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Old 01-26-2011, 08:10 AM   #1
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Thumbs up '89 Toyoto Dolphin Newbie

Hi all. I am a new RVer, a single 67-yr old women, just having bought the above-titled vehicle. I haven't seen it yet as my son got it in Seattle, and I live in Phoenix. Are any of you out there owners of this type of RV (within a few years)? I'd love to hear from you. I travelled from Phoenix to Utah, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California (and the Pacific Coast Highway at 15-mi per hr); then back to Phoenix, by car. I wished I had done this 20 years ago! Never in my life had such freedom and joy all by myself!

I feel like a new Grandmother who can't see the baby for about 2 months. Oh, I grew my own mechanic (son), and he said this one was a steal and he will go over it thoroughly to make sure it's safe for an old lady to drive alone.

Love to hear from women drivers, lone drivers, well, actually everybody!


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Old 01-26-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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You go girl! And welcome to IRV2. I can't help you with your specific rig questions, but wouldn't be surprised if someone will be able to.

Be sure to keep us up to date on your adventures.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:18 PM   #3
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thanx, guys for the nice reply. I'll keep you posted!
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Old 01-27-2011, 01:46 AM   #4
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Welcome oldielocks to irv2.
Enjoy your new found freedom the Toyota should be easy for you to handle.
The Toyota's had a recall for weak rear axles but I'm sure your son will know about it.
Enjoy the forums and do post often.
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Toyota Motorhome Discussion Board

for all mini toy owners.

I know how you feel about full timing...we had to come off the road as had to take back a business we had sold.
i about cried.
3 more years and we'll be back out there.
meanwhile i lurk.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:53 PM   #6
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I don't have the Dolphin, but a New Horizon that's a 1986 model. It's approximately the same as the Dolphin. It has the properly beefed up rear axle that someone had mentioned a recall on. I've owned it for about 8 or 9 years now. I've loved it as I can go camping on my own and not worry about being exposed to the elements or crazies. (I can always just get in the front and drive if someone tries to bug me while I'm inside! )

It has taken me to Yellowstone, twice, the Grand Canyon once, Mount Rushmore once, and numerous trips to the west coast for camping on the ocean.

It has had to have a couple of repairs along the way... new alternator at the Grand Canyon, new clutch last year, and a troublesome oil leak which apparently manages to work its way back about every 4 years. But all in all it's a good little rig for one person. I am, however, looking to buy something just slightly larger this year as I spent 2 weeks on the Olympic Peninsula last fall and got just a bit confined feeling since the weather wasn't cooperative enough to let me sit outdoors as much as usual. So since I eventually would like to possibly retire and use the motorhome for even longer times I want to upgrade the space/floorplan for more indoor comfort.

Still you can't beat the gas mileage in one of these little rigs, and I know I'll miss that if I do buy something bigger.

Enjoy and ask me more anytime!

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