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I'm a total dunce when it comes to engines. My hubby is away for a few months (figures!) and I have found what could be 'my' Toyota RV. I have to travel a few hours to look at it and don't want to waste my time or the owners if it is a dud. So, here is what I know..

It's a 1992 Itasca Spirit with 106k km. The ad reads...

Clean, comfortable 22 foot motorhome Toyota cab, Winnebago coach. Toyota V-6, 3 liter engine. New fridge, 6 brand new tires. Generator. Tilt steering, cruise control, automatic with overdrive. 18 mpg. Always maintained, kept under cover. Manuals and receipts

The photos show what looks to be a very clean, well maintained unit. No apparent rust on the body. 

What should I be asking and looking for?  We currently own a large travel trailer, so I can deal with the appliance checks, sewer, etc. But, what should I be wary of as far as the engine goes? And the body? Help would be greatly appreciated as I don't want to miss this one if it is a goodie! Thanks in advance.

Sue

 

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Ask the owner for maintenance records. 106k km (~60k miles) is when you should have the timing belt changed and valve clearances checked. NOT cheap items.

Also check with Toyota to see if the cylinder head gasket has been changed. There' a 'Special Service Campaign' for the V6.

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Still don’t think the 6 can get that high mpgs. That’s what my 4 gets. My buddy’s V6 Winnie gets 12 to 13. Like jj says the mileage always goes up when you go to sell lol!

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On 10/11/2017 at 9:55 AM, Derek up North said:

Also check with Toyota to see if the cylinder head gasket has been changed. There' a 'Special Service Campaign' for the V6.

So, Derek Up North...from what I can gather, if I take this RV into a Toyota shop, they can tell me if the head gasket has been done already, correct? If it hasn't, will they replace? Or does it actually have to blow before getting replaced? Thanks!

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4 minutes ago, Derek up North said:

If you're eligible (which a '92 should be) and it hasn't been done, it'll be changed before it 'blows up'. :)

Yay!! :D

 

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28 minutes ago, Derek up North said:

ou could start by entering your VIN here:-

https://www.toyota.com/recall

I'm not sure if it's 100% accurate, but it's a starting point. Even if it shows nothing, I'd double check at the Service Dept of a Dealership.

I called my local Toyota dealership and they were unable to get anything on my VIN. The website too. 17 digits, double checked. Still nothing. Uhoh!

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Here is a Toyota vin decoder try pickup and see if will process. https://www.vindecoderz.com/EN/Toyota

Edited by WME

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You can't ask about a recall cause they won't find it. Special service campaign.  Print out the forms we have in pinned docs and show them what to look for or call toyota corporate. Never say the word recall ever when talking to them

Linda S 

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10 hours ago, WME said:

Here is a Toyota vin decoder try pickup and see if will process. https://www.vindecoderz.com/EN/Toyota

Nope, nothin'. I called ICBC and they said the person who registered the rig for me should have gone and looked at the VIN on it, but they didn't. There may have been a mix up in the VIN # when it was copied down at some point, so I will be checking this tomorrow.

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Have you compared the 'paper' VIN with the VIN on your dash?

This is the VIN for a 1991 Itasca I 'borrowed:- JT5VN94T1M0024275

The 10th digit (M) indicates it's a 1991. Yours should be similar except you'll probably have an 'N' (1992) instead of an 'M' (1991).

This is the VIN for a 1993:- JT5VN94T8P0029977  The 'P' indicates a 1993.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_identification_number

P.S. Both VINs were 'borrowed' from Ebay listings.

 

 

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I ran one of Derek's Vin numbers through the decoder and it worked, even to the point that the mileage was in KM. So you must have a miss type some where.

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I picked up the RV today and the first thing I did was check the VIN. Sure enough, there was one digit wrong. It says on the registration that it is J1..., but the vehicle says it's JT... Also wondering about the M in mine...as it is on the registration it says it's a 1992, but it does have the 'M' I have a huge binder from Winnebago that came with it with all the manuals etc. It has a sticker on the inside cover saying the vehicle is a 1991. I will be visiting ICBC to get the papers corrected. 

I used the correct VIN in the Lookup and it has not had the head gasket replaced, so I will be getting that done ASAP!

Thanks for all your help!

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On 10/11/2017 at 0:55 PM, Derek up North said:

Ask the owner for maintenance records. 106k km (~60k miles) is when you should have the timing belt changed and valve clearances checked. NOT cheap items.

Any news on this?

 

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There have been more verbal food fights with the owners and the DMV over the year of the Rv. Its very common for a RV mfg to buy a boat load of the C&C. and take a while to built the RV. So the chassis is one year and the RV was actually built the next year.

 

 

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In Quebec, they go ONLY by the date indicated by the Toyota VIN, even if you're importing with an official Title from the US showing a later year. Not a bi deal as far as I'm concerned becaure 'worth' is tied much, much more to 'condition' than 'year' marked on the paperwork!

I assume this has already been sorted out with the OP's 'home since it's already been (presumably) registered in BC. I suppose that the current SNAFU with the VIN might have them take a 2nd look at things and possibly want to ammend the age.

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I called ICBC and they want me to take it in to an insurance broker and have them do the adjustments. Maybe a year older will affect my insurance rates? 

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Hey all, names Blake. new buyer here.. looking to go full time in the new year in my new toy. So far this forum has been awesome. So shout out to all of you educated folk.. 

Very interested in this 91 Toye V6 3.0 with 88k miles. No generator, Bath in the back. Seems there has been some water damage along the seal of the over cab, seems pretty normal for these. I haven't seen in person, but from what I'm being told the floor and roof is in excellent shape. I also know these don't really show bubbles so I want to be safe when looking over. Open to all pointers. 

I am going to check on the gasket recall in the AM. He sent me a video of it turning over and seemed incredibly strong. AC front and rear works, everything works. Asking $7k. 

Also any guesstimate on the cost of resealing the cab?, and gutting etc. just want to see my options here. 

Thoughts? Pointers? Blessings? Thanks all!! 

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With a leak over the cab like that your due an extensive tear out and rebuild. Also resealing that leak wherever that may be. For 7 Grand I’d avoid it completely. Unless your like many other forum members here that like to do tear outs and rebuilds maybe offer him 5K and have $$ for repairs. It’s a buyers market right now and with that leak you have a lot of room to negotiate! Welcome and Good Luck!

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Thanks for the response Mark. I'm actually really excited to tear this toye apart and make her real pretty again. We came to a deal of 5,500 given the floor doesn't fall in when I step inside... Picking up tomorrow! Will post pics as I move along this journey.  

Looking to be full time on the road by 1/1!  Fingers crossed.. 

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Well there you go Blake! Good price also. Please post pictures as we Love pictures. Good Luck. I’m excited for you Man!

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