After 3 1/2 weeks of waiting, I finally got a phone call saying that the interior of the bus would be ready. Well, at least most of the interior would be complete. The guys working on the bus said that they were going out of town for a week and said I could pick up the bus if I wanted. This worked out perfectly because I was able to get the A/C installed during this time.
The work that was completed on the interior to-date was:
- Paint the interior black
- Add lighting above the seats
- Install new upholstery
- Install security cameras and rear view backup camera
- Hookup new radio with Bluetooth and USB charging outlets
They still need to install the handrails, connect the cameras to the DVR, and add lighting under the seats. But that should only take a day or 2 at most.
I picked the bus up on Wednesday, 4/20 and dropped the bus off to get the A/C installed Friday, 4/22 at Camping World of Houston.
But another hiccup would be revealed on the way to get the A/C installed. As I was heading down I-10 to Camping World, where I would get the A/C from, about 10 minutes from my destination, I started to smell something from the engine and my brake light came on. In addition, the pressure in my air brakes had dropped significantly. All of the sudden, my brakes locked up and forced me to pull over on the side of the road. After shutting off the engine, I let the bus rest for about 45 min. I started it back up and the pressure rose back to sufficient level as I was able to drop the bus off to get the A/C worked on.
I picked the bus back up Tuesday and immediately dropped it off at DI Performance for an inspection. A few days later, I got the call that the air compressor was faulty and there were multiple leaks in the lines. They estimated that the repair will take about a week.
As frustrating as it has been for issue after issue to pop up, I am glad that I am identifying these now as opposed to when I have customers. I just have to keep delaying the start date of The Cool Bus, so now it looks like the bus won't be ready till Memorial Day weekend, depending on how long the paint job takes.
As the repairs and fabrication work have been taking place over the past few weeks, I have also gone through DOT (Department of Transportation) training. I have learned quite a bit of information that will allow me to properly operate under the federal and state rules/regulations as a commercial motor vehicle. I knew that there would be a lot of information to consume, but I didn't realize how much I would be responsible for as I am running this business in the coming weeks, months and years.