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Old 03-06-2017, 09:16 AM   #1
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Missy Conversion - 1998 MCI 102

Howdy all and thank you for such a wonderful forum filled with great information!

My story is long but the short form is that I recently acquired a 1998 MCI 102 EL3 bus and am converting it to my home. I learned about RV'ing in a 34' 1994 Fleetwood PaceArrow and have lived in a 40' 2005 Newmar Dutch Star for the last few years (mostly boondocking and living on solar power). I wanted/needed a project and a bus conversion seemed like the answer.



Up to this point my efforts have mostly been planning/designing and ordering LOTS of parts. Hopefully the serious work begins this week.

130 gallon water tank, 104 gallon waste tank are still on order. Loads of parts are sitting waiting - 1700 watts of solar panels, Morningstar MPPT charge controller, water pump, transfer switches, load center, fuse panels, rolls of cable and wire, toilet, plumbing pipe and tubing, and on and on it goes.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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Welcome! --- Beautiful bus! Keep the pix coming as you build.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:14 AM   #3
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Sweet!!!!

That is a beautiful rig and I like your plan.Lots of solar, big tanks etc. A purpose built boondocker.

We are looking forward to LOTS of pictures.
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:18 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!

I can bore you with a few photos now!

Lots of seating... currently.



Lots of solar but, for some reason, the panels are not producing much power, yet.

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Old 03-06-2017, 03:17 PM   #5
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... and seats out.



Getting the parcel racks out is a major undertaking. As noted on other build threads, those things are never meant to come out.
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:42 PM   #6
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Are you going to repurpose the seats? If not could we ask/beg/give the puppy-dog-eye treatment () for two sets - one driver side one passenger side set of seats? We sure could use them for our dinette area in our bus. I drive a J4500 on Sundays. I know how comfy those seats are! We'll pay for shipping too!!!!

Let us know. We promise to give them a great home!

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Old 03-06-2017, 07:44 PM   #7
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I'd love to have a (curb/streetside), but sadly I'm on the other end of the country
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:39 AM   #8
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Are you going to repurpose the seats? If not could we ask/beg/give the puppy-dog-eye treatment () for two sets - one driver side one passenger side set of seats?
Sorry M, a fellow from Craigslist drove off with all of them yesterday morning.
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:11 AM   #9
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Destruction continues!

WOW! Those racks are far more work than I had imagined! Those things are made of two giant aluminum extrusions that are 40' long. Heavy! Oh man! Stay out of the way when they fall!! Of course, getting them to fall is not even easy. Two types of steel rivets and a bunch of bolts.



The only way I knew to deal with them was to cut them into more manageable lengths.

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Sorry M, a fellow from Craigslist drove off with all of them yesterday morning.
RATS! Curses Craigslist CURSES!!!!!!
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