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  1. Owner's Manual Needed: 1978 Dolphin

    The coach is nothing but the manufactures box pretty much everything inside was supplied by someone else fortunately they are all the same so if you need info for a fridge try Domedic, heaters Durotherm and so on. Most of the plumbing is standard stuff like you would find in a house as far as sizes, fittings and fixtures but again they had their own way to run it. Wiring done by the coach builders seem to be a mystery of how it was run all though they are pretty much generic design and all work the same way.
  2. 1984 Nissan Chassis Sunrader Electrical Schematics

    Not meant to scare you but the number one killer of RV's is electrical fires! Saying that do not skimp on fused circuits people have a tendency to think because it won't shock you it's safe stuff but the lower the voltage the greater the current needed to make things work it means heavier wires and really good connections. Using a modern converter/charger actually makes your job a good deal easier to integrate stuff like solar and simplifies general wiring. Finding a wiring diagram probably will not happen there are several generic diagrams out there and that usually is all you need is a basic ideal how it all fits together. I probably could write a book on how to rewire a camper so there is not enough space here so feel free to ask questions, there are a few others that also have been there and will be glad to chime in.
  3. No real need I think the PO read too many race mags. 10W40 is what is recommended and will do fine coast to coast.
  4. Mystery wire in Sunrader

    Could be anything it is a standard RCA female jack looks like something was there with are red and white wire it could have been some thing to provide power. Propane alarm? Check it with a voltmeter and see what show up. I can tell you it's nothing the coach came with.
  5. Mystery wire in Sunrader

    Nothing from the factory would look like an RCA plug. I'll assume it's 1/4" add on for headphones?
  6. 10W40. We used 20/50 GTX in race cars toy homes do not qualify.
  7. Make sure your panels have blocking diodes. Being surplus it's possible they were in the wiring and not the panel without them them will backfeed in the dark. Diodes can be installed in the wiring after the fact but if they are not there it will discharge the battery.
  8. Yeah it's a screw up with the wires, that is a common place to power the relay but it needs to be the proper wire or it won't work well. Should come on with the key on nothing else charging you battery in the rain only probably won't give you the best results.
  9. Upgrading the Foolies

    If you do the axles do both. Check all of the off road Toyota sites many have HD axles here is another site https://www.drivetrainshop.com/Toyota_7_5_s/120.htm
  10. 1984 Nissan Chassis Sunrader Electrical Schematics

    The original converter/charger maybe 25 amps but it will not charge the battery at 25 amps more like 3 and it is poorly regulated meaning it can not be left plugged in indefinitely or you will boil the water out of the battery.
  11. Upgrading the Foolies

    It's not a plug and play there is a good bit of work involved.
  12. Fuel Gauge no workie, '81 mini-cruiser

    Find the wire that goes to the tank float connect a 12 volt test light to it and a good ground it should slowly blink and the fuel gauge will slowly go to full if it does it's the tank float.
  13. Upgrading the Foolies

    Here is a option http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/toyota-off-road-parts/79-95-4runner-hilux-pickup/axles.html these are heavy duty axles from the off road guys, your camper is in the weight range that you can get by with single wheel. the Foolies actually exasperate the breakage do to the increased leverage of the outside wheel. One thing for sure these things don't break from the excess power.
  14. Okay... dare i say... 'Wood stoves?!'

    I heat my house with wood but it's a good deal wider than 7' giving me plenty of room to deal with things like stacking wood, hot sparks, hot ash etc. The stack temp with a proper burn runs around 4 to 5 hundred degrees then exits to a masonry chimney I feel fairly safe with that scenario not sure I would sleep well in an RV with a wood stove.
  15. Liquid propane is extremely dangerous once pressure is removed it expands to 270 times it's volume instantly. Propane boils at about -40* F the gas vapor is what is used to make propane appliances work not the liquid. Tanks are made to draw only gas from the very top of the tanks this is why the new tanks are designed with a float inside to shut off the recharge of liquid propane so there is no chance of liquid propane getting out the valve but laying a BBQ tank on it's side may allow liquid propane into the lines the float is supposed to keep them from doing that but it's iffy if they are on their sides. The side mount tanks operate on the same principle but again they draw gas from the highest point in the tank not from the bottom. Yes the valve and regulator are in on the bottom of most horizontal tank but inside it is piped from the top above the liquid.