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  2. linda s

    flushes/black water capacity

    Gee I don't count my flushes. One person being careful can make the tiny tank last 7 days before it comes up in the shower. On the road or camping there are almost always other places to go to make it last longer. Linda S
  3. I am trying to narrow down the best Sunrader for us (thanks Linda for the info. on Sunrader dimensions and capacities) our choice may boil down to one important thing-how many flushes? The smaller Sunraders have much smaller black water tanks (9 gallons?), and I'm wondering how many flushes you would actually get before the smaller tank was full. Any ideas? Thanks-
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  5. slcinwa

    Catalog of manufacturers and models

    I actually bought my 1992 Winnebago Micro Minnie sight unseen. Of course, I paid to have it inspected by a very reputable RV shop AND a mechanical shop BEFORE making the final commitment. I knew the floor plan well as I'd done my research. I also saw very close up photos of damn near everything first. Both of the inspections resulted in multiple people telling me she was a "gem"; one even wanted to buy her if I decided not to! So bottom line is decide what you want, decide your budget and then look around. But truthfully, when you find a good one, grab it right away. There were two buyers behind me and I got lucky because I made the offer first. Good luck to you! Post pics when you find yours. 😄
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  7. fred heath

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    Sorry, but there is no exclusive plug and play “ blinker relay” on my 1979 (transion year 1978) Toyota Hilux pickup chassis. Post a picture of your “independent relay” and I’ll be happy to concede to your post. Does your truck have 2 headlights or 4?
  8. gmg

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    First off, my 1979 sunrader was built on a 1978 hilux. 1978 was the last year of the gen 2 hilux and the same as the OP. Second, your point is just confusing. Yes the blinkers and hazards get their "blink" from a single flasher relay. These relays work by heating and cooling a piece of spring steel that connects and disconnects the circuit. That is the audible "click" you hear. These thermal relays require large amounts of current to heat up the spring steel. When an led replaces the incandescent bulb, the current drops to where a thermal blinker relay will no longer heat up enough to function. The OP hazards will work because the front bulbs are probably still incandescent so when all 4 lights are flashing at the same time, enough current is flowing for the thermal flasher to function correctly. Activating the turn signal would utilize one incandescent bulb and does not have enough current to function correctly. So you do simply replace the blinker relay. The relay I linked in my original post is purely electronic so does not depend on a large amount of current required by a thermal relay. To the OP, I still stand by what I said originally about fixing the blinker problem. I guarantee you that is the easiest, cheapest and best way to solve that problem.
  9. Roger55

    Catalog of manufacturers and models

    Thanks for the advice. I only want to buy one motor home that will last me till I die. I don't want to be getting a different one every few years and having the same issues with them. That is why I want to carefully research what is available, and find what is right for me. I don't necessarily want to go with the crowd, I don't mind standing out from everyone else. First I need to see what are the options. It may take a few years looking, but that is OK, as long as I can find right one. Kind of like choosing a bride.
  10. WME

    Catalog of manufacturers and models

    1. Your going to kiss a lot of toads before you find your princess. This time of the year is when to buy an RV 2. You NEED to personally inspect before buying. 3 Toy MHs are 25-40 years old. Its Sunrader vs all the rest as far as brands go. What is more important than brand is how its been cared for by the previous owners. There even bad Sunraders out there. 4. Buy what you want it to be. DON"T plan on stripping it and rebuilding it. There are way to many half done projects out there, so don't ruin another one of the increasing fewer Toy MHs. 5. The the best your budget will allow. Even then plan on spending $1000 to get it road ready
  11. I have been wanting to buy a Toyota Mini for several years. I have finally concluded that it is the best RV for my wife and I. The problem I am having is deciding what company , model, and floor plan to search for. It would be really helpful for people such as I, to have a resource to look things up when we see an ad on Craig's List or somewhere else. I am very leary of receiving photos from a stranger. You never know what you may be downloading into your computer. It would be great if people could share the information on a website such as this. No need to put the owner's name or address, just a description of the coach. What do you think? Can it be done?
  12. fred heath

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    I’m an advocate of when in doubt, go back to original and see what happens. Your front turn signals ground to the metal facia with the screws that hold then on. There is no separate ground wire. If your 4 ways are working, the grounds are probably good. If you buy the “Haynes” manual for your truck they carry an electrical diagram it the back along with simple circuits like start, headlights etc. it’s made for England so some of the terms used sound strange but are self evident. Good luck.
  13. WME

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    Most of the time intermittent starting problems are caused by this guy...https://www.ebay.com/itm/TOYOTA-Starter-Repair-KIT-SOLENOID-CONTACTS-PLUNGER-Rebuild-Parts-Set/201532245369?fits=Make%3AToyota&hash=item2eec420579:g:80sAAOSwB4NW1GhH:sc:USPSFirstClass!80111!US!-1:rk:2:pf:0
  14. ikm1520

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    Thanks for getting back to me. I recently purchased this from a guy who was rehabing it to live in, but ended up having a child and so money priorities shifted! He had been working on it so there is still a bit of mystery around the changes. The car was starting perfectly fine not even a lag in turn over. Got cut off and stalled out and the car wont start consistently. The mechanic had the same problem and could get it to randomly turn on. So I'm not sure if the clutch isn't engaging or if its electrical. I guess a truck this old probably doesn't have the switch. Fred to your point there were LED break/reverse/turn signal lights installed The front are still standard. The flashers work but cant seem to get the turn signals to trigger. Would you have another suggestion as to how to fix that or would I need to look into replacing to regular lights instead of LED. https://www.amazon.com/PerfecTech-White-Amber-Integrated-Lights-Running/dp/B019XL2YIM
  15. fred heath

