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  1. zero

    Rear brakes sticking

    The model code, not the VIN is the sole determining factor to get correct parts. Not always used by parts databases though. Some Toyota databases will start with a VIN and then narrow things down with the model code. You have a HD cab & chassis DLX truck with a model code that ends in "3W." It gets confusing since parts databases do not use one agreed to standard to show the correct truck chassis. I don't know what your model code is for your 1987. Might be the same for an 88, but you'll have to look at your own code-tag. Here are some examples of the other years. A 1978 Toyota motorhome uses a RN28L-KRA3(W) cab & chassis. A 1983 motorhome uses a RN44L KRA 3W or a RN44 KDA 3W. A 1985 uses a RN55L-KREA 3W or a RN55L-KDEA 3W. A 1988 uses a RN55L-KREA3W or RN55L-KRTEA3W or RN75L-KRTEA3W or RN55L-SRA3W or RN55L-SRTEA3W or RN75L,-PDTEA3W A 1990 uses a VZN85L-TRSREA6 or VZN85L-TWSREA6 or VZN95L-TWSREA6 or VZN85L-TRMREA6 or VZN85L-TWMREA6 or VZN95L-TWMREA6
  2. zero

    Rear brakes sticking

    You order parts for a Toyota dual-wheel cab & chassis truck with a model code ending in 3W. I have no trouble finding correct parts. Rock Auto is one of the easiest. NAPA used to have a good parts database where you could narrow your search to a dual-wheel, cab & chassis truck. No more though. Brakes can stick when they get brake fluid or gear oil on them. Not the only cause, but certainly a common one.
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    Getting ready to sell our toy!

    I've got a F250 with a 7.3 turbo diesel. 4WD, 4.10 axles, extended cab, 8 foot bed, gooseneck hitch, etc. Gets 9-11 MPG pulling a 10,000 lb. trailer. Gets 14 MPG, doing 70 MPH with a pop-up slide-on camper on the back. Empty at 70 MPH it gets 17-18 MPG.
  4. Yes, same name but quite different. I have no idea if the "Mirage" name was bought, or just a coincidence that someone else used the same name later. Kind of like the company that sold a "Micro-Mini" as the actual model name (1977, Keystone Coach Company in Florida).
  5. Also a magazine road-test showing the floor-plan on a 1979 Mirage.
  6. Here are some inside photos of an 84 Mirage.
  7. I've seem at least three distinct versions of the micro-minis as well as other Mirages. Quite different in 1979, as compared to 1984. The "Eagle" is the one with the big hatch. Note the photo in the magazine with the Mirage top-left and 64 Goat right-bottom. I had a 64 that looked just like that with a 389 and tri-power.
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    Cooling Systems Part choices?

    Water-pump life is determined by the quality of the rotary seal and the sealed-bearing assembly. Aisin is the OEM supplier to Toyota for water-pumps. I seriously doubt that Aisin somehow finds superior bearings and seals to only use in Toyota-branded water-pumps and uses less-quality parts in those they put their own company name on.
  9. I'm wondering if anyone here had tried swapping their A43D trans for something else? I've had it with the A43D in my 1988 Minicruiser. It has worked flawless; no problem there. I just do not like the power and fuel-mileage loss that comes with it. I am seriously considering converting it to a 5 speed manual trans with the 4.56 rear. I have a chance to buy a complete, good running 1991 Toyota pickup with a 22RE and 5 speed trans for $400. Seems it would have all the parts I need for a swap. But - I've also wondered about the possibility of putting in a A43D with lockup, like from a 1991 Tacoma.
  10. I just noticed your are from Orleans, VT. I used to work in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I lived in Albany and worked a sugar woods in Barton in the spring, and as a tractor mechanic and builder in the other three seasons.   I was a mechanic at three John Deere dealerships along with one Ford dealership.   Also worked at a VW engine-rebuild shop in the 70s (just the air-cooled ones).  Sounds like we have somewhat similar backgrounds.

    Can't say I share your love for Ford tractors though. At least not the American ones.  When they went to the British format in 1965, they got much better (in my opinion).  I still have a 1964 4000 with a 172 gas and Sherman aux. trans, and a 1961  641 with a 134 gas.  Solid tractors, but crude (in my opinion).  I think Ford (USA versions) was behind the times when it comes to things like dual-range transmissions, live PTOs, engine-driven hydraulic pumps, etc.

    I had a cousin up there who had (or maybe still does) a John Deere dealership.  My name is Americanized to "DeMarrais."  He still has the French-Canadian spelling of "DesMarais."  I went up there 20 years ago for a visit but have not been back since.

