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Is anyone at Quartzsite AZ this year?  I have only seen one other Dolphin... I'm boondocking at the RTR site

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There is a Toyota rally every year at Quartzite but doesn't start until the 19th. It's organized by Tika  who has doing this for years. If your willing to stay a while you can call her and find out where they will be.   626-798-4510 This is a business number and might have message system on Just leave your phone number and she will get back to you I'm sure

Linda S

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Thanks Linda, not sure what my situation is.  If I don't score a workcamper job in NM or AZ before then, I expect I'll be here.

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PS - while I share your general avoidance response to crowds etc. that you mentioned in previous posts, I have to say that this has been amusing so far.  And amazingly quiet.  Especially at night.  Pin drop quiet.  I have been able to keep to myself as much as I want and be entertained the rest of the time by the variety of eccentric vehicles and their drivers here.  Some quite ingenious.  The broad spectrum of ages, genders, socio-economic, countries, yadda yadda differences appear to be represented well.  It seems to be an exercise in tribal affiliation.  And that starts with "whaddya drivin'?"

Not likely to do it again, but I'm glad I came this time.

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My “Lil Putt” is a 1984 Toyota Sunrader.  We live on the Central Coast of CA.  We plan to travel together as soon as we are both in tip top shape (late Spring / early Summer).  Lil Putt is my very 1st RV!!!  (Just sold my 1979 Ford econoline Chateau / traveled for 18 mos and 25,000 around the USA in that van).  The Sunrader is a handful on these steep hills where we live (she’s a 4 speed manual) but I’m getting used to it.  LOVE that she fits in my driveway and most public pkng spots!  Happy to be a part of the Totoyota mini motor home group!

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4 speed NOT 5 speed manual

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Our little family moved from Kauai last October into a 1991 Winnebago Warrior! Her name is Lucille.  Based in Chula Vista, CA but we are full time with our two boys ages 21 months and 3.5.  

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Bufbooth, I’m in Watsonville! 

Big shout out! 

 

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this is my Rig. Its located here in Reno. So far its been amazing

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This is my new to me 1982 Toyota Dolphin. Living in Moncton New Brunswick Canada. The vehicle was driven down from California. Never seen a winter yet. 137K miles

 

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I looked back over the last three years and see that I apparently never posted my coach(s) or my location!

I’m Bob, and live in and around the greater Portland, OR area. You can find me in a few other forums as “a2ndopinion” - the name of my business - “A Second Opinion.” My family is in and around the Beaverton area, but since moving into a Toyota mini three years ago, I’ve been all over the greater Pdx area - Oregon City, Fairview, Salem, and am just now leaving Kelso, WA for Yamhill, OR. 

I started out with a very good looking ‘87 Dolphin, but it developed massive water leaks, so I’ve all but abandoned it for this ‘85 Sunrader that I bought from member “Kale” a year ago.

The way I understand it, he bought it midway through a rehab, so (attempted) to finish it, but he was not a carpenter, plumber, electrician or mechanic - or, as being a 15 year US Navy Seabee Construction Mechanic, I say he was not a BU, UT, CE or CM. All of the cabinet doors that he converted from opening sideways to opening up are hung crooked and he’d filled all of the latch holes with expanding foam, he took the battery out of its box and just put it in the cabinet, open with no external venting, the water pump doesn’t hold residual pressure...

But he did install a larger, 3-way fridge, a bigger inverter, bigger furnace, backup camera, composting toilet ($1,000), all new shocks and brakes ($2,400), left the oil cap off and blew the engine ($2,400 fresh rebuild), nice stereo, cell/internet signal booster ($350) and more. Then reverse failed, and he gave up, and took my Grand Theft Auto stupid cheap offer. 

I have two A43D transmissions in storage (long story), but have decided to go a different way. My daily driver is a Lexus LS400, and is my second. I parted the first one out, and kept all of the wiring - from the headlights to the seats, engine (1UZ 4.0L all aluminum DOHC V8), and transmission (A340E). I have a friend who has an ‘87 Toyota 4Runner, which originally came with the 22RET. When he rebuilt and modified it, he converted to a W58 manual trans, so I bought the A340H trans and transfer case. I’m about to take the two transmissions to my good buddy at TransAction Transmissions in Banks, OR and get “it” rebuilt, with the Lexus brains and bellhousing, but the 4Runner t-case, and will then swap in all of the LS400 electrical and engine, and then at a future date will swap in an IFS front diff from a mid 80s P/U / 4Runner. 

Ill start my own thread when I do, hopefully like what’s his name (sorry) did with his 1UZ swap a few years ago. 

BTW,  a bit about myself -

I started studying mechanics in Jr high school with lawn mower/go cart/ mini bike engines, then graduated to motorcycle engines in high school - until I started driving, then it was cars, cars, cars, and I spent summer school in the auto shop, including adult education classes too.

In college, I took semesters of carburation (it was a long time ago), tune up, analysis, rebuilding, machining, auto body, paint, and frame straightening. 

I then spent 15 years in the US Navy as a Construction Mechanic (Seabees), where I worked on everything “from lawn mowers to earth movers”. I was the second CM in the Navy to become a certified crane mechanic. 

After getting out, I took my ASE exams, and became certified as an ASE Master Auto Tech, Master Truck Tech, Master Machinist, and Master Autobody Specialist.

I now do, and have been doing for the last 20 years, mechanical damage inspections for warranty companies, used vehicle inspections, etc, and have appeared in, and won court cases based on my mechanical knowledge.

I have been working on Toyota 20/22R/REs since we bought my (ex)wife a ‘79 Celica in ‘96, and then “specialized” in them (on the side), performing a few rebuilds, many timing chains and head gaskets, and so many valve adjustments that I can now do it blindfolded, in Celicas, Coronas, pickups and motorhomes. I’ve also done a fair amount of performance mods/builds, including porting and polishing heads, choosing an appropriate cam, adding 5M  throttle bodies and AFMs, and exhaust work. 

My “real job” also has me performing inspections on motorhomes, doing pre-purchase inspections, and mechanical damage (failed parts) inspections for warranties, so I know a considerable amount about refers, AC, 12v and 120v, inverters, converters, generators, plumbing...

I don’t claim to know it all, but am definitely well versed.

I am a moderator on a couple of Toyota web pages, and admin on a handful of FB pages. Due to this, and most of my friends being “car guys”, I’m constantly answering questions on FB pages, web sites, and through text messages, FB messenger and phone calls.

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