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Old 07-26-2018, 01:51 PM   #1
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Oil Changes on the Road

We’re in the process of planning an extended road trip of about 15,000 Km (9,000 miles) and was wondering what others do about oil changes on the tug for such a long trip. I like to do one about every 5,000 Km and will be doing one just before we leave. That still means I’ll have to do two more while on our trip. Are the “quickie drive in drive out ones” adequate (I’ve never used one) or should I look for a dealership. The “quickie ones” are usually next to a mall or in their parking lot, so will it be OK to drop the trailer in the mall parking lot? I’m curious what the more experienced travelers do. Most of the trip will be in the US.
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:56 PM   #2
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I bought a service plan when I bought my truck from Ford 4 for about $2,500. This includes all oil changes, wiper blades, hoses, brakes, tire rotation, fluids, and so on for the first hundred thousand kilometres. It is good anywhere in Canada or the US, and I have used it twice now in the states. Well worth it in my mind.

If you don't have a plan like this I am sure any service center would take you in and take care of you.
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I took advantage of campsites that were close to medium size towns. If I had to do laundry or get groceries, I’d get the oil changed. One “speedy type” place even said I could’ve driven thru with the trailer attached! If you take advantage of the deluxe oil change, they’ll check all fluids, check tires and even vacuum out the car or truck!
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We as well paid for the service plan to 100,000 km and have used it in ON and GA as well as at the dealer where we bought the truck. Thanks to this thread I am reminded to call for an oil change here in Thunder Bay for next week.
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We’re in the process of planning an extended road trip of about 15,000 Km (9,000 miles) and was wondering what others do about oil changes on the tug for such a long trip. I like to do one about every 5,000 Km and will be doing one just before we leave. That still means I’ll have to do two more while on our trip. Are the “quickie drive in drive out ones” adequate (I’ve never used one) or should I look for a dealership. The “quickie ones” are usually next to a mall or in their parking lot, so will it be OK to drop the trailer in the mall parking lot? I’m curious what the more experienced travelers do. Most of the trip will be in the US.
If under warranty, as we are and free, as we are, associated dealerships only. If not, keep the receipt as proof of maintenance. Billy-Bob's on the corner may have a great price, but...

Ours is every 10K miles (whatever that equates in Km..)
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Old 07-26-2018, 02:25 PM   #6
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Last time I went to a fast lube shop, the kid down in the pit stripped the nut for the oil drain and they couldn't get it out or change the oil. Had to take the Subaru to the dealer to get a new drain and oil change.
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I've done both, dealer and a speedy place. The dealer took no appointments, so I sat there for 90 minutes, in Phoenix. Due to that experience this last winter in Cottonwood I read reviews for a few nearby Speedy joints and picked the best sounding one. Worked fine, cost lots less, and only took 15 min. FWIW, I felt safer using the dealer as I felt I'd get a better job. In reality it made no difference.



It's only an oil change.


I did check later that day for leaks.
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My Tacoma came with 25K worth of tire rotation & oil changes. After that I kept going to the dealer. While I did do a few oil changes with Quite Lube types with the RAV4, I tend to go to the dealers, even on the road.
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If you go full synthetic you maybe be able to stretch it to 10K intervals....but you have to stay with that and not go back to a blend.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...516-story.html
Mobil ! advertises 15K or one yer interval @ $20/quart...
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We’re in the process of planning an extended road trip of about 15,000 Km (9,000 miles) and was wondering what others do about oil changes on the tug for such a long trip. I like to do one about every 5,000 Km and will be doing one just before we leave. That still means I’ll have to do two more while on our trip. Are the “quickie drive in drive out ones” adequate (I’ve never used one) or should I look for a dealership. The “quickie ones” are usually next to a mall or in their parking lot, so will it be OK to drop the trailer in the mall parking lot? I’m curious what the more experienced travelers do. Most of the trip will be in the US.
I went to a garage once on our long trip and waited forever! Next time I went to Walmart and got a cheap drain pan, a piece of carboard(for drips) and the oil and filter. They have to take the old oil and filter and we stayed in the parking lot for the night...so it was an early evening project. I think I put the oil in an old wiper fluid bottle that was clean. My Toyota Tundra has an element filter in a permanent cannister and synthetic oil...almost 8 quarts so no more self oil changes for me! Quick oil change places can be ok but be careful, I have heard too many horror stories from stripped drain plugs to leaving the plastic on the oil filter. Find a good garage where you will be a few days and make an appointment....usually they can get travelers in pretty quickly.
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