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    The 1978 model is different. You can not just replace the blinker relay. The blinkers and emergency flashers are controlled by a single electronic unit. They work in tandem with each other.
  16. gmg

    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    I have a 1979 sunrader which is built on the same generation of hilux as yours. I do not have a clutch switch. I have a shop manual that I will look through later to see if there is any mention of one. Do you by chance mean the clutch master cylinder? Are you unable to engage your clutch? As for the relay, just purchase a solid state electronic blinker relay. Just installed one on mine and it took a few minutes. The relay should be near the steering column or to the right of it. Easiest way to find it is turn on your hazards and search for the thing that is clicking. One thing to mention is that with a solid state electronic relay, you will not have the audible blinker click. This is the one that I bought. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073J82PNF?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
  17. Hey All, I recently bought a 1978 Toyota Sunrader as it has been a dream for a bit. Interior is great redone on most of it. Water runs great, converted a bunch over to Solar for lights and other smaller items. However recently I have run into trouble with my Clutch pedal Switch and trying to source the correct one to buy! Any chance someone knows I can find alot of info on it for 82-90 but not so much on the years prior. Also the previous owner purchased LED lights for the break lights and turn signals that dont seem to respond to the turn signal lights. Work with hazards though. Trying to figure out how to change the relay? Anyone got thoughts or advice.
  18. Odyssey 4x4

    4wd Japanese motorhomes direct from Japan

    I decided I wasn't going to get another 4 cylinder camper when I was in my Escaper on Pikes Peak in Colorado. I made it about half way up and ran completely out of power with the pedal to the floor. It was raining/snowing/nasty weather and I had to do what felt like a 25 point turn around on a super steep mountain road with cars stopped in both directions waiting for me. It was pretty scary to say the least. Was I too heavy? Of course, these things are too heavy from the start. I had all my camping gear, my motorcycle on the hitch hauler, water in my tanks. I should have known better. But like you said, crazy can be good. No regrets!
  19. markwilliam1

    Front roof Vent parts

    Nice Work All Around!
  20. linda s

    4wd Japanese motorhomes direct from Japan

    There are no 4x4 Sunraders with a V6. I've only seen one with a larger engine and that one they somehow managed to squeeze a Chevy 350 into. Rest of the truck was rough though. I have gotten stuck in the mountains because my 22re just wasn't strong enough to pull me out, hit stall speed. A V6 would have made it a breeze. No I don't have a 4x4, no I shouldn't have been there but hey you only live once. I did get out. Sometimes crazy is a good place Linda S
  21. jetalkington

    Wrap Around Window Seal

    Ok, I got my front windows resealed with a new seal and bead. I had to rewatch that video about 4 time and in slow mo to see all the little tricks he was using to get his in. It turned out to be a real problem. I am convinced these are not the original windows. As I showed above I had to trim the rear fiberglass on the pass side about 1/4 inch. I actually could have gone more but was paranoid and I got the window in. The driver side was was as bad. I lined up the window with parts of the old gasket and the window overlapped the center divider section. I had to trim it about 3/8 of an inch to get the corners to line up. Then when I tested the fit again I noticed that the lower corner above the drivers door was cut nearly too wide. The gasket barely covered it. I got it in and water tested. No leaks so far. I will likely revisit it in the spring but I only outside to work on it and we are getting a lot of rain and tonight it is going to 30 degrees. I do not know how anyone gets that bead in without the tool. It was a life saver.
  22. jetalkington

    Front roof Vent parts

    Got my new Roof Vent in. Turned out Great. Slight enlarging of the existing hole but not a big deal. Butyl tape only install. 5 inches of rain Friday and still dry.
  23. Maineah

    Why a Toyota??

    I would love to own a MB diesel Via (it's only 26') but being retired a bank robbery would be the only way.
  24. jjrbus

    Why a Toyota??

    I towed a Ford Windstar van, it was used as a shed! There is only so much room in a 35' motorhome, needed all the extra space I could get.
  25. Derek up North

    Why a Toyota??

    You just had the wrong Class A! https://rvshare.com/blog/8-awesome-car-carrying-motorhomes-must-see/
  26. jjrbus

    Why a Toyota??

    All personal choices, with even a small class A and toad I could not back into some of the parking spots that I easily fit in. After full timing for a few years in a class A I found the toad can get to be a real pain! Sure would be nice to have larger tanks!
  27. Odyssey 4x4

    4wd Japanese motorhomes direct from Japan

    Thanks Linda! That means a lot to hear you say that! I think no matter what I do to it, people will always be more partial to the fiberglass sunrader! I definitely understand the appeal but we know the rarity of those. I'm going to build the Odyssey with function and simplicity in mind but try to keep it feeling as "OEM" as possible. I really dig the classy interior styling of the Earthroamers, not the crap like cappuccino makers and flat screen tvs but the simplicity and layout. I think the Odyssey should be pretty sweet when done and I hope most will agree. I'm not building it to flip it but when time comes to sell sometimes we consider ourselves lucky to even break even on what the build cost!
  28. linda s

    4wd Japanese motorhomes direct from Japan

    You already own it. Your creating a brand new specialty vehicle and it will be worth a fat wad on money. This was for sale a couple of yours ago for somewhere way above 50 grand and I think yours is going to be nicer. Yours will also have a V6 https://www.vanspecialties.com/gallery_van/yota-4x4/ Linda S
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