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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1988 Dolphin - 56k miles 4 cyl, auto trans
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  1. 1) You nailed it. 55-60mph. 25 up hills, in 1st or 2nd gear. I traveled eastbound I-70 thru Eisenhower tunnel (11,000 ft), 15-20 mph in 1st. Just fall in behind the line of trucks, select the lower gear so it won't pop in and out between 1st and second, and enjoy the scenery. 2) Sounds about right. that's at 55-60mph, straight and level. 3) Most anything after about 1986-1987 will have a 22RE (4 banger) past about 1989 will have the 6 cyl. these are all EFI and Automatic tyranny. 4) I was initially looking for manual, but am glad I got the auto. 5) Almost everything after 1986 had the full floating rear axle. but look anyway. 6) you need to verify the tow hitch is sturdy and welded to the frame. Disregard all the above regarding fuel mileage and speeds. If you plan on doing this, I would look more toward the 6 cyl than the 4. john Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto (SOLD)
  2. I thought I seen a post a few years ago about a Forunner instrument cluster would plug in. and it had a tach. john mc 88 dolphin 4 auto sold
  3. waiter

    Propane Refrigerator Repair

    Make sure your frig is level. If its not level, it will not work. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto (SOLD)
  4. waiter

    Propane Refrigerator Repair

    Here is the link to my Igniter repair. After this, never had any more problems. http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=3499 While you have this disassembled, use a wire brush and clean up the flame tube. It probably has a layer of rust thats blocking the passages, making it easier to get blown out. Also make sure all the covers are installed over the burner are. One other item to look at, make sure the roof vent cover is OK. These are very susceptible to UV, they get brittle and break. This could allow too much air flow when your driving down the road and blow out the flame. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  5. Probably should if the battery is disconnected. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  6. Drain water and holding tanks, if freezing weather - then winterize water system. Full tank of gasoline if storing for a few months. If storing for a year or longer, consider draining the gas tank. Disconnect coach and truck battery (make sure they are fully charged first) If you anticipate freezing, consider storing the batteries inside the house or garage. Turn off LP tank. If you have a Maxair vent cover, leave the roof vent open about 1 inch. Visually inspect for any water leaks once a month or so - deal with them immediately. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  7. Take a look at this thread. http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=4801 John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  8. before you pull the tank, you may want to use the test connector to see if the pump runs. The test connector bypass fuel cutoff relay and mass flow sensor. and forces the pump to run. There is a drain plug on the bottom of the tank, drain the tank and see what comes out. I pulled my tank last year and was very surprised at how clean it was inside. (I lucked out) John MC 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  9. waiter

    My 1993 Toyota Seabreeze Gets Only 10 Mpg Why?

    Too Big Boat Welcome to the Toyhouse Forum. It sounds like you found this forum after you bought the toyhouse, otherwise you would have found the answers to your questions before you purchased. Don't fell bad, this is the normal. Now that your here, do as others have suggested and utilize the search feature. I guarantee, any question that you can come up with, has probably already been answered, and usually, in great detail. Read on. 10 MPG at 70 MPH sounds pretty good. If you slow down to 55-60 mph, you'll see 13-15 mpg, Keep in mind that you just bought a 20 year old truck with 72k on it. Odds are, you don't know what the maintenance status is, so my recommendation is start from scratch. This will get you piece of mind, and you'll learn about the truck. Vehicle longevity and reliability are directly proportional to the scheduled maintenance performed. Unless you have specific evidence (receipts) that maintenance has been performed, I would suggest doing at least these items to make sure your up to current maintenance standards. Failure to comply greatly increases the chance of a breakdown, and the subsequent repair costs. (Pay now or Pay later) i.e. failure to perform valve adjustments leads to burnt valves. If your able to perform maintenance yourself, WARNING - IMHO - If you need to hire someone to do your mechanical work, you probably need to re-visit the decision to purchase a 20 -30 year old vehicle. However, if you have any mechanical inclination at all, these toyotas are an excellent learning vehicle for do-it-yourselfers At minimum, I would do the following: Check head recall status (applies to V6) Valve Adjustment (applies to V6 and 4 cly) all filters (fuel, oil, air) drain / fill tranny fluid hoses and belts (replace radiator hose and drive belts) careful visual inspection of vacuum, intake hose for cracks / brittle. Brakes and Bearings (Repack all bearings and inspect/replace brakes) Verify tire code dates - replace tires older than 6 years old. Good luck, slow down, and enjoy the sceenery. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  10. Here is a copy of an 85 Factory Service Manual for the truck. Yours should be close (WARNING - its 55meg long) http://iflyez.com/DOWNLOAD/85_TOYOTA_TRUCK%20_Service_Manual.pdf I would recommend getting all the model numbers from your appliances, then download the manuals and put them in a binder. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  11. waiter

