I don’t know too many people who are fortunate enough to work for a place that buys its employees a bus and allows them to play, tinker and modify it to their liking, but I do know that we are those fortunate employees. A road trip from Ellijay, Georgia to Boulder Colorado with 6 friends in a bus for 9 days… all for business of course. After all we were on the clock. Anyway, this trip is completely real and it was the greatest adventure we had all experienced together. To think something that holds so much weight in my mind started with the simplicity of looking up a bus on craigslist is pretty weird to grasp. But that’s how it started. Danny found it, emailed it to Bill and next thing we knew there was a new-old bus out front at Camp for all of us to see. We had a month before we were to leave. We set to work immediately…
At this point it is probably proactive for me to mention WHY we were doing this. The idea was to find an RV or converted bus to drive our entire staff to Boulder Colorado where a conference was being held that we were going to attend. We wanted to promote Camp Highland and hopefully raise some money for scholarships for Camp along the way, and with 2,400 miles round trip there was time to advertise.
Pat did most of the work; demolition, couches, chairs, desks and surfaces, beds, places to hang enos, a place to mount the T.V., cabinet space for food, a place for the cooler, any and all wood work, oh and the installation of the carpet. If it required a power tool to be finished then Pat was the one to thank for its completion and installation.
Nick handled the problem of supplying enough power for 9 days for 6-9 people throughout the entire Freedom Stallion. The solution had something to do with additional batteries which handled the inverter he installed and then connecting wires to other wires or something and then magical things happened. Or at least that was as forth coming he was with me, I’m not complaining seeing as we had power for the whole trip.
I thought of myself as the assistant to the first two. Anything they needed I was mostly willing to help, but more so I wanted to learn how we were going about turning a bus into a livable RV for 9 days. For instance; I almost never use power tools or have to worry about sanding furniture, but luckily they MAKE power tools to sand the things Pat needed so I knocked out two birds with one stone.