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    21' 1986 Monterey Leisure Sunrader 22RE

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  1. One thing I keep meaning to ask and forgetting to...Did you guys weigh the sunrader before and after alterations. I am super curious on that as it would seem you added a LOT of things to it that were not light weight and thereby probably contributing to both the wheel failure "bad things" as well as the stability issues that ultimately ended up in its forced sale. The lack of dual wheels for sure did not help with the stability either; I often see people muse in here on just getting rid of the dual wheels in favor of one and to me the physics of that present a risk that was probably exacerbated by the additional weight. I could be wrong though on weight - because you also removed EVERYTHING original - so did you guys post weights before and after by chance?
  2. I cant do moth balls. They set off my asthma.
  3. The dash outside air vent damper is indeed an entry point. They popped out my headliner after crawling up the a pillar! Ugh. A little known gem thats better than great stuff foam is the foam that orkin sells, its black foam containing small bits of carbide shavings that cut vermin’s mouth they will not chew it. I will be sealing the rig with it after the remodel.
  4. Well i had to remove the AC and the bathroom vent as well as the toilet roof stack cap... but i got it in. Dropped all air out of bags, dropped rear tires until they kissed at 10 lbs. now if only someone made low profile vent/shrouds.... lowest profile one i could find was still 2 inches closed which is 2 more than i have. I suppose i could just caulk some plexi glass in and have no vents or AC... nope time to build a lean-two
  5. Keywords height air bags tires pressure psi AC so i have a Barn the entry garage door is exactly 8 feet tall.. stock sunrader shows 105 inches (8.75 feet) with no AC as it rolled out of the factory... but what is our REAL height with 35 year old leaf springs and bags at 20 psi? I was surprised to learn my rig came in at just under 8 feet tall not counting AC. could i get it lower by cheating? tomorrow we will see... i plan to drop bags to 10 psi (not recommended by manufacturer) then drop tires to 15. If lucky i may sneak into the barn if not the AC comes off.
  6. I wish this thread had come a few years earlier... mice destroyed my recently remodeled sunrader and I took the “try To kill the intruders” approach.. which lead to more cannibal intruders and dead mice in inaccessible wall locations. This fall they gained access into the headliner/ceiling and once that happens you are screwed. They burrow into the cardboard honey comb of the roof glass and then tunnel into the top cabinets and drop down into them like tom cruise in mission impossible. They got into all top cabinets. Chewed through the beautiful burlap headliner And savaged everything. I put two tomcat multi kill mouse boxes and had 26 mice alive in them when i checked it today all little more than the size of gumballs each. the pictures in this thread lead me to discover the entry points- exactly where the pictures showed them to be. Excellent post! This should be a sticky
  7. and also a note to those that own the new totally awesome Ryobi generator with Blue Tooth smart phone voltage dashboard and shut off control... Same leak also as its got the same Honda motor. I'm BAaaaAAAAAck! I just bought the Ryobi for just over $600. Its a Honda 2200 licensed far cheaper and with FAR greater features and the same Honda quietness. Also picked up the Ryobi power washer which also has the Honda gas motor from Hondas power washers too but also is strangely only 2/3 the price of the Honda main brand. Why did I buy this? well the old HF genny I had been so faithfully running with finally died; or so I thought. Turned out my buddy left the gas cap off in a rain storm and the gas tank was full of water. after emptying it and draining the carbs its back to life also; so I have dedicated the Ryobi to the Toyota and the HF has been permanently moved to the hunting grounds. Its funny, when I was shopping for the Ryobi genny they actually had one for sale that was "reconditioned" after being returned for the leaking fuel shut off valve for half off. In retrospect I should have grabbed that one was only $300 marked down but came with no returns or warranty so I paid full price. now I have to get the shut off replaced ugh.
  8. I was thinking i could sell bathroom visits, $5 #1s, $10 #2s
  9. Bet you thought this would be political... nope. there are over 500,000 people signed up now to “visit” area 51 in Nevada in September.. the goal... See the Aliens! Thinking about doing a mini rally with our “rocket” to join with the other campers and go see the aliens -because why not right? Nevada, September, should be good weather and a great way to see if half a million people can find out what agent Mulder and Scully couldn’t... the truth is out there... can your toy find it?
  10. I still have it. Its a dometic 3 way , gas, 12v and 110 vac. I have not had time to renovate the rv and probably wont this year. We decided to live with the rats 1 more year and bought a ferral cat kitten. Plan is to let cat live in rv in fall, let her get some “scents” in there. I know that will exodus any “squatters”.
  11. i fought the battle with 8 snaptraps andtomcat poison feeders. oddly enough i put the poison in my garage well away fromthe RV andbarn but they went back and died in the sunrader anyway. i found a couple dead on the ground in it next to unsprung traps..
  12. You can still maintain good speed and get better mileage, drink a red bull and carefully draft a fast moving semi. I use em all the time. Make sure you have excellent brakes and follow all laws. High winds are a bigger killer of MPG than speed even, drafting in storms is a must.
  13. Well we have decided to remove the humungous fridge and stove... is anyone looking for them? Great condition all 3 fridge mode work, 12, 110 and propane, stove is the 4 burner and small baking oven combo
  14. Wife and I have been looking at foam based peel and stick wall panels; they would presumably add some ER value and being foam would not make noise. has anyone else in here used this? I found a person that successfully used them in their RV closet. check this out: https://rvinspiration.com/decorate/insulating-rv-walls/
  15. Moved into a forest. The mice here hunt cats. they literally use their own dead as food and nesting materials. Ate up my classic 86 burlap headliner and the smell o pee is legendary. im fixing to gut the wall panels out down to the fiberglass but once done id like a surface insulation solution that can be painted on and looks decent. Spray foam is an idea..i wonder if i could coat it with white bedliner
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