I used a plastic bag around the filter so I could catch all the oil drips and then toss the whole mess (pour excess oil into oil bucket). In this case, the amount of oil that comes out just from unscrewing the filter, AFTER draining the pan, was so much that it made the plastic bag sag and slip so the oil from the filter went over the side and down my arm. I always use a big piece of scrap cardboard when I change oil, both to lay on and to catch any drips, so I didn't make too big a mess.
I think a bucket or plastic container as wide as a 5gal bucket, but obviously shorter, is the only way to get the filter off without getting oil on the ground. One of the problems is that it unscrews about 1/2-3/4" before coming off, pouring out oil the entire time. You're going to get oil all over your arm or tools no matter what.
BUT, it is really easy to get everything! My Toyota Tacomas required getting the filter out through the wheel well because it just wouldn't fit easily from the top or bottom.
I'm skeptical about drain plugs with valves, having seen many pickups and jeeps dump all their oil when they drive through the brush and something hits and opens the valve. I had one of the universal rubber stopper cam plugs on my Fiat 128, because we could not find a metric replacement for the stripped one at the time. It never fell out or opened, even when driving through brush and snow up to the axles.
2015 T250 MR cargo w/windows, LS. Purchased new 9/2016. Richmond, CA
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