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Old 09-23-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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What makes people want these old Bluebird Motorhomes? Built in 1970's. Built when Diesel fuel was cheap.

1979 Bluebird Wanderlodge

This machine is road ready. Presently owned by local diesel repair shop that has gone through everything mechanical.

Brand new tires and wheels. Powered by a 3208 Caterpillar diesel woth an Allison automatic transmission...only 8000 miles on the engine! 189000 total miles on chassis.

This is a 1979 Bluebird Wonderlodge; a classic motor home built as durable as a tank, but with nicely furnished interior; a cadillac in its day.Everything needed to camp in comfort.

6.5 KW Onan Generator
2 roof top air conditioners
Central heat
self contained fresh water
Toilet complete with vanity sink and stand up shower
several storage lockers inside and out including a huge roof rack.
gray and black water tank

Interior
2 sleeper couches in front cabin
large flat screen TV with DVD and VCR
dining table - converts to a bed
full kitchen - stove, microwave, sink, and refrigerator (gas or electric)
2 beds in rear cabin
all necessary electric cables, water hoses, and sewer attachements

Asking 13,500.00 OBO
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:08 AM
 
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While not in the league of upscale finishes and amenities that the later big names built in the industry for Class A's ...

at the time it was built, the Wanderlodges were the top of the class with solid construction and decent floor plans.

They are still capable of delivering excellent performance and utility.

At low teens for price, that's a lot of Class A vehicle for the money. For a couple to travel, perhaps snowbird, it's a bargain.

Very much a classic with utility in the same manner as an Airstream trailer or top line boats from the same era.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I wonder what a diesel mechanic charges an hour to work on one these Bluebird Motorhome?
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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I wonder what a diesel mechanic charges an hour to work on one these Bluebird Motorhome?
Very competitive rates with Class 8 Truck shops in our area ...

ranging between $80 to $100/hr the shops I've been to.

Some are RV specialist shops, some are independent diesel shops; there's nothing especially difficult about working on a 3208 Cat in a bus than in many other vehicles.

Once you're looking at the interior and RV systems that are in the vehicle, that's a whole different set of specialties, and the RV guys work on these for around $80-100/hr, some for a lot less. Depends a lot on the nature of the work, but propane systems and domestic water systems and appliances in one of these units are not particularly difficult to work on compared to any of the newer Class A's.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I saw a terrific Bluebird Wanderlodge in Spearfish SD, WORKAMPER area. WoW, very nicely kept.
While they don't have slides, they are pretty deluxe and HD built. (and pretty 'low-profile' Better for cross winds)

Yes, $80 - $100 / hour is rate at name brand FT shops, there are many diesel shops in my area that work for $60.
The 3208 is still in service today, with lots of parts and service availability.

I would take a Wanderlodge if I was into Class A's, tho my preference is a Silver Eagle (ex-Continental Trailways Bus)
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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I am that "someone" interested in the Wanderlodge. I am in VA - can you tell me where it is located?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:08 AM
 
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I am that "someone" interested in the Wanderlodge. I am in VA - can you tell me where it is located?
Better hurry up as at $13,5 i doubt it will be on the market for long.
Why do people like em? they are beautiful and built like a tank.
This particular one sounds almost too good to be true , i'd be leery of a scam..
http://www.vintagebirds.com/bill-bd.htm

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Old 09-26-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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I remember when i was a kid on vacation one year... we went on a tour of the factory where they build (or built) the Wanderlodges and Blue Bird School buses... it was pretty cool! My brother and i got a bank shaped like a school bus.. i actually still use it, lol.. I remember they used real butcher block for the table and counters...
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:42 PM
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Because they are a "classic"! Because they, with some work and $$$$, outlast all of those big, hunky ones coming off the assembly line even as we speak! A couple once let us tour theirs, an older one, when we were at a campground and the quality is awesome. I was actually looking at one on vintage birds the other day called a "Pink Panther" and I would take that over other new one except for a new Prevost or Wanderlodge! We are in an RV park right now and I see this assembly line crap rolling in each night and boy when they try to unload that.................I won't be standing in line for it and neither will anyone else!
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Wondering if Bluebird is still building the Motorhome type?
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