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Subject: Removing paneling by thermostat


Author:
Jim Woodward (ideas needed)
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Date Posted: 06/ 22/ 17, 7:33pm

I have a 1979 BlueBird Wanderlodge with an A/C problem. Power has been traced from the compressor to the thermostat but the repair guy cannot further trace the problem without removing the paneling. Are there any suggestions as how best to remove the paneling without damaging it?

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Subject: Blue Bird Financing


Author:
Chris
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Date Posted: 05/ 28/ 18, 1:33am

Anybody know or have experience with any finance company that offer reasonable rv loans for these old birds? I am considering the 80s genre birds.

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[> Subject: Re: Blue Bird Financing


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 05/ 28/ 18, 1:33am

Hi Chris,
You would be better served by using a home equity loan or home equity line of credit from your existing home (if you have one). Straight-out car loans are tough to get for a collectible vehicle.

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Subject: 87 Wanderlodge 35foot side bath FC Furnaces


Author:
Patrick
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Date Posted: 03/ 22/ 18, 4:55pm

Where is the electric solenoid for the propane Supply to the 3 furnaces? Any relays or fuses? Propane tank full, cooktop and propane refrigerator fine. All 3 furnaces worked fine last time used a month ago. Now all 3 only blow cold air. LP heat switch on dash is in on position and green indicator beside switch is on. Must be something to do with solenoid controlled by the dash switch. Thanks. Pat

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Subject: Cold Weather


Author:
Bret
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Date Posted: 01/ 19/ 18, 7:29pm

Thinking about a Bluebird for year around in Minnesota. Any suggestions or tips on how it would do. Have always liked the Bluebird, but I don't know if all holding and plumbing is enclosed and if they are insulated enough for the climate.

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[> Subject: Re: Cold Weather


Author:
steve (hammill)
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Date Posted: 12/ 1/ 17, 5:37pm

If it is like my old 83 Bird, as long as the coach is running, plugged into shore power, or the generator is running everything should be fine. You do need to keep an eye on things, a big poopsickle is no fun.

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[> Subject: Re: Cold Weather


Author:
Brian
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Date Posted: 01/ 19/ 18, 7:29pm

I spent last winter nort of Bemidji, not in RV. Rent a heated storage unit.

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Subject: Rooftop air condensation drip/drain tubes


Author:
Tim
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Date Posted: 12/ 31/ 17, 6:11am

1994 Bluebird gets wet in overhead interior storage compartments when AC is running. This unit has 3 original Duotherm Penguin AC units. In my investigation I found where the evaporator trays drip there are actually holes in the roof that catch the water (condensation) and direct it through drain tubes. These tubes are run through the cross section of the roof and the walls and eventually drop the water out near the wheel wells. Quite an elaborate system for sure, but not so good when things age and fall apart.

It's hard to tell without removing the AC units, but it appears to me the seal is compromised between the drain tubes and the aluminum roof. I'm assuming the next step is to remove the AC units and get a good look at things.

In observing/planning AC removal, I can see where the front AC mount studs are in air intake area, but can't see the rear studs. There's a vinyl covered ceiling piece that's part of the air intake. I think I need to remove that, but can't see any obvious fasteners. Has anybody else dealt with this before? Any hints or information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. Tim

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[> Subject: Re: Rooftop air condensation drip/drain tubes


Author:
john withem
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Date Posted: 12/ 31/ 17, 6:11am

had same problem tube pulled apart just in front of cut out tube was pulled tight and vibration dislodged

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Subject: Buyer's & 3rd Party Inspections before Buying Used Bluebird


Author:
Mark Dixon
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Date Posted: 12/ 20/ 17, 7:13am

I am looking to buy a used 1993 Bluebird and was wondering how buyers handle the inspection of the RV? Do you get a certified RV Inspector, kinda like a home inspector, to look at the RV and give you a report? I know when I bought a boat, I got a survey done by a boat inspector. Also what would this inspection cost. I am a newbie to RVs and appreciate the help and comments.

