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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1990 Winnebago Warrior, has 117500 kilometers on it. In original condition. Soon to add a new charger invertor. We love it.
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    Nanaimo, British Columbia.

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  1. Boots


    It depends. Almost any generator will work, if it is small enough... However, it may not be able to produce enough power to satisfy your rv's needs. So start by determining what kind of power you need, list these appliances and circuits and amperage. Add that up and start with that. Let me know when that is finished. Boots
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    Fred, the primary reason the term "Not Secure" is placed on the browser is because the site owner, or the site provider have not or cannot set up the security settings, in a way that the site is shown with the https:// prefix. This does not mean that it is compromised and it very unlikely it has been hacked or hi-jacked. The quickest and easiest way to instigate a high level of security (i.e. https:// prefix) is to start using either a different browser, which can accept an app from a web store that forces the browser to change up the browser security level to the secured state. So some of the browsers that can accept this extension (app) are Chrome (latest addition) Brave, and Firefox. In addition, you might consider what type of antivirus software you are using, if it enforces banners, ads, cookies etc., blocking. Finally examine your antivirus /security and determine if it set up to reduce ad blocking and cookies that increase the likeihood of ads. If it does not and you are using "free" anti-virus software, consider buying one of the more recognized versions out there. Boots. This levels of security, might also be found in the "settings of the browsers themselves.
  3. Tell me about what you want to do and perhaps I can recommend some solutions. First off though, what is your budget for this project, next do you have the tools to undertake this work and lastly is there a reason that you want to do use solar? One last item, is the term "110" referring to a standard electric refrigerator that is normally plugged into a wall outlet? Boots
  4. Send me aa picture, there is an Onan dealship where I live on Vancouver Island and I may be able to help you. Send me any name plate information from the generator. I have an Onan generator in my rig as well. Boots.
  5. Hi and thanks again, This is useful information and I will see if my local supplier can provide the adapters. Boots Boots
  6. Thank you, I have been considering doing this, and I have all the tools and fittings for the pex system. I will try to post when I have the solution and configuration done. Boots
  7. So all great ideas about these valves (and their potential for draining) - but no one said (a) who makes them. (b) where can you buy them or get a replacement. (d) an alternative valve assembly. And really to top off the cake how about saying what a valve like this might cost. There is that so hard. Boots
  8. Hi all, My understanding of the 1986 et al, model is that is suffered from breaking axles, because the weight of the whole RV exceeds the rating of the axle. I seen pictures of this on this forum, and shows some poor soul on a road somewhere with an axle sticking out of the rear housing about three feet. I will say that the four cylinder R22 engine is relatively bullet proof, very durable and probably good fuel economy, however, it is way too under powered to haul the toy, around and up in the higher altitudes. I had one but only ran it on the west coast and took my time. The newer models had the famous Toyota V-6 and I have a 1991 model which is great, HOWEVER, it suffers from a fatal flaw, in that Toyota (during the lead up to switching up to the V6 had abruptly changed our the head gaskets from asbestos material to a Metal composite head gasket. That resulted in engine failures after a long period of time, and required a major engine rebuilt. I know because my 1990 model blew up as we were leaving a gas station (in 2015) and required a delay of five days to rebuild it. THE GOOD NEWS is that Toyota had a secret warranty (yes that is why you buy from Toyota) and THIRTY YEARS later they reimbursed the nearly 4500 cost when I applied for it AND they did it with a hand shake, smile and a thank you for trusting them. Keep this in mind.
  9. With respect to fibreglass use, it is always good to protect yourself, AND your family. Fibreglass is an irritant, in more than topical irritation; it is also known to cause lung damage AND the fumes from the components are known (because I met three individuals who are disabled now) to have suffered heart damage. To that end, and to provide the next step in protection, I would advise you all wear N95 or N100 half mask fitted breathing apparatus. Next to keep your family free of any further damage, you strip off outside and pack your clothes in a clear plastic bag, to be washed independently of normal clothes washing AND you immediately shower before going back to your normal routines. Follow this advise and you should be relatively safe.
