One of our goals for this year’s return to the U.S. was to find and buy a Toyota-based RV, like a Dolphin, a Minnie Winnie, Chinook, etc. I’d been watching Craig’s List since last November to get a feel for what was available and at what price. They seemed to be plentiful enough so I wasn’t too worried about finding one that would be right for us. We plan to use the RV to drive back and forth to Mexico as well as to do some inland exploring in Mexico and the U.S.
The first one we looked at was a 1985 with only 55,000 miles on it. Being so close, we headed over to give it a looksee. Well, it turned out to be a bit more of a project than we hope to find. No bed or seat cushions at all, no settee table, etc. For the right price it would probably be OK as none of the work was extensive, but it just had a generally hard-used look about it (speaker holes with no speakers, exposed wires, etc.) and it needed to cost a LOT less than the owner was asking.
We went up to Vancouver, Washington a few days later to check out an ’83 with 57,700 miles on it. What can I say? We fell in love.
This thing was beautiful. Oh, there’s a rust spot here and there on the cab, and it’s obviously not brand new, but it’s really hard to believe it’s 30 years old. It’s been stored under cover its whole life and it shows. Check out this groovy 80s interior:
And check this out. The cab matches the camper:
This little sweetie has 57,750 miles on it. It has the reliable 22R 4 cylinder engine, the beefed up 1-to rear axle with dualies, and a 5-speed manual transmission, and an auxiliary 30 gallon gas tank. And we got it for what I think was a bargain.
We’re looking forward to many road trips to come.