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Old 06-04-2016, 06:24 PM   #1
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Broke down south of Portland!

Yay!!!
Lost power and glided in!
Oil pressure light came on. Not good. Checked the oil level. Not registering.
Had a full service done yesterday as a precaution, now this.
Smelled burning oil many miles back but thought it was the old truck in front of me.
Waiting for a tow to an RV repair place in Auburn. Progressive said they work on engines.
Good thing I'm on vacation for the week.
I think I'm going to sue someone...maybe, unless it's an act of God. What could it be? I'm no mechanic.
Wish me luck!
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:29 PM   #2
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Yikes! Could they have not tightened the oil drain plug? Good luck.

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Old 06-04-2016, 06:41 PM   #3
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Also check the filter gasket. I had one nicked in the past and the oil sprayed out through a small crack. Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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Did the low oil pressure light come on before the engine shut off or after?
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:40 PM   #5
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Did the motor crank after you glided in?
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:54 PM   #6
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Best wishes from the other side of the country......
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:56 PM   #7
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Diesel or gas engine? Sure sounds like the shop messed up the oil change. I had a friend who had a Honda dealer forget to refill the manual transmission the day before a trip. It is not fun. Losing all your oil the day after a service seems highly likely to be screw up related. Alert the shop that is going to work on it to inspect it carefully before they begin and take some pictures if you find something amiss. Hopefully there is a low oil pressure shutdown that worked in time. But even if it is not totally fried it probably needs to come apart for inspection. And yeah, keep the records good in case you do have to sue.

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Old 06-05-2016, 11:08 AM   #8
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I once had an oil change where the old filter gasket came off the old filter and they screwed the new one on top of it.
Lost all my oil going across Golden Gate bridge but light came on and pulled off the road in time to save the motor.
I ALWAYS check that when I do my own but of course you can't do that when someone else is servicing your vehicle.
Keep us posted and good luck...such a bummer when you finally get a vacation.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:59 PM   #9
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Smelled burning oil many miles back.....
God gave us five senses for good reason. Learn trust your nose (not to mention your instincts), especially after your last service.

Who did your last service?? Tell us about your TV.

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Old 06-05-2016, 01:03 PM   #10
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I like the oil filter double or screwed up gasket idea too.

Get everything documented, burn lots of digital film.
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:02 PM   #11
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Broke

Wow all I can say is sorry to hear that
I will agree everything posted on here is possible I've heard the same horror stories and I know them to be true.
The first motorhome I bought SOB (some other brand) I was on my way home after purchasing it and it to costed to a stop... I ended up selling it to my brother-law (a truck mechanic) he pulled the motor out and installed a used motor. He and his family still use it. In fact my wife and I have gone camping with them.
it turns out that the motor that broke was because a main bearing spun in the engine.
I am semi mechanically inclined and do a lot of work on my airstream and cars myself (nothing as big as a engine swap though) I'm more of a Ford guy and I asked my GM / Chevy friends about the reliability of the 454 engine they assured me it's normally a great motor, that gave me some piece of mind when I bought my Airsrteam with the same motor in it.
I've planed a trip for next weekend (with a airstream group) and I'm considering canceling because the forecast is calling for temps in the 90*s and my 345 really just a 32 year old Chevy truck
I hope for the best for you.
When I read your post my stomach turned upside down.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:20 AM   #12
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Make sure the oil filler cap is present, and tight. My daughter smelled burning oil, then the car caught fire - because the mechanic had left the cap off after filling with fresh oil.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:06 AM   #13
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Yay!!!
Lost power and glided in!
Oil pressure light came on. Not good. Checked the oil level. Not registering.
Had a full service done yesterday as a precaution, now this.
Smelled burning oil many miles back but thought it was the old truck in front of me.
Waiting for a tow to an RV repair place in Auburn. Progressive said they work on engines.
Good thing I'm on vacation for the week.
I think I'm going to sue someone...maybe, unless it's an act of God. What could it be? I'm no mechanic.
Wish me luck!
Wondering if you have found the source of your troubles?

Bummer!
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:59 PM   #14
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Thinking about how you are doing? Have you got a diagnosis yet?
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