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Subject: 1983 PT Found


Author:
CHAD S
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Date Posted: 12/ 16/ 17, 6:44pm

I’ve come across a 1983 PT with 140,000 miles that has been sitting for a while in IN I stopped and talked with the owner about her. He allowed me to look her over, she definitely needs some TLC. He assured me that the engine runs good and the generator runs. But didn’t start either for me. My question is. What would be a fair price to offer him ? Like I said the coach needs a lot of work on the interior and has a few windows that need to be replaced

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Subject: Coach insurance 2017


Author:
steve (hammill)
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Date Posted: 12/ 1/ 17, 11:36am

Checked the archives and the last thread on insurance was back in 2009.

I got a quote from Foremost of $2000 as a part-timer. It seems high for a $75k coach. It may be the million $$$ coverages that I selected, but maybe not. I don't remember what I paid Progressive back in the 90's on my 83 Bird.

I have pockets deep enough to excite ambulance chasers so I thought more was necessary.

Thoughts...recommendations please.

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Subject: 1959 bluebird


Author:
Mike (Cold)
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Date Posted: 11/ 3/ 17, 10:40am

Just picked up a 1959 blue bird 366 v8 driving it from Minnesota to phoenix slots of switches with no labels on the dash and no heat looking for any enlightenment on dash switches and the array of switches above the captains chair

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Subject: Re: Musical Horn scematic


Author:
Gilles Grimard
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Date Posted: 10/ 10/ 17, 12:16pm

I have the Ultimate Musical Horn and I need the scematic for the connection.

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Subject: air bags


Author:
GABE GRAU SR (old school)
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Date Posted: 10/ 8/ 17, 7:16pm

looking for front and rear air bags for 1985 bluebird Wanderlodge PT 36 thanks.

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Subject: 8v92 wont fire


Author:
Ray
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Date Posted: 09/ 16/ 17, 3:15am

I've got an 8V92 non installed, it was a rebuild, all electronic systems retrofitted back to mechanical type. Engine will crank but not fire, have checked fuel flow, filter, cut out switch and all is ok. What else can I check out/test to resolve

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Subject: what is the HSA function on the ISUZU forward juston


Author:
Tera (terav)
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Date Posted: 09/ 12/ 17, 4:10am

i just got a used isuzu truck from japan and there are two HSA switches on the dash that i cannot yet figure what they are for. one says HSA off/on and the other one says HSA fast/slow.
will appreciate any help on this topic.
thank you.

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[> Subject: KITCHEN


Author:
kELLY SMITH
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Date Posted: 09/ 12/ 17, 4:10am

http://kitchentuts.com/   This works wonderfully! It gave me the push to replace a pressure cooker lost a few years ago after Hurricane Rita. I followed the recipe closely except I substituted beef stock for chicken, had a delicious meal and froze the leftovers for later.

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Subject: Where can I find parts for a 1988 Wanderlodge?


Author:
Ted Hoffman (Help)
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Date Posted: 08/ 4/ 17, 12:47am

I am a new owner of a 1988 39' Bluebird WB. The mechanism to hold door open into the engine compartment needs to be replaced as does the latch to open and lock the door. My mechanic, who is also new to old Bluebirds, is having a heard time locating the parts. The current owners of Wanderlodge, according to the mechanic are very difficult to deal with. Are there any other part sources? This is my first coach and so far the ride has been pretty bumpy !

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Subject: Removal of wter tank on 1983 FC35


Author:
Urnie Krueger
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Date Posted: 06/ 18/ 17, 1:49pm

I may need to remove the water tank on my 1983 FC35 to repair some plumbing leaks. Does anyone know the procedure?

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[> Subject: Re: Removal of wter tank on 1983 FC35


Author:
Larry Baker
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Date Posted: 06/ 18/ 17, 1:49pm

It is a royal pain. Pay someone to do it.

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Subject: 83 40' wanderlodge


Author:
Kat
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Date Posted: 06/ 10/ 17, 6:03pm

does anyone know where the power source for the generator door on the front of the bus. Ours will not open when push the button, it only works manually.

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Subject: What is the right battery for a 1977 bluebird wanderlodge


Author:
John (Vidaurri)
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Date Posted: 02/ 16/ 17, 9:17pm

What is the right battery to use in a 1977 bluebird wanderlodge and how do they hook up?

