- Year: 1986
- Maker/Trim/Model: Cormorant Clipper
- Length: Not Listed
- Odometer: 34,000
- Drivetrain: 22re
- State/Region: Pennsylvania
- City/Area: Newville
- Name: Not Provided
- Phone: Not Provided
- Email: [email protected]
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Video tour on youtube: link below
We renovated a Toyota Cormorant Clipper and it’s truly a gem! With only 34,000 miles on the engine, it has a lot of life left to it! We have had no mechanical problems and it starts every time. (sat all winter, and fired right up this spring). We’ve done so much work to it, it’s hard to cover it all, but I will make a list.
*NEW Maxxair fan installed over bed. Blows air in or pulls air out! It has very high speeds!
*NEW Dometic 3 Cu. Ft. LP Gas Electric 2 Way. Clean. only used a few times with our family.
*NEW porcelain commode! only used a few times! Porcelain cleans so much nicer, and doesn’t harbor nasty smells like plastic will!
*NEW converter/charger with new breakers (old one wasn’t charging batteries)
*Custom Queen Size Bed
*has 1 ton 6 lug axle (very important in these Toyota’s if you don’t want your axle to fly off!)
We will be honest about everything we know about this RV, little problems/annoyances it may have, plus all the benefits… and will do the best to answer any questions. Keep in mind, while this is ready to hit the road today, it is still a 1986 vehicle and so we are selling as is.
*34,000 miles (and counting as we will be camping until it’s sold).
*22 re engine
*new manifold gasket
*new battery last year
*a/c was repaired in cab (although still struggles on really hot days)
*new bushings on front and rear axles
*new bushing bars on front axle
*airbag suspension in rear
*new shocks in rear
We worked on the exterior extensively…
*new water inlets
*new dump valves
*replaced marker lights with LED lights
*bumper was reinforced at a welding shop (we’ve hauled kayaks and bumper racks) (rack not included)
*we added a tank spinner to black tank, so it’s easier to flush out
*we did a lot of gluing and caulking on outside… fixing some water delamination, replacing rusty screws, etc.
*we rebuilt the front over cab area as it had water damage and extensively sealed the corners with sealant glue, a sealant tape, etc. feel free to check out our work on our youtube channel
*coat of sealer on the roof,
*new seal gasket under roof a/c…
*Eternabond tape around all vents, and anything that had screws on roof to ensure no leaking, and we finished that off with lap sealant.
*we sealed up the outside extensively
*the front window was taken to an R/V shop, and they sealed it up to ensure it wouldn’t leak.
*we also put eternabond tape around the front window, and one of the side windows for added security.
*tank vents on roof replaced with cyclone vents which pull air out of tank when moving, rather than forcing air into tanks which causes odors in the R/V. We were having tank odors, but the vents fixed that!
the a/c was tested at an R/V shop and it blows just as cold as new A/C’s which is pretty rare!
There was so much done, I will keep adding details as I remember.
The exterior is a diamond in the rough. It’s not the prettiest to look at, as the paint is fading, and there’s some caulk and glue on the exterior. A paint job would be a good idea, especially if it bothers you, but neither is it necessary. The body has very minimal rust, and only surface rust on the frame under neath.
we did so much work to the interior, and it’s beautiful! One of the best things about this Toyota R/V is our custom bed… which is the width of a Queen! You will be hard pressed to find that elsewhere as most beds are smaller than a standard, double bed.
*the entire bunk area was torn out and rebuilt
*Custom built bed that pulls into a Queen!
*Custom shelf/cabinet in entrance way
*Custom shoe rack
*new dinette and bed cushions with custom covers
*all faucets replaced. (however we just noticed the one in the kitchen has a small leak when turned on at the left handle. may need replaced or fixed if possible.
*working 3 burner stove top
*wood kitchen countertop
*other counters have faux wood covering
*wood accents throughout R/V. Trim and ceiling boards are sterofoam but looks like real wood. This helps with total weight but still has the beauty of wood.
*has spacious closet for a small R/V.
*the rare, sought after REAR bathroom, with a full bath! Perfect for a family with kids.
