BUS FOR SALE

We are selling the bus. It is currently at California Coach Company and here is the complete listing. For further information please contact Steve or Tony at California Coach Company. If you know someone who may be interested in a great bus please send them this link.

This was originally Bob Lee's (founder of Country Coach) personal bus.

We have made extensive upgrades. The black walnut cabinetry gives the bus a yacht feel.

The custom desk / entertainment center includes a HDTV on a pivoting mount that can be used a a monitor for computer also.

Corian counter tops and textured tile flooring.

The bath area is spacious.

Queen sized bed with another HDTV.

An extensive list of upgrades is available for review, along with all maintenance and service records.

Outstanding 15 KW Wrico/Kubota Generator is very quiet.

Joey bed allows roller access form both sides of the bus.

For more information click here. Please forward this link to anyone you think may be interested in a bus.

And We're Off! *Sniff* *Sniff*

March 10, 2011 We left her in Costa Mesa with Steve at California Coach. And, yes, I did cry.

We will miss you.

Even stripped of possessions she still looks like home.

But we are off to new adventures.

More pics to come. For now, you guess the place.

-P

Shiny New Things

Sept 20, 2010 Kamloops, BC

New pretty stuff:

8 new cylinder kits and pistons.

Looks like we have a test drive this afternoon. Hope to hit the road tomorrow with all of our new finery and fine tuning.

Best to all,

-P

At the End of the Rainbow

September 11, 2010 Somewhere between Jasper National Park, AB and Kamloops, BC

There's a bus at the end of this (double) rainbow.

In the middle of no-house-no-landmark-no-address-possibly-bears-and-cougars-and-rattlesnakes-no-cellphone-reception land.

Danny to the rescue! :)

We hitched a ride with Danny to Kamloops, BC, 200 kms away.

She towed like a (conked out) dream. ;) The towing was surprisingly easy and totally problem-free. We didn't even pay for the service thanks to FMCA.

-P

Bus Barn in Huntsville, TN

[caption id="attachment_3946" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Faires\' Bus Barn"][/caption] Eric, Debbie, and Jay Faires, fellow POG members, graciously gave us the use of their bus barn for some needed maintenance. This is not your normal bus barn this is the Biltmore of Bus Barns. Everything is overbuilt to remove the margin of error. It was such a pleasure to step into the pit and be able to see everything on the underside and work anywhere around the bus and have all the light needed because th of the dozens of lights mounted along the walls and ceiling to brighten the entire work area.

We arrived just before Thanksgiving and Debbie's parents invited us to join their family for the holiday. It was nice to finally relax after all the travel for repairs and traveling across Tennessee. At night Eric and Jay conducted impromptu concerts at the house. I joined in quietly on guitar in the background. Pamela would not play giving the excuse that here calluses were missing for lack of practice. Debbie's brother invited us to his after Thanksgiving party were he BBQed and had several kegs on tap inside and outside the house. We participated in Debbie's Pilates class, walked through the woods, 4-wheeled to the river, drove to the bridge, and had just a wonderful time with this extraordinary family in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Joe Cannarozzi flew in from Chicago to help us replace the front airbags and rear shocks. You may remember last year we stopped in Chicago at Joe house and did some earlier work on the bus. The punch list this year was much longer and Joe's

[caption id="attachment_3952" align="alignnone" width="334" caption="Old and New Air Bags"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3953" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Eric, Joe, and Lloyd taking a break"][/caption]

Finally we are able to auto level the bus and we are leak free, meaning the bus stays level. [caption id="attachment_3954" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Joe looking for leaks"][/caption]

Thanks Joe again for a great working experience. We then pulled our bus out of the barn and and enjoyed a few more days with the Faires family and their friends. Don, Debbie's brother came over preformed a worldclass pyro display.

