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  1. I’m wondering if it is okay to drive with my potable water tank full? My airbags above the tires that are supposed to lift the cab up when it’s fully loaded, do not hold air. I just filled up my potable water tanks and I’m wondering if it’s safe for me to drive for a few hours up north. Or are you supposed to find a potable spigot when you get there? Thoughts?
  2. When I purchased my 1987 Toyota Escaper made by Damon industries I found it had most of the original documentation. I was contacted via my blog (link in my signature) from someone asking if I could provide the manual since they are quite hard to find. I was surprised I haven't thought of this sooner since I am sure there are plenty of people that would love to see the factory documentation that came with the Toyota Escaper Micro mini motor home. I have scanned the entire manual and compressed it into a zip but it seems the forum will not allow my to upload a zip. Here is a short front and back piece showing options and what not. And here is the entire manual page by page. If I am not aloud to upload this much stuff please let me know! I am only trying to provide to the community
  3. My first draft for two ladies driving my lil Rig down south. Anything I am missing other than spell checker? -------------------warning---- long post---- with typos and wretched grammar= Driving the Toyota RV to Phoenix 2019 Routes This is the road that I would take: I would take either through Detroit or Port Huron or cross at Ogdensburg and go south of Lake Ontario , both routes would kinda lead you to Toledo or back roads parallel to the lakes. You could always stay at Mry and Bills if yo go via Detroit/Port Huron route. or something and I would go down through Toledo which is not too bad it's a little rusty belt I will go over to Fort Wayne I which is 69 down through Indianapolis and then you can either take 65 write down to Elizabethtown. you don't want to go through Nashville I don't think unless you want to park outside and and Uber in but I would go from Indianapolis I take number 70 over to this like a sort of Interstate 57 in that goes down it's a nice nice you know double-lane four-lane highway and it's not that busy and it goes down through Shawnee National Forest which I find a nice RV place and then go down and look up to 55 and I-55 I'll take you right down to outside of Memphis and then you can even if you want to stay at Graceland you can find an RV place there and then I would leave after you leave Memphis I'd head over to Arkansas and I stayed at Hot Springs it was very nice spot so it will park I don't know if you can get in there but it's really nice and then go to Texarkana you're on Highway 30 then and then you got to somehow get through or around Dallas and I think of you takes 30 you can answer to maybe go above it I'll have to do some more research then get back on 28 over to Abilene and then you're kind of been a rough area there so you might want to avoid that's the Permian Basin oil field and you kind of want to stay that it's very busy but trucks so somehow you want to get over to El Paso so you might have to you must do some freaking around or you could go right down from you know I care Arkansas down to Austin somehow this lots of roads in Texas by Tamar back roads once you're nauseous and you can stay Ravine and then just don't a couple days rest up and then head over to get on Ten and Tennille take you over to El Paso and then you're in you know Mexico border Tucson next at the Gilbert Ray place in Tucson that sell very nice. This is good route in that it will avoid like big cities like in Cincinnati which I felt very busy of big and there's so many trucks it's like Chicago and you know you'll see some nice country going through southern Indiana it's really pretty and Arkansas is nice and it's not too hilly and yeah just Dallas I had a bad experience just so many lanes of trucks it's it's too much I wouldn't go through there again ever you have to go around Dallas awesome is not too bad. I think original Louisiana Grover through Houston to Austin that's what we did, back which was a good trip and the other alternative right is to go down Spruce St Louis and then Oklahoma and Albuquerque and then you're going through some really hilly country but it's announced that that bad that's the other room that's the shortest route but kinda bleak and mountainous but then the route throu El paso has all those signs scaring you about dust storms. Guess you gotto monitor weather situation too and be adapable and most important . HAVE FUN and STAY SAFE Y Highway driving. Staying is on 4 lane expressways is better and faster as roads are smoother and less windy. Back roads are winding, bumpy and filled with stops. Once she is going the rig rolls along and eats up the