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happened to see a BlueBird on a consignment lot here in Jackson, MI today. Asking price in windshield is $45K
http://www.theautomerchantsinc...on_MI_189465192.veh#
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Just my two cents on Wanderlodge, Prevost, and Newells in the used market.

These machines are all second to none in design, suspension, construction and layout, but there is one serious fly in the ointment on older units.....they almost all are powered by the two stoke Detroits.

Although these were tremendous power-plants in their day (witness the universal use by tour buses), they are now a bit of a dinosaur.

So, I would be as leery of them as the 3208 Cat that I so often have raised the ire of Cat lovers with.




Formerly: 1997 Barth Monarch
Now: 2000 BlueBird Wanderlodge 43' LXi Millennium Edition DD Series 60 500HP 3 stage Jake, Overbuilt bike lift with R1200GS BMW, followed by 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited,
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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welcome back Corey! long time no see






29' 1977parted out and still alive in Barths all over the USA
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Yeah, took a year off from blogging about RV stuff as I had no RV to talk about. I realize you are a better man, as I recall it didn't matter whether you had one or not to stay engaged. None the less, here I am again and hoping to stay engaged!!




Formerly: 1997 Barth Monarch
Now: 2000 BlueBird Wanderlodge 43' LXi Millennium Edition DD Series 60 500HP 3 stage Jake, Overbuilt bike lift with R1200GS BMW, followed by 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited,
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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We were Bluebird shopping for a while and I hate to say it but there are some clunkers for sale at overinflated prices. Not all, do not get me wrong, but buyer beware. Not all are good just because it says BB
. No maintence or knowlegable owners can even bring them to their knees (literally).




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Welcome back! Thumbs Up


Rusty


MilSpec AMG 6.5L TD 230HP; built-to-order by Peninsular Engines:  Hi-pop injectors, gear-driven camshaft, non-waste-gated, high-output turbo, 18:1 pistons.  Fuel economy increased by 15-20%, power, WOW!"StaRV II"

'94 28' Breakaway: MilSpec AMG 6.5L TD 230HP

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It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I've been searching thirty years to find her and thank her - W. C. Fields
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We were Bluebird shopping for a while and I hate to say it but there are some clunkers for sale at overinflated prices. Not all, do not get me wrong, but buyer beware. Not all are good just because it says BB
. No maintence or knowlegable owners can even bring them to their knees (literally).

BB has been building Wanderlodge since 1968, so you wanna believe there are some worn out clunkers! Plus, they tend to be very high end it amenities for the era they come from, so more things to maintain. On the other hand, (with exception to the M380/M450) they are all steel construction. One of the reasons that only one person has ever perished in a Wanderlodge accident (and he was 80+, doing 80+ into the woods!). Early units are built on the BB school bus chassis, later (like mine)are on a tour bus (semi monocoque) chassis.

Like a Barth, there is something to work with there!




Formerly: 1997 Barth Monarch
Now: 2000 BlueBird Wanderlodge 43' LXi Millennium Edition DD Series 60 500HP 3 stage Jake, Overbuilt bike lift with R1200GS BMW, followed by 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited,
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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Good to be back everybody, thanks for the welcome cheers




Formerly: 1997 Barth Monarch
Now: 2000 BlueBird Wanderlodge 43' LXi Millennium Edition DD Series 60 500HP 3 stage Jake, Overbuilt bike lift with R1200GS BMW, followed by 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited,
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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You are welcome for the welcome Smiler we have missed you and your informative posts. Hope to meet up with you soon.


Mary

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Oh sure, Corey, everybody's jolly.

When you left, I cried for week, started drinking again. Stole a cop car went on 3 state rampage (yeah, that was me) shot in the a## and badly wounded, then made it home after further trauma in the county jail with a real friendly guy named Rocko....After numerous intensive sessions with my therapist, I was just getting over you... confusion

Yeah welcome back!!! ROTFLMAO OK if I stop by? ROTFLMAO

oops, thread drift, sorry.. wack


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From now on, nobody should wonder what living in Northern Michigan does to a formerly brilliant mind and upstanding citizen Tooling Along Violence Mischief
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Ha Ha Steve, It's nice to know I have left an impact, very Zen like. Stop by anytime, but realize I'm in Asheville, NC else you'll be visiting the ex.




Formerly: 1997 Barth Monarch
Now: 2000 BlueBird Wanderlodge 43' LXi Millennium Edition DD Series 60 500HP 3 stage Jake, Overbuilt bike lift with R1200GS BMW, followed by 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited,
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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OMG, I am SOO sorry! During the family GTG while I was drinking and grilling dinner, my evil twin brother got onto my computer. He lies, cheats, chases women (not like me) confusion and interferes with my life when he can. Mom always liked him best... cool clothes, etc... He's just out of prison and I couldn't turn him away... we don't talk about him much...

He may have said some strange things...

Seriously, Corey, good to see you back (really) great insight into so many facets of RV, etc. ROTFLMAO After all, this is MAHEM, these SOB's all lie anyway, me too, I guess. ROTFLMAO

Glad things have stabilized for you. Gonna be at Hillsboro? See ya maybe?

Spring Hill was nice but NC OK too; Never know we might be in the neighborhood...

Have Barth, will travel


8607-3346-33TFPOB------9708-M0037-37MM-01
86 Regal SE 33 Tag axle--"98" Monarch 37
Chev P3(7) 454TBI--------Cummins 8.3 300 hp
400 hp fuel injected-------6 spd Allison, Spartan MM
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Many friends going to Daytona are now taking US 35 out of Dayton to I-65,I-77,I-95 route thru W. VA., VA.,N. & S. Linas.
They like the drive better and no Cincy or Atlanta.


1986 31' Regal -1976 Class C
454/T400 P30 -350/T400 G30
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But I-95 in SC south of I-26 has terrible road surfaces. Just be aware and use extra denture adhesive...


Rusty


MilSpec AMG 6.5L TD 230HP; built-to-order by Peninsular Engines:  Hi-pop injectors, gear-driven camshaft, non-waste-gated, high-output turbo, 18:1 pistons.  Fuel economy increased by 15-20%, power, WOW!"StaRV II"

'94 28' Breakaway: MilSpec AMG 6.5L TD 230HP

Nelson and Chester, not-spoiled Golden Retrievers

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not.
In either case the idea is quite staggering.
- Arthur C. Clarke

It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I've been searching thirty years to find her and thank her - W. C. Fields
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