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Old 09-19-2016, 07:30 PM   #57
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Once it's built and connected to my satisfaction,it'll tow this way. I hope.
I generally over build things. I hope I'm headed the same way with this.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:38 PM   #58
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Once it's built and connected to my satisfaction,it'll tow this way. I hope.
I generally over build things. I hope I'm headed the same way with this.
Outside of the box thinking. I like it!
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:31 PM   #59
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I'm hoping to get back on this. Trying to get an additional set of hands on this big awkward stuff is.....difficult....with a 3 year old floating around.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:10 AM   #60
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Well we got one of the main side windows in. What a huge pain in the arse.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:26 PM   #61
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Bob: You seem to be the resident expert on Sunraders, I hope you can share some of your expertise. There is a 1983 Toyota Sunrader with 78,000 miles on it for sale in my little town ($7000) I don't see any obvious fiberglass damage or rust. I live in Oregon and we don't salt our roads in winter so that helps. I'm going to meet the owners in a couple of days and am hoping you can share some good questions to ask. I know that the rear axle could be a problem; I asked about that already and the owner said they had taken care of it. The price seems low......these things are hard to find. At this price I can afford some repairs but sure don't want to just through away my $$. I'm retired and hope to take this on the road. On interior repairs I have no problems....(spent 25 years remodeling houses and/or teaching woodworking) but I'm not a mechanic so need help there. Will I have trouble finding a mechanic to work on this (if needed). Sorry, don't mean to overload you with questions but appreciate any advice you can provide.

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Old 06-26-2017, 04:33 PM   #62
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Your best bet is toyotamotorhomes.org.They have much more experience.

Mildew or mold smell, cracks or soft spots, all the typical vehicle stuff like leaking engine or transmission or axle seals. Make sure everything works. Have them turn on the fridge the day before you come so you can see that it gets cold. Run the heater. Don't take their word for it that "it all works".

And "as far as I know the fridge works, I never used it" means it doesn't work.

Sunraders are great. I had a Chinook but the Sunrader was my dream RV. Smaller or bigger one? Can't remember the lengths...I think they came in 17' or 21'?
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Bob: You seem to be the resident expert on Sunraders, I hope you can share some of your expertise. There is a 1983 Toyota Sunrader with 78,000 miles on it for sale in my little town ($7000) I don't see any obvious fiberglass damage or rust. I live in Oregon and we don't salt our roads in winter so that helps. I'm going to meet the owners in a couple of days and am hoping you can share some good questions to ask. I know that the rear axle could be a problem; I asked about that already and the owner said they had taken care of it. The price seems low......these things are hard to find. At this price I can afford some repairs but sure don't want to just through away my $$. I'm retired and hope to take this on the road. On interior repairs I have no problems....(spent 25 years remodeling houses and/or teaching woodworking) but I'm not a mechanic so need help there. Will I have trouble finding a mechanic to work on this (if needed). Sorry, don't mean to overload you with questions but appreciate any advice you can provide.

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Kathryn, if you are asking Bob Miller, he passed away over a year ago. We all lost a lot of info when he went.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:56 PM   #64
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If the rear axle has dual wheels, it needs to be replaced. If it has single wheels, it has been changed. "Taken care of" leaves me wondering. More info needed.
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:20 PM   #65
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Bob: You seem to be the resident expert on Sunraders, I hope you can share some of your expertise. There is a 1983 Toyota Sunrader with 78,000 miles on it for sale in my little town ($7000) I don't see any obvious fiberglass damage or rust. I live in Oregon and we don't salt our roads in winter so that helps. I'm going to meet the owners in a couple of days and am hoping you can share some good questions to ask. I know that the rear axle could be a problem; I asked about that already and the owner said they had taken care of it. The price seems low......these things are hard to find. At this price I can afford some repairs but sure don't want to just through away my $$. I'm retired and hope to take this on the road. On interior repairs I have no problems....(spent 25 years remodeling houses and/or teaching woodworking) but I'm not a mechanic so need help there. Will I have trouble finding a mechanic to work on this (if needed). Sorry, don't mean to overload you with questions but appreciate any advice you can provide.

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Actually that price seems spring/summer season, excessively high.

Will you have trouble finding a mechanic to work on it? Maybe yes and maybe no. The guys who worked on that vintage of vehicle when it was new have all reach retirement age unless they started when they were very young. Certainly the young guys in shops won't really be familiar that era of vehicles unless they grew up working on them with their family. The other issue is a lot of times vintage vehicles have sometimes been through ownership of backyard mechanics who have done a less than stellar job on basic repairs. I would suggest you have it inspected by a qualified mechanic before you purchase it and also request any records of repairs that have been done on it. Then you can look at the list the list of the estimated cost of needed repairs and you will have a better idea of what its true value is.
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As an owner of an 18' Toyota Sunrader and an 18' Nissan Sunrader, I can tell you that the following isn't quite correct:

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If the rear axle has dual wheels, it needs to be replaced. If it has single wheels, it has been changed. "Taken care of" leaves me wondering. More info needed.
You can get full details at ToyotaMotorhomes FAQ, but the short answer is that you do want dual rear wheels, but each wheel should have 6 lugs, not just 5. The 5-lug duallys are not "full-floating" and have been recalled, but the 6-lug duallys are good.
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:28 PM   #67
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Will I have trouble finding a mechanic to work on this (if needed).
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Kathryn, if it's got the Toyota 22R engine (or the 22RE), it should be pretty easy to find mechanics familiar with that engine as it was widely used in Toyota's pickups of that era, and is very well-regarded. The V6 engine, however, is the only engine Toyota ever recalled. IIRC it has issues with the head or maybe head gasket. (Google for more details.)

Similarly, the transmission (manual or automatic) and exhaust are identical to Toyota pickups of that era, which are very common, so lots of mechanics know how to work on them.

Apart from the "house," which it sounds like you're qualified to work on, this is just a Toyota pickup with an upgraded rear axle (see my other post in this thread for more details on that issue). So it should be easy to find mechanics who can help you. I certainly haven't had any trouble getting my mechanic to work on my 18' Toyota 22R Sunrader.

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