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Old 08-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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Need help. Air filter question

I have my Motorhome getting chassis maintenance done. I just received a call that to replace the air filter on my 300 hp Cat will be $472. That is $200 for the filter and $272 for labor. Can someone please tell me if this is normal? It's a 20000 model Itasca Horizon.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Here are a few threads that may be helpful:

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Old 08-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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Just had air filter replaced by CAT shop, filter was $108+ tax. and 1/2hour of labor.
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I did mine a week or so ago, Cummins ISC. Filter was less than $100 and no labor charge since I do my own work.
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Just replaced a similar canister filter on my Endeavor. Wix equivalent was $98 and took about 1 hour total including cleanup. I would expect a shop could do it in 45 minutes. Assuming $120/hr and markup on filter I would think $250 is max.
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The first thing you need to do is find another shop.
The average price to change the air filter is $160.00 plus tax.
As others have stated it cost me $90.00 and a hour of my time to change it
my self.
A point to remember you can not be to clean when changing any filter.
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A point to remember you can not be too clean when changing any filter.
And don't EVER try to save money by using air pressure to "clean" a filter. You will probably blow holes in the fabric that will let a LOT of dust in.
I really hated to throw my old one (FARR Eco-Lite) away. It looked new inside (as it should!!) and the outside wasn't too bad. But the time was up so I did it.
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Mr D,
I also agree never try to clean a filter with air and reuse it.
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I bought the filter for my 3126B in a Freightliner chassis and installed it myself. I got it at the Freightliner shop. The clamps holding it in place are bolted to the front of the engine compartment and accessible under the bed.

There was a ton of loose grey dust in the canister so if you do it be careful lifting the old one out.

It's an easy job that required a wrench to loosen the clamps and a screwdriver to loosed the 2 hoses that attach to the canister.
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I have my Motorhome getting chassis maintenance done. I just received a call that to replace the air filter on my 300 hp Cat will be $472. That is $200 for the filter and $272 for labor. Can someone please tell me if this is normal? It's a 20000 model Itasca Horizon.

If you are the least bit mechanically inclined you can do it yourself. If not you might have a relative or neighbor who would do the labor part for (maybe) $50. As mentioned above $200 appears to be very high for an air cleaner. The filter I bought freightliner was $103 two years ago.
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Because I knew I was overdue for an air filter change, I jumped right in. How hard could it be? I must have a different configuration than others, because for the life of me I couldn't break that canister loose from the hoses on either end. The end going out seemed glued on to the end of the d . . . thing. And even after releasing both hose clamps on the intake end I got no love. Guess that's why the USN made me a machinists mate, since I have no mechanical aptitude.
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Because I knew I was overdue for an air filter change, I jumped right in. How hard could it be? I must have a different configuration than others, because for the life of me I couldn't break that canister loose from the hoses on either end. The end going out seemed glued on to the end of the d . . . thing. And even after releasing both hose clamps on the intake end I got no love. Guess that's why the USN made me a machinists mate, since I have no mechanical aptitude.
Had the same problem ... had to run a bent coat hanger (metal rod) under the hose and slide it around to break the bond. Apparently it's just rubber to metal heating that makes it stick.
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I have my Motorhome getting chassis maintenance done. I just received a call that to replace the air filter on my 300 hp Cat will be $472. That is $200 for the filter and $272 for labor. Can someone please tell me if this is normal? It's a 20000 model Itasca Horizon.
Amazing how many people don't answer your question and ramble on about them doing it themselves, eh?

It seems high, especially the labor. Are you at a shop that doesn't like to work on motorhomes?

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Amazing how many people don't answer your question and ramble on about them doing it themselves, eh?

It seems high, especially the labor. Are you at a shop that doesn't like to work on motorhomes?

Good luck.
The shop I am using is a very established dealer that I would like to support as I know many if the people working there,but I am convinced that I am being taken advantage of. I am going to let them do the air filter this time as I really don't have time to do this myself before we leave next week. This will the last time I use them for service. I have another shop a little further from home that I am more comfortable working with. Should have gone there to begin with but the place I used is literally 2 miles from my house. So much for supporting local business.
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