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Subject: Fuel Filter on 1989 Blue Bird


Author:
Tonya
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Date Posted: 01/ 17/ 17, 9:54am

I just bought a 1989 Blue Bird, 1BB, and need to know when it is time to change the fuel filter, is it when it looks full on the filter or when it looks half full?

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Subject: New 1988 Bluebird Owner


Author:
Ted Hoffman (finding my way)
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Date Posted: 12/ 14/ 16, 1:02pm

The lock and release latch on the engine compartment of My 1988 Bluebird Wanderlodge 39' Widebody is worn out. I am looking for a replacement. I live in Idaho and would like to make contact with folks nearby with similar coaches.

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Subject: can i know timing of gear train crankshaft of 12v92 engine series


Author:
Rohit_Sagvekar
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Date Posted: 12/ 1/ 16, 10:14am

can i know timing of gear train crankshaft of 12v92 engine series

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Subject: Marker lights fix


Author:
Gerardo (Floriano)
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Date Posted: 11/ 17/ 16, 4:39pm

1979 Wanderlodge.Marker lights stop working , cant figure for a fuse or braker to be replaced.Hope you guys can advice me.Thanks

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
peter castellanos (big kahuna)
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Date Posted: 10/ 12/ 16, 1:59pm

hi, I've a difficult time locating an oil leak under the blower input shaft drive seal and the end plate 6V-92 series
I've removed the blower and replaced the input shaft seal
and now its leaking worst the before.
thanks.

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
edvin
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Date Posted: 10/ 7/ 16, 2:19am

Hi looking to buy 1979 GMC General with 6V92 Detroit Diesel
I know it is 2016 and this are very old trucks what are the major problems with tis trucks and engines and is there parts available to rebuild engines?

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Subject: Need a Good RV shop to work on my Bird in Houston,, Texas


Author:
mike (have a 1988 25th aniv need an rv shop local please)
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Date Posted: 09/ 20/ 16, 8:21pm

we just bought a great 1988, 25th anniversary edition and have a couple of things we want repaired, and have no luck in Houston finding one, also need a good place to take just to get everything checked out mechanically before we head to the Pacific North West

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Subject: NEW


Author:
Jim (STUMPPED)
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Date Posted: 09/ 16/ 16, 4:47am

I need help, big time..... 1998 Hatt with 12V92's. I'm deep into a total rebuild and the liners are out and finding no issues with the engine, I have a dilemma that is stumping my mechanic. I wonder if anyone knows why a plug is shoved in the main water jacket located 2:00 of the #4 cylinder hole of the inboard bank of the port engine. 3 other plugs are in three more water jackets. One on the #4 inboard side as well as as well as at 11:00 on #3 cylinders holes on the in and outboard water jackets. From what I've learned, a 12V92 is two 6V92's joined nose to nose so if that is correct, the 4 plugs are located adjacent to # 1 cylinder on both banks of both 6V blocks.
After digging through a bunch of receipts, one eng survey, and some service records left on the boat I recently bought, I learned that this engine continually had heat problems which the prior owners tried chasing down. Also when I was bringing the boat up the coast, I could not exceed 1850 without the temp creeping up. Is it possible these plugs do not belong there? Or is it possible that 4 plugs are too many plugs?
I conferred with a local mechanic and he recalls a Detroit bulletin mentioning between a certain range of serial numbered engines, these plugs were to be inserted to remedy an overheat problem. Could someone have added 2 where the should only be 2 ?
I'm really uneasy about continuing with the rebuild until I know with great certainty what the deal with these plugs are. Can you help ? ? ? PLEASE ?

BTW, these engines are marinized be Detroit, not J&T nor Covington.