  10. I plan to remedy that in a big way. I am removing the metal roof and all that is attached, and install a custom designed truss system to raise the roof up approximately 3 inches above the existing roof line (remember that means it will increase the clearance height by that amount) and I plan on making the trusses out of 3/4 marine plywood sandwiching a 3/8 inch aluminum plate. Skinning the roof will be the next part, and I will try out 3/16 Honduran plywood, two overlapping sections. I am considering laying a "Peel and Stick" roof membrane on top of that and then something fabric like EDPM. To counter the weight gain, I plan on leaving the A/C off the roof and adding something like a Fantastic Fan to provide circulation.
  11. Welcome to the world of Toyota RVing! What motor does your rig have? 2.4 or V6? And what is the axle type? Single Tire or Duals? If your engine is a V-6, Toyota has a secret warranty, whereby if you qualify, they will rebuild the top end, head gaskets etc for free. Check in with a Toyota Dealer in your area for further information. Enjoy your travels. Brian
  12. Hi, I am about to re-roof and prepare for solar panels. So this is a timely piece of information. I am removing my entire roof and will fabricate a number of curved roof struts (trusses) that will do a number of things for me) and so I will share on this site how I went about this. This is a major over haul on a 1990 Toyota Warrior, but I am sure this can be done on all most any rig. First a comment on your proposed approach. Lay any material on the flat (as you have done) will structurally be less rigid (think of 2x4 laying flat and then standing on them) and so I would suggest standing these metal struts on edge, for substantial increase in strength and support. I am using either rectangular aluminum tubing (no rusting) and/or a sandwich of two 1`/2 inch plywood with a flat stock of aluminum 1/4 inch plate. I will cut this out with a template which at the peak will be approximately 4 inches thick. Next, is that you are placing this over an existing ("old") roof and by the look of it, it is already sagging. Aside from the obvious rain water collecting in the center of the roof line, it says to me that the roof support (?) has nearly failed and that warrants a more robust solution. As the roof continues to sag, the seals around the vents, exhaust fans etc will also fail, allowing more and more rain water to seep inside. Something you do not want to deal with. I will be raising my roof and sloping it from the front to the back (in addition to arching from side to side) this will give me an additional interior head room and allow for all the wiring and cabling for the solar panels inside and down to the batteries. Glad to see you taking this on, because you will save a ton of money, and have a lot of fun doing this. Good luck. Brian
  13. Hi, My first question is whether you have a temperature guage which measures the temperature as it leaves the tranny. If you don't know that it won't help to add anything. I installed a "tow truck gauge" which is so named because of the higher temperature ranges - most gauges read only to 285 and a towtruck reads to 400 F. I read an article on the net which showed a graph of transmission failures at higher temperatures. Basically if you let your tranny go up above 285 for 30 minutes, you will ruin your transmission. at 400F you have about 2000 miles before failure. Boots
  14. Hi Steve, From my understanding of battery charging, you should not charge any battery at a rate greater than 10% of your battery's rating. So say you have a battery rated at 100 Ah (20hr rating) you should select a charger which is set to charge at 10 amps constant (and the Cteks are a good multistage charger with tightly controlled amperages) - another factor which is very important is battery temperature. So chargers / controllers have a temperature sensor which is attached to the battery case. If for some reason you are charging at a rate higher than the recommended charging rate (say 25 amps) the battery's temperature will rise and can cause battery damage, including shortening the life of the battery / loss of warranty. Todays modern solar panels have (in the bright sunlight) an output of 19volts DC which is then modulated by a controller down to the recommended volts (see 4 stage chargers) and this is how you never have to worry about solar DC voltage output for the most part. For more here is a basic explanation: http:\www.freesunpower\chargecontrollers.php and here is a YouTube video with a good over of a MPPT controller. Look up Morningstar TriStar MPPT 60 amp unit. This may not be the exact model for your RV system but it is information. Another source is Altestore.com / look up Morningstar. Not this unit can handle up to 36 volts (three 12 volt solar panels in series) Brian
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