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    Toyota Dolphin 87
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  1. ALSO- got covers for my spare and tires for when my rig has to sit. ( i take her out every other week or so to stretch, but it can be quite brief)
  2. got my new tires! will see how they go. got a good price, and same day. SO APPRECIATE all your help- I was able to walk in and ask for exactly what I needed without sounding like the noob i am 😜
  3. i am hopping on here with a slightly unrelated but still connected question. i dont like to run my A/C too much, and have pondered removing it....was wondering if this seems like a good offgrid option to more experienced boondockers? https://www.etsy.com/listing/590660972/solar-battery-110v12v-portable-air?ref=also_bought-2&frs=1
  4. ok SO i filled the air bags through the side valves- that was the easy part. i could not take my rig out to test the balance because...dun dun dun.. i have a bulging tire. i have posted about it on another thread, trying to figure out what kind of tire i should try to get... but the other thread was....divided. any ideas here?
  5. according to various threads on here, It looks like: I need B tires or possibly a 185R14 Load Range D or maybe a C? One member has the same model I do, and said this (there was some debate about it, but i am a total rookie) "Unless you are carrying Lead, the older Toy MH's fall well within the Load Carrying Capacity of "B" Range tires (5000Lb-6000Lb loaded running). If you have abnormal wear running Load Range "B" tires (assuming the weight on EACH wheel/wheelset is within the Load Carrying Capacity of the tire and the Tire Pressure is correct for that weight), you will probably have the same thing with "C" or "D" tires as well. Look at Wheel Alignment (including bent parts) and unequal weight distribution side-to-side (which seems to be a chronic design fault/compromise especially seen in small RV's). Did all the rear tires wear equally?? We run "B" range tires on our '86 21Ft Dolphin (right at 6000Lb running down the road) and got 38,000Mi from the Passenger side Dual Wheelset but only 28,000Mi from the Driver side Dual Wheelset, due to unequal side-to-side weight distribution.1987 TOYOTA Pickup Camper Cab (DRW) with a standard tire size of 185R14/C" Then i found a WHOLE bunch of debates on this, and now feeling overwhelmed. how am i supposed to get the right tires?
  6. hey all- i am hijacking this post a bit, as I just found a bulge in my passenger side rear wheel (I have dual wheels)- toyota dolphin, 87. Do you have any specific tire recommendations? i have been researching~!
  7. This is so helpful! What I have been doing to fill my air valves is just using the air pump plugged into the cigarette lighter of my car- i run the cable from my car to the camper. sometimes i have to run it through the window, but my screens are super easy to move out of the way. I will check out the chucks!!!
  8. Hey TR! Not a problem! I think the one I have came in an emergency vehicle kit I have. I bought it ages ago. It was not this kit, but it is similar https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-stone-Bridgestone-Auto-Emergency-Kit/dp/B07J28DNN9
  9. Fine by me- i am learning so much!!! i am a total novice, learning everything quite literally from the ground up! I have a tire inflation kit that works great- will do that asap
  10. excellent points!! i found the fill valves and the air bags- they do not look completely squashed- now i just need some time to fill them and see what happens.
  11. Thank you- this is enormously helpful. I think there are, in fact, air bags, but they look very squashed. i will see if they can be inflated and if they hold air! An excellent place to start, and i appreciate the links!!
  12. i am looking at replacing all/some/most suspension parts: leaf springs, air bags, shocks- i found the original thread, I think. Looking at these options so far, per recommendation of a member here: https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/leaf-springs https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=7242 A new pair of shocks - KYB or Bilstein (according to that thread - 4 Bilstein's would run about $275 and two Leaf springs ~$225 from desertrat.com for a total of around $500 for a suspension upgrade.) I will have to pay to have them changed out and labor in my area will be $$$$ When it comes to bushings and things- I am a NOVICE novice... i am going to have to get an outside opinion on all this. I'm nervous about the cost, but need to drive safely, and i don't have the skills or tools to do this myself. (YET)
  13. Thank you- after researching more (largely on this forum- wow is this a great resource!- and online) it looks like this is an air bag and leaf spring issue- I am trying to find the part numbers again (someone posted them on another thread)so that I can get this sorted out- she is riding REALLY low over the back tires.
  14. hey everyone! i was looking into re-painting the exterior of my 87 dolphin, and the professional quote was.... prohibitive. Has anyone done the work of scuffing off the old paint, priming and repainting a Dolphin successfully, cheaply and not taking an exorbitant amount of time? I don't HAVE to do it, but I would like to...
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