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  2. Derek up North

    1983 Toyota Phoenix Introduction

    I just watched the video and I'm optimistic about the rear axle. At 2:28 it looks more like a FF axle than foolies.
  3. Today
  4. linda s

    1983 Toyota Phoenix Introduction

    Well it looks like it can be done but you left out pics of the biggy. Rear axle, is it 6 lug or 5. The 5 lug was recalled many years ago but lots of campers still have them. let us know Linda S
  5. I just bought an ‘83 Phoenix to repair and live in. I’m 28 years old and have been living off grid for the last 6 months in Northern California. My goal is to develop a lifestyle that will allow me to travel and focus on photography and fine art. For now, it’s time to restore this thing to acceptable shape. It has 60k on the odometer but was neglected so there is a bunch of water damage. I have a feeling that I’ll be rebuilding a lot of the box but the challenge is welcome. I’m a pretty seasoned mechanic and have built a bunch of street rods over the years but this is my first RV. Really looking forward to learning more about these Toyotas. Here’s a link to a walk around video. Any advice on the process of inspecting damage would be appreciated! https://youtu.be/bBPkFT7uAhU
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  7. Odyssey 4x4

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    Yup, the only time it lags is when velocity is changing (accelerating/ decelerating). For best accuracy get to a solid cruising speed and try to stay at that exact speed during testing.
  8. fred heath

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    I found it to be very accurate. It uses satellite to document your movement, much more accurate than your factory setup.
  9. 3inan84

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    Thanks Fred, I don't have a GPS but I found an app that does the same on my phone. I don't know how accurate it is and I should get a mount so it's sitting in a good place and I don't look down at it. At least until I get the speedo fixed.
  10. fred heath

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    If you have an old Garmin or similar GPS unit you can accurately check your speed and use the resettable trip odometer to keep track of mileage. On the garmin if you touch the speed bubble in the lower right corner it turns the entire unit into a digital speedometer. I don’t even look at my dash speedo anymore.
  11. linda s

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    All it takes is about 15 years and owning one. Something always needs repair and you'd better be able to find it. Linda S
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  13. 3inan84

    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    Thanks Linda. Yes, it's a 5-speed. How did you get so knowledgeable about these?
  14. Pretty Interstate Machine

    Has anyone just blapped solar on the front of their cabover / overcab?

    Definitely planning on roof units, I just thought that hey, maybe I could just have an extra there for a little bit of extra juice, perhaps even put it on a prop bar that I could lift while parked.
  15. Pretty Interstate Machine

    I probably need a seal overhaul, but how

    Quick update, From what I can tell I have an aluminum roof. Thanks for the eternabond advice. I'll see about picking some up. Is there a good source? Places to avoid buying from? Just grab some on Amazon?
  16. Scarlett O'Hara

    TruckFridge?

    Hi and thanks--- Yes, I'd consider any Toy with a RD if I liked everything else about it. It's just that here in the greater SF Bay Area there seem to be a preponderance of Dolphins. And I like them, like those with the wrought iron on counter ends. Thanks for you tip, but fortunately, being in CA, I'd never have to travel far to find a Toy!
  17. Scarlett O'Hara

    TruckFridge?

    Hello again WME, I seem to remember a year ago having a discussion with you re the usefulness of West Marine. Thanks for reminding me to check for a fridge there when the time comes. Getting ready to list/sell a small farm after decades is not a project for wimps! In the little down time I have, watching CL for prospects is the most relaxing thing to do. But if/when I see something that looks like what I am after, and if it isn't more than a good long days' drive away, I get right on it. Meanwhile, I might as well bone up on likely Toy issues. So yes, it's likely West Marine will get some more of my dough-re-me!
  18. WME

    TruckFridge?

    Unless you have an overwhelming reason to go to a 12v refer, remember that propane has a higher energy density than a battery by cubic space. If you have a real need for a 12v refer, you should renumber to also look at marine refers. The important thing to look for is peak amps, if average amps is available does the reading say at what temp... Apples and apples n all that.
  19. Scarlett O'Hara

    TruckFridge?

    Hi Linda, What do I mean by that? Well, as I have no idea yet of the size of a TruckFridge, I thought perhaps, depending on the layout of any rig I might end up with, that it might work out to keep the dead Dometic as a pantry. Not written in stone, just an idea. (It was you who offered the suggestion of a TruckFridge as a replacement for a Dometic in a reply to me a year ago.) I agree with you that food storage beats 'stuff' storage! And yes, since we last communicated, I have looked at a few Toys in person. I know of your fondness for Sunraders, but one in excellent/good condition is out of my price range. Anyway, I really do like the Dolphins with RD & all that lovely kitchen counter space. (It's been a real slog this past year, dismantling my little farm, but the end is in sight. Lots to do still, tho!) Thanks & hope all's well with you. For what would this forum do *without* you? Scarlett
  20. Odyssey 4x4

    Toyota class C review by builder

    That's pretty awesome! Looks to be in pretty rough shape for the price
  21. markwilliam1

    I probably need a seal overhaul, but how

    I agree Eternabond tape for your front seam is the way to go. When I resealed Grannies roof I cleaned the whole seam area scraping off any old sealent and applied 4” wide Eternabond tape over the seal. Perfect!
  22. linda s

    Toyota class C review by builder

    Wow look what I found. One of the Sprint's that I mentioned. Still looks like it has old axle so price is too high https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/rvs/d/toyota-sprint-8500-obo/6721995612.html Linda S
  23. linda s

    TruckFridge?

    Truckfridge? What do you mean by this. There is a website called Truckfridge but the refrigerators take up almost the same space as a Dolphin one. I had a friend who bought one from them and he picked one that was exactly the same size as his Dometic. How many rigs have you inspected yet or have you just looked at them online. There isn't a lot of room in any of them to start moving stuff around. They all already have some kind of closet and drawers for storage. Food is more important to me than extra stuff. Linda S
  24. rvplease

    TruckFridge?

    If you would be willing to consider an Oddessy Americana with a rear dinette there is (was?) one in Bath New Hampshire, I saw it about a month ago, some window leaks but otherwise in wonderful shape, low mileage and taken great care of, it was in the classifieds on this site. Maybe this would compare with a a Dolphin?
  25. Scarlett O'Hara

    TruckFridge?

    Thanks all for feedback re Rear Kitchens. But I am back to holding out for a rear dinette. Won't accept anything else. I really dig the 84 Dolphins with RD. Especially appreciate the ample kitchen counter space. And so easy to imagine using the RD for lounging, reading books/maps & even sewing. I've got my eye on a nice one, ten hours drive away---possibly a one owner Dolphin. No solar, & fridge is dead---which I consider a boon, since I'd prefer a TruckFridge. That way I can convert old fridge space to pantry & hope to find available space for TruckFridge elsewhere. Has anyone done this swap? Any suggestions on location for TruckFridge in an old Dolphin? Thanks Scarlett
  26. rvplease

    Toyota class C review by builder

    This is exactly what I was hoping for, it will help narrow down the list (although it seems that after almost 30 years any toyota without past or current leak problems is hard to find at this). It is really interesting that there are so many variations in how these are built-
  27. Bob C

    Toyota class C review by builder

    My '88 had aluminum frame, fiberglass sides, and aluminum roof.
  28. WME

    Toyota class C review by builder

    Well my 86 had aluminum framing and fiberglass siding.
  29. Derek up North

    Toyota class C review by builder

    I can only go by what's in the 1985(?) brochure. Some Excapers had aluminum frames. The ones with Aluminium exteriors. No comment (from me) on earlier or later years.
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