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3 hours ago, linda s said:

It is beautiful and that is a rare floor plan and one of my favorites. 

Linda S

Thank you! I have yet to see another Dolphin with the same floor plan but I wonder if anyone in this forum has one 

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86 dolphin 4 speed auto here... Just picked up in the pnw several weeks ago and will be living in it full time. Already finding this forum to be a huge gem. Thanks so much to everyone in advance, yalls have already been a massive help. Lots of repairs and updates to come. Currently in OR, but will be cycling between OR-CA-OK-MN.  Be well, much love!

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1986 Sun-Land Express with the 22RE with 78,000 mi on it. Picked it up a few months ago just south of Gary and drove her all the way back to New Orleans. Right now I'm working on the overhead cab, fixing all the water damage and replacing the insulation. swapped out the exhaust manifold, pugs and wires, and really need to replace the breaks/fluid, but I'm having one hell of a time getting the rear lugs off.  Its a solid aluminum frame and looks pretty nice on the inside minus the visible water damage in the shithouse. 

 

 Still needs new water/gas lines run and the airbags in the rear before I hit the road for a little wile. Work has been slow moving because of the weather and lack of funds. hope to at least head to the desert for a little wile before I can finish with everything. 

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16 minutes ago, MorboTheDMVclerk-DestroyerofDays said:

1986 Sun-Land Express with the 22RE with 78,000 mi on it. Picked it up a few months ago just south of Gary and drover her all the way back to New Orleans. Right now I'm working on the overhead cab, fixing all the water damage and replacing the insulation. swapped out the exhaust manifold, pugs and wires, and really need to replace the breaks/fluid, but I'm having one hell of a time getting the rear lugs off.  Its a solid aluminum frame and looks pretty nice on the inside minus the visible water damage in the shithouse. 

 

 Still needs new water/gas lines run and the airbags in the rear before I hit the road for a little wile. Work has been slow moving because of the weather and lack of funds. hope to at least head to the desert for a little wile before I can finish with everything. 

 

 

I know that some years have reverse threads on the lugs on one side - someone will be along in a moment or two and confirm but I think the 1985 or 1986 models were the ones that had this "feature". 

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4 minutes ago, neilp said:

 

I know that some years have reverse threads on the lugs on one side - someone will be along in a moment or two and confirm but I think the 1985 or 1986 models were the ones that had this "feature". 

I snapped one already. put plenty of pb blaster on it but to no avail

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I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to this topic, reading about all of the great deals people are finding in 2019 I stopped following it, based on the recent prices in toyotarvsforsale I was ready to throw in the towel for awhile.  But seeing posts here from 2020 with very doable prices, I feel much better!  Any chance some of you recent owners can tell me where you found such gems?  As I said, Toyotarvsforsale is a bit rich for my blood these days.  Thanks-

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1 hour ago, rvplease said:

I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to this topic, reading about all of the great deals people are finding in 2019 I stopped following it, based on the recent prices in toyotarvsforsale I was ready to throw in the towel for awhile.  But seeing posts here from 2020 with very doable prices, I feel much better!  Any chance some of you recent owners can tell me where you found such gems?  As I said, Toyotarvsforsale is a bit rich for my blood these days.  Thanks-


 

Buy this!!

http://www.toyotarvforsale.com/1978-1980-prototype-dolphin-x100-in-bay-city-mi/

 

 

This site seems to range in value. Some premo have premo prices, but you can find sub 2k with either the coach interior or the automobile mechanical needing repair, you just have to decide which is more feasible and cheap for you. I got my 78/79 Dolphin for 3,500 but it was immaculate with 60k on it, so I can’t really complain...

 

PERSONAL INQUIRY

I need to swap my L43, burned up after being over weighted and was scratchy for a long while and then just turned angry wet cat, then I found a bearing in my foamy 90w 😕

I’ve seen a few places that the G54 is a straight across drop in plus 5sp crossmember swap. I like the idea of having 5 gears although the 5th would be rare, I also like that all the gears are slightly lower meaning my engine will have a break compared to another L43. I was hoping this would happen in a few years after I recouped finances after traveling. I was planning to convert everything bassicly, over to diesel and 4x4, but either of these would be way more than I have funds now... 😕

Any suggestions on the swap would be great or sourcing parts. I’m leaning towards just doing a marlin order with my core for a refund. There may be some slight shaving in this oil change, but I feel like that’s the first I’ve ever seen so I’m hoping the missing bearing will be my only deduction in funds...

 

 

jusss me and my booskeees, home bumming it in perpetual incomplete project after another. Tranny swap, wood stove, then Arkansas till mid springgg.

