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    1991 V-6 auto 18' Sunrader, Downey Racing air intake, JET Performance ECU re-programing, Firestone Ride Rite Air suspension, Downey Racing rear suspension, 4.56:1 rear end gears, Bilstein shocks, Xantrex Freedom SW 2.0 kw inverter, Onan 2.8 kw genset.
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  1. It's not too hard but there is always more you will find once you start taking it apart. Basic carpentry skills are all that is required. I did a major interior renovation on a 1981 diesel. If it weren't a rare diesel the cost would have outweighed the benefit. This is something you need to decide when purchasing. Rot equals time. Materials are not going to be much but add in a few months of work and you will need to decide if it is a good deal or not. http://www.toymike.com/diesel/pics/D-reno/interior.html There's always a little bit of final work to keep the water from coming back in http://www.toymike.com/diesel/pics/D-reno/roof.html
  2. I'd suggest Vaseline or a NON hardening silicone lube (not sealer). Not something permanent like pipe/thread compound. See if there is a pool supply store near you. They sell a blue grease for rubber o-ring gaskets in pool circulation components. It is water proof and does not harden Someone is going to want to take it apart someday. Maybe not you and maybe not for a while but sooner or later someone will want to replace or re-route things. If yours starts to leak you can always shove a fernco over the connection and tighten down the clamps until the leak stops (not to much as you don't want to crack either part) .
  3. Use a razor knife (straight and hooked blade) and cut it close if you can't "yank" it out from under the door frame. What are you planning to put down in place of the carpet? Cork? vinyl? More carpet?
  4. Verizon 4G LTE Jet Pac. There has been a few places without a signal but I find that refreshing. If you want absolute coverage (no dark spots). Get a roof bird. This one needs a home if you feel you MUST have total coverage, everywhere.
  5. Oye..... I've done 2 replacements since that one. Now I do not even have a converter as my charging and AC/DC/xfer is handled by a Xantrex 2 KW unit. Uber sweet.
  6. For the past 20 years I have used the 2 volume (east/west) Allstate RV Park and Campground Directory . It has the best and most complete listing of all state and national forest campsites which we prefer as they are seldom used but well maintained. These books are almost impossible to source now as the last publish date was 1991.
  7. I've had 2 done for me, both 4.56:1 The first was by the Toyota dealer and was a gear/pinion swap. The second was a complete 3rd member replacement also done by the same Toyota dealer. Both went with any issues. This is NOT something I would want to do myself.
  8. I was going to offer my help and expertise in all things web related. I don't wish to post my email address as in 19 +/- years on the web none of my addresses have ever been harvested. Greg can contact me though my helpdesk system after which I can get his and he can get my email address so that we can discuss his options. https://www.gothosting.biz/helpdesk.cfm I rarely come on here as the forum software is just too painful to use but I can help if he is contemplating a change. Mike (turtle)
  9. Yea, DO NOT circle bin the old reflect-o-lites. They are worth their weight in gold as the triples have not been made for the past 15 YEARS and all of the NOS are long gone everywhere. Not sure how I missed this thread........ I did a rebuild on the old reflect-o-lites on my 1981 and used LED bulbs inside of the originals. I had the triple SURFACE mounts which have been out of production for OVER 20 years. Had to cannibalize 2 dual light NOS reflect-o-lites to get mine working again http://www.toymike.com/diesel/pics/Rear_Lights/ On my 1991 Sunrader I kept the stock Bargman triples but rewired everything like I did on the 81 diesel with twin brake/park lights and a center turn. Moved the backup lights to the poo bumper using trailer light housings BEST thing I ever did for rear visibility to others on the road http://www.toymike.com/sunrader/pics/backup_lights/
  10. If you can't get your column shift out of park the mech in the column is sticky. This is one of those "protect you from yourself" safety features. Two things need to happen before you can take the vehicle out of park #1 The key must be in the "run" position. This will disengage the steering wheel lock and let the brake safety switch become disengaged when you depress the brake peddle #2 The brake pedal must be depressed which disengages the shift lock. If #1 works and #2 doesn't it is real pain. Typically this is from lack of use. My Sunrader had under 30k miles on it when I purchased it. The column lock got stuck the first year I owned it and the Sunrader sat in my garage for a full year while I "fought" with the shift lock mech. The worst thing was it started acting up when we were way off the grid in the UP of Michigan and the moose, wolves, and deer were of little help in fixing it Removing the cable from the brake pedal housing will NOT fix the issue as the real problem is the steering column not the brake pedal or cable. The "fix" is to use your RV frequently. If you're on the road when this happens you "can" shut it off in neutral which will stop the park lock from engaging. .....BUT...... you can't pull the key out with the shifter in neutral...... So far I have not found a way round this as the floor shift steering column and the column shift steering column are too different to disassemble both types and get a column shift with NO shift lock. I did look into trying to adapt the electric/relay type floor shift lock to the column shift so I could use a dash switch to lock and unlock the shift lever but here again the physical steering columns are just too different between the electronic shift lock of the floor shifter and the mechanical/cable shift lock of the column shift steering column. So after a few years I still have no "real/permanent" fix for this problem The link Linda posted to the toyota-campers yahoo group photo section requires you to be a member so I've uploaded the page from the factory service manual to my photobucket account so that you can view it here http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u414/turtle-web/RV/sunrader/brake-park_lock_zps2d535a7c.jpg turtle
  11. Everyone needs two... one for each foot http://www.toymike.com/diesel/pics/toyhouseScaffolding.jpg
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