For the past few months we have been exploring buses, RV, 5th Wheels and everything in between. After our visit with fellow travelers at Cornerstone Music Festival we felt the bus was the way to go. We knew we needed a bus with undercab storage for Craig’s tools and music gear so we narrowed in on the MCI or Eagle. Our budget, $7,000. That’s what we have saved over the past two years. The pickin’s were slim as most of them run about $40-120K and the dream seemed to be a distant cloud.
Craigslist seemed to offer a little hope with a few findings in the $15K range. Could we take out a loan? Hmm. We really didn’t want to have to do that as we are so unsure about what the road will bring financially, so we kept looking. Then, two weeks ago, on our drive up to Minnesota we pulled up the Eau Claire Craigslist and there it was, a 1984 MCI-9 with 215K miles for $9500. We called right away. After a 1/2 hour conversation with a lovely and kind fellow we decided to have a look. You know how you get that feeling where you just “know”? Well, that’s the feeling we all got. The history of the bus solidified our feelings as it was a bus used by the Casper WY Drum and Bugle Corp. Our kids started dreaming immediately. Trying to see themselves in the bus, where they would sleep, visit with friends and most importantly where they would watch TV. 🙂
Ah, but $9500, we only had $7K and the seller was pretty solid on his price. We called the bank but that was a no go. We called the seller and told him our plight, his response floored us. “Just pay me what you can and we can set up a payment schedule for as long as you need.” What? really, I said. And that was that. Last week wired the money in exchange for the title and this Friday we pick it up. And, as Ma Holland says, “Praise the Lord!”, we do.
So, now to the conversion. This will take another miracle as we only have 6 weeks to get it ready and our bank is back down to zero. Things to get in order;
- Clean out the upper unit to have ready to rent by Sept. 1.
- Plan our Super Sale/Bus Fundraiser for Sept. 17.
- Research and find recycled materials to use in our conversion.
- Look for sponsorship.
- Get our lower unit ready for rent by Oct. 1.
- Booking for Fall/Winter on the West Coast.
- And Sept. 1 the kids start Wisconsin virtual School.
Whew! Yep, it’s gonna take a miracle and most importantly community. We really need you! If you would like to help:
Looking for helping hands, meals, financial resources or folks/business interested in sponsorship, creative souls, organizers and treasure hunters. Most importantly we need your prayers.
Wish list for the bus: If you’d like to donate please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
For financial donation we are working through PAY PAL. Thank you!!
- Water Tanks (x3)
- Water Heater
- Veggie Oil Conversion
- Ceiling Air Conditioners (x2)
- Solar Paneling
- RV Windows
- Metal studs
- Plywood or other recycled building materials
- RV Toilet
- Kitchen Sink