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See post 24. What does it weigh??? Supposedly the under 18ft rigs were exempt from the recall

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Hello Again,

I posted awhile back about my 17' Dolphin with single rear wheels, and was told to go get it weighed. So I did, and here's what I found.

From the sticker inside the driver's side door, I found the G.V.W.R. to be 4600#, the G.A.W.R. Front to be 1850#, and the G.A.W.R. Rear to be 2900#.

The vehicle itself came in at 4380# total, with the Front at 1520# and the Rear at 2860# loaded, but with no passengers besides the driver.

My question, as usual, revolves around the G.A.W.R. Rear. The rig is a mere 40# below the rated weight, and I'm wondering if this is a problem. The tires are new, and I don't see any evidence of fluid around the rear brakes or axle area.

What do you guys think? Drivable as is, or do I need to do more exploration? I'm planning to work my way through the brake system thoroughly, and I can look for other telltale signs of axle issues as I do so. Also, I realize that nobody can make this call for me, but I appreciate any info that can steer me in the right direction. Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

-BonnerA

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I also just found out that this rig is equipped with the G082 axle. I've been able to find specs on it, but no weight rating. Any help?

Thanks,

Bonner

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I also just found out that this rig is equipped with the G082 axle. I've been able to find specs on it, but no weight rating. Any help?

Our 22 ft 1991 Dolphin is @ 6000# , 2300# ft , 4400# rear. If you believe the manufacturers data plate, which also says 36 front and 45 psi rear for tire pressure and boy do they ever flatten out with the rubber that low!!!

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i have a queston for you people here on this neato forum.. I just bought a 1987 with a 88 sunrader mounted on it built by gardner -pacific corp in vallejo,ca. I have a 4x4 six lug all around and I only have single rear wheel on my axle and it is not a floating hub type axle that has been talked about. my sunrader is a 18footer and i am curious if I am ok to go or do i need to do any modifications to make it a hub type floating axle in rear.....??? now i drove this from portland ,oregon to shasta county with no problems. any feed back would be cool. I am told that if it is a 1987 a bigger axle (thicker one) was used . But i only have one wheel on my rear axle also and am wondering if i am good to enjoy this as is or what???? come on guys,,,,wheres the feedback??? thanks in advance friends ---fishman

fishbuge62@yahoo.com

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i have a queston for you people here on this neato forum.. I just bought a 1987 with a 88 sunrader mounted on it built by gardner -pacific corp in vallejo,ca. I have a 4x4 six lug all around and I only have single rear wheel on my axle and it is not a floating hub type axle that has been talked about. my sunrader is a 18footer and i am curious if I am ok to go or do i need to do any modifications to make it a hub type floating axle in rear.....??? now i drove this from portland ,oregon to shasta county with no problems. any feed back would be cool. I am told that if it is a 1987 a bigger axle (thicker one) was used . But i only have one wheel on my rear axle also and am wondering if i am good to enjoy this as is or what???? come on guys,,,,wheres the feedback??? thanks in advance friends ---fishman

fishbuge62@yahoo.com

posting up a pic would help

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If you go to www.toyota.com/recall you can enter your V.I.N. and they instantly reply by telling you what that number applies to i.e year and model and wether or not there is a recall on it.

I just bought a 1983 Rader 17 footer with a 5 lug axle equipped with a 6 lug adapter and single wheels.

According to my V.I.N. there is no recall on thmine. Here is what they answer looks like.

Safety Recalls/Service Campaigns for My Vehicle

Vehicle: 1983 Truck JT5RN44D7DXXXXXXXXX

There are no open Special Service Campaigns or Safety Recalls on your vehicle.Let us keep you up to date on other important information about your Toyota. PLUS, get exclusive access to interactive videos, online owners manuals, service discounts and more. Register Today!

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The key words here are open recalls. The axle recall is no longer open, it doesn't mean it didn't happen and that your axle wasn't recalled.

With single wheels and a smaller RV you might be fine but trust me, your axle was recalled along with all the rest.

LS

If you go to www.toyota.com/recall you can enter your V.I.N. and they instantly reply by telling you what that number applies to i.e year and model and wether or not there is a recall on it.

I just bought a 1983 Rader 17 footer with a 5 lug axle equipped with a 6 lug adapter and single wheels.

According to my V.I.N. there is no recall on thmine. Here is what they answer looks like.

Safety Recalls/Service Campaigns for My Vehicle

Vehicle: 1983 Truck JT5RN44D7DXXXXXXXXX

There are no open Special Service Campaigns or Safety Recalls on your vehicle.Let us keep you up to date on other important information about your Toyota. PLUS, get exclusive access to interactive videos, online owners manuals, service discounts and more. Register Today!

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Bryan i have owned 2 wheel and 4w drive pickups i have an 1987 4 wheel drive Xtra cab the 6 lug 15 inch rim four wheel drive axle and the whole truck is built much heavier all around then the 14 inch 2wd i run light truck 235 by 15 tires a size many full size half ton trucks use the whole undergear is way heavier i regular use my truck to haul junk metal i had a load of steel on the scale the steel was one thousand four hundred thirty pounds truck road and steered fine i was shocked to find out how much i had on you could never put that load on the two wheel drive i did not hang down on the back but level for those who don't know the 4wd is stock 15 inch 6 lug no adapters if i had that under a 18 foot i my self would probably never worry.

