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Author Topic: Whats the average weight we will be adding to our bus?  (Read 1915 times)
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« on: March 15, 2009, 03:45:15 PM »

Whats the average weight we will be adding to our bus when all of the standard systems and fixtures are in place? Thanks, M&C

Thanks Dream & Henry. Heres the poop. 1987 MCI 102A3, full time. tile shower, RV 1 holer, 100 b/g, 100 h2o, music eq.=300lbs, tile counter tops=7.5 lft. full size refer, roof airx2. std tools with mig welder+bottle, geney. min batts. will stay in parks 95%.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009, 04:00:09 PM »

It really all depends on what you do add. Everyone is different, some have a clawfoot tub while others have a shower, some use granite others use formica laminate. Some have one 100 gal. black/gray tank, others have two seperate tanks. You get the picture? There is no standard rule of thumb. Could be from 1,000 to 3,000 lbs. or much more. Some carry that much weight in tools.  Wink You will never put as much stuff in as the coach was designed fully loaded with passengers and luggage and room for freight. That is unless you cram it really full. Grin Weigh it empty before you add anything, so you know where you're at to start with.

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2009, 04:01:21 PM »

Varies all over the map depending upon the exact type of donor coach and your particular application.  Weekend use; full timing; boondocking; all electric; all make a big difference.

Let us know exactly what kind of coach you have or on planning on and the type of exact use you expect.  Warning; these coach always will gain more weight than expected.  HB of CJ

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009, 05:14:14 PM »

Thanks Dream & Henry. Heres the poop. 1987 MCI 102A3, full time. tile shower, RV 1 holer, 100 b/g, 100 h2o, music eq.=300lbs, tile counter tops=7.5 lft. full size refer, roof airx2. std tools with mig welder+bottle, geney. min batts. will stay in parks 95%.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 05:38:54 PM »

We stripped our MC-8 to a shell and it weighed about 24,500. After converting (100 gal B/G, 100 gal. water, Ceramic tile shower, bathroom floor, bath vanity & backsplaqsh, kitchen counter & backsplash, oak cabinets, wood floor, 10 KW diesel generator). We weighed the bus with full fuel & water & empty holding. We weighed about 34,500.  Jack
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2009, 06:39:12 PM »

Our coach weighed 28,500 empty and weighs 47,500 now, for a conversion weight of 19,000 lbs.

We did not weigh everything going in, but here's some of it:

Item              Unit         Quantity  Unit Wght Weight
Water             Gallons            200      8.33    1666
Fuel              Gallons            300       7.3    2190
Batteries, 8D AGM each                 8       167    1336
Motorcycles       each                 2       350     700
Fridge            each                 1        86      86
Microwave         each                 1        78      78
Roof Airs         each                 3       105     315
Inverter          each                 1       105     105
Granite Counters  Square Feet         56         7     392
Captains Chairs   each                 2        55     110
Webasto           each                 1        33      33
Heaters           each                 7         8      56
Coolant           Gallons             12         8      96
Generator         each                 1       600     600
LCD TV            each                 1        40      40
Mattress          each                 1        77      77
Total                                                 7880

The rest comes down to woodwork (probably the bulk of it), furniture for which I do not have weights, wire, fixtures, plumbing, awnings (heavy, but I don't have the numbers), and, of course, all of our worldly possessions.  Don't underestimate this last item -- dishes, pots, pans, silverware, etc. etc. can add up to quite a bit, not to mention clothing, toiletries, and, of course, food.  I would have to guess our personal belongings and consumables come to over 4,000 lbs, when you count the tools.

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2009, 06:54:56 PM »

Great. Thank you very much. M&C
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009, 07:13:35 PM »

I only added about 2,000 lbs to my bus from the original weight so far.  The added weight does not include and water or pots and pans and the like since I don't have any on the bus right now.

I took out about 3000 lbs of scrap metal and trash during the stripping process so I added in about 5,000 lbs.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 08:48:21 AM »

I added around 10K to the shell
Shell weight was                27K
Finished conversion around 37K
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 08:58:42 AM »

Stripped my bus weighed 28,000lb.  With 3/4" plywood cabinets and walls, blown in insulation, formica counter tops, full of fuel, water, propane with my wife and I in the bus, we weigh 31,000lb for an additional 3,000lb.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 12:04:08 PM »

... with my wife ... in the bus, we weigh 31,000lb for an additional 3,000lb. ...


Now, if I wrote that, my wife would turn to me and say "Hey!  What are you saying?"

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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 01:10:04 PM »

... with my wife ... in the bus, we weigh 31,000lb for an additional 3,000lb. ...


Now, if I wrote that, my wife would turn to me and say "Hey!  What are you saying?"

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Great to see the weights listed out like that. Helps us newbies get a better idea. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009, 10:25:59 PM »

Woll- I meant the bus weighs--- not the wife---ooops!  Size 12's inserted in mouth!?
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