Thursday, June 1, 2023


Do you change the oil in your RV or tow vehicle yourself?

When the time comes to change the oil in your RV or tow vehicle, will you do it yourself or will you take it somewhere to have it changed by the “professionals”? Do you change it in your tow vehicle but not your RV, or vice versa?

Please tell us your answer in the poll below. If you have any advice for others about changing the oil in your RV or tow vehicle, please leave a comment. Thanks.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


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Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

Being a retired mechanic that has a 43 year old motorhome, I do all my maintenance and repairs. That gives me an opportunity to look the whole rig over for other issues that may need attention in the near future. So far, so good.

2 years ago

I change my cars but not the diesel pusher. I take in, they charge me $150 for 5 gallons of oil, filters, and grease job — can hardly do it myself for that and they let me watch.

Retired Firefighter Tom
2 years ago

I used to do it myself on my car and pickup but, as I am turning 76 in January, its getting too difficult to crawl around under a vehicle like I used to.

Steve Minor
2 years ago

I do my own oil changes & service work, that way I know what goes in my RV & Truck. Also I know that the work is done right. When someone else does the work you have no idea if it’s done right, or what they have put in your vehicle. I like the peace of mind knowing it’s done right, with the best quality products.

2 years ago

I changed oil and all filters on our Diesel Pusher, recently downsized to Class C and I do the same.. change my own fluids until I’m unable to accomplish the task. I’m a bit of a maintenance nut!

Norb Dusyn
2 years ago

Yes, I change the oil, oil filter, fuel filters and air cleaner filter on my diesel pusher. For a grease job, I take it to a truck tire & service facility for that ($45 for grease job.) I also change the oil & filter on my toad – jack up and place on four jack stands so I can rotate the tires at the same time (have to remove right-front tire to change the oil filter, so motivates me to do the tire rotation.)

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

At age 86 I don’t crawl under vehicles any more. While in the shop they also change the fuel filter, check the belts, and rotate the tires. It’s expensive but only needs to be done every 10,000 miles.

2 years ago

used to do most light maintenance on all our vehicles. back in the day my BIL and i spent one sat. afternoon rotating the tires m both of our cars. i never enjoyed any of it and did it only because of economics. these days we are financially secure and i happily leave virtually everything regarding vehicle maintenance to professionals.

2 years ago

No to all vehicles. I wouldn’t know what to do with the old oil if I did change it. I also don’t want to crawl around with a grease gun to lube it either. I’m not rich, but I can afford to pay someone better equipped.

Chris Kittilson
2 years ago

Retired tech, all of my rigs.

2 years ago


Joseph Azzara
2 years ago

In my RV YES, plenty of ground clearance. In my toad, 1986 Mustang GT, zero ground clearance, NO.

Sue from Minnesota
2 years ago

No poll. We hired it done the first time.

Diane Mc
2 years ago

No poll, but yes. Well, my husband, with me assisting. Also the fuel filter (which he’s done a couple of times, pulled off the road…eye roll), fluid changes and the generator maintenance. On occasion when we want a full maintenance we take MH to a truck shop. Living in Silicon Valley we have to drive hour or 2, depending on who we use. So just easier to do the basic maintenance. At least until he can’t of get up once he’s down on the ground!

Lu McNab
2 years ago

There was no question section to answer??????

2 years ago

Yes I do and greases too! No poll here either.

2 years ago

Yes, and it’s due again:( No poll for me either.

Gary Reed
2 years ago

Yes, I change oil on all my vehicles. Including brake, engine and g tire maintenance. This gives me a good opportunity to inspect for leaks and damage which my occur.

Ian Dingwall
2 years ago

I take my 40 ft to a shop which has a 35000 lb hoist .I get more than an oil change as crawling around under it to do the lubing is not fun.

Jim Langley
2 years ago

Yes because the local Ford dealer North Bay Ford in Santa Cruz, CA refuses to work on my 2016 Ford E450 Lazy Daze because it’s an “RV and we don’t work on RVs.” Super annoying and they have lost a potential buyer because of it. But, changing the oil is the E450 is an easy job anyway it turns out. 

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