Bus/RV Towrig project

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by BRUISER, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    Yes I started a new thread.. just so it could be a little bit cleaner..

    1983 MCI MC-9 and yes it has been already converted to an RV

    here is how I first saw the bus
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    had to build a parking area
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    and I drove it home today and got it into its new parking space in 1 try :) that was some luck..
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    and with dodge in front of it for good measure..
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    oh and my shop does look very small now :)

    I will take some inside pics later on.. and yes there is work to be done to it..
     
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  2. JUICED COUPE

    JUICED COUPE Well-Known Member

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    Sweet!! I just got a fifth wheel camping is a good time.
     
  3. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    here are some interior pics

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    ripped up tile floor due to it being soft and found bad wood so replaced it and I am now laying new tile
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  4. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    It looks so nice parked in the driveway.
     
  5. Your Hot Dog Guy!

    Your Hot Dog Guy! Well-Known Member

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    Check the water-hose gasket going to the icemaker, Probably screws into a plastic 12v valve. they have a tendacy to leak and slowly drips down at the back of fridge and creeps in time through the subfloor and is under the tile and not noticed till the floor gets soft under the tile. Happened to two of mine and several of my friends. I don'y check it anymore, I replace it every year now. Hope this helps Ken.
     
  6. RufusTheRam

    RufusTheRam New Member

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    nice! looks like a great start based on what you were looking for. i'll be curious to hear how it tows, that was one thing that deterred me from buying something similar. i tow kind of heavy at times (12-14k lbs.) having a two vehicle hauler, though. i don't think a normal single vehicle setup will be too bad. otherwise, one of these is a perfect budget option imo.
     
  7. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    new tile is in..hope to grout tomorrow or tuesday night, then put down new carpet

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  8. UncleWillie

    UncleWillie Lost and confused.

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  9. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    previous owner said he towed a 16' trailer with car on it with no issues at all. he said I will not win any race going up hill but it will pull it fine with no issues.. so we will see :)

    of course I need to practice some more on the double clutch and downshifting..
     
  10. Your Hot Dog Guy!

    Your Hot Dog Guy! Well-Known Member

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    I had to extend my trailer tongue to five foot because the rear of the bus is a lot wider than a dually. Trailer kept getting into the rear and limiting my turning and backing angles. Also moved my trailer axles further towards the rear also helped a lot. I towed this setup more than 86'000 miles after it was set up right without a problem. OAL 63ft.
     
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  11. RufusTheRam

    RufusTheRam New Member

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    yeah, the long rear overhang that a lot of rv's/buses have takes some getting used to in how it makes a trailer behave. advantageous in some situations, and a pain in others. looking at the pics, this one appears to have a relatively short overhang.
     
  12. shawn

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    It'll be a little weird too b/c the trailer is so short relative to the bus wheelbase. But nothing you can't get used to.

    So... are you bringing it to DPG? :bounce:
     
  13. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    if I get everything working and fixed and if they get the driveway graded..
     
  14. nctom

    nctom Well-Known Member

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    Bus

    My Service manager here at work came from MCI. I was showing him your post. The guy is a frickin' walking, talking, service/parts manual for these MCI buses. Lots of contacts on where to get the deals on parts. He said to hit him up if you ever need help on it. The first thing he said was put a propane kit on it if you are towing with it. Grant says hills will quit being a issue.:driver:
     
  15. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    here are some more pics:
    here is best pic of bathroom.. toilet and seat on one side and then fullsize tube on other side with shower
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    6500 diesel gen
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    fresh water tank
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    gray and black tanks
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    water heater with pump
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    all windows can open for emergency exits
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    back shelving in back bedroom where breaker box and 12 volt panel and convertor are located
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  16. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    man that is awesome

    can you PM me his phone number I would love to talk to him or hell bring it up there for him to look it over even more..
     
  17. hadfield4wd

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    I love the 90's flowered bedspreads.
     
  18. Granny

    Granny One day at a time...

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    When the Fall Bash rolls around I assume everyone can leave the tents at home and just flop at your place???? ...plenty of room. :lol:
     
  19. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    hahaha

    that is the funny part.. a lot of my friends think the same thing.. but I am building this for the family.. so at the most it will be able to sleep 4 adults when interior is all done..or in my case 2 adults and my 2 kids :)
     
  20. upnover

    upnover Grumpy, decrepit Old Man Moderator

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    When it comes to warm and dry, we have no issue with the basement! LOL
     
  21. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    ya i have been thinking about making a trap door to the basement from the inside :)
     
  22. Rich

    Rich Asshole at large

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    Great place for the kids to sleep.. and ride.. and generally spend most of their time.. :huggy:
     
  23. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    well no new pics but we replaced both roof top A/C today and thank goodness we now have a nice cool inside... only big item to work on is the generator..
     
  24. BRUISER

    BRUISER silent.. but deadly Moderator

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    well finally got the tile floor done.. and hope to have carpet done by tomorrow night

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  25. braxton357

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    Wow, fullsize tub...tile kitchen floor...oven...recliner... Are you kidding me? Awesome. Looking at the pictures, the thing seems to have been built pretty well originally, which is always nice.
     

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