    Cab Over Window

    Lexan. or sheet metal. I replaced mine with Lexan sheet, will not break. http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=3755 If you replace with sheet metal, Paint the outside of the sheet metal a very dark gray or black, and it looks like a window. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
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    Charging Laptop On Deep Cycle Battery?

    Looks good. Depending how it up-convert, this would be a little more efficient than up-converting with an Inverter, then down-converting with the alp top powers supply. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  13. I liked my 900 Dolphin - Rear bath with dinette table. These were probably the most common model of the entire Toyhouse MHs ( I think 9000 were built) I suspect, unless you have a very specific need for a specific feature, you'll probably adapt to whatever you buy. Keep your eyes open, learn whats a good deal and what to walk away from, and have your money ready to jump on a deal when the right one comes along. These move fast (not speed wise, sales wise :-) so be smart, and be ready. If you focus on a specific model to the extent that you ignore other models, You may find availability is limited. If you purchase a unit, then as you build up experience and decide you would like a different floor plan, I can almost guarantee you'll be able to sell your Toy for the same price you paid (if not more) John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  14. waiter

    Charging Laptop On Deep Cycle Battery?

    As WME and Stamar have eluded; You should have an AC power supply for your laptop, Usually, this is a small black box with two cords coming out, One cord plugs into a wall outlet (110 Volt AC) The power supply box then converts this to whatever voltage is needed, and sends it out the other cable that plugs into your laptop.. USE AN INVERTER. Inverters convert 12 volts DC to 110 volts AC. If your just running the laptop, a small 100 - 140 watt will do just fine. You can either wire the invert directly to your 12 volt system, or run the inverter off of a Cigarette lighter plug. You then plug your laptops power supply into the inverter and your good to go. DIRECTLY POWERED FROM 12 VOLT SYSTEM If your Laptop uses 12 volts, you could wire the plug directly to 12 volts. This would be the most efficient way, but will only work if your laptop runs on 12 volts. I do this with a TV. It wasn't advertised as operating off of 12 volts, but after careful looking, I discovered it would operate directly on 12 volts. Heres how: Look on your laptops power supply for what the voltage "output" is. If its between 12-14 volts, your in luck. Now you'll need to find a plug that matches your laptops power plug. This can be a little more difficult as some laptops have weird plugs. When I wired my TV I knew I would never use the 110 volt power supply, so I just cut the cable off of the TVs power supply, and wired the cable directly to the 12 volt system. You MUST observe polarity (plus and minus) else you could destroy the laptop. I Used a voltmeter to check polarity on the plug before I cut the cable off. NOTE - Some laptop power supplies are multiple voltage (5 and 12) so these would not wor, and of course if the laptop runs off 18 volts (my Toshiba) this will not work. John Mc 88 Dolphin 4 Auto
  15. waiter

    Just Got Back From A Mountain Trip!

    Nice photos. nice trip. I would recommend you re-size your photos before you upload them to the site so they are less than 100k, makes web page load a lot faster. Derek up North is on a cradle model and he is probably still waiting for the first photo to finish downloading. :-) I use Paint to resize. Open the photo in paint, click the "Resize" button. I usually resize by pixels, make the horizontal 600 pixels and make sure the "Maintain Aspect Ratio" box is checked.. Then do a "Save-As" a jpg file. I like to name the saved file similiar to the original, i.e. the original file is "original.jpg" and the saved file as "original_small.jpg" One of your original photos was 547kb, the re-sized photo (below) is 79kb, about 1/7th the original size, and loads a lot faster. Alkso note that it auto thumbs, and when you click on the thumb, it expands. John Mc