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    1986 Toyota Sunrader
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  1. Holy.... My cheeks tightened and lifted off my seat just reading this! Glad you're okay and didn't crash!!
  2. Hi All, I was just browsing Craigslist and saw this listing for a 1983 Toyota Dolphin for sale. I don't know anything about it or the owner, however I thought I'd post it here for anyone who might be interested. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/rvs/d/fairfax-1983-toyota-dolphin/6985449081.html
  3. Appreciate the suggestions, Linda! I'll try the screwdriver method this weekend and if it doesn't work, I'll give the RV place idea a go. Thanks!! 😃
  4. Appreciate the advice, Maineah! I took a look this morning and couldn't find any hand cranks anywhere in the rig. Nor do I see anywhere on the awning where a hand crank would attach... There are 2 little circular tubes (one on each end), but they're really really teeny - like the size of a pinky nail. I took some close up pics (see attached) this morning of the awning and see it says it is an A&E Systems awning - which I researched - and it seems to be a Dometic awning? Perhaps they were bought out by Dometic? No idea. Anywho, I'm still stumped here on how to operate. Regardless, I'll need to take the awning down (hopefully only temporarily), as I noticed some issues with the screws causing fiberglass stress cracks as well as I found past water intrusion from a few of the screws on the inside of the rig. Ideally, I'd like to identify this model of awning so I can locate a proper operations manual for it. Does anyone have this type of awning?
  5. Hi All! So my Sunrader came with an awning, however I can't for the life of me figure out how it works.... Can anyone help me/explain how in the heck it operates? I'm at a loss. Thanks!
  6. Here’s some pics I grabbed this morning. Pardon the mess, I’m smack dab in the middle of demo. As you can see, I also have the fuel hose in the same spot - totally bizarre. I’m not sure why it’s like this, but if possible, I want to get it out of the camper and put under the camper. I didn’t try moving the captains chair over yet, but I’ll give it a go later. Has anyone ever come across something like this before? Any ideas on what to do about it?
  7. hahah I think you did I think my dinette area did have bench seats - but the previous owner had already removed them, so I can't be 100% positive. But I will say that I did have a rather large dinette table that I removed 2 weeks ago. So that makes me think it had the bench seats. That table was big and heavy. Currently, though I have a captains chair (what I think you're calling a lounge chair?) in the nook to the right of the kitchen. My Sunrader didn't come with a sofa on the driver's side. Instead, it had an additional large closet - then the kitchen - then a captains chair - then the bunk. I could move the captains chair in the location where one of the old bench seats was and take a pic for you, if you want? But I don't have the table anymore to give you a full idea of the space unfortunately.
  8. @jetalkington make sure to wear gloves when applying the 40 volume developer... it can burn ya if exposed to skin too long
  9. Looks like yours. No door on mine - though mine does look a bit newer. I’m thinking a previous owner replaced it at one time.... perhaps did a repair or modification because I noticed there is a leak when I filled up at gas stations bringing it home. I had to fill up real slowly and I saw some fuel drip while filling up - perhaps a hose or elbow or something isn’t angled right? I don’t know. Haven’t really looked into it yet. On my list of things to do.
  10. I have the same model as you, @jetalkington -- where there is the rear bath, the kitchen on the driver's side, and the fridge on the passenger's side right slightly forward of the entry door - then slightly forward of that is the dinette area. My gas tank fill is almost exactly where yours is - directly behind the passenger door. When I get home today, I'll take a few pics and show you where everything is located on mine. 🙂
  11. AmyDC


    Hi Linda, I agree completely about the kindness of the owner of this site. I’ve learned so much the short while I’ve been here. As someone who manages websites for a living, I know from experience that it takes a whole lot of time and money to do what he’s been doing! Wish I could take the guy out for dinner or something to show my appreciation!! Regarding the HTTP status of the site, I was just explaining the facts of what it means, not telling anyone what they must or must not do. Personally, I have no problem with interacting on this site even though it’s HTTP. 😊
  12. AmyDC


    Hi Linda, I see the "Not Secure" warning in my Chrome browser and in my Safari browser (when on my iPhone). In addition, if for example, you're on the Firefox browser you might not see any warning, however if you click on the little "i" to the direct left of the URL, you'll see that it shows the website connection is not secure due to the website not being HTTPS. Also, sometimes in place of showing a warning you might see a browser show a lock icon with a red slash through it. That means the same thing as the Chrome or Safari "Not Secure" warning. As for the member that complained about seeing ads for porn sites, that is a direct reflection on the sites that person has browsed hahahaha. The ads on this website are called "display ads". Majority of the time display ads are used as retargeting campaigns - which basically means that the ads are served to users who have already visited a specific website or been looking up a specific product or topic. So the aim of the ads are to "retarget" the user and encourage the user to return to the website or buy a product related to something they've been looking up. In the case you mentioned, it was most likely porn website ads encouraging that person to come back and visit the porn sites he/she visited in the past. 😂😂😂
  13. AmyDC


    Hi Fred, I work on websites every day (my 9-5er). Historically, websites have used the HTTP protocol - as this site currently does - "http://toyotamotorhome.org". For the past few years now, most websites have been transitioning over from HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS provides additional security to the user of the website - i.e., helps protect information sent and received on the website and helps to protect information that could potentially be stolen. On websites that have not made the transition to HTTPS, most browsers now show that "Not Secure" warning. Note that this warning does NOT mean that the website is currently affected by malware, nor does it mean hackers are currently lying in wait ready to steal your information. It just means that there is the possibility as the website is incapable of of providing a secure connection and therefore, it is open to such things happening in the future. There is a super easy and inexpensive fix to this though. The owner of this website could just purchase an SSL certificate (to be renewed every year) and install/enable the HTTPS protocol on the website's server. Then, instead of seeing the "Not Secure" warning, we'll all see a lock icon and the URL will then read "https://toyotamotorhome.org". Easy peasy.
  14. A girl can wish, can't she? I fully understand the benefits of propane, however I don't want it on my rig. In regards to the Bosch water heater I mentioned above, it is not tankless. Also, I plan on having way more than 150w of solar. BTW, I didn't ask about a dorm fridge - I have a dometic 3-way currently - may upgrade to something like this - https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-CFX50W-Electric-Powered-Freezer/dp/B072MLT6QW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1521424864&sr=1-1&keywords=dometic+cfx-50&linkCode=sl1&tag=ghfridgespreadsheet-20&linkId=69c42d0b330645bd3dc859467d7515ed. I love discussing topics like this because there really is no one way to do things - not to mention there are new inventions and new products coming to the market all the time. We all know that there are always trade offs to decisions, however I don't see anything wrong with trying to look outside the box and trying to shake up the status quo of what's possible with our rigs. Personalizing each rig to each individual owner is what it's all about. That's why we buy in the first place - to fulfill our individual dreams
  15. Gahhh I know it, Derek - that's what all my research has been saying.... but I was hoping some company had finally created this unicorn... When choosing between between electric "batch" water heaters and electric on demand "tankless" water heaters - given the limitations of the power setup - the electric "batch" water heater is a no-brainer (electric instead of gas/propane is important to me). Furthermore, when choosing between "point-of-use" locations and "central" locations - I'm leaning towards the POUs to help reduce the warm-up times -- one POU at the kitchen sink/outdoor shower area and one POU for the bathroom shower (I'm eliminating the bathroom sink). Nothing too large - most likely 2.5 gallons. Finally, I think I'm also going to get a foot pedal at the kitchen sink to have more control over the flow so as to conserve water. I'm looking into the two-pedal valve kind that gives you separate control of hot and cold water.
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