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    Default If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    1989 MCI 96A3 Bus conversion RV for sale (not by me) on ADV Forum for $8k

    For Sale or Trade - 1989 MCI 96A3 Bus conversion | Adventure Rider

    Some specs:
    45'
    Pretty friggin cool
    6v92 Detroit Diesel
    New oil and filters
    2 new start batteries
    5 speed manual trans
    550k miles
    Plumbing is in
    Electrical is mostly done
    Nice wood interior is mostly complete
    Insulated
    2 5200w generators (gas)
    2 rooftop AC units which can be upgraded with heat.
    Brakes are good

    Needs:
    Some interior trim work
    A backsplash for the counter
    Stain the cabinets
    Finish the wayback (I was gonna put in bunks)
    Needs a converter for the 12v system
    Tires are fair (one is new)
    Needs a little front end work (can wobble above 65mph but not always)


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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    oh my.

    yes, yes, yes.


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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    That thing will run forever. Tires are something like $600 each but hey.....

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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    That thing will run forever. Tires are something like $600 each but hey.....
    Yeah but you know a Guy who might know a Guy, just sayin. ;>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    That thing will run forever.
    Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin':


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    Quote Originally Posted by rydesteel View Post
    Yeah but you know a Guy who might know a Guy, just sayin. ;>)
    You do infact rule.

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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    my youngest son is 18 months right now and in the phase where he is absolutely fascinated, enthralled, infatuated with big trucks. he actually waits for the garbage truck in the morning to scream in delight as it steams by the house.

    it would almost be worth it to buy this just to see the contrast of facial expressions if i showed up with this at the house. son = delight. wife = disgust.

    haha

    someone please buy this and live the dream.

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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    I do want to buy an RV and drive it around when I reach a certain age, and I think of myself as being able to rise to a challenge, but the prospect of trying to navigate that thing around the places I want to go, particularly parking it, is pretty intimidating. I might be more of a Class C kind of guy.

    Narrator: He was a short bus kind of guy.
     

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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    but the prospect of trying to navigate that thing around the places I want to go, particularly parking it, is pretty intimidating
    I'm not in the market for something like this, but it's fun to think about having the "freedom" to cruise around for a few months. Nevertheless, I thought the same thing as you - that is a beast, and you really can't take it anywhere that most here would consider "fun exploring." When it comes to driving, one can become accustomed to handling big stuff, say, going from a Mini to a Chevy Tahoe, but 45' long is 45' long, and no joke in tight quarters. If all you're going to do is go up and down the highway, stopping at state-maintained rest stops and TA gas stations it's doable, but anything more than that would require actual skill.

    I think if I were seriously thinking of buying something like this I'd take a CDL class first (assuming the DMV doesn't already require you to do that in the first place).

    CDL-A Professional Truck Driving

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    Default Re: If you really want to cruise the highways and byways of North America...

    A lot of the Big Class A's have a steerable tag axle, makes turning much easier and helps with tire wear. When I sold RV's you didn't need a CDL to drive them, most of the customers buying a 45 footer had traded up over years of driving progressively larger RV's.
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