    1. loghausmotors


      Nice, yes I worked at a local foreign car shop for 11 years and at a Volkswagen dealership in St. Johnsbury for 2 years in the 70s , I then went work for the Village of Orleans running their water and wastewater treatment plants for 30 years. The Ford tractors I prefer are the 800 series, I have three 860s , 172 engine, two stage clutch and good hydraulics. I have a 55, 56 and a 57. I agree the 8Ns and 9Ns are very crude, I work on several of them for local folks. If you ever get back to the Kingdom let me know, would be great to meet you, you have helped me out on the Ford Tractor Forum in the past.

  11. I did all my drinking and girl-chasing Quebec. Mostly in Sherbrooke. It was a lot more fun then what Vermont had to offer in Newport Center. In 1976, we were having trouble getting the formaldehyde pills from local suppliers. In Quebec, it was easy. Same with handguns at the time. Canadians were bringing over bushel- baskets full of old guns to sell to us. Not sure what the heck was going on at the time with gun-control in Canada. The Olympics mean little to me. Historically, the Olympic administration were Nazi and Hitler sympathizers. The "passing of the torch" was the brain-child of Adolph Hitler in the 1936 Oympics in Berlin. Seems out of respect - after WWII - it should of been dropped. Hey, I know . . let bygones be bygones. My dad was a combat soldier in the Army in WWII and my uncle was on a PT boat , same war. I put Hitler, the Olympics, and Sthil chainsaws in the same memory-compartment in my brain (Andreas Stihl was a Hitler supporter).
  12. My daughter would have a fit if she knew I posted this - but I won't tell her. Here she is after one night - complaining, while my granddaughter is on the roof having fun. The photo shows the only time my daughter was willing to leave the Toyota. She stayed in it for most of the time while we others hiked, or camped outdoors.
  13. Most impractical item I ever had in our Toyota motorhome was my 32 year old daughter. She and her daughter, 8 years old, came on a trip with us a few weeks ago. My 8 year-old granddaughter was fine. My 32 year old daughter was a pain-in-the-a*s and I never want to do that again.
  14. Are the Canucks still putting formaldehyde pills in their maple trees? I worked in a sugar-wood for two seasons in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for two years in the mid-70s. At that time most people I knew were using formaldehyde pills but could no longer get them in the USA. We drove across the border and got them in Quebec. My general take on syrup is this. Many in Vermont are syrup snobs and claim the AAA fancy syrup with almost no color is the best in the world. No thanks for me. I'll take the darker stuff that is almost grade B and has a lot more flavor. Especially when done over a real wood fire instead of an oil-burner and no osmosis filters are used. Syrup is syrup and makes no difference where it comes from. More how it's done - assuming only Sugar and Black maples are the source of the sap and not Red maples. Sad to say but L.L. Bean got sued years back for selling counterfeit maple syrup. It was the syrup makers in Quebec that called for the investigation and subsequent lawsuit against Bean. Ends up it had NO maple content and was made with artificial flavors and extract of sugar beets. I had some and will note - it DID taste pretty darn good. That is kind of depressing.
  15. I can't say I've searched for any A or B batteries lately. I've got a 20s-vintage floor-model "farm radio" that takes a huge battery bank of As, Bs, and GBs. I have a large AC input power-supply I use when I fool with it that has just about every DC output dreamed up by man. If As or Bs are still available, I bet they are pricey.
  16. I've got a chance to buy a 1986 Nissan Minicruiser RV that looks pretty clean. I spoke to the owner and I can get it for $1800. Has a full floating dually rear and 6 brand-new tires. 3 liter V6 with electronic throttle-body fuel injection. Negative thing is it has an automatic trans. It looks to me that the transmission used in a HD 1986 Nissan cab & chassis is kind of an obscure one. Jatco 4 speed with lock-up torque converter and a special computer only used on HD trucks. Can't say I know much about it except what I've read. The owner says the trans might be slipping or not shifting like it should. Anyone had any experience with such an RV? This is the first one, like this, I've come across. If it had a 5 speed manual trans, I'd have it home already. I also like to know it's fuel mileage potential (I suffer from grass-is-greener syndrome). The owner bought it this spring but has never used it so does not have any figures on MPGs. Especially since the trans has not worked right since he's had it.
  17. I've got over 50 tube radios sitting in my shop. One of those "I'll fix this winter" sort of things that started maybe 40 winters ago and never got done? My son was just here from Colorado and I gave him one of my Atwater-Kents from the late 20s. I've always had a certain fondness for Silvertone stuff. Got a dozen Silvertone radios and one Silvertone guitar (a rebadged Kay maybe?).
  18. Buying up cheap micro-mini RVs is just one of my mental disorders. Don't try to make sense of it. Trying to make sense of crazy behavior can make you crazy. I learned that good with my first, very manic-depressive wife.
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    Toyota Chinook