*new battery purchased for camper area
*lots of cabinets/storage
We’ve done so much it’s hard to list it all. Come and see!
The cab is in good condition, although we don’t care for the red color, thus the seat covers. But seats are in great condition. Heat and A/C work, but cab A/C struggles in very hot weather.
Remember, this is a 1986 vehicle, and the photos don’t pick up all the little cosmetic blemishes. It’s a gem, but it’s not new!
*the exterior won’t win any beauty contests
*the inside is beautiful, but has some cosmetic nuances
*as mentioned, the kitchen faucet developed a very small leak at the one handle (only when turned on and running for a long time)
*the awning needs replaced
The more major things to note are:
1. After finishing our renovation, we dropped it off at a shop for some work and left on a trip. While we were gone, a few driving rain storms came through that would have tested any sound structure. We came back to find a few water spots in the cab. (devastating because we thought we had sealed everywhere). But we had been a little sloppy around the awning area, and after talking to others more experienced in campers, they told us it very likely was one leak and the water traveled to different places. (I showed it in the video. The worst place was at the front right corner of the cab, and when I touched it, I poked a hole through the paneling when it was still wet. So all we did to it as of yet, was put some tape over it.) We really sealed up around the awning, and have been keeping the RV inside. It’s been in some light rain, but nothing heavy, so we haven’t been able to see if the leak has been stopped. This wasn’t a lot of damage, but whoever buys this, needs to be aware and watch out to make sure there are no leaks anywhere as water damage destructive.
2. When renovating the inside, we used a very thin, plastic like paneling to make the shower water proof, and we used it on the kitchen wall as well, and a few other insignificant areas. I made a mistake. I simply put glue on the back with a caulking gun, but didn’t cover the entire pieces, so when the RV heated up in the summer, the plastic started buckling in spots. I don’t think it will be coming loose, as the glue used, was very strong… but cosmetically it doesn’t look nice. The shower has a bumpy wall as a result, and so does the kitchen wall. I also used a ‘wallpaper’ peel and stick on the kitchen wall over the plastic, so it’s not very noticeable. However, I did see there were places the wallpaper wasn’t sticking well. So that may need to be redone again. (just the wall paper… either paint the wall or put a peel and stick tile on it.
3. The first time we took it camping, we were having issues with our plumbing. Water kept backing up in the tub and also dripping out of the dump valve. We realized the muffler had been pointed at the valve and melting around the seal. We also believed the gray water tank wasn’t sealed off well either, so the black tank was backing up the gray.
*Through that whole process we noticed one other drip on the opposite side of the camper… behind the rear wheels on the passenger side. we weren’t sure if it was related to the dripping sewage problem, or another leak not discovered in plumbing.
To fix the sewage problem, we took the rv to a shop and got the exhaust extended past the dump valve area, and then replaced with a new valve. The problem should be fixed, but we haven’t taken her out since.
So those are the issues we struggled with. We finished the renovation towards the end of summer 2019, so we only got to go camping twice. There may be some issues we are unaware of, but I’ve shared our experiences and what we did to resolve the problems.
In summary. the negatives…
1. keep on eye open for leaks during rain storms in case we missed a spot. (we keep the RV parked inside).
2. The tanks shouldn’t be backing up anymore, but we haven’t tested it yet.
3. On our second camping trip, we didn’t see a drip behind the wheel… maybe it was something with the plumbing previously, or water from the roof? But it’s a potential problem. Possibly a leak in plumbing.
4. Faucet may need replaced and the wall paper behind stove is coming loose.
So all in all, the issues should be manageable and easily fixed. We will be continuing to camp throughout the summer until we sell the RV. We love this gal, and are in no hurry to sell, so don’t haggle. She’s a gem and perfect for anyone, especially those that may be getting into #vanlife. The only reason we are selling, after taking her out a few times, we thought a small travel trailer might suit our needs better as our camping will be more weekend camping rather than extended road trips.
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Video of RV: https://youtu.be/CrRzkJvkS7Y
(I have the entire renovation documented on our youtube channel… check out the playlist.