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Totem

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    21' 1986 Monterey Leisure Sunrader 22RE

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    1986 sunrader
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  1. No time to fix our Rig!

    couple words of advice: " The first mechanic thought there may be damage to the wiring and that the harness may need to be taken out. " this was your quote... in most all tests in life the first guess is the right one. your first mechanic was most likely the prize winner and the computer is fine. when dealing with BCU or BCM units the FIRST order of business is to verify all wiring going into and out of them are legit. they can be corroded or even pinched from hitting accidents, animals etc. simply replacing those harnesses would have saved you a lot of peace of mind for small amount of cost and should really be done anyway on rig this old as copper corrodes. I would also have the ground and all fusible links replaced. from there see what happens and talk computers. -just my 2 cents. My own no start condition turned out to be the ground wire being rotten inside. it was OEM original ground from 1985...
  2. What kind of MPG can I expect?

    The 30MPG poster is really indeed getting 30MPG, he travels 30 miles while drinking a gallon of Bacardi then posts; the MPG is a measurement of alcohol consumption. this is easy to do because he is in effect really getting 40 MPG of gas mileage with his toyota rig in tow behind a prius.
  3. 3 way Refrigerator

    Ahhh I love seeing this thread. I am a huge fan of 3 way fridges. we used to have a member in here that swore by dorm fridges but I never really bought that a marine battery was going to run one for days at a time even with solar panels due to the high conumption of a compressor no matter how much ER insulation was sprayed into the dorm fridge voids. 3 way Dometic are where it is at. I just ran one on propane for 6 weeks straight.
  4. So a status update of sorts on our "rebuilt" propane tank: The Tank ran exceptionally well this summer as I used my sunrader quite a bit differently than most years. I am relocating to a new position in a new town so I have been using the RV as home base temporary living while i hunted for a new home. I put it in an rv park for the low cost of $450 for the month all included. Because I had a security deposit on electric, i used propane to run the fridge to ensure i got my electric back. I also used the stove to cook but never ran the heater. The tank lasted exactly 1 month running the fridge on setting 5 but had also run us an additional week on Dauphin Island with similar usages. So basically it would appear that the Horizontal Propane tank which holds 8.5 Gallons in my particular case (just filled this AM) Will run Fridge and basic stovetop cooking and I ran the hot water burner twice for 6 weeks. (I also used propane for few days to pre-cool fridge, and house a friend over 4th weekend) I figured these fun facts would help those that have horizontal permanent mount ACME tanks plan for larger trips. Again basically you can expect 6 weeks of use, assuming no furnace is used. If the furnace is used that would be a different study of data points. As to the new motor, She hit 500 miles on the odo today so I changed out the oil which was still clear as water. I refilled with pure Dyno valvoline 5w-30 and zink add in. there was absolutely no oil consumption in the 500. I routinely pass people now while driving and can easily cruise at 75 - with the new 22re performance motor. So far so good!
  5. Looking for a Sunrader

    Thats just it. You do not need nearly the amount of roof or window maintenance on sunraders. Everything sets flush. On mine the only leaks proved to be from marker lights wire holes. On other non fiberglass builds corrugated siding and roof eaves etc constantly need to be caulked and maintained. Theres also the fact they just look way nicer after 25 years mine still looks identical to the brochure glamor photo, no gobs of caulk all over the roof or rubber etc. personally i also believe the monterey liesure builds to be even better sunraders because their portal windows are real glass and linear (flat) not formed plexiglass thats l shaped and nightmare to replace. When i gutted my monterey liesure build the subfloor was half inch marine ply that had also been clear coat glassed as if it were boat floor gunnel. Maybe the California sunraders floors were inferior? no idea but dont lump both builders in the same basket. 😉
  6. 3500w inverter generator

    Honda goblin is a lightweight street legal moped from the 70s/80s from same company that makes your favorite generator. Electric. Bikes that go over 20 mph are not considered street legal without a plate in most states. The goblin also would need a plate
  7. 3500w inverter generator

    My not having been rational paid for the lifepo 4 batteries and electric scooters i run on every trip which are by far the best way to cool off. Still had the AC too when i got home. I suppose not buying a honda generator in favor of a HF inverter would also in effect pay for ironically a honda goblin to strap on the back... same cost.
  8. 3500w inverter generator

    Best honda i ever bought was my honda power washer. I had previously gone through 3 crappy electric power washers before deciding i wanted gas. The 3500 psi honda they sold me a floor model for $178 effectively beating harbor freights price. I beat on that thing and leave it out all winter each year it never even cracks from having water and freezing. So i dont doubt the quality but man that price though on those generators. Its downright irrational
  9. 3500w inverter generator

    I must be the one that got crazy lucky. Mine still runs my AC and electric pizza maker in tandem . Ive had it so long they dont even make this model any more. I could easily buy one at $650 and buy another one if it died to swap it out for less than a honda( buy second one and replace bad one in warranty get refund). They seem to not change chasis but every 5 years beating 36 months. Still, honda is a brand name, but then again i never wore guess jeans either.
  10. '83 Sunrader

    "I have clocked over 20mpg on some of my trips. " I call shinanagans on this. I have the same rig but newer with EFI and 19 is the ultimate best I ever saw down hill with wind behind my back. maybe it was a short 5 mile trip down mt. st helens or something. that being said i must also call shenanigans on sleep 6 people in a sunrader. 5 maybe, 6? that would cause a domestic.
  11. Toy Home Insured Value

    The best insurance is no collision insurance coupled with max deductibles on comp and Etc. You will find taking care of your things, making sure not to leave stoves on and driving safely with only PLPD in the long run will pay you what the insurance company would have claimed for themselves; which is the actuarial science odds that you are paranoid and no one is out to hit you. statistically speaking you have better odds of not being hit or needing a claim than the odds of them paying you out a claim on the actual value of the vehicle. Insurance is roulette with your pay out being one number on the wheel. Better to enjoy the rv and spend the savings on your life then worrying about the one time you may get unlucky and merely have the excitement of finding again another toy...
  12. Toy Home Insured Value

    Im thinking about hitting Kentucky. Much cheaper, same distance, no tolls , no 14% sales tax, more freedom , and free fishing at the campground for pan fish with no license needed. Theres also the fact that Ky has more caves that are all 65 degrees in temp fantastic way to stay cool and enjoy geological beauty while escaping the sun, when the 2 minutes and 47 second escape provided by the eclipse is over :-)
  13. EAA

    I miss him too.... he brought balance to the force around here.
  14. Toy Home Insured Value

    sometimes you should not focus on the "cash value" but rather on a policy that ensure replacement. If you can get them to agree to replace it like for like, that could be the best bet. Let THEM find out how much fun that is.
  15. the clutch is not toyota but made by Aisin I believe.
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