil. In fact, synthetic motor oil has the potential to last twice as long as conventional motor oil, resulting in fewer oil changes over time. In the long run, this may actually result in a savings for you. Furthermore, because synthetic motor oil contains fewer impurities such as wax and sulfur, it is less likely to oxidize than conventional motor oil.
The most significant “con” of synthetic motor oil is its high cost, which can be up to three times higher than that of conventional motor oil.
Locating a Service Center to Change Your Motorhome’s Oil
This is the most difficult and expensive aspect of the process; you may need to take your motorhome to a truck mechanic or an RV repair shop that specializes in motorhome engines. This is especially true if you have a Class A motorhome or a diesel pusher on your property.
Another option is to hire a mobile mechanic; mobile mechanics are often more accommodating when it comes to working on a Class A automobile. Furthermore, they can come to where you are parked, so getting into a mechanic’s shop will not be a problem for you.
It’s also possible to find a mechanic at a truck stop; however, the big commercial chain truck stops may refuse to work on a motorhome. Finally, you can perform an oil change on your own if you wish. That is the most cost-effective route to take.
Mechanics who are willing to work on motorhomes are more likely to be found in small towns that cater specifically to RVers. If you’re new to a city, start by asking around to see if there’s a mechanic who can change your oil in the neighborhood. If you are looking for a mechanic who works on motorhomes, keep an eye out for mechanics who leave their business cards at local RV parks.
You can also look for a mobile mechanic, truck mechanic, or RV mechanic on the internet; an independent mobile mechanic is often the most convenient option because they will come to where you are currently parked.
Maintaining your engine’s oil is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your engine, so make sure to keep up with your motorhome’s oil changes.