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Subject: Detritus 6v92t engine one side (3cylinder) releasing wet diesel from exhaust and I inter changed injectorsthe problem is same


Author:
Hussein (New question)
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Date Posted: 09/ 6/ 16, 10:54am

Detritus 6v92t engine one side (3cylinder) releasing wet diesel from exhaust and I inter changed injectorsthe problem is same

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Subject: Mechanic needed


Author:
Josh Duckwall
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Date Posted: 09/ 2/ 16, 8:09am

Does anybody know a mechanic in and around Atlanta that would work on these old juice brakes? I have a 1968, thanks

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[> Subject: Re: Mechanic needed


Author:
Dave Bland
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Date Posted: 09/ 2/ 16, 8:09am

North Georgia Auto in Cumming Ga will work on em. 706-205-0905

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Subject: onan 7500 quiet generator diesal repairs


Author:
michael (murphy)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 16, 6:31am

what does it cost to replace the stator,inventor,and rotor
1 rotor $563.00
2 stator $1138.00
3 inventor $1898.00
4 labor welding frame bent take out rv reinstall
27 hrs @95.00

how bad is this

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[> Subject: Re: onan 7500 quiet generator diesal repairs


Author:
michael (murphy)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 16, 6:25am

would like opinions on this seems excessive

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[> [> Subject: Re: onan 7500 quiet generator diesal repairs


Author:
michael (murphy)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 16, 6:30am

onan genera questions on repair

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: onan 7500 quiet generator diesal repairs


Author:
michael (murphy)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 16, 6:31am


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Subject: Location of horn on 78 Wanderlodge


Author:
Jon
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Date Posted: 08/ 28/ 16, 4:31am

This may sound funny but I have tried to located my horn with no success! Today a friend of mine came over to help me locate it. We never did find it but we did locate the horn selinoid right under the front dash. It really a pain in the butt as it doesn't work and I have looked just about everywhere that it could have been installed.. Thanks Jon.

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[> Subject: Re: Location of horn on 78 Wanderlodge


Author:
Gatorgrl
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Date Posted: 08/ 28/ 16, 4:31am

By "horn" do you mean the (2) air horns located at the top of the bus? If so, there should be a small foot switch on the drivers side...like an old highbeam switch...this is for the airhorn...according to our blueprints. We have an 82 FC

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Subject: 1982 FC Wanderlodge shore power issue


Author:
Gatorgrl (confused)
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Date Posted: 08/ 28/ 16, 4:19am

We are the new owners of a 1982 FC Wanderlodge and are in the process of rehabbing it. It's original owner passed away so we are flying blind. We have all of the blueprints but are having an issue hooking the bus up to 30amp shore power. My husband even direct wired a line from the house to the breaker panel and at best all we got was both roof A/C's and the 110v outlets. We have done everything it has said to do as far as switching the power at the generator to 30amp shore power. We are at a loss. Any ideas on what could be causing us to have no interior lights when hooked to shore power?

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Subject: Pricing Worksheet FC


Author:
Benjamin Ray
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Date Posted: 08/ 27/ 16, 6:28pm

I am trying to find a document from BlueBird with the pricing and options for an FC.

Would anyone know where to find this?

Thanks,
Bfrtech

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Subject: 3208 Cat in 88 FC


Author:
Ray Pander
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Date Posted: 08/ 25/ 16, 8:32pm

Has anyone ever replaced the 3208 Cat with a new engine other than a Cat in a FC. I know this has been done in the SP's but I'm not aware of another option in a FC.
I've owned this Bird since 1994 and am considering updating the old girl. I would like to get a little more power for the hills.

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Subject: 88 fc history


Author:
rick pino
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Date Posted: 08/ 22/ 16, 1:51pm

I am looking at this used B/B FC35, any one have history on it?
http://www.buybyebluebird.com/show.php?id=320&p=10&page=1&srt=added%20DESC

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Subject: Allison Transmission Fluid


Author:
Donald (Kitchell)
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Date Posted: 08/ 11/ 16, 9:02pm

I have a 1981 Bluebird with an Allison transmission behind a 3208 Caterpillar motor. I need to know what type of transmission it is and what type of transmission fluid it uses. Thanks.

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Subject: 1968 27 ft holiday rambler


Author:
Joshua
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Date Posted: 08/ 8/ 16, 1:07pm

I have a 68 holiday rambler, in good condition, unsure if it's all original or not, probably not, but i poured water into my toilet to see if it worked, which it seems too, but one, I. Not sure if this model has a holding tank or if it is a straight line, as nothing came out my exit line. If it has a tank is there a valve for opening the tank to drain and where would it be located?