miles.She likes to roll with the big rigs! The Rig likes 4 lanes. The down side is the wind caused by big trucks and big bus motorhomes - they push you to the right when they first approach you on the left and then when past, they pull you into the left lane. Constant vigilance is required to watch for them or you can be surprised and over-react, turn the wheels to much to compensate and go off the road or worse. And they sneak up on as they are going a lot faster. I would stay about from big cities freeways as there are so many eeeeeee trucks - maybe a hub road like around Cinncinato Ohio has one. I dont think Mempis is too bad as they are not as big as Ohio Valley freeways. All interstates are bisy but less so as you head further west past the mississipi river valley. Then you are out of the businest.Chicago is terrible, and I think that Nashville is bad but not sure but it is a very biig city. The rig is not a quick take off vehicle. It is pretty heavy for the motor size. But it has the heart of a lion. Cold mornings - let it warm up a bit. There is white steamy condensation that comes out for a few minutes until it warms up. Doesn’t seem to hurt anything. Takes awhile for cast iron sleeves to heat up i read. It never heats up Always starts Couple times it missed and lost power but since i used the additive it runs great. Richard is going over it before it goes south Brand new tires on rear in spring 19 and I will put 2 new tires on front just to be sure. There is a jack and spare but if you get a flat call CAA. There is no AC but lots of heat in cab area. All lights work except back up lights. Wipers work Kitchen Tips Gas stove top must be lit by hand. Hard to get a low heat. Oven must be lit by hand but you can leave the pilot going if you are stopped for awhile. Can fit small pizzaz or whatever. Works well I have had some great meals off it. Back window does not open so no draft when cooking. Microwave only works when plugged into shore power (term used for plugging into RV camp power or somebodies house power) Bathroom Tips Toilet flushes ok. Blue handle to right of when you sit down must be opened to flush as water pump keeps coming on and there is a leak in bathroom. Sink works Super good vortex fan in ceiling so use it whenever almost good as cooler for evening times. Was a smell at times from black water tank but I think the new vent I put off has solved that. Dont put any toilet paper in toilet.I use only for peeing but in a pinch go for it. Poo dont do but as last resort. RV parks -pulling in and hooking There is a cable that you can plug into for power for microwave etc And adapter in case it wont take regular plug in. When you plug in it charges the solar battery bank Hose is in the back to add water but wont load up too much as it is harder on gas and everything. There is special adapter to slow down the water pressure as to much will burst the tanks ? Takes 50 gallons to fill it. When filling the water tank keep pressure down. Turn to half pressure to make sure it is filling slowly WAter heater must be started from outside but I doubt you will need it and don't drive with it on please. Electric space heater- Microwave oven and AC unit Using the electric space heater while plugged into RV park power (or other power) There is an electric space heater in cupboard below refrigerator that will work when plugged into the outlet by fridge or sink but it only works when the rig is plugged into power. Microwave is the same thing as is the AC unit. I will have an extenion cord onboard so will the plug from the rig which is about 20 ft and the extension you should have a 80 ft line but shorted connection lenght is always better as amperage rises with lenght of cord (not good) Dumping the Waste Tanks Both black (poop) and grey water tanks are drained on driver side at the back. Unscrew the cap and open the valves of course after hooking up the hose which is in the rear bumper. Do this at RV stores or parks or at a pinch pull off on a remote road and let her drain. There are rubber gloves in back storage unit. BE SURE to screw the cap back on as if not it will rip off if you drive away with it hanging down. Not hard to put on, just bend over and two barbs to put on. Speed You can go 55 mph hour pretty much. 60 for a spell and 64 going down a big hill. Odometer works and is in Kilometers. Running lights are on during the day and it does take a little more gas to use them but if you want to turn them on. But it is pretty hard to miss seeing the rig eh. The Tachometer on left side of steering wheel indicates your RPM. Usually at 3100 RPM in 3 gear and in OD it drops to 2300-2400 RPM but I was told never reve it up to 4000 rpm. OverDrive (OD) Only use OD when you have a good tailwind, or going down a hill as it is actually harder on gas and might blow the transmission. What happens is it