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Also remember there is no way to "beef" up an axle; you either have double bearings (full float) or not. single bearings set fail and bam you are done. I've heard hooplah about beefed up axles or "more solid" builds etc. at the end of the day the only non 6 lug axle that is ok is the 5 lug full floating often talked about but never seen axle and only Santa Claus and the Yeti have that one, and they aren't posting pics at this time. So... have people gotten away with the single bearing set axle on shorter rigs? yes. Have people lost thier wheels in axle failure in short rigs? YES... another try at the roulette bullet or be safe for couple grand.

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right now on craigslist, gold country, CA. there is a dual axle, new for sale with wheels. Turn Your Late Model 1980's Toyota Pickup into a Dualie with this New Factory Rear-End. This package comes with a lot of parts including shock mounts, U bolts and nuts, brake drums, metal and rubber brake lines, emergency brake cables, brake line mounting hardware, a bag of lug nuts, 4) 6-lug steel wheels, and as I recall it even has brake shoes, but I can't guarantee that. There are also 2 wheel cylinders, but it seems to me there are cylinders already on the backing plates. asking 250.00 that's all. including tires that are "fair". they are in arnold ca. small mountain town. no phone number, just this craigslist email. sale-qsza3-2617058076@craigslist.org PostingID: 2617058076.

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Jesus Christ! another problem?

i have to say u guys have saved my life, had this information not been available i could have been killed.

well, i just read about the axle and my 85 Dolphin must have been part of the recall.....i am $5K (total +-) into this rig already, but there is no backing out at this point. I was going to make my maiden voyage to texas this wknd but might cancel after i get it weighed tomorrow. I have the 5 lug w no modifications. Once i get this done, this motorhome will not be for parking!....i think i am pretty lucky because i made a round trip to ca bay area from sacramento and the axle didn't snap.

thank you again for the life saving information

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Just for the record, AFAIK, nobody has ever died as the result of an axle failure. Certainly, at the time of the recall, there was no mention of fatalities in the Recall documentation.

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oh, really? just scared the crap out of a lot of people (w possible injury) lol lol

no fatalities is significant....this changes matters (to a degree, i still have to b underweight to make this trip)

this is what happens when u don't do research prior to a purchase.

one of my concerns was the amount of money i have been spending over the mh, am doing too much for a vintage mh? Could i have purchased a newer rig, but end up spending on that one too? too late now, i am in deep. Plus, i love my new mh.

But i am actually very lucky my Ex knows how to fix cars and he has done a large portion of the work. I am lucky, he never offered me a ford explorer lol lol lol He has saved me over a 1k at least and has accepted to help w the axle challenge/conversion.

Well the scales were closed today, but i did find the axle info under the hood. I have a (85 dolphin) model #rn55lpdea3w.

003bt41g292a43d followed by C/TR/A//TM. I figured the A means axle. So that means the G292 must be the axle code. right? please help.

i really don't know how this is suppose to help me find a donor.....i was going to just get a 1990 toyota dullie axle with all the attachments that are attached (wheels, lines etc). please advise

w gratitude,

mgrijalva

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The axle code 'G292' only indicates the differential ratio. You could well find a 'correct' 1-Ton DRW axle with the same code (i.e. with the same ratio). Any DRW axle from '87-'93 will do just fine.

G292 is probably the most common DRW axle with a 4.10:1 ratio. Less common is the G284 with a 4.30:1 ratio. If offered one, take it.

http://www.brian894x4.com/Gearratiosanddiffs.html

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i found the gawr information in the cab.

GAWR;

Front: 2050

rear: 4150

gvwr: 5950 (i assume this means total weight?, yet it doesn't add up)

Public Scales:

front: 1540#

rear: 3800#

total 5340#

the weight includes driver, (175+-)

plus full fuel tank (lb?)

plus water in the tanks, both tanks!. I had filled them but don't know how to empty them directly. I plan on emptying the water tanks before i leave.

i have a 1985 Dolphin w 68K miles, model #003bt41g292a43d

if i am under weight i leave tomorrow, if i am overweight my new baby sits a little longer

it appears i am underweight. right? please provide your feedback.

thank u for your feedback

please help

Edited by mgrijalva

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Howdy everyone! This is my first post, though I've lingered awhile. I recently purchased a 1983 18ft Sunrader (with only 35K original miles and boy is she pretty inside and out!), BUT it still has the notorious 5-lug rear axle. So I am hoping for some help and direction as I must now track a full-floater down. I am keeping a close eye on car-parts.com (there appears to be several, although all of them are 600+ miles away from where I reside in beautiful Northwest Arkansas). I'm hoping to get as many of the parts attached to the rear end as possible, so the project can be as bolt-in as one can expect (i.e., Axle, Springs, Wheels, Brake Lines, [you tell me])

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. I look forward to being able to contribute to this great resource/community as I get this Rader ready for some long trips next year. Thanks!

Edited by Sunrading Arkansas

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sometimes the axles can be had from a toyota based U HAUL box van truck never done that but as far as i know you need all of the above

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Thanks 5Toyota, I have begun my search for a donor vehicle (that seems to be nearly the same price as having an axle shipped to me). Plus that way I can do the front swap as well so I'll only need 1 spare. If anyone happens to know a good source please let me know. Thanks again!

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Huh ??? I thought all the V-6's from 89 up came with cruise control?? Not on that one.

vanman

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