    Be glad you got a 1976 and not a 1973. First ones were not available with propane, heat, stove, or refrigerator. Federal government would not allow it due to weight on that little truck. Toyota beefed it up for model year 1975, and newer.
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    Wannabee in Tennessee

    By the way, I never saw a New World in real life until this year and since that first one, I've seen six of them. I don't know what is going on. Somebody have a bunch stashed in a barn somewhere and just released them/
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    Wannabee in Tennessee

    I challenge anyone, including people at Marlin - to name any manual transmission used in a Toyota truck that was inadequate when used as a motorhome. I've seen a lot of different years of Toyota RVs and with lots of things wrong with them - but a faulty manual trans is pretty rare. Marlin deals a lot with people beating the heck out of their trucks and that's a little different use then a trans gets in an RV. The so-called "weak" transmissions tend to have wear problems in lower gears under high load. Many late 70s and early 80s Toyota motorhomes used the same transmission Toyota Corolla cars used and they held up pretty well. When it comes to OD in any of the transmissions - I see little difference in strength in any of the variations used in Toyota trucks with 4 cylinder engines. I had the earliest 5 speed all apart that came in 1978 Toyota trucks (W50) and it has parts similar in size that my Muncie M21 had in my 1964 GTO with a 389 V8. Pretty well built trans in my opinion.
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    Wannabee in Tennessee

    Datsun (Nissan) had micro-mini motorhomes the same size and weight as the Toyotas. My 1984 Datsun, 20 feet long, came from the factory with a 2.4 liter carbed engine, dually full-floating rear, 5 speed trans with OD, and a 4.30 rear and it ran fine in 5th gear. Note the Toyota with manual trans only came with 4.10 in the rear. The Toyota fuel-injected 2.4 liter engine is rated for more horsepower then the Datsun 2.4 liter engine with a carburetor. Datsun Z24 is rated at 103 horsepower max and the Toyota 22RE at 114 horsepower max. Note the 5 speed Warner trans in the Datsun is no more rugged then the Aisin trans that Toyota uses. My point being that if the trans worked well in the Datsun, it can also work well in the Toyota. I wish I'd kept the 1984 Datsun the 5 speed. Selling it was a big mistake. It was quite a bit ahead of Toyota for engineering for an RV.
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    Wannabee in Tennessee

    If you are talking about a "full size" Toyota RV, e.g. 20-21 feet, and it has the OEM rear-axle ratio - it is likely that 5th gear will be useless much of the time. If a 5 speed was installed AND a gear-change in the rear-axle was made - then it might work nicely. As to 5th being a "problem" in those transmissions? 5th when it exists as an over-drive gear is always weaker then 4th when 4th is direct-drive with no gears used. Does that mean 5th is a problem if used all the time? In a Toyota with a low-power 22RE - I say no. More of a problem is lugging the engine in 5th OD due to improper gearing. Toyota never designed any truck with a 22RE and a 5 speed trans with a full-time load of 5500-6000 lbs. in mind. If they had, the truck would of come new with a 4.56 rear axle instead of the 4.10. It is as easy as this. If it cruises nicely in 5th at the speeds you like to travel, and you are not constantly pushing on the gas pedal trying to keep it going - fine - you will hurt nothing. If it DOES work too hard in 5th, just put it in 4th. 4th in a 5 speed is no different then 4th in a 4-speed. It is the only range that uses no gears. 1,2,3,5, and reverse all use gears meshing and transmitting power. 4th does not. It just locks the input shaft with the output shaft, i.e. "direct drive."
  24. zero

    Chinook fridge

    In an hour or two, the fins in the freezer ought to feel cold. The entire refrigerator probably needs half-a-day to reach full coolness. I always turn mine on the night before I'm going to travel.
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    Chinook fridge

    If original you have a Dometic RM211. It is different then what is used in many other Toyota RVs. Has a German-made rotary switch with contacts that often get corroded and do not work. Main thing is this. Regardless if trying to use on 120 volts AC, 12 volts DC, or propane - the back chimney areas MUST get hot. That is how it works. It MUST get HOT to get COLD. If it not getting hot - then you likely have a bad switch, or a blown fuse (hidden in the back) and/or a plugged burner. No noise when working correctly. The switch can be taken apart and cleaned and new ones are on Ebay often.