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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1984 Toyota Dolphin<br />
    manual trans, 4cyl, 6 lug axle
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    SF Bay

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  1. Hi there! Well to be honest I don't know the etiquette either, I usually just start with a wave and see where it goes. I get notes left on my windshield, often from other drivers in the area. Usually a name, number, and note about themselves. I always thought it was a pleasant, non-intrusive way to reach out. Hope it helps!
  2. Spent the weekend driving from SF to Paso Robles area, and passed another toyota motorhome on the way home to SF Sunday evening (6pm 2018/03/25). Don't know if the owner is a member here, but thought it might be interesting to compare numbers. I drove about 480 miles round trip overall. On the way down, kept it easy at 55 mph and got 15.2 mpgs. Coming back kept it floored (65 mph max) and got 12.7 mpg. Wind was mostly onshore so not a head or tail direction, but not totally sure. No problems other than headlamp burned out while driving.
  3. Okay, I have updates on the air tube repairs. I did order the gaskets, and they were the correct parts. However, time or injury has made the mating surfaces on my truck grow far apart so the gasket could not seal the gap. It looks like the previous owners had stacked several layers to seal it, but with limited success. So my repair attempt was to use high temp putty packed between two layers of foil, to get a press fit and fill up any cavity. After hardening, I took apart and then used super high-temp sealant on top & bottom, then reassembled. I know it looks ugly, but I'm happy with the results. No evidence of leaks and engine bay is much quieter. Thanks for all the help!
  4. Yeah, had seen that and was gonna try that one. However, when you click on the link the picture changes so I wasn't sure what I'd get. Maybe it's worth a shot.
  5. I believe those are for the usual toyota injection manifolds, but mine takes something different. The ones on my truck use a tapered conical insert rather than a flate plate. In any case, the last repair shop tried to use regular gaskets but the exhaust leak came back pretty soon afterwards. My backup plan is fabricate some pieces using high-temp JB weld, but hoping there is an easier solution.
  6. Hey everyone, I've got a problem that I haven't been able to solve through independent research. I need to get my Dolphin through smog testing. The problem is my exhaust system is leaking where the air injection system joins the exhaust maifold. Now, because it's a 1984 22r with Cali emissions it seems to be a bit different from the usual. So there is some type of dimple, hole, and gasket where the pipe is clamped down to the manifold. The gasket (or something shaped like a tapered ball) has corroded or failed so that I have exhaust leaking out. The repair shop couldn't figure it out and their temporary fix failed, so I'm back with the leak again. My goal is to identify what the internal gasket or ball piece is called so I can order a new one, but I haven't found a match yet. Any ideas? Thanks!
  7. I repainted my side door after one of the local kids spray painted some graffiti on it. Wimbledon White was actually a very close match to the creme white used on camper shell.
  8. That sounds like a great purchase, thanks for sharing the story. I remember my first drive in a toy-house, it went smoothly and I've never looked back. Enjoy the Rader and post some photos when you get a chance. Can't wait to see it!
  9. I've owned my 1984 Dolphin 300 for almost a year. I spent a few months overseas and now I'm back in the US and back in the Dolphin. Figured I'd share a few shots and see if anyone had some suggested spots to visit on the West Coast now that I'm parked in the bay area. So far I've enjoyed visiting: NYC, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Austin, College Station, Black Rock City, LA, Monterrey, Sacramento. My usual plan is to visit a city and explore the abandoned downtowns of the US each weekend. I find it fun and relaxing to walk or bike and take a few photos of interesting things I find. If anyone is interested in similar, send me a note sometime. I think I'll be visiting Eureka next, or possibly Sonora / Yosemite. Cheers!
  10. Thanks for the advice, I think I will give that CL post a call. It would be great to work with someone who has experience with these things. And damn I need my fridge working again, I keep skunkin my nice beers.
  11. Okay, I was able to fix the piezo lighter based on the referenced thread and started up the system yesterday. Didn't get any cooling after a few hours, so I shut it off. Pretty sure that the guts are bad at this point, looks like I need to replace now
  12. I have a 1984 Toyota Dolphin model 300 that I need some advice on, and would appreciate any help the forum can provide. I've always had issues with the old propane fridge, but usually just ignored it in favor of my 12v edgestar. Now that I'm using the toyhouse a lot more, I need the propane unit working reliably. The unit has the following information labeled on it: Size: 3.9 cu ft Model: RM 461 Product No: 9287007 Ser No: 402 8172 Before, it seemed to start up okay but would go out all the time. I don't know if it was from wind or some other reason, but that seems inconsistent with other's experiences. Fast-forward 1 year and now it has even more problems. Yesterday I was able to start it up fine, and from the access panel everything seemed to be working. I shut it down to clean it out, and when I tried to restart it the physical controls started giving me problems. The main issue is that the safety (labeled "C" on the instructions) and the piezo button (labeled "D") don't work anymore. Pushing in button C and then pushing D doesn't result in the "click" that I'm used to hearing, it just pushes in all the way. There is no flame visible, either from the viewport or from the access panel on the outside. So there's my two issues: 1) fix igniter system 2) stop flame from going out so often I like the fridge and I'd prefer to repair rather than replace, but not sure if that's an option. I know so little about these units, and don't have any of the original literature or a repair manual. I've looked through the previous posts on the issue, but most seem to focus on debate of electric vs propane operation (which is something else entirely). Does anyone know if my unit can be repaired, replaced, or upgraded to a modern unit? Has anyone had luck fixing similar problems? Would an RV shop be the right place to get it looked at, or would they run away from an old unit like that? I am hoping to find the best solution to fix or replace the existing form. I'm not looking to get radical (such as conversion to solar), but all advice is welcome. Thanks in advance!
  13. Great! Thanks for the help, I had no idea this was a standard part. Should be able to find a part easily now.
  14. Hey forum! I had the misfortune of losing the panel that covers the lower refrigerator guts during a windstorm. I put a WANTED ad in the classifieds, but wanted to hear about other's opinions of where the best place to source items like this. Should I keep looking in the classifieds and maybe craigslist/ebay, or should I find another source like a junkyard? Or maybe have someone local fabricate a new cover? Any tips are appreciated! Thanks in advance to all.
  15. Front driver side tire blew, the axle was converted to the 6 lug version long ago.
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