We look forward to seeing them again soon in Florida this winter. Thank you guys for everything, you are the hosts with the most. -L

Bus Barn in Huntsville, TN

Eric, Debbie, and Jay Faires, fellow POG members, graciously gave us the use of their bus barn for some needed maintenance. This is not your normal bus barn this is the Biltmore of Bus Barns. Everything is overbuilt to remove the margin of error. It was such a pleasure to step into the pit and be able to see everything on the underside and work anywhere around the bus and have all the light needed because th of the dozens of lights mounted along the walls and ceiling to brighten the entire work area.

We arrived just before Thanksgiving and Debbie's parents invited us to join their family for the holiday. It was nice to finally relax after all the travel for repairs and traveling across Tennessee. At night Eric and Jay conducted impromptu concerts at the house. I joined in quietly on guitar in the background. Pamela would not play giving the excuse that here calluses were missing for lack of practice. Debbie's brother invited us to his after Thanksgiving party were he BBQed and had several kegs on tap inside and outside the house. We participated in Debbie's Pilates class, walked through the woods, 4-wheeled to the river, drove to the bridge, and had just a wonderful time with this extraordinary family in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Joe Cannarozzi flew in from Chicago to help us replace the front airbags and rear shocks. You may remember last year we stopped in Chicago at Joe house and did some earlier work on the bus. The punch list this year was much longer and Joe's

Finally we are able to auto level the bus and we are leak free, meaning the bus stays level.

Thanks Joe again for a great working experience. We then pulled our bus out of the barn and and enjoyed a few more days with the Faires family and their friends. Don, Debbie's brother came over preformed a worldclass pyro display.

We look forward to seeing them again soon in Florida this winter. Thank you guys for everything, you are the hosts with the most. -L

Mending & Maintenance

November 25, 2009 I think we had the bus in the barn for all of a minute and a half when Eric scooted down the pit to position (Wehrenberg) stands.

Beyond gracious hosts! And one Joe Cannarozzi flown in from Chicago to supervise. ;) This would be too good to be true, if you didn't know Joe and the Faires family. They are that good, that generous, energetic, talented and kind.

Back to work, Joe!

Really, Joe, put yourself into it!

Since it is our bus, we (hardly me) worked on it a little too. ;) Here, Lloyd took out the old shocks.

Here, Joe looks for a leak in the auxillary air system. Here's the leak. Oh. Here's another leak ... and another ... and here's another ... and another. :/

One of the culprits:

On occasion, we brainstormed on the sidelines ...

... or we (meaning Jay) monkeyed around in the rafters ...

... or ... uh ... ?

In the evenings, we gathered in the Faires' sanctuary, a rustic house full of character, some history, warm woods, a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of musical instruments.

Eric and Jay, and sometimes Lloyd, filled this cozy space with wonderful music: rock-y, bluesy, folksy, all around awesome. Jay is a phenomenal talent at 13 years old. He's truly an inspiration. Not only did he entertain us almost nightly with his guitar mastery and sometimes smoky sometimes mellifluous voice, he also teaches guitar weekly at the local Boys and Girls Club. Plus, he gave me some primo advice and taught me how to use my iPhone. Thanks, Jay!

We thoroughly enjoyed the company, and a surprise wine from the Faires supply, after a productive day:

We also had a merry Thanksgiving and feast courtesy of Debbie's cordial parents, Pris and Don, and another Thanksgiving dinner at Debbie's brother's family the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed both gatherings and were more than happy to gather again for more conversation, culinary displays and entertainment throughout our twelve-day stay. Told you we were spoiled. :)

-P

Mending & Maintenance

November 25, 2009 I think we had the bus in the barn for all of a minute and a half when Eric scooted down the pit to position (Wehrenberg) stands.

Beyond gracious hosts! And one Joe Cannarozzi flown in from Chicago to supervise. ;) This would be too good to be true, if you didn't know Joe and the Faires family. They are that good, that generous, energetic, talented and kind.

Back to work, Joe!

Really, Joe, put yourself into it!

