Updates in italics...
We are new (over six! years in already!) to the bus thing, although Jim has done three frame-off classic car restorations, so we have a very small taste of what we are facing. Very small was right!
The bus is a 1981 MCI-9 conversion with a Detroit Diesel V692 engine. Check out my website for more stuff about us than you ever need to know. See more bus photos here.
The bus was “professionally converted” by the previous owner at B and B Coachworks in Las Vegas, where we picked it up on Memorial Day weekend of 2010. Jim will post periodically about the very intricate systems he has to deal with. He has already fixed the generator and the inverter, rewired the dash, added electrical outlets, lights, fans and countless other little and big things. If anybody can fix it, he can.
Since the above was written, he has completed every item on a very lengthy spreadsheet of fixes on the bus. One item being the dash and all it involved. As of September 24, 2012, he is again dealing with the generator which kept throwing breakers. By October of 2013, he had completely rebuilt the generator. So the list continues. Of course…
We own a beachfront lot in Xcalak, Quintana Roo, Mexico and the bus idea developed after we considered building a house there, but decided not to. We figure we
will may build a flat roofed shelter for the bus with a cistern underneath instead. That way when the hurricanes come, which they always do, then we can take our house with us instead of boarding it up and leaving it behind. We plan on taking it a lot of other places too.
At this point in our lives, we want to do things we haven’t done before. This is one of them.
We’ll see how it all works out.
In June of 2014 we sold our house and hit the road full time. I retired from one of my car magazines. We have spent the last two winters in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. We headed west in the spring of 2015 and east in 2016.