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  1. I'm so jealous! Your pics of living and traveling on the road look wonderful!

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    Exporting to Canada

    I bring vehicles across the border quite often, it takes about 30 mins +/- at the border where they charge you gst, then you have to get a provincial inspection, then get your plates and pay pst. Not sure if the HST in BC is going to change that, prolly have to pay hst at the border. If it has airconditioning, there is an additonal $100 fee.
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    Portable Generator Size

    What ever you get, make sure it is quiet. Nothing worse than generator noise in a quiet campground. We have a Yamaha 1000, runs a skill saw rated at 1500 watts with no problem, I don't think is will run an AC. But a 2000 should. We don't have AC prefer a fan and a shady spot.
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    wheel covers

    I'm for the paint, and if while your wheels are off, you wire brush the hubs and paint them with a rust covering flat black, the whole thing looks good. As an old trucker, I wanna see what is happening to lug nuts & when I pull over for tea, I touch test the hubs for hotness, tells me if a bearing is going or if the brakes are dragging, cant do that with faux wheel covers. Tony
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    space heater

    Here is a source, with pics, http://www.nextag.com/blue-flame-heater/shop-html the smallest one will roast you in quick order, the one in our 35' bus is 10,000BTU, measures about 12" wide, 18" tall and sticks into the room about 6.5". Personally I would not put one (or any supplemental heater) into my Toyota. I took one out after we bought it. On a really cold morning, we light the oven with the door open, I am sure some will scream "its not safe to do that", but if you think about it, you would cook a roast in the oven, why not use it for 1/2 hr to heat the space. Remember you must have a source of fresh air, and a propane sniffer/alarm is a good idea. We always turn off all heaters before we bed down. Hope this helps, Tony.
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    space heater

    We have had a blue flame chimneyless fire place in our bus for 10 years now (fultimers) we took out the catalitic heater because it is not a space heater, but radiates the heat onto any surface in line of sight, which then warms the space. We took our first blueflame out and put it in our studio workshop and put the newer one (with thermostat) into the bus. Our Toyota came with a "mr buddy" heater which I took out. We never run any heater after beddy byes even when we used to camp and snow ski. Of course you must make provision for air. In our bus I piped in an air supply to the back of the heater, which makes me feel better. Most heaters now have O2 sensors which will shut them down before you croak. Get a top quality propane sniffer and install it near the floor. Hope this helps.
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    Mirrors needed

    These guys are where I got mine, they sell either white or brushed stainless finish mirrors. http://www.rustrepair.com/app2/onlinecat.htm?r=ms&p=wi They are easy to deal with and I think the price is reasonable.
  8. You Got it Baja, we will tow our 18' Sunrader. We live full time in our 1967 MCI bus conversion, and we use the Sunrader for shorter trips, (tho we spent 6 mos touring Mexico in the Sunrader last winter). We need to have a smaller vehicle for use at campsites for going to town etc., our car (Mercedes diesel) is not towable without some mods. The Sunrader will serve as a car, and allow us to take camping trips to places the Bus doesn't like, as well it gives us a spare bedroom for visitors if needed.
  9. I am going to tow my 83/4 Sunrader south this year. I will tow it 4 wheels down, using an A frame. To connect the A frame to the Toyota, I simply took off the towing eyes and made an < iron bracket that bolts up to the weld nuts that the towing eyes used. Then I hook the A frame to the newly made brackets. It did not take long to make the mods, no welding required. I am towing with a 35' bus so the weight is not a problem, nor do I need extra braking, since the Toyota at 5,000 +/- weighs less than a full load of people for the bus. My Toyota is a standard, so all we need to do for the trip is put the tranny in neutral and advance the ignition key to a position where the steering is unlocked. A friend towed his 21'er for a couple of years behind his bus, his was an automatic, so he got really good at disconnecting the driveshaft. You can rent a tow dolly and put the front wheels on it, they have brakes and lights, the hooked up unit will be very difficult but not impossible to reverse, so you will have to plan your stops. ..........Tony
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    What's your rig and where's it at?

    Ours is an 83/84 Sunrader, First night's camp on our way south last fall. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3526/3229122786_900aae07d7_b.jpg Fall colors as we went south last fall. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3228159179_515c22b6c4_b.jpg this is a shop of us at a surfer spot south of Puerto Vallarta. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3420/3705124353_90bd5824eb_b.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/3261884618_5a1900b82b_b.jpg right now we are getting it ready to tow south behind our bus, we will use it as our car and mother in law suite for the winter. We live full time in our MCI bus and use the Toyota for short trips, kind of our summer cottage. Last winter we lived in the Toyota full time for the winter, and did 10,000 miles towing that little trailer (1,000#) all through Mexico. We spend our summers around the Okanagan BC and our winters any where warm. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/3697861617_2b44a3fb16_b.jpg On a ferry in the Kootenays BC this summer http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2547/3692260043_b00d5ba8fe_b.jpg By a river in the mountains.
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    So many questions!!!!!! help

    What you guys need for the band is my 35' MCI bus, sleeps 4, shower & throne, fridge stove solar panels, has bays underneath the floor that will hold enough amps for the Rolling Stones, 140 gal fuel, 100 galls fresh, 150 gals holding tanks, 7 kw generator, 38 gal propane tank, new engine, rebuilt automatic transmission. Will rip down the highway at 70mph all day, or night. One day will have to sell her, but for now its my home. Guys trust me, we spent 6mos in Mexico last winter in our Toyota, with a trailer for the gear, A toyota aint gonna get it for you, you will wind up hating each other after a weekend.
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    oil? real quick

    I tried 10 30 last year (it was a wally world deal), and it drank the stuff, had to add 1 pint at 500mi., changed back to 15 - 40, & now doesnt use any between changes. 22R with 120,000miles.
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    Towing / Carrying Extra Gear

    We towed a small enclosed trailer for 10,000 miles behind our Sunrader last winter, the trailer weighed in at 1,000# when we left home, and in Seattle we added perhaps another 200#, the trailer was no bother at any time, except parallel parking. It was fine on all sorts of roads some as high as 12,000 ft. I did extend the tongue of the trailer an extra 12" so I could jackknife the trailer, you wont have any problems on dirt roads except if you need to turn round. If yours is an automatic, do not use top gear, unless you have a supply of trannies. Biggest problem with the extra wght is down hill, Just stay in the same gear that you used to go up when coming down. If I can afford it, I will put trailer brakes on before our next big trip. Tony
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    oil? real quick

    At this time of year I am using 15/40. The owners manual says the the recommended oil in operating temps from O to 100 degs, is 20/40, and shows 20/50 for the higher temp range. It also shows using 10/30 if you will be operating the rig at -10 degs. general consensus is that Synthetic oil is not a good choice for these older motors. Hope that helps.
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    DC Output on my generator

    I think you are referring to a portable genset, yes you just connect the terminals on the genset to the terminals on the battery. Of course you need to check for overcharging, if you tell us the make and power of the genset you have, someone may have the same unit, and can tell you the DC output, then it is easy to know how long to leave it charging. Basically you need to be the charge regulator especially on cheaper gensets.