heats up and though it seems it should be OK the weight of the camper makes it a failure point for these units. BEWARE The Toyota user forum is full of tales of people doing just that. The motor reves in 3d gear but it will run for 1000 like that and in the mountains the OD will not work. Something to do with pressure at that aliditude. The Orange light on right side by passenger dash indicates it is not in OD. By depressing the shift button on right side you can easily flip in and out of OD. If you cruising on a back road and going below 50 mph and not too hilly you can use OD. If the transmission is switching in and out of OD to 3 gear it could blow the Transmission as that is what happened to me in my Ford truck coming through Michigan. Hills If you go the southern route through Texas and New Mexico you will not encounter too slow speeds but OD does not work above 3800 ft above sea level. If really steep you might want to manually put it in 2nd gear. Going down - if too fast then break gently and also put it out of OD as it will slow you dow a bit. Crosswinds are bad in the mountains so slow down. What’s it like to drive? Feels kinda lumbering and flops along but it is pretty tight and smooth drive after you get used to it. I find it very comfortable and fun to drive. Breaks are drum so not like modern cars. It stears well with dually back tires. It is really just a 1 Ton truck with box on back. Lots of people like it and wave or ask about it when you stop. Propane I will fill it up before you go and it will easily get you there. Fridge will be on and there is starter buttons inside fridge door. Hold one down and push the other button and it sparks.Not necessary to turn off while driving. Light the burners and oven manually. Furnace - Propane Works well. It THINK doesn’t start right away and sometimes takes a few trys but it blows a fan first then you hear a click, whoose and it is on. Keeps it pretty nice. Water Pump and toilet Turn water pump off as it keeps coming on every few minutes.not sure why. I cannot find a leak. And to flush toilet you must turn a blue valve to the right as you sit on toilet seaw. Reach down and turn on then off when you are done flushing. Use it for pee only and don’t flush any toilet paper down it. Poop in gas stations or road parks etc. unless there is a dire necessity. Or grocery stores or motel if you stay there. Bring TP for roadside emergency too. Lights I will show you. Solar power runs all lights etc. Road Side Emergency Procedure Don't call me! Kidding call me after you call CAA. Call CAA I never had any problems, always starts and runs like a clock. Lotsa people fix these Toyotas and they have a good name. Rainy days and rainy nights Seems airtight but park with cab uphill if you can a bit so to run the water off as it has leaked on passenger up window sometimes. Never leaks while driving only while parked and I think I got it mostly fixed. Gas and Oil Fill up with regular gas and use the additive I have every other fill up. The low gas light works. You have 15 miles when light is on. So keep gas tank filled especially In New Mexico. If going through mountains you might try medium octance gas but I never noticed any difference at all. ALL GUAGES Work including HEAT. Oil will not need to be changed. Transmissio should be good but check into a jiffy lube for free check up. I will change oil when I get there. It might use ½ cup of oil every 2000 miles so you should be good but Jiffy lube will top it for us. Parking I cannot back up and there is not back up lights so I always park where I can pull straight out. You are two so maybe you can. But I don’t advise it. Don't ding my new bicycle please! TV needs to plug in the antenna and the TV (in cig lighter) Need to scan for stations. Not worth while unless you are somewhere for a few days. Routes and timing Your call on routes. I did Chicago to Memphis, Arkansaw, Texas through Dallas (which I don’t recommend) then on to El Paso and over to Tuscon I left Chicago at 5 AM and got to Arkansaw and staying at Hot Springs state park. Then in Big Springs Texas then next night in Tuscon at the Gilbert Ray municipal park behind the mountain. Don't take google map route to it but head a little west of Tuscon then up as it is much less hilly. I will send directions. Great park with electricity but no showers So I did about 500 miles per day atw 12 hour days. But you can do it in 4 with no problem camp easily. I was pretty refreshed after a night sleep. Weird but I do not get tired driving it. Campgrounds are not too busy in mid November either. Albuquerque route - shortest route but boring Has more hills and mountains over to Flagstaff then it is a bit coast down. It is about 7900 ft at highest and in comparison the El Paso route is about 3800 but either is ok. When you arrive in Apache Junction you can stay at ...
