[color=#0000FF][quote="knowmad"]I too send my condolences and [s]sympathy[/s] empathy.
Having had a few buses of my own and a similar experience this past year, as well as a current Job as a quarry watchman (because of metal thieves); I am also current on this topic.
Triage; basicly figure out what is worth saving or scraping. good chance you are better off taking it to the scrap heap. a fully striped 30foot Chevy bus weighs a bit more than 6 tons and @ $200 - $300 a ton, this isn't exactly chicken scratch.
The tweekers cut the radiator out, battery compartment and leads, if not a metal scraper will pay our about $120-$150 for that stuff. your Tires and wheels (providing they are there and in good shape.) can fetch at least $120 each on CL. The Aluminum frames around your window are most likely Aluminium (and Gone) and weigh abour 4 -7 lbs. I got about $85 in aluminum out of mine.
opps just read all of your post
so they made took it all.
you are better off scraping the Hull and being more realistic in fund raising; looking to raise up $1,200 - $1,800. that would get you $2,400 - $3,000 total to begin your [b]next Bus[/b]. Because $4,000 even if it doe's fix it back up will leave the Fuel cost to defer across your crew, after many (all) dug deep; is it fair to ask for more? camp dues? they have and need to meet those obligations.
another Idea on how to raise these funds is to work with your Co. Sheriff and "Wonderful" tow-truck driver and Scrap out those other vehicle carcasses. but it is just as probable those two would just cut you out of the loop. Tweekers, cops and tow-truck drivers have the same soul. don't ever confuse that. they eat Buses for a living.
annyhoo, sorry this happens to you.
As a Bus Capitan I will say to you, Sorry your Ship went down. it's rough seas out there.
But as Capitan you are capable of managing a community resource. Providing you command their trust and respect; good on you.[/quote][/color]
thanks for your wisdom...and empathy.
unfortunately, or not, sometimes a bus becomes more than a transportation to and from burning man.
sometimes, people who buy a bus find that it can be a tool for engagement in community...joy experienced at burning man, combined with wisdom gained through burning man, has taught the wonder camp team that our true purpose is to engage and support our local community in-between regularly scheduled playa dustings.
when that happens...it becomes personal...our brother was raped and pillaged...it ain't about any old bus anymore.
Art the Wonder Bus is dedicated to community beyond the borders of black rock city...in our northwest community, we find honor and joy in serving our diverse community in any way we can...examples being organizations and events such as: Seacompression, Ignition Northwest, Occupy Tacoma, Titanium Sporkestra, Honk Fest West, and the Tacoma Mountaineers. When Art joined our family, we had no idea how useful and beloved he would become. His potenial contributions were unknown but clearly we went from owners to caretakers.
that means when Art was raped, not only was it a personal loss, but our northwest community suffered also...unfortunately, it will be costly to heal him, but our purpose is clear.
it's all about community...not about simple transportation to burning man every year...art can't be replaced by any mere bluebird.
we see that you are a northwest brother...we hope we can share some grins on the playa this year...look us up...a stagecoach driven by 12 wonder horses...you?
and, again, thanks for your wisdom.
bless all and to all a good dusting.
A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"[i][color=#8000FF][/color][/i]