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Old 10-15-2018, 08:12 PM   #1
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Unicorn Soldier - 2000 MCI 102-DL3

Hello! I am new here and have thoroughly enjoyed everyone's projects!

We just purchased a 2000 MCI 102-DL3 from MN and plan to make it into a tiny home / RV for our family of 6. We have land up in the Colorado Mountains and want to use this as a method to get our relatively large family up there more often. I/we are brand new to RV-ing and so far I have been getting an education on costs and complexities of doing a bus project.

I will try and post as we make progress or run into issues.

Lastly, as for the name, our oldest kiddos choose it and we thought, why not. Unicorn Soldier it is.

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Old 10-16-2018, 12:06 PM   #2
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Welcome --- Great looking unit! Should make for a fun build.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Tango! Your bus looks amazing, love that era!
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:07 PM   #4
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Amazing looking coach and family also! Glad you are into bus life, all the best on your journey. It's not all play you know...but it's a good life. Great folks on here to relate to.
How does that big soldier run so far?


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Old 10-16-2018, 01:23 PM   #5
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:24 PM   #6
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Amazing looking coach and family also! Glad you are into bus life, all the best on your journey. It's not all play you know...but it's a good life. Great folks on here to relate to.
How does that big soldier run so far?


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Thanks BlackJohn! She's run well so far. We bought her in MN and drove back to Aurora Colorado without issues. ~900 miles and got 9.5 MPG. I am happy with that. My 2 oldest kiddos enjoyed the drive home WAY more than I expected. They actually prefer the bus and are really excited about building a house in there.

Currently I am in the middle of re-titling (bus to rv), vin check, insurance, and emissions so she's not been to the mechanic yet. She made it home, that was good for me, but I am pretty sure there's an air leak so we shall see. Let the fun and education begin!

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Old 10-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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Thanks JDOnTheGo, I have spent quite some time on your thread's and website. I love what you have done!
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:06 PM   #8
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:49 PM   #9
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Some pics of progress...

Parked in our driveway, barely. Do you think anyone will notice?

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My wife is super excited. . . except for how long everything has taken thus far.

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Seats coming out.

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Little helpers

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Grinding the seating hardware for the handicap accessible stuff off. The door has come in super handy for getting stuff on and off the bus although I am having a hard time incorporating it into the design.

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Racks coming down

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Seats out, ceiling coming down

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Pulling ceiling insulation. Found some surface rust and will need to grind, prime, and paint. I will also check for leaks.

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Old 10-17-2018, 12:34 PM   #10
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Hmm... that would mean the D chassis's are not made of stainless steel. Interesting...
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