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June 13th, 2014
Bus Conversions, Entertainer Coachs, Custom RV’s in Movies and TV
By Dale Roethlisberger

Land yachting involves a seriously redesigned and decked out form of a bus, coach, recreational vehicle and sometimes even a large truck. Anyway you choose the vehicle, the result is much the same. It’s a lifestyle of the rich or the famous and we can’t help ourselves from vicariously watching how that life style plays out. There are both movies and television shows to allow us to peek at these trappings of the wealthy.

In Movies, the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz film “The Long, Long Trailer” may be one of the first to show, at least comically, a home literally on the road. More recently, Robin Williams in “RV”, or Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in “We’re the Millers”, or Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in “Paul” shows on the road levity involving motor-homes. But, if you really want to know about these custom vehicles TV adds to your choice.

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June 6th, 2014
Willie Nelson’s BioDiesel Still Rockin’ the Bus
By Dale Roethlisberger

It’s been around 10 years since Willie Nelson’s fleet of tour buses for his band and crew started smelling like peanuts, popcorn, or french fries. When you recycle cooking oil into easily and economically made bio-diesel, you get to help support the farmers who grew the plants that were turned into the cooking oil. While making bio-diesel is not the most economical way to get diesel, it does recycle cooking oil that used to be thrown away as garbage. It’s also clear that this method will not be a solution to the overall demand for diesel fuel, but even small steps in the range of fuel sources and environmental advantages has merit.

Nowadays, there are close to 1,000 pumps where you can load up any diesel running machine with different graded types of pure bio-diesel or mixes with regular diesel fuels. There are also many references all over the Internet to bio-diesel on its history and uses and Willie Nelson’s role in making it a viable fuel. Check out www.biowillie.com and get a feel for what it is like to be on the tour bus with Willie.

February 12th, 2008
Bus Acquisition Plans Continue to Hit Snags – Recapping the 2006 and 2007 Summer Festival Seasons
By Dale Roethlisberger

We have a group of intrepid music festival attendee’s that regularly participate in the long, late summer weekend of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Our goal as a group has been to attend the event in ‘style’ by leasing a ‘crew/band’ or ‘entertainer’ bus. Unfortunately, our group has been stymied in reaching for an actual bus as the tranportation and accomodation medium we desire. Call it an ego thing, but our group can be as large as 12 people. The standard layout for a ‘crew/band’ or ‘sleeper’ bus with 12 bunks would be ideal. However, we have found that the tour bus leasing companies have some other criteria that has precluded our group from attaining this goal.

Primarily, the tour bus leasing companies are interested in leases/rentals that run for longer than 1 week. This makes sense considering the scheduling problems and best return on their investment for the buses. We have mentioned before the ‘prestige’ factor as well. Tour bus leasing companies are interested in ‘bragging’ rights when it comes to the actual entertainers that employ their services as part of their overall marketing plan. As a result, for both the 2006 and 2007 festivals, our group ended up with renting class “C” motorhomes. » Read Entire Article »

February 5th, 2008
By Popular Demand, About the Bus Industry
By Dale Roethlisberger

[Reprinted from May 2006] The partners of R & D Enterprises registered the domain name “BUS.com” very early in days of the commercial Internet (circa 1994). We chose that name because we were a metro Washington, DC based Bulletin-Board-Service (BBS) from the mid 1980’s through till 1994 and our BBS was known as the “Branch Universal System”. We were amazed, as well as the only domain registrar at the time, Network Solutions, Inc. that “BUS.com” was not purchased when we made our request. We have operated “BUS.com” since ’94 primarily as an anchor web-site in support of the many other Internet services we sell or operate. Nowadays, we get a lot of requests to purchase the “BUS.com” domain name by companies in the bus industry and we receive many visits on “BUS.com” by individuals and companies who expect to see information and resources that somehow relates to buses, transportation, commercial bus lines, tours, coach conversions, bus enthusiasts and too many other linkages to the simple three letter term “bus” to enumerate here. Coincidentally with all this activity, we have decided to attempt to satisfy some of this audience.

February 5th, 2008
Leasing An “Entertainer” Coach, Part II – Getting Quotes
By Dale Roethlisberger

[Reprinted from May 2006] It’s more than three months before the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the event tickets and camping passes still aren’t available to purchase online. One would assume that, if we are willing to pay the fees and meet the contractual requirements, our group should be able attend the weekend event in the style and luxury of an “Entertainer” or “Crew/Band” motor coach. First, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to find on the Internet some links to the companies that lease these types of motor coaches. By using a large number of “search word” combinations, I was finally able to find a half-dozen or so companies that might be able to accomodate our group’s plans. Of course, we had to eliminate a few of the selections due to geographical constraints. It makes no sense to have to pay for cross-country or cross-region pre and post event positioning logistics, and the potential for stretching a four or five day leasing window to potentially a week or more. Unfortunately, we did not consider that the leasing companies for these types of motor coaches, for the most part, aren’t really in the business of leasing to private groups for a “luxury” one-time event.

Certainly, from the leasing company’s point of view, there is a bit of the prestige factor involved. These types of motor coach conversions are an expensive proposition and it does make sense to try to squeeze as much promotional value (i.e. top name Stars and Entertainers as endorsements), as well as, per day leasing dollars, and preserve these resources for the longest lease period potential customers. Our research indicates there may be as few as 400 of this style of motor coach conversion and, at best, maybe 1000 for lease in the entire USA. » Read Entire Article »

February 5th, 2008
Leasing An “Entertainer” Coach for the Philadelphia Folk Festival
By Dale Roethlisberger

[Reprinted from May 2006] There comes a time in life when you want to do something “First-Class” as a perk for all those years you worked hard and were careful about your budget in every way. Last year, my wife and I decided to return to the Philadelphia Folk Festival after a hiatus of 20 years. The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a three-day weekend event with live music on multiple stages all day long, and a big evening concert each day. There are workshops, crafts, food and an opportunity to meet and even play music with some of the performers over this weekend event. However, the folk festival is held on a farm in the country-side outside of Philadelphia and the small towns in the area have limited motel/hotel space and it has been a tradition that the best way to attend is to camp at the festival site. Camping was fine twenty years ago, but we must be honest and tell you that the prospect of camping in late August on a farm outside of Philadelphia was one of the reasons we had not attended in many years aside from our normally heavy travel schedule.

For the 2005 Philadelphia Folk Festival, we rented a Recreational Vehicle (RV) and spent the weekend in semi-luxury. We chose CruiseAmerica and our experience was perfect for the two of us. For 2006, our plans for the folk festival will exceed the types of RV’s regularly available for lease. We have four couples and a single for a total of 9 people. The only option we felt was appropriate for this size group is an “entertainer” or “crew/band” style motorcoach conversion. We will be reporting regularly here to journal what it takes to accomplish this plan.

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