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fred heath

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1979 Champion mfg. "Galavan". 95K origional miles. Purchased from second owner with all paperwork from day one.
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    Raleigh, NC

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  1. Many coach manufacturers bought Toyota cab and chassis’s in bulk. It may show up as a 1985 (year of manufacture) or 1986 as model year. They didn’t assign a model year until the mh was actually produced. Nothing sketchy, just the way things work.
  2. Those are molded hubcaps. You need to remove one of the rears and count the wheel lug nuts behind it. If only 5 lug nuts the axle is unsafe and will need to be replaced. Nice looking rig.
  3. No sure where you are in Massachusetts but if you’re close to Hampton Beach there’s a garage there (heavy truck) that does great work on these rigs. Frank’s Garage. (603) 926-4900. Only place I trust to work on my rig. Full service with machine shop, body shop and does custom exhaust.
  4. If you’re considering any motorhome based in Maine (or any New England state) keep in mind that salt is used yearly on the roadways. Rust loves salt. The Toyota frames are made of light gage steel.Any potential purchase should include a total frame inspection. I purchased my 1978/79 in Maine, but it spent the first 20 years in Atlanta,Georgia . Frame was totally clean.
  5. If you remove the cover, there should be a Coleman metal I.D. plate on the rear of the chassis. This will give you the model #. PPL motorhomes carries many replacement covers. Or try a universal.
  6. Are you looking at shackle hangers? Or the shackles themselves? Hangers are usually attached to the frame to support the shackles. There’s no reason those should have to be changed. Getting adjustable shackles will aid you to increase or decrease ride height. Perhaps this is what your spring shop was trying to tell you. New bushings alone should work fine. in my case I wanted some heavy duty shackles that could be adjusted. I fabricated my own (see images). I’m sure there are companies out there that make a similar product. First image is new shackle. Second is new compared to old (factory).
  7. Good catch Tim on the transmission. Don’t know why I assumed it was automatic. Just always pictured those rigs as automatic.
  8. Water pumps are easy to change on that engine and not very expensive. If you’re looking for something to stay busy with, that will make a good project. Biggest problem with the 20R and 22R with that type of mileage is the crank oil seal. It starts as a small oil leak by the crank pulley but can fail immediately there after, dumping oil like a gusher. Again, the seal is not expensive but much more labor intensive.
  9. You can’t be an “armchair quarterback “ on this. Contact the seller, go look at the vehicle and give it a test drive. If you’re still interested find a local mechanic that will check the vehicle out for you. It’s a 35 year old truck. I doubt it’s going to be issue free. The 22R is pretty bulletproof. If there’s going to be a problem it will be the transmission. Also check the frame rails for rot. Little surface rust is expected. Rot should be a deal breaker.
  10. No to mechanic. I do all my own work. Best thing to do is contact the owner and ask any questions. You’re looking at a total rebuild on the inside. If you’ve got carpentry skill think of it as a “blank canvas “. If you’re going to farm out the work it might be a bigger project than you want to take on.
  11. You have 2 separate electrical systems. 12 volt which runs things like a furnace, pump any 12V appliance. Your 120Volt (duplex outlets) need either shore power (extension cord) from your house or a generator. Your wall plugs won’t work off 12V.
  12. From reading the narrative, I get the impression this was a “gut&remodel” job. Looks like the OP started the project, got overwhelmed and decided to sell. It does have the 6 lug ff axle which is a plus. If you’re handy enough and can buy for a lower price, it might not be a bad investment. Most people are looking for a turnkey rig. Update. This rig is now in Raleigh (my home). It’s either a a totally different vehicle then the one I was thinking of (about 3 hours away from my location) or this seller purchased the vehicle and then decided it was too much work.
  13. I’m with Odyssey. The rear axle is 8 lug. Don’t believe Toyota used 8 lug axles. Either that, or the owner installed 6 to 8 lug wheel adapters (hard to tell from the picture). I’d definitely check the rear axle closely. If they did an axle swap to a non-Toyota 8 lug, finding parts could be difficult. The problem with heavily modified drivetrains is obtaining the correct repair parts when something breaks.
  14. That motorhome has been on CL for a long time. There’s got to be some issues because it should have sold by now. The owner has dropped the price by over a grand, yet it still sits there. Due diligence is the key here.
  15. http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/topic/11925-sellingpricing-advice-1986-toyota-sunrader/
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