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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1990 Toyota Odyssey
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    Indianapolis

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  1. I purchase 7 Hankook RA08 195R14 Load Range D tires a few years ago, very nice tires and provides a lot capacity.
  2. My 1990 Odyssey needed new rear bushings a couple years ago, I went to a shop that worked on heavy trucks and buses. They ended up ordering new shackles and bushings from Toyota, the final price for parts and labor was $500.
  3. I think my Odyssey Durango measures out 21.5 feet bumper to bumper. The rear spare tire mount probably makes it 22 feet.
  4. Winterizing...

    Yes, I did take care of the sinks and shower traps, and ran the commode until RV antifreeze was flowing through it. Thanks.
  5. draining water system

    If you use air, you can get away with using 1 to 2 gallons of RV antifreeze. I just did mine using 1.5 gallons. After you drain all the water out with gravity, use air to blow out the remaining water. I was amazed on how much water drained out of my hot water drain after hooking up an air hose, it was probably a good 2 to 3 gallons. Then close all drains and add 1 gallon of RV antifreeze in the fresh water tank. Fire up the water pump and open each cold water facet until you see the pink/red RV antifreeze running through. Then turn off the water pump and rehook up the air, then open each hot water facet until you see the pink/red RV antitfreeze going through it, the air should be able to force the RV antifreeze through the facet. Then open up all the drains (Fresh water and hot water heater) and drain, then follow up with air again. Be sure to dump your gray and black water tanks, and then I add about a quart of RV antifreeze to the gray and black water tanks by pouring down each drain.
  6. Check if you need a new air filter, a dirty one reduces MPG by 20% or more, that could add 2 mpg. Check your tire pressure, if you are under pressure that will impact MPG by 1 to 2 mpg. My 1990 V6 gets better MPG at 62 mph than it does at 55 mph. At 55 mph I experience a lot of downshifting out of overdrive, but 62 mph appears to be the sweet point, so try 60 mph, if that keeps you in overdrive more often that is another 1 to 2 mpg.
  7. Winterizing...

    I just winterized my Toyota. Used an air compressor, I am always amazed on how much water it pushes out of the system.
  8. I am thinking about hosting one back at Galesburg East for 2018, back where the first few were hosted.
  9. Correction needed...this was the 11th Annual Mid-West Toy-In... the first was in 2007 in Galesburg, IL... Sorry for the late realization...
  10. Roof Rack/Basket

    Eight years ago I decided to made a canoe rack on the top of mine. I purchased 16 feet of composite wood decking (cut it in two 8 foot length in the Lowes parking lot). I basically laid the two 8 foot sections on the outside roof edge and drilled four small pilot holes into each one that brought me into the cabinets, about 1.5 inches from the wall. I decided to use 1/4 inch wood lag screws instead of bolts, I figured it would make for a tighter seal. I caulked up the screw treads and area around the hole and screwed them in. They extend about a 1/2 below the ceiling. I check on the screw holes a couple times a year (last 8 years) and no sign of water damage / leaks. The purpose of the screws was to keep the rack (all 1/2 water pipe) in place (from sliding around the roof), I still need to strap down the canoe to the front / rear bumper. If one wanted to just be able to strap down to the rack, I would of used longer screws (or bolts) and put in a 2x4s inside the cabinets in order to secure the rank to a large internal surface (the 2x4).
  11. Rodent Prevention

    Hello, there seems to be a number of suggestions, I park my at a farm over the last 8 years and keep trying more stuff each year. One year mice ate into the heater vent tubes and I almost lost my Toyota due to a dash fire. I have screened in the following areas that I have found mice in (exhaust pipe, heater exhaust vent, air cleaner vent intake, heater vent intake, and I put a 4 x 5 foot piece of screen over the top of the engine). Inside, I put cloth dryer freshness sheets, about 6 rubber snakes, and I put a poison mice traps (only lets mice in) in the middle of the coach and one under the coach. I have also used spray foam to seal as many areas as possible under the coach and inside. I also take heavy plastic (paint drop cloth) to cover the chairs, couch and bed (keeps any that make it in from peeing on them). Also, I used large 3 to 6 gallon zip locks to bag everything in the draws and cabinets. I also build a 1 foot wall around my motorhome using 1 foot wide aluminum roll to keep them out, but it just slows them down, they are either going under it or over it.
  12. Fuel tank volume

    I actually ran out of gas traveling late one night (on the way to Yellowstone), could not find an open gas station. My 1990 Odyssey went into chug mode before it died. The next morning after walking to a gas station, they gave me a 1-gallon gas can. After adding gas and driving a mile, I could not get more than 14.5 gallons into the tank.
  13. Solar barely runs refrigerator

    Have you thought about adding a marine wind turbine to your system? I have been kicking around the idea but have not done it. It could mount on the old TV antenna mount. A marine wind turbine (when there is wind) will probably give one 5 to 10 times the charge rate, over the solar panel.
  14. Fuel tank volume

    Wow...17 gallon tanks...my 1990 Odyssey has a 15 gallon tank!
  15. Solar eclipse rally

    As luck would have it, I have three properties in the totality zone for the 2024 solar eclipse. Carbondale (4 minutes 30 seconds, Indianapolis (3 minutes 30 seconds) and Losantville (4 minutes, 1 second). If I still have my Toyota, I am willing to host a Solar Eclipse rally in I Losantville (its 10 acres, 200amp service).
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