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Subject: Looking at a 82 fc 35 and have some questions


Author:
rick pino
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Date Posted: 08/ 1/ 16, 7:57am

I am new to bluebirds and have some questions on the fc models as far as what to look for when considering purchase. Ie like rust areas, etc. It would be nice to talk to someone knowledgeable by phone if possible.
Rick 772-388-8782

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
wilf
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Date Posted: 07/ 18/ 16, 7:58pm

what is air to air testing and what type of result should I get and valve setting should be done when and what is the lastest program now for the 60 series for 515

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Subject: A very interested future owner


Author:
Chuck Green (Intrigued)
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Date Posted: 07/ 18/ 16, 3:50pm

I have a 34 Bounder now and it is a great, but it looks like every other one. I have always liked the look of a Bluebird, and I am handy so I can do the work. What I want to know is what questions you would have asked if you knew what you know now.

Please take some time and tell me about your bird...

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
visser (16vf92)
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Date Posted: 05/ 18/ 16, 9:41am

the camshaft 5147231 is this the 16vf92TA and he can work with the 8,927,069th / 8927070/8927071

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Subject: Oil for 1988 bluebird w/Detroit 2 stroke engine


Author:
John
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Date Posted: 04/ 30/ 16, 5:06am

We bought a 1988 40 ft Bluebird Wanderlodge. It has a Detroit Diesel 2 stroke engine. We were told Delo 100 30 weight is the best oil for it. The mechanic who changed the oil for us used Delo 400 instead of Delo 100. Should we drain it & change it to the 100 30 weight we asked for? Will it harm anything if we run the 400 for a few thousand miles before we change it to Delo 100? Also when we drain the 400 out should we change the new oil filter also even if we don't drive it with the 400 oil he put in it? It has been idled since the oil change but not driven. Thx

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[> Subject: Re: Oil for 1988 bluebird w/Detroit 2 stroke engine


Author:
Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 04/ 30/ 16, 5:06am

you need Delo 100--40 weight- no blend- drain it and use the correct oil

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Subject: How to remove a window from a 91 Wanderlodge


Author:
Stephanie
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Date Posted: 04/ 29/ 16, 11:37am

We are renovating a 91 and the widows are foamed in. I need to remove the window to get a residential refrigerator in. Has anyone done this or have any advice?

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Subject: Volunteering to Help Collegiate Solar Car Race Team


Author:
Chris Tolbert (Tolbert)
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Date Posted: 03/ 31/ 16, 8:59am

Greetings from Appalachian State University Solar Vehicle Team,
I am lead advisor and coach of our solar vehicle team. I have been researching motorhomes and find Wanderlodges to be the best on the road for safety and longevity. I want one for both my college and high school teams. If one were to become available and fall within our small budget I am considering purchasing one in our future. Short term we are currently working out travel arrangements for the American Solar Challenge (ASC) which is going to be an 8 day 1800+ mile road course traveling through 7 states from Brecksville, OH to Hot Springs, SD. This year the ASC is partnering with the National Park Service for their 2016 Centennial. The ASC route will include stage/checkpoints in 9 national parks, historic sites or partner properties throughout the Midwest. We will also compete at the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2016) held at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA. (This is also the qualifying race for the ASC).

Obviously the team is considering traveling in a motorhome to these events. Students will be sleeping in our race trailer, tents and vans. I see the motorhome as being quarters for coaches, volunteers and home base for safety. Unfortunately, our school transportation department does not have such vehicles so we are currently seeking sponsors willing to provide such support from July 19 - August 9. In return for sponsorship we would be able and excited to advertise the sponsorship throughout all the events and travel during this 3 week endeavor that includes preparation, competition, and return home. We would also setup advertisements on our website, solar vehicle and during our community outreach events throughout the year. If you know anyone interested in this unique marketing opportunity and supporting our efforts to promoting sustainable transportation and STEM education please let us know.

For More Information:
http://americansolarchallenge.org/
http://www.appstatesvt.com/#home-section

Our High School Electric Vehicle Team webiste:
http://wwhsev.weebly.com/


Thank You for Your Time and Consideration!