Since it is our bus, we (hardly me) worked on it a little too. ;) Here, Lloyd took out the old shocks.

Here, Joe looks for a leak in the auxillary air system. Here's the leak. Oh. Here's another leak ... and another ... and here's another ... and another. :/

One of the culprits:

On occasion, we brainstormed on the sidelines ...

... or we (meaning Jay) monkeyed around in the rafters ...

... or ... uh ... ?

In the evenings, we gathered in the Faires' sanctuary, a rustic house full of character, some history, warm woods, a wood-burning fireplace and plenty of musical instruments.

Eric and Jay, and sometimes Lloyd, filled this cozy space with wonderful music: rock-y, bluesy, folksy, all around awesome. Jay is a phenomenal talent at 13 years old. He's truly an inspiration. Not only did he entertain us almost nightly with his guitar mastery and sometimes smoky sometimes mellifluous voice, he also teaches guitar weekly at the local Boys and Girls Club. Plus, he gave me some primo advice and taught me how to use my iPhone. Thanks, Jay!

We thoroughly enjoyed the company, and a surprise wine from the Faires supply, after a productive day:

We also had a merry Thanksgiving and feast courtesy of Debbie's cordial parents, Pris and Don, and another Thanksgiving dinner at Debbie's brother's family the next day. We thoroughly enjoyed both gatherings and were more than happy to gather again for more conversation, culinary displays and entertainment throughout our twelve-day stay. Told you we were spoiled. :)

-P

Faires Friends

November 25 - December 6, 2009 Arriving at the Faires' is akin to a homecoming. Eric, Debbie and Jay welcomed us with open arms, a (grand!) bus barn, and an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner with the family, twice! Spoiled we were. And later: chats of the best kind, private concerts, custom tours, excellent eats, surprise wines, a special event featuring Lloyd, a moonbow and more. We have photos. You'll see.

Jon Wehrenberg joined us for a kickoff lunch at Tomato Head, an innovate eatery that specializes in pizza and creative dishes in Knoxville, TN:

-P

Faires Friends

November 25 - December 6, 2009 Arriving at the Faires' is akin to a homecoming. Eric, Debbie and Jay welcomed us with open arms, a (grand!) bus barn, and an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner with the family, twice! Spoiled we were. And later: chats of the best kind, private concerts, custom tours, excellent eats, surprise wines, a special event featuring Lloyd, a moonbow and more. We have photos. You'll see.

Jon Wehrenberg joined us for a kickoff lunch at Tomato Head, an innovate eatery that specializes in pizza and creative dishes in Knoxville, TN:

-P

Russell Coachworks

Russell Coach is a POG sponsor located in Knoxville, TN. Jon Wehrenberg introduced me to Rob Russell at the last POG rally in Oklahoma City. We needed to replace our desk top and they were highly recommended. Rob has a clean and well equipped shop conveniently located from the highway. His vast experience with Entertainer coaches shows in the quality of their workmanship. Rob showed us some of his latest creations. Our new desk top is beautiful and very functional.

We changed the original design it was well worth the extra cost. Thank you Rob and guys you did a great job. -L

Russell Coachworks

Russell Coach is a POG sponsor located in Knoxville, TN. Jon Wehrenberg introduced me to Rob Russell at the last POG rally in Oklahoma City. We needed to replace our desk top and they were highly recommended. Rob has a clean and well equipped shop conveniently located from the highway. His vast experience with Entertainer coaches shows in the quality of their workmanship. Rob showed us some of his latest creations. Our new desk top is beautiful and very functional.

