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Old 07-15-2015, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hi, I just joined. I'm excited that I found a place that seems to have it all.
Last week i purchased a 1995 MCI-12, 6v92 that I'm planning to convert.
I have lots of questions, and am having a hard time finding answers. I found one of your threads that talked about my engine - Sweet! it answered about 20 of the questions right away. I'm loving this.

The coach is a "pure" greyhound bus. Still has all the seats, the bathroom (yuck), overhead bins, original drivers seat...

I've got to drive it to WA state (from UT) in 2 weeks. Here are a couple of the things I think I'd like to do/have done before the trip.

1.*Remove the bathroom (at least the hole in the ground toilet) and replace it with a composting toilet (eliminate the smell and the heat from the engine).
2. Remove about 1/2 of the seats and sell them.

So my two questions are:
1. Can I "simply" cut the toilet and surrounding metal out of the bus down to floor level, close the hole with a metal sheet, wood and insulation, and leave the original "bathroom" enclosure in it for now? Or does the entire enclosure and the back row of seats need to come out? Either way, I'll put in a composting toilet (unless you say not to). Without the enclosure, I'll just hang a sheet/curtain for privacy.
I'm all about easy this time since it's a one-time thing and I'll strip the entire bus later in the year.

2. How does a private person sell 21 seats for an MCI bus? They are in great shape (except for the front two). And I don't know if they smell or not until I take them out of the bus. Any thoughts?

So that's my first entry. I'm a little overwhelmed right now at the list of things that I don't know. But anything you can tell me about these two questions is going to help a lot.
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Dar1;

Sorry I can't help with your questions but I do want to welcome you to iRV2. We are pleased to have you as a member. You will not likely receive many replies in this forum as it is used for new members to introduce themselves. I would suggest you start by visiting the Bus Conversion Forum. I have a friend who converted an older bus to a RV. If I remember correctly he subscribed to a magazine that supplied lots of info on his project. Perhaps the posters in that forum can help you get started by pointing you in the right direction. Good luck with your project;

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Welcome to the forum, sounds like you have a big project ahead of you.
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Ambitious project. Good luck.
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That's a big project and when it's all done you will have a grand motor home . I'm not a big fan of composting toilets, you have lots of room to put regular holding tanks or use the one that is allready there.
I've converted a school bus and love more then the motor home I had, also you mite want to check out skoolie.net lots of info there on conversions.
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That's a big project and when it's all done you will have a grand motor home . I'm not a big fan of composting toilets, you have lots of room to put regular holding tanks or use the one that is allready there.
I've converted a school bus and love more then the motor home I had, also you mite want to check out skoolie.net lots of info there on conversions.
Good luck
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I'm also a bit of a prepper, so most of the below floor storage space will be taken up with food storage and other survival items. So, I'm trying to limit the needs for big, empty tanks in the hold. Any suggestions you or others may have about saving space and weight will be greatly appreciated.
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