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    • Hi all,


      So I bought an 85 Toyota motorhome (might have been a dolphin but not sure, the shell was replaced and I don't see any markings...) and we're almost done fixing up the inside. OF COURSE, it was only after I bought it that I learned about the rear axle recall (d'oh!) So now I've got a sweet ride we'd like to take out but we're afraid to do so with the axle it currently has. Looking around local junkyards in Alaska, I found a rear axle from a 1992 (yay!) but he doesn't have the rims for it (boo!) and I'm learning that finding those 14" 6 on 7.25 dually rims is quite difficult...


      Does anyone know where I can get a set of 5? I'd have to ship them here to Alaska, but I'm pretty invested already... Can my existing 14" tires be re-used? OR plan B is... I've been speaking to a local fabricator about putting in a different axle altogether.


      If you were in my position what would you do and why??





      Much appreciation and thanks in advance for any advice you have :D


      ~~Grant in Alaska





    • 23 minutes ago, underwatervolcano said:

      Gary M,

      Is it typical for the sink and shower to drain into the black tank, or would that be a mod from a previous owner?

      It is typical for some floor plans of Dolphin.


      Open the toilet (step on the flush lever - the one that opens but does not run rinse water) and look down the stinky hole with a flashlight while running the bathroom sink or shower.  If it is plumbed there, then you will see the water motion.


      Rear dinette model 1984 with bathroom behind the driver's seat... shower and vanity sink drained to blackwater tank.  


      For dumping the tanks, it had two separate drain valves so you had to connect the drain hose (stinky slinky) twice to do the entire dump.


      Kitchen sink drained to grey water.


      The resale of the MH later may go better without the composting toilet mod.  Maybe save parts so you can change it back.  


      FWIW a brand new never used toilet can be attractive to the next buyer.  Reinstalling the old one may only save $100.  Plastic toilets are inexpensive.

      Edited by FredNewell
    • 18 minutes ago, WME said:

      Keep the tank installed, it will make the redo easier. Don't rush, fill the tank full add some detergent and a double dose of water softener. .

      Cover the toilet hole air tight and WAIT a few days.

      Drain about 1/3 of the tank add 10lbs of ice, recover and go for a drive on a twisty road. The ice banging around will knock a lot of stuff lose. Drain completely and add a bottle of Simple Green.

      The cable looks like a spliced broken emergency brake cable. Just follow it and replace it if a new one can be found.


      Marker light...https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-84-85-86-4Runner-Pickup-Truck-Corner-Turn-Signal-Park-Light-Lamp-Set-Pair/184137284713?fits=Year%3A1985|Model%3APickup|Make%3AToyota&hash=item2adf6ffc69:g:WpIAAOSwf2ZeJ4EC

      Thanks for the tips. Will debate with the wife, who insists on its removal. She hates the idea that there's fecal matter from the late 80s in there, ha.


      Thank you for the ebay link. I found one for just the left,  it looks the same but can you confirm? God bless, WME 🙂


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