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Toyota Motorhomes

These wee motorhomes were made from the mid-70s through the early 90s.  Constructed on Toyota truck frames, the shells were made by a variety of manufacturers and common ones include Winnebago, Dolphin, Itasca, Odyssey, Sunrader and Chinooks.  Although overweight and underpowered, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and their tough little engines, small footprint and good gas mileage have revived interest in these little gems.  This group is for owners (and wanna be owners) who wish to discuss their upsides, downsides, quirks, renovations–and encourage each other on our journeys with these little toyhomes.

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Watch for Scams!

Each day I scour Craigslist nationally for what will be my perfect toyhome, and each day I have to report four or more scam ads. Often the title has odd characters in it.  Most of these have only one picture (but not always) of a nicely kept 90's Warrior model, a price of $2000 or $2001 or $2004 (something right in that range - and an odd number), and copy with claims like "powerful engine".  We all know that while a Toyhome owner may claim a famous 22R engine, they will never call them powerful!  Just a note to BEWARE!

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Owner's Manuals 6 Replies

I have been struggling to find information on the internet on my Nissan Sunrader.  I couldn't find a manual on the mechanics of the truck, nor could I find anything about the other components of the…Continue

Started by Nancy Short. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Apr 30.

Two axles on a Toyota motorhome rather than rear duallies? 4 Replies

Every once in awhile I run across an ad where the rig, instead of duallies (with the requisite 6 lug axle) appears to have two axles.  See attached.In other words, one wheel is to the rear, not the…Continue

Tags: axles, wheels, rear, toyota

Started by Dawn Michelle. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Apr 1, 2016.

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Comment by Nancy Short on April 2, 2017 at 1:57pm

I am looking for a place to buy window gaskets for the larger rear windows on my Nissan Sunrader (clamshell type). Anyone familiar with online places to buy.

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 28, 2016 at 9:21pm

Fingers crossed for you Jim.  Our offer on that Mallard I've been chewing over the past couple of days was accepted.  Isn't a done deal til everything is signed over, but I'm going to hate not posting my adventures in restoration here.  Maybe I need to see if I can change the name to Toyotas & a Mallard??!!!  I mean it looks kind of like a Toyota.  Might be able to hide in a herd of 'em...

Comment by Jim Allaire on September 28, 2016 at 9:12pm
Thank you Dawn. Mills Supply has what seems to be the right gasket. Around $10. I ordered one. To see. If it works then, if it works, I'll order more. Shipping was $8.00 the guy told me apologetically. I said I didn't want to have to get rid of four if they didn't work and education is expensive sometimes.
Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 28, 2016 at 11:50am

Hey Jim - don't know if these will be of any help (and you may have already tried them):  

http://www.ryderfleetproducts.com/mirrors-and-mounting-c-9124

https://www.millsupply.com/search.php?k=mirror&e=0&submit=Go

http://www.velvac.com/where-buy/order-rv-mirrors

And, did you check over on http://toyotamotorhome.org/forums/index.php?/ - they seem to be pretty good helping people run down parts if you can't get any info here.

Comment by Jim Allaire on September 28, 2016 at 11:25am
Looking for source for, or a replacement for, U shaped rubber channel that holds the mirrors in on an '87 Toyota Sunrader
Comment by Nancy Short on September 3, 2016 at 10:23pm

My Sunrader doesn't have a screen door or any screws where there was one.  It's an 84.  I had thought about getting one of those plastic net bug screens that have magnets down the middle that clip back together as soon as you walk through it...after the remodel...

Comment by Jim Allaire on September 3, 2016 at 10:18pm
Dawn, I hadn't realized the Odyssey was 4WD. Don't know why but assumed it was2WD. On the screen door was there one? Mines a Sunrader but it never had a screen door, no holes where hinges would have gone.
Comment by Lakota Wolf on September 3, 2016 at 9:44pm

Excellent response Nancy,,,,, C/V's do need replacing,, they are not designed to last an extended period of time.. Todays market now have complete C/V shafts with new joints,, remove and install applications,, no more having to set up a work bench and build your own.

And you can never have enough maintenance records.

Comment by Nancy Short on September 3, 2016 at 9:36pm

Being an 88, I would guess it has a boot over the joint.  Back in the 90's it cost me $350 per boot on a Subaru (Alaska prices).  You might google it.  But again, you are looking at an 88, so it's going to have to have some repairs.  Does he have any maintenance records on it?  I would ask if he has changed the timing belt (chain).

I'm a nut when it comes to saving repair receipts.  I wish every one else did the same. ;)

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 3, 2016 at 8:18pm

Hi Nancy - thanks for the feedback.  

Hmm.  Honestly when it comes to the front end, you are speaking greek to me, but this would be a question I would ask my mechanic if I have this looked at.  I'm pretty sure this gentleman doesn't have the old tires (although never hurts to ask).  

So, check, raise the red flag a little higher regarding suspension. 

 
 
 

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Owner's Manuals 6 Replies

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Two axles on a Toyota motorhome rather than rear duallies? 4 Replies

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