  4. Hi everyone, I am new to this- very excited to join the community, and start exploring the UK and Europe in my new to me Toyota Camroad. As I expected may happen, I am having some issues with the electrics- the main issues currently are being unable to find any kind of fuse/breaker box for the habitation area (I have explored any and every obvious place It could be) I assume it must be somewhere? As well as the issue of it being 100v ac (Japanese voltage)- which I of course knew about prior to purchase, yet the mains hook up is a standard 240v blue EU spec connector. For now I plan to use a "yellow box" transformer, stepping down my mains power to 100v, and have then had to change the male connector on my mains cable to a yellow 100v plug so it fits into the "yellow box" one end and the Japanese 240v plug the other- going into the 100v ac habitation electrical system. Apologies for the long winded first post- does anyone have any idea why the mains connector would be 240v, while the system is all 100v? Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
  5. I bought a 1985 Sunrader 18', It needs a Cover for the Water Heater, Needs a Fender Flair on Passenger Side, Needs a Fridge, Needs a Couple Side View Mirrors, Where is a Good Parts Place for Those Items. Lucky Phillips 717-658-6848
  6. I have a vintage 1990 Toyota Odyssey - WALL CLOCK - for sale removed carefully from the wall of the cabin. It's pretty nice-look at the photos. It is about 6" diameter, gold in color, and It takes a single AA battery. Anyone who is interested in restoring their Odyssey with a quite nice vintage 'Gold' color clock from an original Odyssey cabin may be interested. I think I can take any reasonable offer to make you a good deal. PS Because the rig has proven to need so much work to do on it-then I anticipated, I'm modying into a weekender rather than to restore it to its beutiful original condition. So, I'm renovating the cabin with a different color of fresh paint, stuff and things, new floor tile, etc. Someone who knows about 'restoration' and fixing things up like the original may be more interested in hanging the beautiful vintage 'gold' color Odyssey WALL CLOCK in their project.
  7. I am currently searching for my "escape". Hopefully, a Toyota. I had a Toyota Chinook back in the 80's and loved it, and it seems times have changed. I'm still looking for another Toyota that gets good MPG (no, really), has a little room and a stove for coffee. I am open to any suggestions on models, makes....
  8. So, hey guys.New to the forum,but not new. been lurking for a while to get ideas. My lady and I got a stock 78 toyota chinook (early) Newport, and drove the s*** out of it, down through mexico, and the mountains of CO. The engine died on us a year after her resurrected glory (re-did the interior and put a weber on, rear seals, etc, etc) Anyway, since it is now dead, instead of spending 3k on a rebuilt 20r, I have found a rolled 91 extra cab (SR5). Runs great, very well maintained for $900. I am now in the process of taking the cab and bed off in the hopes to put the whole 78 shell and cab of the Newport on. Here are some photos of both: I'd love any feedback from anyone, but certainly from other cab swapper/chinook fabricators out there. I can use just about all I can get. not actual, but same model/yr - will get some pics of interior/etc soon: actual 91 extra cab: Thanks
  9. Hey so I've completely gutted my coach and now I need some tips on a few things, 1) Can I replace rotten timbers from inside? 2) What's the best way to clean seams to re-silicone? 3) Is there a way to fill old screw holes in the outside tin without patching with more tin from the inside?
  10. Hey I'm new to the community and let me say I'm very excited to be apart of this, me and my girlfriend have recently purchased a 1982 Toyota Minicruiser. We're going to need any advice you can give us in the coming weeks/months as we will be getting into a full renovation. Already we've found water damage and rott(see pics), I've looked through a good few threads here and noticed a lot of complete restorations so I know we're in the right place for help!! Thanks Jacob & Jess
  11. Hi all, hoping someone can help. I have a 1984 18' Sunrader with really saggy springs, 5 lug dually/foolies and a slow leaking inner dually. I'm exploring best options... can anyone tell me: 1, Would a 1986-1988 proper 6 lug / 1 ton axle off a Toyota Sun Breeze fit my 1984 rig? 2, Would the leaf springs on the 1 ton Sun Breeze axle fit/line up with my 1984 rig? 3, Anybody know the ratio of this 1984 1/2 ton axle on my automatic trans, 22R Sunrader? 4, Would I expect issues with the parking brake if I'm to swap out the axle?
