The carpet is now installed in the bedroom and Tom and Steve from Oregon Motorcoach Center are working hard at installing the new floor from bath to the front of the bus. You can click on the photo for a larger image. [gallery]
The bus is at Oregon Motorcoach Center in Eugene, OR. Bob Lee, the founder of Country Coach, started this company to renovate older coaches after he sold his controlling interest in Country Coach. We have been throughly impressed with the quality and service here. The facility is immaculately clean. Many of the guys worked originally for Country Coach. The facility is located in the original building where they built the Prevost conversions.
The workmanship and innovation is outstanding. I have been impressed with their ability and willingness to give us several alternatives with different prices to fit our budget.
We are having some extensive work done as you can see from some of the photos below. We have gutted the living area. We are replacing all the marble and carpet from the bath to the drivers area with new tile. We are reupholstering the drivers sofa and replacing the other sofa with a desk/bookcase I designed. The new wide screen TV will be hidden in the desk and rise up to allow it to swivel 180 degrees from front to rear. It will be a computer monitor and TV. We are moving all the electronics up to the front over the driver where the old TV was. We are re-carpeting the bedroom and adding a new widescreen tv there also. The plumbing bay is being cleaned up with new pipes and fittings. We are adding new digital tank gauges for fresh, gray, black, and LP. We are adding two Magnum True Sine Wave inverters and eliminating some of the old wiring. They are building us some low profile lights to replace the tiki lights that we hated so much.
Bob is letting us use one of his five coaches to continue our trip down the coast over the next six weeks while they finish working on the bus. We look forward to connecting with Ray Davis and others while we are in LA. We are sorry we missed BrainE and Beverly, but they were fly fishing in Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada when we passed through. If you have been following in our travel blog then you all ready know that is one of our favorite places we have seen. We will be wintering in Arizona and New Mexico. If you are in the area let us know we would love to get together and meet. -L
Well, we'll have unusual photos to share with you soon, i.e. this morning our bus had carpet, tile, two sofas, two leather chairs, and end tables - now it has none of these things. As many of you know, the bus went in for renovations at Oregon Motorcoach Center (OMC) in Eugene, OR, which means we are not in the bus. However, we have moved into another CountryCoach motorcoach. It's lovely - bright, inviting, roomy, with storage galore, neat extras, everything but the kitchen sink. And I mean that. It has no kitchen sink, nor a kitchen counter, nor a stovetop, but those final pieces to the puzzle shall be in place within the next day or two and we're already comfy and happy in this handsome motorcoach. In fact, we're feeling a little spoiled by having the use of the coach in the first place let alone for the almost 2 month renovation period.
OMC is a pleasure to work with - a personable staff with excellent ideas, manners, patience and genuine smiles. We are impressed. Oh, and the coffee in the office is especially tasty, that's worth mentioning. We haven't felt this relaxed and confident about bus repairs since under the tutelage of Jon Wehrenberg and Joe Cannarozzi and their expert hands. We are in the realm of experts and that feels good. As far as we're concerned OMC is "driving the new standard in service".
Today we charged. The card that is. Several times. Two televisions, an all-in-one printer/copier/fax, a Mac mini computer, a mouse, a keyboard, and a Playstation 3 later (Playstation? Yep, for the Blue Ray and other features - I had no idea ... ), we are technically decked out. We'll leave all those gizmos behind for the OMC installation gurus, thank goodness.
For now, we're camped out in OMC's tidy lot. We have power and water so all is well. Some time in early December someone from OMC will deliver our bus to us in California (now that's service) since we want to enjoy the journey down to L.A. and get there by November 8th.
We're as happy as unpolluted clams.
Stay tuned ...