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    '87 Mini-Cruiser
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    New Jersey

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  1. KGordon

    Essential accessories

    Oh, I also love my ratcheting screwdriver with lots of bits including square ones that fit most of the screws in my RV and the socket fits over the screws with a nut-type head (forget what they are called). Prefer a hand tool to power cause the screws are all cheap aluminum which is stupidly easy to strip.
  2. KGordon

    Essential accessories

    Butane lighter stick for stove and hot water heater safety flares or triangles and high visibility vests waste tank treatment. I like Happy Camper, but there are other options plastic dollar store baskets that fit in overhead compartments to organize stuff and keep it from flying out when you open the hatches. I also like packing envelopes and cubes to organize clothing etc patience, a sense of humor and a willingness to go with the flow. - these are vintage machines after all
  3. KGordon

    The Magic of Zep Wet Look Floor Polish

    Just wanted to thank everyone for this great info. I just treated Mosey and she looks like a new rig. Wish I could drop 30 years that easily!
  4. KGordon

    Curtain between cab and coach

    The more I look at what folks have done, the more I like the idea of snaps mounted on the top edge of the cabover shelf. Easy, tidy, and out of the way if you want to flip the cutout open.
  5. KGordon

    Curtain between cab and coach

    I still have the track on the ceiling for the cab over privacy curtains (and the curtains as well, but I don’t like them) and I’ve found sources for RV curtain hardware. However, I don’t want the curtain to go from floor to ceiling, since when I’m in the coach I want to close off the cab for privacy but leave the cab over open for ventilation. The solutions I have collected so far: 1) bungee cord, 2) snaps, 3) Velcro, 4) curtain rod mounted at the height of the cushions, and 5) nothing, just tuck it under the cushions. I currently do #5, but am leaning towards #3 mounting the snaps on the top edge of the partition where they will be out of sight.
  6. KGordon

    Curtain between cab and coach

    I like the idea of the bungee cord!
  7. I’m interested in making a new curtain to separate the cab and coach so that the cab AC can cool us when we’re driving and for privacy when camping. The original is long gone, so I looking for pictures and information on how they are attached . Last summer I just hung a length of polartech across the opening and anchored it by stuffing it under the cabover cushions. It worked, but wasn’t perfect. I’m toying (😎) with several options, but am interested in how others have done this. That curtain seems to be missing in all of the eye candy rehab photos I’ve looked at, except for one rig where the cabover privacy curtain came to the floor.
  8. Can we pin this thread for future reference. It’s something that comes up often here and on other forums, and it would be nice to be able to link to it quickly.
  9. “The tires are original and in near new condition” OMG!!! I must confess that when descriptions are that amazing, I worry that it might be a scam.
  10. KGordon

    Looking for a Sunrader

    May I ask why specifically a Sunrader? Yes, the fiberglass clamshell looks more modern and helps prevent some leaks. But the windows can still be a problem, and I gather the floor can be a point of vulnerability in Sunraders. I will admit that my unicorn Toy was a rear dinette sunrader with a manual 4-cylinder transmission. But in the end, I decided to buy local where I could get help with the initial evaluation and repairs from a friend who restores old cars and trucks. Ended up with a 1987 Mini-Cruiser that belonged to a friend of his, and that he had been helping to maintain, so it had a somewhat known mechanical history. Wasn't sure about the rear kitchen and bath layout at first, but it's working well for us, and the automatic tranny hasn't been a problem, tho we did install a tranny cooler as part of our initial repairs/upgrades. No matter which model you buy, you will need to budget a chunk for repairs and such. These are 25-30 year old rigs, and will need a certain amount of TLC no matter what. I've been very happy that I took the plunge, bought "Mosey" and got out on the road. And down the line if a "unicorn" should come my way, I'll know how to evaluate it. But Sunraders command a premium at the moment because they're fashionable. Any reasonably well maintained Toy home will give you a lot of pleasure.
  11. KGordon

    I'm Nosey and Wanna See Pictures of Your Rigs!

    Mosey! Mechanical work done, ready for a good cleaning and some interior upgrades.
  12. KGordon

    Fresh water tank hatch cover

    Thanks for the great info! Will definitely follow up.
  13. Derek is right, it was our maiden spin...first little trip. And I wifll definitely check out coach-net.com. Due diligence is clearly needed.
  14. Took Mosey out for a maide spin from our home in NW New Jersey aiming for the Cabellas near Kutztown, PA. (About 1 1/2 hr trip). Loaded black and grey tanks with cleaner, and planned on using C's pump station to clean them out and reload with Happy Camper so they'd be ready for a real trip. Stopped to buy lunch, no problems. But when I stopped for gas, she wouldn't start. Turned key and' lick', even tho electrical all worked. Dead starter (and here we thought we'd taken care of all the weak points). Called AAA because I have Plus, which I believed covered any vehicle I was driving. They dispatched a man quickly. He told me that Plus didn't cover RV's, needed specific policy for that. Nevertheless, he was very nice. Even got a bar and tried the "whack the starter trick", and showed me where to feel cause he thought it might come back to life when things had cooled down. Then called my insurance company, Liberty Mutual, gave them the RV policy number and specifically told them I was driving a small class C. Two hours later, nothing. Called again, much embarrassment. My call had been lost in the system, and my vehicle misclassified as a passenger car. Tow promised. Waited an hour, called again, said I was getting worried because I needed to get disabled hubby home for meds. Apparently they were having trouble finding a company that had the proper towing capacity and could cross state lines. Waited, but was in communication with the friend who helped restore the truck part to see if it could be towed to his place. Destination confirmed, and he said he'd come get us rather than meet us, since the tow truck prob wouldn't have room for hubby, me and dog in the cab. Then two calls from a supervisor, my problem had been upgraded. Second one said a tow was coming from Allentown, and gave me the name of the company. When my friend arrived, we chatted a bit, and then he called the tow company. Was told they didn't have a driver and we were out of their area. While I called Liberty to update them, he decided to see if he could start the rig with a jump from his big SUV (by this time earlier tries had tired out the battery). Success! I told Liberty to cancel the call, and he followed us back to his shop and then took us home (that's what I call a FRIEND!). Whole adventure lasted from 5:30 pm to 2:00 am, and Mosey now has a new battery and starter. So, is there a consensus on which assistance service is best for our rigs? I'm sure there are horror stories about all of them (I've certainly had my share with AAA, especially back in the days when I had a 120 mile RT commute and was driving disposable Honda Civics and a 4WD Toyota Tercel wagon). But given the size of a Toy home, what do folks recommend? Must say this was the most comfortable breakdown of my life. Got takeout from the diner next door the the gas station where we were stuck, walked the dog, used our nice clean loo, and hung out in the breeze of out Maxxaire in the coach!
  15. Another newbie question. The exterior cover for my fresh water tank is pretty chewed up, and I'm not sure how it opens. Before I start prying with a screwdriver and possibly damage it irreparably, can someone tell me how it opens. I have a feeling it will need to be replaced.