View Poll Results: Which would you recommend for full time living?

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  • Toyota Chinook

    3 42.86%
  • Toyota Sunrader

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Thread: Would you recommend a Toyota Chinook or Toyota Sunrader?

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    Default Would you recommend a Toyota Chinook or Toyota Sunrader?

    A little info about my situation:
    I'm looking to buy a Chinook or 18' Sunrader to live in full time and travel around the US and Canada. I've had my heart set on the Chinook for awhile, but recently found the Sunrader and I like the idea of more space and having a bathroom built in. I also like that I can stand in a Sunrader without having to pop the top.

    I thought I had completely changed my mind (to go with the Sunrader), but I recently talked to an RV dealer about it and he told me that hands down the Chinook is more reliable and will run forever (with the 20R engine).
    I've read pretty much the same thing about the 22R engine in the Sunrader in different places online, and I'm also aware that I should be looking at Sunraders with an upgraded 6-lug 1-ton Full Floating Axle and that the 18' is a bit of a unicorn--especially the 4x4 model.

    So my question is- what are your thoughts? Should I stick to finding a Chinook or go with the Sunrader? I've done a lot of research, but I understand I don't know everything. Any info helps.

    Thanks in advance for your input!
    Jon

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    This is a great question. I have a recommendation . PM drlee , he recently sold one of the nicest sunrader 4x4' I have ever seen . He also coached me on a 21-24' coach to put a 4x4 on. I ended up with a chinook destiny and a Chinook concourse. drlee is a wealth of knowledge and one of the greatest people I have ever met. If anyone can help you it's him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happykamper View Post
    This is a great question. I have a recommendation . PM drlee , he recently sold one of the nicest sunrader 4x4' I have ever seen . He also coached me on a 21-24' coach to put a 4x4 on. I ended up with a chinook destiny and a Chinook concourse. drlee is a wealth of knowledge and one of the greatest people I have ever met. If anyone can help you it's him.
    Thanks for the guidance! I just reached out- so we'll see

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    I just recently bought a '77 Chinook. I thought about the 18' Sunrader as well but I'm happy with the Chinook. It's small enough to park and drive with little effort. The engine is loud and the original seats aren't the best. But I just love this thing. I look forward to fixing it up and making it my own. Biggest issue so far, it's not very stealthy. I've had people walk up to me and ask about it when I'm at the grocery store. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the reply pmorin35. Quick question for you- I'm planning to put 1 or 2 larger solar panels on the roof. How much give do the hinges/lifts (can't remember what they're called) have? is it going to be too much weight to add?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by jondamato; 06-24-2016 at 08:19 PM. Reason: Typo

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    You can always convert a newer model camper to 4x4. You can find them pretty darn cheap.


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    Quote Originally Posted by silvrzuki77 View Post
    You can always convert a newer model camper to 4x4. You can find them pretty darn cheap.


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    Can you give me a some examples? Happykamper gave me some ideas about newer Chinooks (non-Toyotas), but I really want a camper with more character. That's why I've been thinking the Chinook or 4x4 Sunrader. They're just cool as can be!

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    Default Would you recommend a Toyota Chinook or Toyota Sunrader?

    Any Toyota based camper can be converted to 4x4 pretty easily now. Can do just the basic solid axle swap from all pro. Or can go really crazy with a custom cool over link suspension http://www.mayhemmetalworks.com/inde...-rear-link-kit
    Junkyard 4x4 transmission and tcase! Bam 4x4!!!!! Lol really not a hard conversion and be super cool.

    Problem with the Sunrader or any 4x4 camper everyone wants too dollar for them cause they are rare.


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    Last edited by silvrzuki77; 06-25-2016 at 01:04 AM.

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    They're pretty sturdy. Mine doesn't droop. I plan on adding solar panels as well in the future. I saw a video of a guy that had a Chinook with solar on top and a surf board strapped to the inside and it held up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmorin35 View Post
    They're pretty sturdy. Mine doesn't droop. I plan on adding solar panels as well in the future. I saw a video of a guy that had a Chinook with solar on top and a surf board strapped to the inside and it held up.
    I've actually seen that video too and that guy has a couple sticks that he uses as makeshift props since the weight actually makes it sag a small bit.
    Because of that video I've decided (if I go with a Chinook and it sags) to build an interior prop that will double as a cat tree as I'll be taking my cat, Reuben, with me. And boy does he love to climb.
    So I guess it doesn't matter too much- I was just curious.

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