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
  1. There should be a mfg I.d. tag on the main unit itself. You will have to remove the shroud to see it. You can also measure the shroud and buy a universal replacement. PPL motor homes has a good selection.
  2. You only have two wires (usually red & white). Terminals should be labeled. If no luck one way, switch the wires around.
  3. That looks to be in pretty tough shape. The frame will be the deal breaker. These year Toyota frames were made from thin gage metal. If this vehicle has been around salt air and moisture all its life, I would give the frame a close inspection. With the little auto experience you have, this would be a major money pit. IMHO.
  4. Post the CL link. We can get a better idea with a picture and info.
  5. Hopefully you will sell it to a Canadian. I know that importing vehicles from Canada to the U.S.(and visa-versa) involve a lot of paperwork and safety inspections. Be sure your e-bay ad shows the location. Could save you time and $$$
  6. 1979 was a transition year. From Jan-June they used the 1978 c&c. June-December was 1979 (new body style). Easiest way to tell is by the # of headlights you have. If you have 4 it's a 1978, 2 headlights a 1979.
  7. If you check the metal mfg plate in the engine compartment it should show the chasis ID number. It usually starts with the letters RN...... This # should match the # on the frame. Many times the coach builder buys the cab and chassis separate, then assigns its own VIN to the finished vehicle. As long as the frame # matches the chassis ID, you should be good.
  8. Based on the narrative, this rig has foolies and a tag axle. Well at least if the foolie breaks, the tag axle should keep it upright.
  9. Check the rear axle. If only 5 lug you've got the bad axle. Hope it has 6 lugs.
  10. Jim, welcome to the forum. I know it seems like members are trying to beat you up, but that's not the case. I started with a foolie axle just like yours. And like you I used it for awhile knowing the potential danger. One thing I tried to do was locate a replacement axle shaft in the event I ever did have a problem. I found out they're no longer made (even aftermarket). I still traveled around but the axle fact was always in the back of my mind. I finally changed the axle. My rig was small enough to go with single wheels. Being a GM truck guy, I installed a corporate 14 bolt, 10.5 ring gear ff axle. No danger of axle breaking now. 😊 I made my tow comment knowing if you did have a problem, you won't be able to correct it roadside.
  11. Don't think its a scam. Picture is not the actual vehicle. Would be good for parts (ff axle etc.) https://raleigh.craigslist.org/rvs/6103525076.html
  12. I own a 1978. Post a picture and description of the toy you're looking to buy. Important to check the rear axle. If you only have 5 lug nuts and dual rear wheels the axle is UNSAFE. Will cost $$$ to replace.
  13. It should be on the outside of the frame rail, on the large flat surface.
  14. Drivers side. Left if sitting inside. The numbers may be covered with rust or road dirt. There is a big spread between our mfg years. Hopefully Toyota remained consistent with their ID placement.
  15. I know of a late 80's or early 90's Toyota box truck at a salvage yard in NH. It's been there for years. Has the ff axle, 6 lug front hubs and all wheels (as of last August). The thing that struck me funny was it was a parts delivery truck for a large Toyota dealer. No sag that I could see.