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Question Change Oil before Roadtrip?

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need some recommendation from the long haulers on board.
My dash shows Oil and Diesel Filter at ~64%
Oil shows ~5,000 mls since last oil change.
In theory I should be able to run another 5-6,000 xls before changing Oil.

The trip we plan the next weeks is app. 6,000 mls from which 4,500-5,000 mls will be towing the 5th wheel camper.

Would you do the Oil change and filter before the trip or after?

I would not want to waist time during the trip in one random dealership to do it.

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I change my oil when preparing for a long trip. When on extended RVing trips, I made a set of home made ramps to take with us to drive up onto. So I can change my own oil when needed. That way I'm not having to depend on an unknown place. Everyone will have a what is best. I'm of the opinion that starting a trip on a fresh oil change is a good idea, but that's just me.

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64% of 15K miles is 5K miles, meaning in theory you can go 10K more miles before an oil change. If you change the oil yourself and it gives you peace of mind change it, it does not cost that much. Wow have times changed, in my youth you changed it every 3k miles, and you always changed it before a long trip. But these new engines are totally different with clearances, but I often see posts on various sights where people still stick to the 3k mile oil change.
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I change my own oil and would not do it before. I am a firm believer in newer engines and oils are far more advanced that in the old days.. I stick with the manuals 15k miles.


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Hi,

need some recommendation from the long haulers on board.
My dash shows Oil and Diesel Filter at ~64%
Oil shows ~5,000 mls since last oil change.
In theory I should be able to run another 5-6,000 xls before changing Oil.

The trip we plan the next weeks is app. 6,000 mls from which 4,500-5,000 mls will be towing the 5th wheel camper.

Would you do the Oil change and filter before the trip or after?

I would not want to waist time during the trip in one random dealership to do it.

Thanks,
Mike

I just did this same thing except I had 9500 miles on my oil. I checked it and topped it off before the trip. Then I hooked my 5th wheel up and proceeded to log another 4800 on it in 13 days (3700 miles towing). Changed all my filters/oil once we got home. I run 5W-40 Rotella and Cummins filters and I expect them to do the job. No worries from me.
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Just passed 6 months in mine. So it is due from that stand point but had a couple of longer drives so I am doing it after those pulls. Modern oil can go 15k and my oil analysis at 6 months the last 2 times I changed indicated the oil had a lot of life left.
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I change my own oil and would not do it before. I am a firm believer in newer engines and oils are far more advanced that in the old days.. I stick with the manuals 15k miles.


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I think the manual says 15000 miles or 6 months. I might drive 4000 miles in 6 months, I'm inclined to change it based on time instead of mileage.
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I think the manual says 15000 miles or 6 months. I might drive 4000 miles in 6 months, I'm inclined to change it based on time instead of mileage.
This comes up a lot, Cummins recommends 15K miles or 12 months for these engines, RAM chose 6 months, I suspect to increase oil changes at the dealership which is very high margin for them. Ever hear of a dealer changing the oil on a new truck because it was over 6 months since it left the factory? I am moving more towards the 15K miles and ignoring the 6 months as my warranty is about to end at the 5 year mark.
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I think the manual says 15000 miles or 6 months. I might drive 4000 miles in 6 months, I'm inclined to change it based on time instead of mileage.


I run about 15k per year. If I still had a warranty I might would change t at 6 months but thatís long gone and I donít for one second believe my oil is bad after 6 months so Iím sticking with 15k miles.

Itís not a big expense and if it makes some feel better to change it more often then I wouldnít hold it against them by any means but I choose to do it how I said.


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We have some extremely high mileage stock trucks in here that go by the book (15k) without any issues. Iím an old school 3k oil changer trying to break old habits. Still have 12k to go on this 3 gallons. Nope no oil change today, time for a cold one!
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Enjoy your trip.....and change your oil when you get back!
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I think the manual says 15000 miles or 6 months. I might drive 4000 miles in 6 months, I'm inclined to change it based on time instead of mileage.
Meanwhile I have accumulated less than 11,000 miles in almost three years.
That's with one early oil change and one at about 8,000 so far.

No, I don't buy into the 6-month rule as I can't explain it to myself...nor have I ever found anything logical written anywhere to warrant a change based on such a short time.
That Cummins doesn't recommend it speaks volumes to me.

The only reason I can think of would be if the Ram was used as a car instead of what it was built to do, and for short trips.
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