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    1984 Nissan 720 Sunrader 18 Footer
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    South carolina

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  1. Hi Linda sorry for delay. I didn't see that you'd posted till just now.. Good to hear back..I have a few photos of the tags that are on the side of my Sunrader... there is a patient number on it...some other tags are also unbelievably clear after all these years easy to read...I will try to make sure they are not destroyed....I am not sure how to best do that yet other than clean them with none abrasive materials and care....gently. Se if I can post a few here... let e know what ya think ! Happy Holidays Merry Christmas....and to all a good year ! The photo is me taken a few days ago...you can see how legible the tags are...I'll see if I can also post them with close ups I have a few... let me find a few..
  2. Thanks Linda...Sounds right. Never know what people will say online... Thanks for the info. I am trying to get some of the information on the patents..In hope of leading to some original drawings and material list etc.. . I'll post what I find out. Thanks again
  3. I know it sucks it would have been real nice to find and speak to this fella and his boss...and who ever else they could have included..that knows the history of Sunrader... I would love to pick their brains and I would love to get the story down i writing from those who know it best...the real stories...facts..dates numbers times... thanks everyone !
  4. What happened... Only one post that's it. I own one a Nissan Sunrader 720 chassis 1984 made there in Cali in 1984... please someone find this fella and get him to talk to us... Thanks we would really like to know more.. You can even email me Cajunnsc@gmail.com
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    84 Sunrader Roof Vents And Plumbing Vents

    Very good points. The day i brought the Sunrader home was the day that Hurricane Irma moved through the area. So lots of heavy rain revealed lots of leaks... I hope I've sealed them all... I park it under a cover at the moment...I have both the AC and the bathroom fan vent out...and both plumbing vent caps off...as well as all the clearance lights and the roof rack. The top is prepped ( ready ) for install as soon as I get the replacement parts ( vent caps and fans ) I wont be putting another AC on the roof. I plan to add either a split unit and or a window mount, where the fridge was...it's out too. I'll go with a dometic 12 Volt DC top load side by side in place of the RV fridge and I removed the stove and it will be replaced with a camp style dual fuel potable 2 burner stove...that can be slide under the counter top...and or used outdoors...where I think it's always better to cook outdoors if you can...cooking in an 18 foot RV isn't a great idea ...on daily basis...Thanks again... Hope to start posting a few of the hundreds of photos and video I've managed to take along the way...
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    84 Sunrader Roof Vents And Plumbing Vents

    Hello Linda S, Thank you, so much... I truly appreciate the info and suggestion (s). I can honestly say I had no idea how much I bit off when I bought this little Jewel. The more you dig the more you repair, replace and remove. I hear you on the roof treatment. I spent three days just chipping off the old stuff that had been applied since 1984... I really wonder about that so called self leveling ...blank... it appears to cause more problems than it solves. I agree...butyl and a little caulking after the butyl has settled...just to seal it up nice and clean...but keeping it very light and smooth.. I found the main leaks were the screws at the seam where the two half's are joined and the rear window / rear tail lights assemblies are. Terrible design...way too many accidents waiting to happen. I'm surprised any have survived ! Thanks... Great to see your reply ! Have a great day !
  7. Any info on sizes, manufactures etc... on replacing roof vent fan assemblies and plumbing roof top vent assemblies ? I need all. I suspect the 14 " X 14 " standard on vent fan sizing but not so sure on the plumbing vent covers. Trying to keep cost down... but cheap can be a waste of time and money too. Any help is appreciated.
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    1982 18ft Sunrader Build Thread (photos, progress and questions)

    I just learned something,.,... Here they are ! 1908 ... and still available. http://www.robertsonscrew.com/Linked Files/Robertson Fastener Guide-e.version_Final.pdf
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    1982 18ft Sunrader Build Thread (photos, progress and questions)

    Every where...trim strip...cabinets, everything on top .... The S2 was the marking on the bit I used. I assume it meant a #2 fit square head...I think they are being called pan heads but....As noted above pan head stands for the shape of the screw's head not the type of bit or the style / design of the " torx " tool - head match... The Sunrader as also noted was built using early square head torx screws...called ( Robertson screws ) by Maineah above, thanks.. I'd read several of your post... great info. Extremely helpful. Back to the " Robertson screws " AKA Square Drive Head screws...that are no longer made the same way that I've been able to locate thus far. So I am leaning towards they can be replaced with square heads " modern day types " but not with exact matches...Can anyone add to that? Thanks I appreciate the help and guidance. As for sizing that's still a question I have not answered 100% Any suggestions? I NOTE" the trimp strip screws appear to have had their sharp tips snapped off...at the factory...I must assume they did this to avoid breaking threw the fiberglass shell...yet they still broke through...many times...thus the leaks at the shell seam...where the trim strip hides the two piece joint !
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    1982 18ft Sunrader Build Thread (photos, progress and questions)

