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    Tiny Houses, Sailing, Critters

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1986 Dolphin
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    Newport VT

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  1. I replaced my defunct swamp cooler with a simple skylight that I can block if it gets too warm. The extra light is amazing. I had to replace all of my vents last winter after a hailstorm shattered them all. The 30 year old plastic snaps like potato chips. The vent over the fridge was the same way. In addition to the fantastic fan there are some solar fans I have used on my boat that are brilliant. West Marine has those.
  2. My dog is my copilot. He rides shotgun and usually curled up. But lately he has taken to standing and staring out the front window which has sent him into the foot well on occasion. He has a halter and a leash tied to the seat to help him not bash into the dash. Trying to put him in a safety crate just makes him cry.
  3. Hi Linda, I started doing the barrel chairs too - but just the worn seats. I'm going over the top of existing fabric for fear that the structural integrity of the chair/sofa would disintegrate if I started pulling off the fabric to reveal the pulpy foam. I've seen people do that roof thing with the totes. I worry that the weight of the snow after a storm will crush the 33 year old frame? I've just been offered a 30' tent. Maybe I could do both the tent and totes ideas.
  4. ModocMade I decided to hold off until next year to deal with the rug. I still want to use the camper this month and can't if it's all ripped up. So I plan to get a runner for now, and I've been reupholstering the chairs and couch (photo attached - blah plain but clean and neutral). More immediate is a shelter from snow. My landlady said I could park it this winter on a cement foundation that was supposed to be another garage but never got finished. It's a few steps from my door and I'll be able to keep an eye on it. But constructing a sturdy snow deflector with whatever I can find lying around here is going to be a challenge.
  5. Thanks for the response! My dog would wipe out like Bambi on ice if I put in just vinyl, but the combo of that and the fresh runner would be sweet. I'm a little nervous about what I will find under the rug. The floor is creaky. I'll take pictures to share if it's a horror show.
  6. My 1986 Dolphin still sports the original carpet. I have pulled it out wherever I can, but I'm afraid that taking it out from under the cabinetry etc. will open a can of worms that I wish I hadn't started. Last year I covered it up with a runner and that was ok. I want the noise and heat buffer but can do without the alternative life forms it must be harboring. Has anyone removed all their rug? Tips? Warnings? Thanks for any suggestions.
  7. In Tucson, a mere 6 weeks ago, the fuel pressure was measured as 30, resting at 35, by a real, honest-to-god mechanic. What would make it change?
  8. I put two bottles of techron into a full 16 gallon tank with gas loaded up at a time no tanker truck was nearby. The Toyota tech informed me that here in ABQ the winter gas supply is generally lousy, but that he gets Costco gas too and does not think water in the fuel is an issue there. Also that the altitude here is going to mess with my gas mileage. So... we'll see...
  9. "Joe" suggested putting a couple of bottles of Tecktron or Lukas in to clean the injectors and bring one for the road.
  10. So the chugging (for lack of a better word) is worse now - bad enough that I am at the local Toyota dealer (groan). Waiting to talk to a tech. No drain on bottom of new tank that I could see. Maybe there's something on one of the ends. The way it's behaving - now no power - having trouble getting up any speed on hwy - makes me think we are onto the injectors again. Running rich, that whole scene. Which could be the EFI / TPS computer part of the situation. It would suck, to put it bluntly, to have to check and change out the injectors, fuel filter, and spark plugs for the third time since October.
  11. New Clues: Mileage dropped precipitously from a bad 14 mpg to worse 9.5 mpg Also there is still chugging with a full tank from Costco gasoline (so I'm thinking, not bad gas). Will drive it again in a half hour after it sat and settled all night. Also the new tank is 16 gallons. The mechanic poured in a 5 gallon jug of gas in to get me started. The needle was at the bottom line so I felt I could trust that when the needle hit the bottom line I still had 5 gallons. Only this time that I filled up it was at the line and I filled it to 14.5 gallons. The mechanic showed me the nasty rusty bits that he took out. Expressed less than confidence in the float mechanism that drives the fuel gauge needle. Possibility: He left the old nasty fuel gauge float in there and a piece of it has broken off, plugging up the fuel sending area and throwing off the reading? History on fuel tank replacement - The mechanic was in a rush and sloppy. Left vent hose drooping and useless, for instance. Did a new fuel filter at the time (second one in a month/ 1200 miles), but his boss said to change this one out sooner than normal, which tells me that there was some part of the fuel delivery system that was not flushed and he knew it. Is a fuel pressure gauge something I can get at a Napa or OReilly's? There's a spot on the dash free. I was going to put a tach there but it may as well be fuel pressure. I'm in NM, so pretty arid. Water in gas not likely unless from the pump that way. Will check back this afternoon.
  12. 1986 Toyota 22RE EFI Dolphin Another test drive from the boonies to the big city of ABQ today. Humming along nicely at 55 - 60 there are intermittent sluggish moments of power loss. It's not gradual. It's like a big head wind hit us. Or someone gave our invisible Dolphin tail a yank to slow us down a second. BAM! and then normal for a mile or two or three. Not backfiring audibly. Not driving in windy conditions and it happens when there are no semi trucks sucking the back tires. Guess: Even though the gas tank was replaced with a new one in Tucson ( a month ago ) there are still bits of stuff floating around that are swimming to the front of the line and blocking to create that power loss moment. Reason and Test: Started on a half tank and seemed to get worse as the tank went down. Have about 6-7 gallons left and will test by filling the tank to see if it's still happening in the morning. Guess: It has something to do with the codes 4&5 still flashing ( H20 heat sensor and 02 sensor respectively - both replaced but not with OEM Toyota parts. New H20 sensor priced at $102 - cough cough cough). I don't really think the hiccup in the drive and the sensors are connected. Yeah, I'm tired of this problem too. Any new thoughts or suggested tests I could try? Thanks in advance.
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