We changed the original design it was well worth the extra cost. Thank you Rob and guys you did a great job. -L

New Paint in Nacogdoches

November 8-12 , 2009 Nacogdoches is "the oldest town in Texas". Since we didn't learn a lot about Nacogdoches you can click here if you want to know more, but we will share this:

"In 1912, the Marx Brothers came to town to perform their singing act at the old Opera House. Their performance was interrupted by a man who came inside shouting, "Runaway mule!" Most of the audience left the building, apparently thinking a runaway mule would provide better entertainment. When they filed back in, Julius (later known as Groucho) began insulting them, saying "Nacogdoches is full of roaches!" and "The jackass is the flower of Tex-ass!" Instead of becoming angry, audience members laughed. Soon afterward, Julius and his brothers decided to try their hand at comedy instead of singing, at which they had barely managed to scrape together a living. A historic plaque commemorating the event is posted in downtown Nacogdoches."

We only spent enough time in Nacogdoches for a paint repair at Extreme Paint & Graphics and for catching up on work. The business is owned by POG sponsor James Stallings. James was the original painter for Foretravel and now comes up with custom paint designs for Nascar busses, performance trailers, motorcoaches and racecars, among other things. EPG has a talented and friendly staff.

We added EPG as a waypoint in our journey because a band of paint on our bus front had bubbled and peeled away from the stainless steel. The EPG team taped off the offending area, stripped the remaining paint and repainted.

They can "bake" a major paint job dry in just a few hours in (we think) 600F using the (what I'll call) lamps below.

Our little band required much less time and heat.

Before new paint:

And after:

A perfect match.

The paint job only took half of a day, much less than we expected, and came in 30% less than the estimate. That's a first! Plus, since we had planned to stay three days, James kindly welcomed us to stay in front of Extreme Paint & Graphics while we toiled away on our laptops and he even joined us, along with his wife, for dinner at a local tex-mex restaurant.

Nice people. Work well done.

-P

P.S. - If you find yourself in Nacogdoches you can find good coffee at Java Jacks.

New Paint in Nacogdoches

November 8-12 , 2009 Nacogdoches is "the oldest town in Texas". Since we didn't learn a lot about Nacogdoches you can click here if you want to know more, but we will share this:

"In 1912, the Marx Brothers came to town to perform their singing act at the old Opera House. Their performance was interrupted by a man who came inside shouting, "Runaway mule!" Most of the audience left the building, apparently thinking a runaway mule would provide better entertainment. When they filed back in, Julius (later known as Groucho) began insulting them, saying "Nacogdoches is full of roaches!" and "The jackass is the flower of Tex-ass!" Instead of becoming angry, audience members laughed. Soon afterward, Julius and his brothers decided to try their hand at comedy instead of singing, at which they had barely managed to scrape together a living. A historic plaque commemorating the event is posted in downtown Nacogdoches."

We only spent enough time in Nacogdoches for a paint repair at Extreme Paint & Graphics and for catching up on work. The business is owned by POG sponsor James Stallings. James was the original painter for Foretravel and now comes up with custom paint designs for Nascar busses, performance trailers, motorcoaches and racecars, among other things. EPG has a talented and friendly staff.

We added EPG as a waypoint in our journey because a band of paint on our bus front had bubbled and peeled away from the stainless steel. The EPG team taped off the offending area, stripped the remaining paint and repainted.

They can "bake" a major paint job dry in just a few hours in (we think) 600F using the (what I'll call) lamps below.

Our little band required much less time and heat.

Before new paint:

And after:

A perfect match.

The paint job only took half of a day, much less than we expected, and came in 30% less than the estimate. That's a first! Plus, since we had planned to stay three days, James kindly welcomed us to stay in front of Extreme Paint & Graphics while we toiled away on our laptops and he even joined us, along with his wife, for dinner at a local tex-mex restaurant.

Nice people. Work well done.

-P

P.S. - If you find yourself in Nacogdoches you can find good coffee at Java Jacks.

Sun Screens for the Bus

After throwing out the original screens in a spring cleaning we found a great solution with Coach Shades by Jim and Abbie Wiler. They drove up in a uniquely outfitted van and in less than an hour custom fitted three screens to the front of the bus.

If you need new shades we can highly recommend their services, they can be reached at 866-424-0714.