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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Scott hanstrom (Question)
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Date Posted: 03/ 20/ 16, 8:31am

I have purchased a 1985 bluebird wanderlodge 3208 catapillar. My question is if I remove the panels from the front from the bus will the radar swing open?

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Subject: new member


Author:
lamar rowland
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Date Posted: 03/ 16/ 16, 7:34am

just joined check cleared but have heard nothing from club thanks

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
shelkan (happy)
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Date Posted: 03/ 15/ 16, 5:01am

what number of crankshaft revolutions is required to time all the injectors in a two-cycle Detroit diesel engine

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[> Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 03/ 15/ 16, 5:01am

When I set the timing on my injectors, we only rotated the engine a few times by hand using a 1-1/2" socket on the camshaft pulley nut. You will need to obtain a timing tool from DD/Allison unless you already have one.

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Subject: Re: what is the HSA function on the ISUZU forward juston


Author:
eric owino
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Date Posted: 03/ 3/ 16, 9:25pm

has got two hsa swiches on my dash board one say HSA off and the other says HSA fast and slow whats there functions

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Subject: Is there a market for 8v92 engines


Author:
Jerry
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Date Posted: 03/ 3/ 16, 10:52am

We recently replaced our engine in our wrecker. I'm wondering if there is a market for a used 8v92 DD ? It just had 1 liner come loose>

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Subject: Engine swap ?


Author:
Jimmy Miller (Evangelist)
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Date Posted: 02/ 16/ 16, 9:00pm

We are selling our house as we're in our sixties, I had a GM 4106 that we loved but couldn't find honest mechanics, I like the older Birds with the tag axle, my question is can a series 60 fit into an older Wanderlodge, I like the 8V92 but seems to have people not wanting in to work on them, by the way, I change my own oil and filters,how much would a rebuilt series 60 cost? sorry about the long lett ER , Thanks and God Bless !

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Subject: Engine swap ?


Author:
Jimmy Miller (Evangelist)
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Date Posted: 02/ 16/ 16, 8:56pm

We are selling our house as we're in our sixties, I had a GM 4106 that we loved but couldn't find honest mechanics, I like the older Birds with the tag axle, my question is can a series 60 fit into an older Wanderlodge, I like the 8V92 but seems to have people wanting in to work on them, by the way, I change my own oil and filterse, sorry about the long lett ER , Thanks and God Bless !

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Subject: light bulbs on Wanderloge


Author:
Ron Keelen
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Date Posted: 01/ 20/ 16, 12:49pm

I have just purchased a 1999 Wanderlodge Lxi body model F122529 and have a few of lights on Top back (two of the three red lights) and one amber on the side top. Does anyone know the type of bulb I can use to replace them. When I try to take the old ones out they break apart and the I cannot read the number on the stem.

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Subject: 1977 Wanderlodge with Cat 3208 possible purchase.


Author:
Chris Crimmins (Fascinated)
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Date Posted: 01/ 16/ 16, 6:20pm

Hey guys, after seeing a Wanderlodge at a flea market in Nashville, I was fascinated and started researching as one does. I of course happened upon these forums, and am really enjoying the information. So thank you.

I am here in Florida, and lo and behold I came upon a 1977 33' for sale. It seems to be in good interior and exterior condition with a few things that need repaired. Vents, fridge, ac's etc. It has about 99k on it.

I am familiar with RV's having worked on several Airstreams. Is there anything in particular to look for on buying one? What would be a good price to purchase one for if it is in good running condition?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am hopeful on joining a new community of enthusiasts. Thanks

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Subject: 81 bb fc33


Author:
bob lovett
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Date Posted: 01/ 13/ 16, 2:34pm

I have a 81 bb fc33 furnace stopped working both kitchen and living area can someone tell me where a fuse box is for these both went out at the same time was installing new thermostat in kitchen at the time no furnace in bedroom was removed when I bought the bus thanks Bob

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Subject: nutral safty switch on starter.


Author:
will
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Date Posted: 10/ 30/ 15, 1:02pm

Is the neutral safety switch for the starter wired into the ac power. my 50 amp 30 amp gen switch was burnt out so I replaced it with a automatic transfer switch and now I cant start my buss.

