BusRide - On the road with a modern-day Partridge family
Posted Monday, January 1, 2007
On the road with a modern-day Partridge family
Classical music duo, TwiceOne, has partnered with custom interior vehicle builders Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI), Grove City, OH, to create their one-of-a-kind dream home on wheels dubbed Clifford the Big Red Bus.
The bus, a MCI E4500, is the family's full-time living quarters while the husband and wife team, Steve and Vicki Sowinski travel around the country with their two children performing classical music. The layout considers the needs of each family member. Vicki's acoustic electronic keyboard broadcasts inside and out through the main lounge entertainment system. Her online office becomes a private bedroom complete with an automated couch that reclines into a bed. The daughter's bedroom also includes an automated couch; complete entertainment system including a Sony 23-inch LCD; and a desk equipped with on-line satellite connection capabilities.
The son has cubby-hole-like bunk beds with curtains for privacy. A customized case accented with LED lighting built into the wall displays his collection of hot wheels. The father, a trumpet player who system, enjoys cooking, has a fully functional kitchen with a built in four-burner glass stovetop oven and built-in convection microwave oven, a sub-zero refrigerator and dishwasher.
Other details include a custom fabricated ceiling that mimics the bell of a trumpet and in the bathroom a vessel style sink with waterfall faucet.
An array of high tech amenities includes an in-dash stereo/ DVD/navigation system with both flip out and passenger-mounted monitors.A built-in custom designed entertainment cabinet features a 37-inchTV, X-box and media storage compartment that slides out of view when not in use. Denon A/V Diamond audio component speakers control the powerfull 5.1 surround sound.
A video surveillance/intercom system with a camera is located inside the doorbell. The family can enjoy a 32-inch TV while sitting outside.A beam central vacuum a flip out ironing board and a Majestic washer and dryer are onboard.