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About Bikemike

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  1. Bikemike

    Huntsman 79-83 vs 87 Escaper

    I have an 87 escaper. It made all kinds of noises at first. We’ve put 30,000 miles on it and dumped a bunch of money into it! Worth every penny! We just took it up to 12,000ft in rocky mnt national park.
  2. Bikemike

    1980 Dolphin Water Damage

    Welcome to the forum Rachel. Water damage is a big issue with these often neglected rigs. One thing to consider is that, once there is a breach in the exterior, it’s a lot easier for water to get in to the walls and ceiling than it is for it to evaporate out. Wood and foam soak up the moisture like a sponge and both the outside walls and the inside vapor barriers hinder the escape of water vapor. Soooo...there is the extensive tear down, locate rotten and water logged materials, replace and reinforce with better quality materials method. A big job. Or, a short term fix is to clean up the out side really good, remove any silicone or other faulty patching from the roof, etc. caulk around vents, marker lights,etc. anywhere a hole has been made in the roof. and coat the roof with a white, elastomeric paint. But, sooner or later, that moisture trapped in the walls will be a problem.
  3. Bikemike

    Blackwater leak

    I have an 87 escaper and have successfully rehabbed both the black and grey water tanks. They are thirty years old and getting brittle. You can buy some new tanks...or do this labor intensive but rewarding process: -empty and flush tanks -disengage all the plumbing that is going into the floor. I had to cut through a pipe that wouldn’t come apart any other way and then I put it back together with a rubber (1 1/4”?) flange that comes with two hose clamps. So if you cut, do it on a straight piece that can be repaired. -try as you may to unscrew the sensor wires from the tank or clip the wires. -unhook any outside sewer pipes that you need to or cut through them if you need to. -Chip away at the foam all around the edge that is up against the underside of the house and you should see some screws going through a flange on the tank up into the floor. That and the metal straps is all that holds mine up on the air! -drop the tank and if it’s like mine it will have several feet of cracks, but don’t worry! One of my cracks went from one of the flanges on top, over the corner and almost all the way down to the bottom. It’s bounced around for about ten thousand miles since the repair. I took the tank out again for some reason recently and everything looks fine. One benefit is that the repaired area seemed more supple than the gassed off old, unrepaired plastic. A likely place for cracks is around any plumbing going into or coming out of the tank. -clean the surface to be patched really well. Acetone will melt abs plastic, but a little bit won’t hurt. On the black water tank, you can reach in through the toilet flange, clean and apply abs glue to the underside of the crack. Sound fun? -with fiber glass house screen and abs glue you can make a good patch over the cracks. Even the ones that are spidering out from the flanges. Just make a hole in your screen to go around the flange. Go ahead and put a really big patch on. -put the abs glue on in layers and let it dry a bit before the next layer. I posted some pictures on this site at one point. After I did this I no longer had that dreadful smell on the house as I drive down the road. Driving creates pressure at the roof vent and can push fumes into your space. Also. Getting a different sewer roof vent can help. And, no more stinky leaks underneath when the tank is full.
  4. I have a roof rack and two cargo boxes up there with a bumper/hitch mounted bike rack and I really like this set up. Light weight (ideally), bulky things upstairs and two bikes on the back. It still fits nicely in most parking spots and doesn’t seem to affect the mileage. The fridge will take a while to get cold and their efficiency is affected by ambient temperature and level. Running a 12v fan on the lower “intenstines” of the cooling system will help in hot weather. We ruined our 30 year old dometic two way by regularly running it while the camper was not level. Expensive mistake. Just had a new three way dropped off in the driveway from pplmotorhomes.com. Nice rig!
  5. Bikemike

    Condensation under mattress

    Plastic, yes. On a 1.5”x1.5” frame. A little heavier than I wanted but so worth it to have it perfectly flat.
  6. Bikemike

    Condensation under mattress

    New and improved condensation control, leveler, baby cage and easier pass through:
  7. Bikemike

    Coach furniture replacement

    Thanks for this link! Very comfy foam and a great price.
  8. Bikemike

    Toyota 85 escaper sunrader dolphin - inquiry

    Yes, the 5 lug/6 lug topic is a big deal. One of the first things that you want to know about is whether it has the 6 lug (safe) axle or the 5 lug (death) axle. There is much discussion on this site about it. For example: http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/topic/6-toyota-motorhome-axle-facts/
  9. Bikemike

    Bike rack on Dolphin

    Yes, I was in question of the bumper’s ability to bear the weight of two bikes over the bumps of the road. So I secured the hitch mounted bike rack to the spare tire also. It’s a quick connect/disconnect that dampens the bouncing of the bike rack and distributes the force between the spare and the bumper.
  10. Bikemike

    Bike rack on Dolphin

    I tried putting a spair tire mounted bike rack on our Escaper with disconcerting results. It seemed like too much torque on the back wall of the camper. I switched over to a bike rack that slides into a receiver hitch that bolts onto the square bumper. This meant that I needed to replace the rusty old bumper. It is still holding up, although I would have liked to have had a heavier gauge steel used for the 4 in bumper.
  11. I already have a wooden roof rack up there. It shouldn't be too challenging to run a tight rope above the camper between two trees and then secure some lumber wrap to it.
  12. Thanks, the frig won't be operating. No, we won't be living it. My wife and I are expecting our second child around the first of the year, so we are "nesting" in a mobile home this winter. We are both from the north and looking forward to a real winter for a change. Not migrating with the snow birds this year.
  13. Oh, I see. Blocks under two wheels so the vehicle will be slanted and the water can drain off of the roof. I thought that there was a concern for the tires or something. We are planning to overwinter in Montana and plan to set up an A-frame shaped tarp on top and yes, park the vehicle on a slant.
  14. Interesting...what is the concern about water pooling?