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Subject: General questions


Author:
Phil Schafer (Bird Wannabe)
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Date Posted: 10/ 3/ 15, 6:54pm

I have been lurking around for some time and have some questions about wanderlodge models. We may be downsizing, and a 35' or 36' Wanderlodge may be in our future. I thought about converting a bus, but the wife will kill me, and I don't have a place to do it. I love the look and construction of models before the advent of fiberglass caps and slideouts. So here goes. I've narrowed it down to sp36 or fc35. For the sp 36, are there pass through ext compartments? How many? Where are the fw and holding tanks? Is the fuel tank in front of engine/trans between frame rails? For the fc 35, where are the fw and holding tanks, are the only options twin beds or side full bed? And I know no one likes this question and it is dependent on driveline gear ratios, and weight, but what can you expect in mpg? I know of Detroit engined mcis with 10 mpgs; I have a cat 330 in my 40 ft mh and can get 8 mpg consistently. But I don't know about the 3208? Thanks for letting me lurk and learn!

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Subject: Bird in Europe


Author:
Ernst Sittig (230 V 50 Hz)
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Date Posted: 09/ 11/ 15, 8:52am

We are considering buying a 1977 Wanderlodge.Is there anyone who has experience with using an American motorhome in Europe?
Is it better to use a big transformer and gradually change the appliances (any time something breaks down) or is it better to change everything (generator, rectifier/battery charger, inverter, fridge, microwave, airco, you name it... ) to 230 V to start with?

Any suggestion (with arguments) is welcome!

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Subject: 12.5KW Perkins Generator


Author:
Rich Johnson
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Date Posted: 08/ 22/ 15, 4:20pm

This is somewhat convoluted, but, this is the way it goes: I own a FC-33 1981 Wanderlodge. It came with a Perkins 12.5 KW generator. I live in Connecticut, but visit my daughter in California. My two sons got jobs in California, and live with their sister at her house. I loaned the generator to the brothers for the purpose of fixing up the gnerator and learning about the mechanical and electrical parts of a gen-set. The only ting wrong with the diesel was that it could use a cleaning, and it had a bad bearing in the water pump. I provided a rebuilt water pump for them to install. Instead of fixing it, they tore the diesel into pieces, then lost interest in the whole thing. My daughter, under the influence of her boyfriend, decided to give away the diesel to one of her boyfriend's friends. Give Away - they said. So now I have no diesel to inlcude with the RV when I go to sell it. I have the original bill of sale for the Wanderlodge, but not sure if the diesel numbers are traceable to the RV. To me this would be a way of getting my diesel back as I am the only one with a bill of sale. What can I do? Any help appreciated. Rich

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Subject: 78 BlueBird FC 35 Windshield


Author:
D . L COLE
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Date Posted: 08/ 17/ 15, 7:03pm

Hello does anyone have any information on windshields like part numbers or who might know where I can buy one. Thank you. 218-838-7629

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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
SHAWN MORRIS (HAPPY)
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Date Posted: 08/ 10/ 15, 10:14am

I NEED TO FIND PARTS PRICES FOR THE 2003 40 FT BLUEBIRD ALL FRT END PARTS PRICES WHERE DO I LOOK

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Subject: RTS II 1977 BUS


Author:
Eugene (New to this.)
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Date Posted: 08/ 8/ 15, 8:00am

I just acquired an RTS II Bus 1977 with a Detroit V8-71 with a allison V730-D8 transmission. Everything seems to be just fine. I had it on the the road and the most I can get out of it is 55 miles per hr, and on an uphill about 25 miles per hr. Spoke to someone and said it is the governor. New to this where do I start.

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Subject: 1979 35 XV


Author:
Mario cruz (Hopeful)
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Date Posted: 07/ 22/ 15, 8:27am

I need some information on 1979 35' XV model.
What is the difference in the XV?
Thank you.......

