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API SH 30 hello from new guy #5235363 10/09/19 10:33 PM
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Hello,

I bought a 1997 Itasca motorhome with a L29 454 engine. Roller tappets 290HP 410Torque. I have been looking at the "Chevrolet Motor Home Chassis Service Guide" that came with the MH. The 'preferred' oil above 40F is straight 30 weight SH oil. I live in deep south Texas or as we call it north Mexico, so the under 40F time is nearly nonexistent. The engine has 43,000 miles and has been sitting for several years.

Straight weight oils seem to be hard to find any more and I'm looking for some advice.

I see that Tractor Supply has a straight 30 SH in their Traveller brand, I see Valvoline racing oil but it is pricey.

I have lurked here for years and you guys have a wealth of knowledge, I just hope I don't get overwhelmed.

I suppose I should post my filter questions in the filter forum.

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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235369 10/09/19 10:39 PM
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I'd run HDEO in 15w40 and fuhggedaboudit.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235370 10/09/19 10:40 PM
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I second the HDEO 15W-40

Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235394 10/09/19 11:11 PM
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Rotella Gas Truck.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235396 10/09/19 11:13 PM
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Plenty of straight 30 here still. Odd that something that new says a straight weight is preferred. A 15w40 would be even better than a straight 30.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235398 10/09/19 11:14 PM
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Delo or Delvac in 15w40

Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235427 10/09/19 11:56 PM
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What about SuperTech HD-30? My local Walmart has it at $3.12/quart. It’s SN plus rated.

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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235429 10/10/19 12:07 AM
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SAE 30s are easy to find. O'Reilly stocks 2-3 depending on region. Walmart has Supertech as shown above. But no point in using that when 10w-30, 10w-40, and 15w-40 are readily available and you have more choices in brand.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235438 10/10/19 12:32 AM
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Agree that 15w40 is the way to go. Oils have improved since the manufacture date.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235468 10/10/19 02:05 AM
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I am going to be the dissenter here- straight 30 is old school, and you would be better served with a 5w30 or 10w30/40 . My 1997 Suburban with the same L29 7.4, 4x4 w 4.10 gears recommended 5w30. You could even go a bit higher to a 15w40, but personally I would never run a straight 30.

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If it never sees temps under 40F 15W40 would be a good choice, although I would probably opt for something like TDT 5W40, or Delo XSP 5W40. Just in the event I decided to drive somewhere colder.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235608 10/10/19 08:01 AM
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Id worry about the " sitting for several years" issue first. You are going to have many things to think about other than oil selection.

A decent HM 10w30 dino should do well. Just keep an eye on the Coolant and oil temp and idle oil pressure.

GM tappets have a designed bleed down rate for improved torque, you dont want to screw that up with incorrect KV100.

But this is a low HP BB not a mid HP gen one 350 so maybe OK.

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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235617 10/10/19 08:11 AM
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15/40, 20/50, 10/30. Find the cheapest brand name and don't worry about it.


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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: Chris142] #5235721 10/10/19 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
Plenty of straight 30 here still. Odd that something that new says a straight weight is preferred. A 15w40 would be even better than a straight 30.



How so? Let's say for temps over 32F, what is the advantage?

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Re: API SH 30 hello from new guy [Re: sundy58] #5235733 10/10/19 10:08 AM
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Higher oil film strength at temperature, better oil pressure, easier staring, to name a few

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