The end of era is just the beginning?!
Partylounge was founded by Mark Pondoff in 11-03-2001.
The recent retirement of our Senior Party bus “The Pirate Hopper” has led to its new assignment for Partylounge owner Mark Pondoff. The Pirate Hopper made its last commercial run on 1-8-11. The first California State licensed Party bus has had many names over her 39 years in service. In 1972 it was known as The Travel Queen. The RV was originally built by Travel Queen Industries based out of Riverside, California. T.Q.I. was only in business for 10 years and made a series of RV’s that were meant to rival the “Winnebago”.
The Travel Queen was the family RV and based in Southern California. The 22 foot Class “A” Motor Home has been as far north as Eugene, Oregon and has ventured as far south as Ensenada, Mexico. After a bitter divorce the family of 7 split up and the RV stayed parked in Whittier, CA. where it wasn’t in use for over a decade. In bad shape and in need of repairs, Partylounge founder Mark Pondoff rescued the little RV and started Partylounge Transportation. The RV was renamed the “The Pirate Hopper”.
The coach started off priced at $85. Per hour and held 15 people. The interior had a bathroom, bar, spinning stripper pole, slot machine, Pirate themed upholster, 1000 watt stereo, IPOD, DVD, CD, ceiling lights and two digital TV monitors.
The “Hopper” for short was given a new engine, generator, A/C, rims, tires and paint job.
Shortly after starting the business Mark Pondoff was approached by the executives from the shows “Elimidate and MTV’s – NEXT”. The Hopper was chosen to film both pilot episodes for the two shows.
Shortly after The Hopper’s TV day view, reservations picked up. President Mark Pondoff, AKA Captain Marky,Mark ; saw the need to expand the business and set out to build another RV Limousine called “The Ultra-Lounge”.
The Captain renovates all the coaches himself from the ground up, including the demolition work and design work for the new floor plans. The company now has 3 RV style Limousines and 3 Party Buses.
On 2-1-11 The Hopper was transformed again into a multi use vehicle. The forward section of the coach was transformed into an office. Located in the center of the coach, the slot machine was removed to make way for The Captain’s Private Stock Bar.
The RV will now be the owner’s personal office / Party Bus on wheels! This mobile commanded center also doubles as a moving billboard. Still listed on Partylounge’s Equipment Statement filed with the C.P.U.C (California Public Utilities Commission). The Hopper will still retain her licensing numbers on the side. Available for Private charters if the offer is right!