    Okay here's a bit more...I picked up a few packs of # 8's Pan heads they did not match ...The S2 I refereed to is the number bit I used to remove them..I assumed it meant it worked on # 2's But I will continue to seek out the actual sizes used. I picked up a bunch of # 8's and they did not match what I removed so..back to the hardware... In the meantime , thanks and I appreciate any help and guidance I can get. This is my first RV so...I am green as they come...Thanks I'll check back soon... Oh the screws I removed are ...all of them..Trim strip, all the clearance lights, all the cabinets, stove, fridge is out AC out...etc...
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    1982 18ft Sunrader Build Thread (photos, progress and questions)

    Hello, I just bought a 1984 Sunrader on a Nissan 720 Chassis. Yes this is a 6 Bolt Floating Trans Dully setup. I've seen a ton of the Toy's online but not more then a small hand full of these. Anyway I am also gutting and remodeling... Wondering if anyone has a list of screw sizes they've used or plan to use. I pulled almost every screw that was in it..most were in terrible condition. The square head appears to be the common thread between them. I thought they were called panhead but I've since found out they aren't. I picked up # 8 and had to return them...I think my tool says they are S2's...does anyone know much or have a list of the screws...used? thanks..
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    Under Chassis Rust & Improvements

    I recently purchased a 1984 Sunrader Nissan chassis 720 / 4 cyl Z24 Engine. The RV needs a full face lift. I've gutted most of what I don't want or can't use or was no longer functioning ( AC/Stove/Fridge, cabinet doors, all carpet, all upholstery ) As the cleaning and inspecting process continues, I am concerned over the serious rust issue...that most any 1984 would have...even if taken care of. That said, has anyone worked on this issue...and what might be the best place to start. Like obviously any clamps, springs etc...should be upgraded...at what point...??? Any suggestions on replacement part suppliers that won't rob us blind? thanks in advance for any advise help or suggestions. Safe Travels ! BTW I'll get some photos up ASAP ! Didn't think of it when I was under her yesterday...
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    Raise da roof!!! (18ft 1982 Sunrader in need of some roof repair).

    I bought my first Sunrader last week. She's / he's on a 1984 Nissan 720 w/ the Z24 4 Cyl. 8 spark plug all original equipment. Now why did I mention this first ... I started as we all do researching all I could find concerning Sunrader ie: Gardner Pacific RV manufacturing out of Cali...which we all know closed many years ago. That said, one of the best articles I read by more than likely the most educated Sunrader expert on the planet...Mr. snail powered NW             Toyota Advanced Member 876 posts Gender:From Outerspace Posted August 15, 2013 I've just copied and pasted the title / member info...let me also post the direct link if I can locate it. Okay here it is I hope it works so ...the rest of you can learn what I learned from this man of many talents...most of all...NEVER unless you have no choice...READ his words carefully this man or woman knows what they are talking about... The exceptions do apply...so read it...he says it better then I can...Hope this helps some of you. It sure helped me...Now I know what otherwise would have cost me money and time...for nothing...I'll start posting my 1984 Sunrader remodel / retrofit...soon... Thanks all...I appreciate this forum....more than words can say. LINK: http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/topic/6289-sunrader-roof-structural-support/
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    Houston flood took my toyhome

    You can call them they can tell you where they took it. You may have to bid o it to get it back. But they can and should give you all the details in fact you could have denied a total.by showing them it was worth more then they paid .,...thus you keep it get a check and you fix it if you want too. Just a leg up hope it helps.
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    Houston flood took my toyhome

    I feel your pain. But I can assure you, this isn't a total loss not by a long shot... If you opened up the unit and started drying it right away...fans dehumidifiers etc...24/7....till that sucker is bone dry...including any open or closed areas....wiring boxes...etc...open all hatches etc... you can save this no problem. You will need to pull the floor but the sub floor will be fine... Use peroxide to kill mold not bleach...you can use bleach on some things that's not a problem But to kill the dangerous mold use regular peroxide..as use it fast and strong...it won't hurt a thing...you can do a wipe down if you like. All cloth will need to be pulled and washed at once or discarded I am sure you know that already. Engine and electrical must be dry...do not tempt to start or run anything unless you are 110% sure it is dry 100% dry not even any moisture can remain...Good luck I hope this helps... If you elect not to try to save it...Please let me know I have a son in Houston I may try to buy the unit from the insurance company..I'd love to have another one...Take care hang in there and BTW I live on the river in SC I've ben flooded out twice in the past two years I am with you brother... It's a hard road but you'll make it... Take it a day at a time...No need to stress it is what it is.