  12. Hello, first time posting here, my husband and I just bought a 1983 Toyota Huntsman and we are looking to obtain a manual so we can look at the the electric schematic as well as to learn the ins and outs of our new home. Also if anyone has a Huntsman and can offer any advice, resources, tips, suggestions, I'm all ears!! Thank you so much!
  13. I've lost the transmission and crankshaft on my 1984 Toyota Motorhome. I am having a difficult time finding the parts and someone to work on this. Any ideas?
  14. I am thinking of buying a 1989 toyota rv. It has the name ultra on the body. Trying to learn a bit about the type body it is. Quality wise. Issues. Its v6 efi. I can find all kinds of info on other body types but not the ultra. Any suggestions on what to check out. Its a rear bath, rear door floor plan. Cant find it on any site
  15. Alright guys heres the situation my girlfriend and i are here from New Zealand and bought a 1980 toyota little chief in Vancouver around 2 months ago with the intentions of traveling across Canada and around the US, everyone assured us you cant go wrong with a Toyota, most reliable car around, will get you anywhere for far less gas, such fun much wow ect ect so after 2 months, 4 new tyres and quite a few auto parts store carpark fixes, we are in Belleville ON and the rear wheel bearing on drivers side has started making not so savoury noises. Its safe to say we are over it and what we are hoping is that one of you enthusiasts on here would want the little chief or know someone who does near here. We obviously want to get as much back as we can for it but are aware we are looking at a substantial loss. We are still deciding on plan b wether we will buy a mini van or something similar and continue on or look at greyhounds ect so this trip isnt a full loss. If you guys are interested, we want to hear offers that you would give us right now for it - cash money, so we can keep going. Even a vehicle trade of some description could work. Its a 20r motor with 4 speed trans, since we have had it i have reset the valves and had the timing reset and changed valve cover gasket, new exhaust mani gasket, new front main crank seal and changed oil pump o ring and checked clearances, 4 new tires, greased all grease points, changed both fuel filters and its running an electric pump new air filter and just had oil and filter done has the foolies on the back (wish i knew about them before we bought it) it has dual batteries with solenoid control House battery new and lasts for a few days with out driving. motor battery never goes flat. new 800w inverter New halogen head lights new fridge new oven\3 burner stove renovated Bathroom with toilet shower basin and mirror most globes led fold out couch and double bed above cab NO LEAKS new mixer tap in kitchen which allows for outdoor showers no rust at all airbags in the rear Cab interior mint and original 10 gallon fresh water tank 40 gallon grey unsure of black capacity but plenty for 5 plus days for 2 Plenty of storage There will be more ive forgotten but we will camp near here until Monday so we can ask a mechanic what the wheel bearings will cost to fix, we dont always have internet so can answer online questions fast but this is our number calls/texts welcome 604 367 4473 any advice on continuing in our little chief would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks guys
  16. From the album: "Red Emerald" , The 1990 Itasca Toyota Motorhome

    So.....Ive had everything in my truck for over three weeks to change the rotor, distributor cap, plugs and wires. Wasn't really in a hurry as the truck was running "fine". Key word, fine. When I say drives good I mean that it drove good. Started in a nano second every single time, never a hesitation. Steady drive, no skips. This is what amazes me about Toyota. Ever searched your library using the words Toyota? Half of the books are about management practices. The way to do business. And it works. They build a fantastic product. Ok, im done pumping them up. Man what a difference the little "Red Emerald" runs now. Heck, Im hoping for a couple more miles to the gallon. Yeah, fat chance.
  17. I finally just said to heck with it and took off down the road on my first outing in "Red Emerald". I can't even begin to express how proud I am of the little Toyota motorhome. Not one single hitch what-so-ever. It was just and over nighter or weekender and I was using abundant caution and care. Watched my speed (below 60 mph) and monitored the tranny for any bad signs and didn't spot a single problem. So besides being a lot of fun and very comfortable it was also a big confidence builder too. Look forward to many more trips now. Here is a video: The Alltamaha WMA / Harris Neck NWR Road Trip
  18. From the album: "Red Emerald" , The 1990 Itasca Toyota Motorhome

    Went out to Tybee Island to do some beach metal detecting and just to chill out a bit. It's only February and the bikinis are already out. Crazy warm weather this time of year.

