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About 86Dolphino

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    Classic cars, Harleys, camping. I love taking something old and making it spot on.

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    Title say 86 but date on outside wall says 10/85. So it's a RARE one hahaha.

    I bought it a week ago. 5/15/18. 21 footer all original decent interior l. Onan 3.0 genstart. Roof top A/C and in the cab, Automatic, 2.4 22RE, 6 lug dually rear end. Bathroom in the rear model.
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    Reno, NV

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  1. Well I did it. I put in a Hisense 3.3 cuft fridge. Runs extremely efficient at 34watts once cooled down. I got a Renogy 1000 watt inverter. 3 -100w Renogy flex panels and chins 200ah smart battery and I started it all up yesterday at 6:20pm and my fridge has ran all night and day my low point for the battery was down to 86% and now it’s already back up to 98% and it’s only 10:46am. It’s nice to open the door of my fridge and see it at 33 degrees. A plus too is my wife will be happy to play zombies on the ps5 at night before bed when camping lol.
  2. I’m not sure if this is your problem. But my 86 dolphin wouldn’t start. I would turn the key and just get a click like a dead battery I’d keep trying for idk 5 10 min and it would finally start always. So I got to reading and found these Toyotas were wired a** backwards when it comes to the start wire from the ignition. I was on a Toyota off-road forum and found a article on changing the starter relay over to a universal ford/Chevy starter relays. It was super easy and now my rig cranks over like I’ve never seen before.
  3. Well I ended up going with a chins 200ah smart battery with 3 100w flex Renogy solar panels and a Renogy 40a charg controller and a Renogy 1000w pure sine inverter. Cost was a lot still need a ac fridge now. the positive side is my old batts weight was 125.6 new batt is 48lbs. My old solar panel weight a lot at almost 30lbs new panels weigh 4.2 pounds each so 12.6 pounds. My fridge weighed like 68 pounds and I’m hoping my new one comes in a lot less.
  4. Yea my brother has the original fridge in his 93 Dolphin and says it works great. This is my 2nd or 3rd one with just issues of never being cold enough. I can’t see spending 1200 for a new 3way when I could spend a little more and do better and double up my power maybe even run my ps5 lol (the wife would love to play zombies out camping at night before bed)
  5. Yea my cpu fans are wired to a thermostat switch as well. You know this is my 3rd fridge and non of them have worked well for me on propane. Maybe it’s this Nevada desert. It get HOT here. I have also checked out the marine fridges. But I think I’m going to go with the following VESTWOODS Smart 12V 300Ah LiFePO4 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Bluetooth Monitoring. https://a.co/d/59VtxqY ive watched a lot of YouTube and vestwood does have good build quality. the two flex panels ( to save on weight) Renogy Flexible Solar Panel 175 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline https://a.co/d/fPs6rgr and I’m not for sure on the fridge but either this on Anukis Compact Refrigerator 3.5 Cu Ft 2 Door Mini Fridge with Freezer https://a.co/d/4ZDmgZg but I really like this one but it uses a little mor watts Frigidaire EFR341, 3.2 cu ft 2 Door Fridge and Freezer, Platinum Series, Stainless Steel, Double https://a.co/d/1zINPHU
  6. Hi Linda, yes I have added cpu fans inside the vent area pushing air up and out. I’ve also installed little fans inside the fridge to help circulate the air. I’ve also pulled the burner and cleaned EVERYTHING. I’m just ready to have a decent fridge. I’m tired of lugging around ice chest.
  7. Well I’m 39 and they will get sore after about 8 to 12 hours lol. I have no idea how I would scrape off the old stuff. It’s not peeling but it really old. The my roof is tin (I think) thin anyways worried too much scraping may punch a hole in it lol.
  8. So I’ve been at my wits end with my propane fridge. Before I start I know a lot of you love them my brother included and they work like a charm for you and I’m jealous. Lol. Mine works great when its 70 degrees outside, but not good when it’s 98 degrees. so I’m ready to pull a big trigger here to change my situation. im planning on buying a 300ah 12 v lipo smart battery with two new 175 w Renogy flex panels. And a dorm fridge that’s advertised at 60w running power. im no mathematician, but that battery has like 3,840 watts of power and with 2 x 175w panels bringing in a total of 350w I shouldn’t run out of power right? I know the converter will ad about 20% to that as well. also this way I can shave quite a bit of weight off my rig as well. Down side is, it all comes with about a 1900 price tag. thanks in advance for the help.
  9. Well man sometimes when no one knows you go alone. I haven’t painted my exterior roof yet. But the fantastic fan above the bunk and one in the rear bathroom works awesome I’d say it’s part of the top 3 things done.
  10. Hey all, I hope you all have been well. Ive been working on my escape hatch in the front. I decided to cute a 14x14 inch hole in it and put a fantastic fan in it. which got me thinking i need to put a fresh coat of paint on my roof. what would you all day is the best? I know dicor makes a few products not sure what one is best for the aluminum roof tho. I had a friend here use flex seal (gallon jug) and my family member (goes cheap) and says he just uses a high quality hi latex exterior paint from Home Depot. I would really just like to do it one good time and be done with it. what would you all recommend? PS the fantastic fan inside the escape hatch is turning out great ill have to post a pic.
  11. Seems like a great idea to me. I may give this a try. I figure it would help the rocking some.
  12. My brother sent me this photo from online. Anyone have any experience doing this? I also wonder can the rear bumper support it and not be compromising to it?
  13. I put a bag awning in my C channel. I believe it’s a domestic trim line. Works good.
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