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, 2017.

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 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. 

Comment by Nancy Short on September 3, 2016 at 8:05pm

If the check engine light doesn't stay on, it's probably something minor.  I'd be more concerned about the suspension.  It could be front end too.  Did you notice if it has front end joints with grease zerks or does it have the rubber boots covering the joint?  The boots are quite a bit more expensive to change.  I might be a little suspicious with new tires because the old ones would show the wear patterns for a bad front end.  Does he have the old tires?

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 3, 2016 at 7:34pm

I'll bet dollars to donuts Meadghbh doesn't think she's getting too old!

Well, the little toy I looked at today has me considering it.  An 88 Odyssey with 161,000K.  As with all of these there's some good, and there's some bad.  He's done some nice work painting the exterior so it looks clean, has six new tires, new shocks and he's fixed, sealed and coated the roof.  Engine is nice and clean, and sounded good.

Unfortunately he's taped and painted over the exterior seams so I can't get a good look at them and there was a leak in the back and he's not replaced the ceiling panels in the rear bath and the back part of the kitchen that affected.  Just painted the bulging panels pretty and taped them into place :-)  Everything else is good and solid though. No smells.  So seems a project I would consider.  

There is a crack above the door and crack in the seam on the lower cab drivers side...anyone know how serious those are.  Seemed solid "feeling" - he was of the mind you seal them and tape back over them.

Did have some issues in the test drive...a popping when he turned (he's wondering u-joint - apparently that's a new sound, going to take a look at it this weekend) and then the check engine light came on.  Went back off again after turning it off in a parking lot we pulled over in, and didn't come back on...who knows.  I'd have a mechanic at least give it once over along with the systems if I go back with an offer.

Some other things - cab ac isn't working, electric fridge not a 2-way, needs a screen door added (how hard are these to find?), the spare tire rehung, no awning and of course like all these the carpet should be replaced and it needs a good interior update.  It has the j-shaped dinette, though, which I've always thought I'd like...

Any thoughts I'd appreciate it!

Comment by Jim Allaire on September 3, 2016 at 12:22pm
Thanks, Dawn,that's Meadghbh, pronounced Meeve. Irish name the English turned into Maeve. She is very good at agility but now at eleven she's nearing the end of her career. At the moment I'm trying to decide whether or not we'll take the Sunrader to Scottsdale, AZ in November for Cynosports (aka-US Dog Agility Assn Nationals)
Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 3, 2016 at 12:13pm

Welcome Jim, took a look at the photo of your rig on one of your posts/profile.  Not sure which is better looking, that or your dog :-) I thought about doing that with my border collie but never did. Welcome!  

Comment by Nancy Short on September 3, 2016 at 9:15am

I'm curious to know what your prospect looks like.  I am really falling in love with this little RV.

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 3, 2016 at 8:39am

I know I can't avoid some work like that - the last one I looked at though the whole side from top to bottom and bathroom was weak and delaminated.  Good to know that you didn't find replacing some panels too difficult.  

Comment by Nancy Short on September 2, 2016 at 10:21pm

I've managed to replace a couple panels on the Nissan Sunrader without too much difficulty.  When it was built, they used plywood that had been ripped instead of 1 x 2's.  I don't like using it, but to keep the thickness the same, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 2, 2016 at 6:47pm

I'm going to be looking at an 88 4-cylinder Odyssey tomorrow.  

Have no idea what shape it's in.  But if she's structurally sound, the engine is good, and the price is right, she might be have a new home with me.

Any suggestions or recommendations what to watch for on this particular model?  Or anything on these Toyotas I  might have missed in my research?  So far it's been book learning and a few opportunities to "pass", so I'd love input from our group!!!!




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Started by Nancy Short. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Apr 30, 2017.

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

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