    © Butch Petty 2017

  19. I was just playing around in Photoshop and wanted to share. I have some other Ideas that I want to add to this as I get more time. Anyone is welcome to use the artwork and share. If you want larger or different versions just contact me. Here is a link that some of you may like and before you ask, on this site I don't make hardly squat ....literally just pennies. So this is not a money thing for me. It's all just for fun. Toyota Micro Mini Motorhomes The Original Tiny Home
  20. Hi everyone! I'm new here but not new to old Japanese vehicles. I currently have a Datsun 510 wagon and 620 pickup and have owned my share of classic Toyotas. I have always pined for a Toyota camper of some sort to customize but the timing of an acceptable camper (or my project load) was never quite aligned. I own an electric bicycle store and one day an idea popped into my head: I need an old Toyota box truck, like a U-haul. I could customize it up and use it for deliveries. I started looking locally and immediately found a good deal on an 87 dually flat bed. I rationalized that a flat bed would be better than a box truck and picked it up within a week of my idea. I move fast apparently My question is just the opposite of what you're used to. I'm a customizer so I'd like to swap the front dual settup back to 1/2 ton so I can run deep non dually rims, either 5 or 6 lug. I don't plan to ever carry maximum weight on this thing. It's just going to hold a bunch of bicycles and look good doing it. I plan to lower it and augment the rear suspension with airbags. I've read Totem's great thread on converting 1/2 ton front suspension to dually, but I want to go the other way around. I plan to run drop spindles to lower the truck but keep the ride. It sounds like if I swap the hubs, brakes and rotors, everything else is the same, correct? It would be great if I could use the larger dually front calipers and just get rid of the dually adapters. I'd like to do it as simple as possible but I'm not opposed to getting creative and dirty. I'd even run 6 lug 4wd hubs if they would bolt right up. Does anyone have a 1/2 ton suspension they'd want to trade me? I'm in Salt Lake City. I'm still researching but any advice you can give me is appreciated. Thank you! -Duane
  21. Hi Motorhome Friends My name is Gonzalo, I'm from Argentina region of Patagonia and a couple of years ago we started building our homemade motorhome on a Toyota Hilux 1992 2800 cc diesel. we stretch the chassis 55 cm barely we finish we will carry out an ecological project called Hagamos Eco (can find more information in Spanish in www.hagamoseco.com.ar) To summarize it is a journey from Argentina to Alaska performing tasks aimed at raising awareness about caring for the environment. Right now we are building our future home and leave you some pictures to see what you think. Cheers Gonzalo and Carolina In this moment we are starting with the structure
  22. I have a 1984 Toyota Sunrader. I have posted in the Electrical forum in the past and everyone was a great help in diagnosing my problems. I come to you all with another problem. The wiring from my main battery is a mess, specifically coming from the positive terminal. I cannot imagine this mess was factory installed, but perhaps it was. I want to clean up the wiring that leads from the battery to the fuse box. I've had issues with power cutting out and I'm almost certain that this wiring nightmare is the source of my problem. Any helpful hints or suggestions before I run new wires? Additionally, what's the thin red wire leading off the positive terminal? It doesn't connect to the fuse box.
  23. Hi Motorhome Friends My name is Gonzalo, I'm from Argentina region of Patagonia and a couple of years ago we started building our homemade motorhome on a Toyota Hilux 1992 2800 cc diesel. we stretch the chassis 55 cm barely we finish we will carry out an ecological project called Hagamos Eco (can find more information in Spanish in www.hagamoseco.com.ar) To summarize it is a journey from Argentina to Alaska performing tasks aimed at raising awareness about caring for the environment. Right now we are building our future home and leave you some pictures to see what you think. Cheers Gonzalo and Carolina In this moment we are starting with the structure
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