We have re-purposed a 1989 15-passenger Chevy van for our mutant. The van is in excellent mechanical shape. It has only 67,000 miles on it. We 'greened' the van including a undercarriage so as to LNT (Leave No Trace).
The Roof Rack and hand railing is very solid and allows anywhere from 14 - 16 passengers to ride on top of Beau. There is a "drivers" seat at the front of the deck that seats 2 and allows for the people sitting there to control Beau's ears! Beau has a 7' tall shade canopy to help break the sun during day crusing.
Getting atop Beau is easy with his stairway and handrail. A low to the ground platform allows an attendant to ride below to help passengers on and off at Beau's many playa stops!
DURING THE DAY - Beau is covered in a pink 'skin'. The Skin is made of lightweight pink rip-stop nylon stretched over a PVC skeleton. Beau's head is made of recycled soda bottles under a wire cage and his ears are movable. Being the dapper fellow he is, Beau sports a top hat and tie.
AT NIGHT - Beau is lit from the underside and using CFL's and multiple rope lights. Having PVC ribs with 'skin' over it and lit from underneath makes this Pink Elephant highly visible at night from at great distance.