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Old 09-13-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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I'm fairly new to RVing (I briefly owned a pickup slide-in.) But I'm putting my fiancee through college and had given up on owning an RV until...

I came across a 1977 Micro Mini by Keystone on a Toyota 20R, w/ 93k miles (maybe 17ft?). Seems to be wood and aluminum frame, no rust, all original as far as I can tell. The interior certainly needs some TLC, but I think i can get this for less than $1k.

Question: what are the major problems that these run into? Leaks in roof? Tanks? Axels? how should I inspect it? What are the warning signs?

If I bought an RV, we could afford to get out of the city once in a while during the winter. But I don't want to buy a nightmare. Please help a couple of poor (but up-and-coming) city kids live the dream...
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I'm fairly new to RVing (I briefly owned a pickup slide-in.) But I'm putting my fiancee through college and had given up on owning an RV until...

I came across a 1977 Micro Mini by Keystone on a Toyota 20R, w/ 93k miles (maybe 17ft?). Seems to be wood and aluminum frame, no rust, all original as far as I can tell. The interior certainly needs some TLC, but I think i can get this for less than $1k.

Question: what are the major problems that these run into? Leaks in roof? Tanks? Axels? how should I inspect it? What are the warning signs?

If I bought an RV, we could afford to get out of the city once in a while during the winter. But I don't want to buy a nightmare. Please help a couple of poor (but up-and-coming) city kids live the dream...
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:24 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.Read the thread "What to buy",by Grant Brown in this section.We did post a lot of info that would apply to you as well for what to look for.With that I would add that you buying a Mico Mini you shouldn't plan to tow anything with it.
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:59 AM   #4
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About all that little 6-cylinder engine will pull is itself. i have seen them try and pull a small trailer full of stuff and that was all that thing wanted to do was park!! That poor little buggy!! The guy couldn't even get it up to speed. He was left behind buy our home. And that was when the motor home was running sick!
Welcome to the forum and enjoy your little home on wheels! There are quite a lot of those on the road so They must be pretty good! Enjoy,
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Capt. Dan:
About all that little 6-cylinder engine will pull is itself. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>The Toyota 20R is a 4 cylinder with a carburator. My Sunrader has the 4 cylinder fuel injected. I don't know the designation of the 6 cylinder cause I can never catch up with them.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:15 PM   #6
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That is Interesting!! I didn't ever see a 4 banger in those but I hadn't looked at many! I would think it would be very Gutless!
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Very slow going up hill. Overdrive is about useless, but helps save gas on a good downhill run. Gutless would be one way of describing it, but life in the slow lane would be another! You don't see the 6 cyl until 1989 and later models. Toot nice when you fly by!

About the only thing better on fuel/gas mileage is the diesel Sprinter View. The Toys get 15 mpg +/- and the View gets 20 mpg +/-.
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