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Alpena, Michigan
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Sep 22, 2010 at 9:45 am
Great motorcoach! Congrats on ride of the day smile image
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Sep 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
My wife and I have discussed converting a bus for RV duty when we retire. Your statement about your experience with yours convinced me that that's the way to go. Now get out there and see this great nation of ours! trophy image

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1978 MCI MC-8 Motorcoach (Ground Force One)

Last updated Sep 18, 2010  

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I was tired of motorhomes that shake, rattle, and fall apart. Nothing is built like a tour bus. The MCI is the king of the hill, and has been for the past 40yrs. I purchased this used motorbus as a seated coach in Indiana, and drove it home to Michigan and averaged 11mpg on a 400mi trip. Thats better than the class C mtrhm I had for the past few years at 8mpg, and it was only 27ft long, compared to the MCI at 40ft.

The bus conversion took about a year, but still has a ways to go, I am still making improvments, and adding more luxuries of home.


MCI Model MC-8 Crusader II 1978 Detroit Diesel V-8 with manual transmission. Holds 144 gal of Diesel fuel, with a range of over 1400mi.

Bus conversion interior appointments are mostly household units, ie: fridge, counters, sink, cabinets, lighting, ect. Toilet is an RV unit, which dumps to the 60gal black water tank in the lower bay of the bus. A 60 gal grey water sits next to it, and 60 gallon of fresh.

Furniture is household for now, but over the winter, new leather RV furniture will be installed, as well as an exterior paint job, in which the bus will be painted like Air Force One, and have all the stainless steel polished to a mirror reflection like chrome. A Ronald Reagan theme inside will complete the process, and make a nice rolling tribute to the office of the President that was at one time a respected position.

Factory Options

Detroit Diesel 8V-71
Eaton Fuller Transmission
Accuride 22.5 polished alum whls (not installed yet)
Grover Emergency Airhorns (firetruck)
Full air ride suspension


Bus Conversion to a liveable home on whls. Bus can be hooked to shore power or use the 14000kw diesel generator.
Factory air cond is used for on the road, and basement air is avail for use while not in motion. Four flat screen TV's with build in DVD for entertainment, and Harmen Karden sound.

Much nicer, sturdy platform to build your dream RV, forget GM and Ford chassis, they are a joke. And as a plus, your own ideas for layout and higher control over quality materials used in the construction. My MC8 has over 400,000 mi on it, and dont let that scare you. My bus was never a Greyhound, she served as a tour bus for a small outfit, and wasnt abused. BUT, an MCI bus is designed for over 3 million miles of service, and built to twice the service life.

I have less money into this conversion, than what a 2000 Fleetwood Class A diesel pusher costs used as of summer 2010.

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