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About FredNewell

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    I like to fix leaks!

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1984 Dolphin
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    Fortuna CA

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  1. Repeating the Oregon Coast and over to Portland for a family wedding. This is our third trip this way in the Dolphin. Leaving next Tuesday.
  2. Wow. Exactly what I wanted. Thanks.
  3. I considering selling my rig, but am seriously considering a diy wheel well repair job and keeping it for another few years. The wood behind the aluminum paneling, just before and after the wheel wells, is rotted. This repair probably is not too difficult, but I'd like to know just what I'm going to see when I start removing the existing siding, in terms of what the framing and wood structure looks like. This would be for the entire wall. By chance is there a photo of the bare "naked" exterior wall? This is a 1984 Dolphin, wood sticks and aluminum siding. Thanks
  4. Trip completed, to and from Nashville. Dolphin ran smooth the entire trip. Eastbound via I-80 and returned via I-40. Still thinking about selling the Dolphin, either this month or in September.
  5. Well, it has been a while since posting. I retired from my job, and lost the login/password. Found it again. Last fall we took another round trip to Nashville, and are going again in a week or so. Fortuna to Nashville. No problems last trip. Don't expect any this trip. Thinking about selling the Dolphin afterwards.
  6. Every fall we pick wild blackberries to make a 9x12 cobbler, served with ice cream. This tool will make it easier. Thanks for the good post.
  7. Thanks - great post.
  8. I bought Wet Okole, blue and tan with a dolphin insert. I submitted a photo and they knew which pattern to cut from. They are higher priced but fit perfect. I'm not saying Wet Okole is better, but we like them. Since then, we've seen other brands online that looked good too. I've spent too much money on RVs in my life. I'll probably spend more. or as some say... "throw away more".
  10. Any chance it could be an automatic transmission with a fouled filter? Not my specialty... I had a Chrysler that whistled... badly needed transmission service. Maybe a Toyota automatic won't do this... just a guess.
  11. I love it when I have to work on it... and it's a Toyota... and it's easy.
  12. " My Dodge GrandCaravan with AWD and a 3.8 engine gets 22 MPG loaded with crap and people. MUCH better for that sort of thing." Off topic, but what year is yer dodge AWD Caravan? I have a 2000 T&C I have way too much money into, but I like it. Never thought I'd like a minivan.
  13. I personally bought the king cab carpet kit on a chance and it worked out well. If I recall, the backing insulation was an option and was already fastened to the carpet back. Removing the old stuff involved removing many (very many) staples with a small screwdriver and a set of heavy duty electrician's pliers. The install was easy. I followed up with a set of Wet Okole (brand) seat covers and covered the old plaid door panels with the same fabric we used to re-upholster the cushions in camper area. After 4+ years now, I'd say the expense was worth it for us. Every fabric surface we touch inside of the rig is new material, which we like. The camper floor is white linoleum stapled over the old carpet. It came that way and we thought about replacing it with laminate or bamboo, but decided it works just fine. When we drive out of town, we drape a sleeping bag between the cab and the camper for sound proofing, and to eliminate drafts. If I were to start over, I'd do some soundproofing with some kind of acoustic spray inside of the doors, or maybe Dynamat (brand) material.
  14. Just completed our annual round trip from Fortuna CA to Nashville TN. No problems except for a fuel filter. Pulled into an O'Reilley auto parts store somewhere along I-80 in Nebraska. $12 for the filter and a different pair of pliers, some long cuff Playtex gloves, and about 5 minutes later we were back on our way. Freeway speed had dropped from 70-75 to 50 mph. After the new filter, back up to 70. Lesson: Change the filter before each long trip. Carry a spare. Drain the tank a little (there is a drain plug) to see if anything but clear gas comes out. Safety items... Shut off propane, disconnect battery, open the gas cap to vent pressure. The filter is under the truck, about 4' behind the passenger seat. It is clipped to the frame. Only tool needed is a pair of pliers. Rags or paper towels are nice. Gloves are nice. Don't need to jack it up. Can reach from laying on the ground. This is for an 84 with a carb, not fuel injected.