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Bob C

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    One of God's children
  • Birthday 08/24/1955

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    I enjoy kayaking, canoeing, camping, hunting, my Goldwing, spending time with my family.

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1988 Escaper, 4 cyl, auto, bought 08-16-2011, 33,000 miles when we bought it, 68,000 now and enjoying it. Sold summer 2018.
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    Baraboo, WI

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  1. Welcome to the forum PoetKirk. One important thing to remember about these units, none of them are built by Toyota. They are build ON Toyota chassis. Another good thing is that none of the RV appliances are specific to Toyota based RVs. You can get the parts at any RV parts place. You can download the manuals for any of the appliances such as furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters, water pumps, etc. Just Google the manufacturer with part number. I printed off all of the manuals for the stuff in my RV. All of the outlets that look like the ones in your house are 120 volt (AC c
  2. My '88 had aluminum frame, fiberglass sides, and aluminum roof.
  3. If you were running a 1201 volt fridg on an inverter, I would first look at your battery and see if it is dead. I tried running a dorm fridg on an inverter when I first got my Escaper and found that the battery was good for about 12 hours and then it was dead. Even my 12 volt marine fridg kills the batter pretty fast.
  4. My stock converter was trashed when I bought my Escaper so I installed a Progressive Dynamics 3 staged charger. I chose a Model 9245 which is 45 amps. This converter has a multiple rate charging system so that it charges at a high rate until you get a good base charge into the batteries. It switches to a lower rate and will cycle on and off so that it does not boil your batteries dry and destroy them. If the unit is plugged in during storage it will also go through a desulfication mode that keeps your batteries topped off without cooking them. You may also want to put heavier wire
  5. You will find that many tire installers have no clue what you are looking for. I stopped at WalMart and they had no idea what tires I needed. I went to a Hankook dealer that specializes in truck tires and they got me the 185R14 tires I needed. The guy laughed when I told him about Wallworld.
  6. Here is a very basic tutorial on RV electric lights. When the engine is running, the isolator connects the alternator to the truck battery and the coach battery. When the truck is not running, the isolator disconnects the coach battery from the engine circuit so that the truck battery does not get drained by the RV (coach) lights and other power suckers in the RV. The power converter plugs into "shore" power. This is the extension cord that you plug into an outlet (120 volt) This will charge your coach battery and power your RV electrical needs while plugged in. If your coach
  7. I have a similar console in my Toyhouse. I really like the padded pillow type cushion on the top. My wife made a padded top for ours but yours looks more comfortable. I added a three hole 12 volt outlet to the front of mine and like the added convenience. I may look into the type like you have and maybe replace mine, but then again, my wife went out of her way to modify the one I have and she may be offended. Can't have that.
  8. I had a Toyota pickup and Fred is right. I had to crawl under the truck every time I wanted to get the spare out. Eventually, I had to use an angle grinder to get the spare out. However, I live in the rusty state of Wisconsin and that truck drove through some really lousy weather.
  9. When we head west from Wisconsin, we always stay on roads such as US, US 20, & US 30. I have been looking at the trip east and it looks like US 6 through Indiana and then getting on US 20 in Ohio would work well. Like you all said, it may take longer but it makes the trip better. Many years ago, when I was single, my travels involved a motorcycle, some camping gear, and no plan of any kind. I saw parts of the US that most people never dreamed of. This trip east may evolve into that sort of thing. I just need to strap 5 gallons of gas to the rear bumper and revert to my old ways. I h
  10. I am going to be travelling from Wisconsin through IL, IN, OH, and parts of NY this summer. Is it worth using an Ipass or EZpass on the tollways? I read that Indiana does not give a discount for electronic toll paying and OH does not give discount for out of state passes. With this in mind, is it worth the expense and time to get a pass? I also found that to get an Ipass, you have to go to a retail outlet because their on-line and telephone ordering do not sell RV units. I try to stay off of interstate highways but in an effort to avoid city traffic, it looks like this trip will include m
  11. When I bought my Escaper, the blower housing was packed full of crap that the mice had carried in. The cage would not even turn. I disassembled the unit and vacuumed out the mess. I used a leaf blower and blew air into the outlets and stuff came out of the ductwork. It took awhile for me to get all of the mouse house cleaned up. I had an '82 Toyota pickup that had mice in the housing when I turned on the fan. Dead mice can really stink. It took alot of cleaning to get ride of the smell.
  12. During my trip through Washington a couple of years ago, I got an oil change at Wal-Mart. They informed me that my battery needed to be replaced due to low resting voltage. I felt like telling them that they just wanted to sell a battery. I have 2 digital voltmeters mounted under the dash that I check frequently. One is the truck battery and the other is for the coach battery. I check them both before starting the engine and monitor it frequently while driving. I am paranoid about my batteries because I almost got stranded on one of my trips. I don't trust any oil change outfit, they al
  13. I check gas buddy daily while travelling and can really save a pile of money. Sometimes you can drive a block off of the interstate and save 20 cents a gallon. While travelling through Iowa, & Nebraska, I sometimes will fill up at 100 miles and then can skip the higher priced towns.
  14. When did you get the lp tank filled? I would check to make sure that your tank actually has gas in it by loosening the spit valve. It is possible that the lp all leaked out after being filled. I would not rely on the gauge because I know that my gauge is not accurate.
  15. I wish that I would have gotten this information before it happened t me. I had to deal with it for 2000 miles before I noticed that as I tried to put fuel in, bubbles were coming out of the vent hose. After that, I never topped off the tank. When the pump turns off, I don't try to get any more in.
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