We have a winner in our $1,000+ Tow Bar Giveaway! Was it you? Scroll down to find out!

The moniker “DIY RVer” only goes so far. There are definitely some maintenance and repair items we don’t handle ourselves. But one thing’s for sure: when a task is as quick and easy as changing our engine’s air cleaner, there’s no way we’d pay someone else to do it for us!

It might seem like a no brainer to replace an air filter, and indeed it’s not difficult. But when you remove the old element, you’re exposing the engine to potentially catastrophic damage if you allow dirt or other debris to enter the air intake.

So even though it’s not at all complicated, the simple steps we take to ensure that no foreign matter sneaks into our unprotected air intake are worth reviewing. One of my favorite expressions is “It’s not the likelihood, it’s the consequences” for good reason. “Dusting” an engine isn’t likely, but man-oh-man is it bad if it does happen.

If you’ve never heard of “dusting” an engine, Google it to see if it’s something you’d like to experience with your RV’s engine. We can assure you that it can be a very costly self-inflicted wound (but thankfully we don’t know that from first-hand experience). We sometimes say “We learn things the hard way so that you don’t have to”… but fortunately that does have its limits! We do most things right the first time, and protecting the internal components of our engine falls happily into that category.

But don’t let our warning scare you away from replacing your air cleaner yourself. Just follow the simple instructions in the video and your engine will be just fine, and breathing better than ever in no time!

Our rig specifies that we should replace the air cleaner every three years, or 75,000 miles, or when the filter minder reaches the red “Change Filter” line (which indicates that airflow is no longer sufficient).

As is typical with big diesel engines on larger motorhomes, many of our components are built with heavy-duty truck use in mind. So just like oil and tires, filter elements generally age out before they wear out, usually requiring replacement far sooner than would be needed if the material didn’t break down over time. And we’ve never seen our filter minder come anywhere near the red line.

You should of course follow your manufacturer’s instructions for all maintenance items, so be sure to check the recommendations for your RV. We’ve been buying many of our chassis and engine supplies online from RV Chassis Parts for years, and have had good experiences getting various parts shipped all over the place.

So about that Tow Bar Giveaway…

Out of more than 2,500 entries, a hearty “Congratulations!” goes out to Ken S, whose entry #84 was the lucky random winner. We spoke with Ken, and he’s excited to be adding our beautiful Roadmaster Sterling to his 1998 Holiday Rambler Imperial. His toad just so happens to have a Blue Ox baseplate, like ours did, so the adapters we used are perfect for him, too. In their typical responsive fashion, Roadmaster has already shipped the tow bar, and Ken should be receiving it early this coming week. Wishing you many years of safe travels and happy towing, Ken.

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway. If you didn’t win, and are still in the market for a tow bar, remember that we’ve arranged a special deal for our viewers on Roadmaster’s top-of-the-line Nighthawk. Get a free heavy-duty cover and a free hitch receiver lock when you buy factory direct. Watch the video about it here.


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