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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. fred heath

    Upgrading to Shoulder Belts Up Front

    You should have both lap and shoulder combined as a unit. My 1978 has them so I don’t understand why a 1980’s wouldn’t have them. They came from the factory with both.
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    Furnace Heater Trouble Shooting- Help Needed

    How old is your coach battery? A weak battery or corroded terminals would cause the same problem.
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    My "new" RV 1984 18' Sunrader/ Engine swap poll

    Check the 1978 sunrader axle swap thread. Not sure how to copy the link. Also, you need to measure from your bump stop to the top of the wheel well. You don’t want your large tires crashing up through the floor first time you bottom out.
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    Furnace Heater Trouble Shooting- Help Needed

    If it’s the board, I have a new dinosaur UIB-L in my shop. If it fits your furnace it’s yours for postage.
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    My "new" RV 1984 18' Sunrader/ Engine swap poll

    That’s what it cost me. My single wheels have the same track width as the duels. I’ve had no problems with stability. If you go with the early 14 bolt axle, the drums are small enough to accommodate 15” wheels. Later axles you’ll need 16” wheels. Measure your wheel wells to be sure larger wheel/ tire combos will fit. Also, any larger circumference from factory diameter will affect on your speedometer accuracy.
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    My "new" RV 1984 18' Sunrader/ Engine swap poll

    Add $100.00 to the $209.00 adapter and get a new driveshaft. New shaft will be much more HD. Especially if you’re doing a 4WD conversation.
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    My "new" RV 1984 18' Sunrader/ Engine swap poll

    Keep in mind that your rig has drum brakes in the rear. If you switch to disc brakes, you will have to fabricate a brake proportioning valve that allows you to brake evenly. Also, your 14 bolt uses a spicer 44 u-joint. I was unable to find a driveshaft adapter for this swap. Plan on fabricating a new rear driveshaft. The 14 bolt is super strong. Good luck.
  9. If you have a place to sleep, I would do as much as possible with it empty ( budget permitting). once you move into it, work will slow down, just a fact from experience. I full timed for almost 5 years. Good luck.
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    New to group and......

    Count the number of lug nuts on the rear axle. If you have duel tires and 5 lug nuts, the axle is unsafe and will cost lots of $$$ to replace. Tire age is also a biggy. They may look good but could be too old to be safe.
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    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    I found it to be very accurate. It uses satellite to document your movement, much more accurate than your factory setup.
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    Speedometer/ odometer fix

    If you have an old Garmin or similar GPS unit you can accurately check your speed and use the resettable trip odometer to keep track of mileage. On the garmin if you touch the speed bubble in the lower right corner it turns the entire unit into a digital speedometer. I don’t even look at my dash speedo anymore.
  13. fred I agree with you 100 percent I would  put the oem everthing and see how it works . I am not into led on a non led rig . but have converted my whole double wide house                           too led .

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    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    I never said it couldn’t be done. I took exception the ease it could be done. The OP is having flasher troubles while using LED bulbs. Maybe it’s the bulbs, maybe it’s the flasher relay who knows. It’s smarter to go back to square one and see what happens with standard incandescent bulbs. If everything works as it should you can now start modifying things. It’s easy for someone who has electro/mechanical skills to modify the harness or fabricate a patch harness. Not so easy for someone who doesn’t. Don’t throw money at a problem hoping it will go away. Keeping in mind the factory relay requires it to be grounded to the chassis. You add a simple two pin relay (usually plastic) without the ground, the system won’t work correctly. I did go back and read my original response. I guess I could have worded it better. Toyota designed the turn/hazard and flasher unit to work in tandem with the original bulbs. Each component is matched to the other. That was the point I was trying to make. @GMG. I really don’t care what you’ve done to your truck. And the blade configuration is different on the Toyota wiring harness. Why don’t you remove the electrical tape covering your harness plug. Bet we’ll see a couple of 1/4” spade terminals there. I’ve done a lot of work on my truck also. I never claimed to be an expert. When it comes to the Toyota wiring harness I have much experience as I had to undo 40 years worth of PO modifications.
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    1978 Toyota Sunrader need help

    Well it might work on your truck but it’s an aftermarket (homemade) connector. This is the correct flasher assembly for this truck. So unless the OP wants to try their luck at fabrication, I still stand by my post. So it’s not like later style flashers where you can buy a relay, unplug the old and plug in the new. I’m sure the OP’s unit looks like mine, not like yours.?