Hi, Skoolies. I just joined the forum so I could pick your brains a little.
I'm the booking agent for an indie rock band from another country. They want to tour the USA next summer, and a friend of the band's has offered to convert a school bus for us as the Official Vehicle. He'll even be our driver.
On the one hand... what FUN!!! Especially after looking at some of the conversion pictures online--there is some creative and wonderful work out there!
On the other hand... All I remember from my bus-riding days is that school buses are REALLY loud. Now, that was a long time ago (I'm not telling how long!) and I know some of it was from the kids making noise. But it kinda sticks in my memory that we always had to yell to be heard over the motor...
Our specific goal is to play the show, get on the bus, and drive to the next gig. The whole point is that we can keep moving and NOT need to rent hotels. So, we really, truly NEED to be able to get a good night's sleep while the bus is rolling.
We've talked about how we'd sacrifice daytime living space, in order to make sure we can sleep--so the conversion would definitely be oriented toward Bunk Central, not Awesome Interior Design.
What do you think, guys? Realistically... can we soundproof one of these bad boys to make a comfy Snooze Mobile? Can we do that for less than an arm and a leg? Will it feel like sleeping on a bucking bronco?
And please don't suggest earplugs--these guys have enough earplug wearing during the show, they have to have a chance to let their ears air out.
I'd love to hear the voice of experience! Thanks a bunch!