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1 hour ago, rvplease said:

I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to this topic, reading about all of the great deals people are finding in 2019 I stopped following it, based on the recent prices in toyotarvsforsale I was ready to throw in the towel for awhile.  But seeing posts here from 2020 with very doable prices, I feel much better!  Any chance some of you recent owners can tell me where you found such gems?  As I said, Toyotarvsforsale is a bit rich for my blood these days.  Thanks-

http://www.toyotarvforsale.com/1978-dolphin-in-missoula-mt/

 

this is exactly what I have, it’s a great rig, main annoyance I have is I can’t get gas, or go anywhere really without people asking to buy it or how much I paid. Idk where your located, but I’ve seen a couple now (I like to gauge my value anyways from time to time). If your new and want some help I’ll try to check back to see if you posted any comparison rigs! I love the older ones for looks, especially the noir film themed four headlights ending in the middle of 79’ (depending on the headlights you need to order different parts for production timing four lights 78’ parts and two head lights 79’ parts). Also you do know a lot of people say you must change your axle with certain production years with dualie rear wheels, not fondly called foolies by many. I still haven’t changed mine after 10k of driving over bridgeway connectors and horribly potholes roads of Portland OR. Probably should while I’m doing my tranny anyways...

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Thanks for this info., and the referral, I actually didn't look at these because it looked like they would need too much work, I'm hoping to find one that is good to travel that I can afford, but it is true that the coach may be bad but the drivetrain could be fine.  I'll keep looking-stay safe-

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Hello from Vancouver, B.C., Canada!

 

What I have is a very hard to find model - usually these have pop-top tents instead of a slide-out. It is built on a
'90 Toyota LiteAce CM65, called the Campmate. Here are the specs:
Engine: 73hp/96ft-lb 2C (2200cc / 2L Diesel)
Trans: 5 spd on-the-tree, 4WD Hi/Lo on floor (front hubs locking)
Chassis: Truck RV Conversion
Stock: steel body, fibreglass hull, separate shower and kitchen sink w/60L tank, 12V lighting, 12V fridge (no propane), couch that splits into a twin bunkbed and an extra large queen foldout bed, 6 ft slideout (2x 3 ft stages), folding table and seating for four.
Modifications since landing: 100W solar panel w/50 ft lines, 30A solar charger, propane (1 lb bottle) hot-water-on-demand heater, 12V water pump w/50 ft hose, LED lighting w/remote, secondary battery bank (total 360A/hr), 110V inverter w/third battery bank (150A/hr lithium), FRAM air filters, and a whole lot of elbow grease.
Future Plans: Restore everything to original condition (almost there, just need to replace awful green carpet on slideout).

I spent a few years looking for the right one; most are gutted or missing parts. This one is almost all original and was covered in some awful attempts at painting... It still needs a fresh coat of paint but I might just do a wrap.

Long story short, it has been difficult to find like-minded people in my area. I have joined a few facebook groups but found most of the members are overseas, only in the southern US, or located much farther than I can travel on a weekend...

I hope to find a tinkerer, someone not afraid of trying to modernize a vehicle without losing its character. Anyone in my area??

 

This is the rig but not a photo of it...just an image pulled from google.  My rig has silver trim on the side, silver top, and two skylights. 

Here's an album with a collection of photos of the real one:

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VERY interesting!  And a diesel, in the Northeast diesel is almost the same price as regular gas, so this would be easy to fill up, congratulations!

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4 hours ago, rvplease said:

VERY interesting!  And a diesel, in the Northeast diesel is almost the same price as regular gas, so this would be easy to fill up, congratulations!

I forgot to mention - it isn't quick but it is sure steady.  Some hills can really be slow, but it'll make each one...and RV's aren't meant to be fast anyway!

7-8L/100KM or 16-18 MPG on normal driving, double or triple that if it's steep or you need the 4X4.    

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Hi everyone.

Really impressed with the knowledge in this forum.

Total beginner here living in Portland,OR. After I got my wife to enjoy camping last summer, we decided to look for an RV a couple of weeks ago. It took us 2 days to purchase a 1987 Toyota Sunrader. Kind of spontaneous I guess but really happy so far. Took it a few times to the coast since we bought its been great. Now I'm trying to get a better understanding of the rig and also do some DIY projects maybe some time when the weather gets better (thinking about backup camera and fix the awning - it has a casing but not much inside). The only thing not working so far is the sensor for the black water tank. Always shows open but that has not been an issue so far. I might just go to an RV dealer and have it fixed

 

One question I have is if I need to winterize it. We are using it about every other weekend or so, going to the coast. Shouldn't be anywhere freezing. Maybe sometimes at night I could see temperatures drop to freezing but that should be the exception.

 

Also if someone has any recommendations in the Portland area regarding places to go if I have an issue, I would really appreciate that.

 

Really looking forward to learn more about the RV. I believe this must be the ideal place for this. 

 

 

 

 

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Well for starters finding a Sunrader to buy in days is like winning the lotto. Many people search for years and travel hundreds of miles to find one. Unless you have an extended deep freeze or your going to try to drive up into the mountains I wouldn't worry about winterizing the tanks. A few hours of below freezing at night won't freeze you lines or tanks. Water is a heat sink so full tanks will withstand cold better than empty. Poopy tank makes it's own heat too. Just plan on dumping when you start out on a trip. Of course in summer empty before going home. If you can plug in when at home a cheap electric heater will keep everything fine at night. Open all the interior doors so the heat can get to the pipes. 

Congratulations on your purchase. Your going to love it

Linda S

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