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    1986 toyota Sunrader 21
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    S/E michigan

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  1. red-ryder

    Using Zep

    i have been using Bon Ami powder to clean my sunrader with good results, WHY, no OXALIC ACID! calcium carbonate, sodium carbonate and sodium bi-carbonate.... (YES i am aware soda ash is a commercial soap component) plus,felspar and limestone dusts and corn oil, coconut oil and a tallow derivative i also use Bon Ami to polish the bugs off my windshield i use it sparingly on my toyota paint, with a wet rinse and dry OH, BY-THE-WAY BON AMI's slogan........HASN'T SCRATCHED, YET! try it and see red
  2. red-ryder


    this may interest someone looking for a project...........OR.............a source for driveline and sheetmetal source looks like a tampa/clearwater florida location http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/rvs/5897727774.html good luck, too far for me to consider red
  3. red-ryder

    Winterizing a 'rig'

    it is time to thinking of putting our 'toys' up for the winter............. i betcha you have bought many blue and silver 'pacific-rim' thru the years, that have degraded in the first year. a sign company was taking down the temporary vinyl sign, i asked and was given, for free, the no-longer needed sign, cut it to the size i needed, am still using it, all these years! the large freeway build boards are as much as 14 feet by 40 feet! more than enough to cover a micro-mini motorhome! find a tarp shop and you can have a custom cover made for your 'toy' L@@K for a crew changing-out a freeway sign, and ask to 'buy' their old sign. i found an advertisement in a swap N show paper for used signs.....$50 for the huge signs. $35 for the medium signs, $30 for the 'little fellers'. good luck red
  4. red-ryder

    Has anyone seen this generator?

    sadly i amnnot at that stage of my resurrection of my sunrader...
  5. first off, i don't out often. plus, i did not search for the latest post on the generator discussion from earlier this year/2016..... was at Prime Outlets Birch Run, Michigan Coleman store, late october saw a 3500 watt maximum power, running power 3,000 watt...inverter generator.....model CG3500i .$699.99. box said it was 61.73 lbs, 'extra quiet', 63db @ 23ft. is this puppy a re-badged product? anyone with more info, sales people said it was 'new' to their store. (the Birch Run Direct Tool store had 52 lb Power Stroke...2,100 -starting watt-/ 1,600 -running- watt/ inverter generators $524.99. i found it interesting inverter generator parallel kits for this generator were on the same shelf, $99.99, plus additional info was " compatible with Ryobi, PowerStroke, Gravely, Arias generators".) . red
  6. red-ryder

    New owner here! 1981 Sunrader

    looking at the 'kit', is appears the FF axle was 'dressed' with backing plates. the pictured wheel cylinders suggest they were intended to be swapped-out during the axle change-out process. odd that the axle would have to be dis-assembled to change/upgrade the braking capacity. a parts man at my local toyota dealer was involved in the recall effort in the mid 80's.
  7. i would like a copy of the picture of the FF axle conversion parts, please for my 1986 Sunrader factory 'binder'....again please.

    FWIW, i made 'friends' with parts feller---chris/victory toyota, canton michigan. chris was involved with the toyota axle replacement 'effort' for now-defunct Walt Lazar Toyota/ Southgate, Michigan. he said a 'shop' was set-up, (chris did not describe it as walt lazar's shop) that would change-out the axles. he intimated a kit was sourced thru Toyota, walt lazar would take the vehicle to this 'shop' for the change-out, after completion the vehicle was returned to walt lazar. chris was unable to 'fill-in-the blanks' when i sought info regarding my axle change my using VIN, but did remember the 'recall'. 

    if you can send the picture to my e-mail LAE1027@AOL.COM and i will print it for my records/resources

    thanx Red

  8. red-ryder

    Dometic Penguin Roof A/C--

    was in Elkhart, yes Indiana, recently shopping 'surplus' stores. was super-surprised at the number that 'were no longer there'. saw a neat Carrier low-profile unit, priced $$$ right, cheked service parts support and decided against it. got back home and found a Dometic Penguin II swapped-out unit for half the $$$. but again it is time to get the 'experiences/opinions' from the Forum! the low profile appeals to me---9 1/2 is really sleek, certainly aerodynamic. after removing the 'shroud' i understand why---a horizontal compressor! never experienced a 'lay-down compressor', in 40 years of building mechanic/maintenance--(refrigeration...ice makers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, water coolers, deep freezers, PTAC units!)- figger i will ask at the A/C, refrigeration wholesale house tomorrow...... anyone willing to comment, step and fill me in! always willing to learn RED
  9. red-ryder

    Tools to carry?

    on the first page changing rear tires mentioned....................my recent purchased Sunrader has high-tread rear tires, access to the outer tire-valve stem is reasonable, BUT on my bucket-list is pulling the rear tire-set......AND installing extension hoses from the inner valve stems. anyone know how long these extensions need to be? Ebay has 'extensions' starting at 7 inches long, some rubber, some stainless steel, again how-bout your hard-earned experience stories? the big-rigs i've driven have had them, but i have not seen extensions mentioned as i've read thru this site. thanx red
  10. red-ryder

    86 sunrader ceiling renovation questions.....

    red-ryder sez thanx for your responses..... in my on-going research i found this great website, detailing a build-up...................DEEPREDMOTORHOME.COM. the links at the bottom of the page i found to helpful, maybe other members of toyotamotorhome.org will gain knowledge of this fellers efforts. thanx----again----RED
  11. red-ryder

    Heater While Away

    this topic is rather 'stale'-----time wise--------------but here is my $.02......................... Amazon has Cozy Products FW Heated Foot Warmer $25.99....draws 90 watts, i've used it for my kitties, in the garage during 0 degree weather. put a rug over it and low power consumption, warm animal! or human feet. Cozy Products FW Foot Warmer Heated Foot Warming Mat Rubber Design List Price: $55.99 Price: $25.99 Heavy-duty rubber mat draws just 90 watts Gently warms feet using both radiant and direct heat Operational temperature of 130°F Perfect for adding heat under desks and at standing work stations Not for use on wood, carpet, or other delicate surfaces PLUS using it on commercial carpet in an office environment WITHOUT ANY adverse consequences. the municipal fire marshal approved this method. again, just my $.02 RED
  12. i will confess at the outset---i have NOT used the search function, for the following questions, it would take too long, i am easily distracted..... my recently purchased 1986 toyota sunrader 21 foot.... -(my sunrader was assembled by monterey leisure/ elkhart indiana.)- my ceiling is in need of serious attention, renovation or replacement .the lauan finished surface has separated from the corrugated cellulose material that was bonded to the fiberglass roof structure. is this material available? not wanting to attempt re-inventing the wheel, has anyone overcome this challenge? ALSO.....from my research some sunraders have fiberglas overhead cabinets. mine has 'stick-built' cabinets common to most RV's. are the fiberglas units common to sunraders assembled by gardner-pacific? which leads me to ask were the fiberglas bathroom modules common to G-P products?, my bath, also needs renovation/replacement, is there a source for a fiberglas bath module, either new or used/re-purpose? your comments would be appreciated.... thanx RED