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Glen Amundrud
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Date Posted: 07/ 17/ 15, 6:59pm

We have a 1988 MCI bus converted to an RV with a 1998 6V92 with a turbo and DDec11. I have problems with keeping the engine running cool enough. The rads were changed and there was no improvement. The water pump was replaced and there was no improvement. I keep the level of coolant right up there. I can get it to run cooler if I open the heat valve some and run the air conditioning all the time, but when it is 30C the interior can't stay cool enough. Can I replace the drive on the squirrel cages with a smaller pulley, if so would that help. Any suggestions.

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Subject: Re: Fasco Heater fan motor replacement


Author:
Theresa Aland
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Date Posted: 07/ 11/ 15, 1:18pm

Thanks Bob, I am so sorry for not checking back after I posted the question, it was not a hurry-up and fix thing so I forgot to check back. Thanks again and i will look at grainger to see what they have.....What is the part number for the motor you used?

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Subject: Fasco Heater fan motor replacement


Author:
Theresa Aland
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Date Posted: 07/ 11/ 15, 1:09pm

The fan motor in the Fasco kick space heater in my 1984 PT 36 quit working. Since this model heater is no longer made can anyone me help me with a replacement motor that will work in these heaters.
The motor is a fasco model 2450, oem #8767-0004 do not know the RPM of the motor. Thanks

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[> Subject: Re: Fasco Heater fan motor replacement


Author:
Bob Loomas
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Date Posted: 03/ 26/ 13, 2:20pm

Try Grainger.I have replace two of mine with very little Mods.Get the dimensions off the old ones.I think you be a lot happier wiyh new.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Fasco Heater fan motor replacement


Author:
Theresa Aland
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Date Posted: 07/ 11/ 15, 1:09pm

Thanks Bob, I am so sorry for not checking back after I posted the question, it was not a hurry-up and fix thing so I forgot to check back. Thanks again and i will look at grainger to see what they have.....

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Subject: header repair Indiana coach


Author:
Judy Zook
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Date Posted: 07/ 2/ 15, 8:05pm

Looking for some place to repair sagging header in coach. 1983 Wanderlodge FMC. Restoration in process.
Thanks

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Subject: Gray water tank removal


Author:
jimmy curtis (lost)
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Date Posted: 07/ 2/ 15, 1:46pm

I have a 1990 bluebird wanderlodge sp36 trying to replace the gray water tank I removed the metal cover and removed the drain pipes is there anything else holding the tank in?

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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Jim Mick
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Date Posted: 06/ 30/ 15, 3:52pm

I have a 2001 Bluebird Wanderlodge with two slides. I'm currently traveling and am set up in an RV park near Boise Idaho. A few days ago the air seals surrounding the extended rooms slowly deflated. I activated the auxiliary air compressor, fired up the engine , building up the coach air and made sure the 12 volt compressor is operating properly. No luck! There has to be an air leak someplace but where do I begin searching. The dealers I've checked with here in the Bouse area are reluctant to work on it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Jim

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Subject: I need the air filter door (cover) for a inter therm air condition unit


Author:
Jimmy curtis (Sad)
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Date Posted: 06/ 20/ 15, 5:59pm

Anyone have or know where I can find the door (cover) for the air condition filter on a inter therm unit?

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Subject: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Frank K
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Date Posted: 05/ 13/ 15, 7:23am

Cost of ownership- routine repairs and maintenance
I have my sites set on a 1991 wanderlodge. I have reviewed all of the maintenance bills for the past ten years and I have "sticker shock".

It appears that routine maintenance has been about 3,000 per year, with an occasional bill running $5,000 and one even hitting $12,000.
Tune ups and with an oil change hit nearly $2,000. If something was wrong, start at $200 to write up the order.
If you are not at a Blue bird dealership, hit another 500 to $1000 to fabricate tools to work on the engine. It looks like a coach costs a minimum of $6,000 in repairs and maintenance. Factor in depreciation and maintenance, puts another $6,0000 on the number. More troublesome, the CAT engine manual promises a cheap rebuild, which is required at 100,000 miles for an engine with heavy use. Another 15,000 repair bill. The heat system, Primus, is no longer made and parts are not available. Another $5,000 to replace.

I cannot write a $12,000 check without a major cut into my standard of living, (like the current owner). Anyone want to share ownership cost for the 1987 to 1992 36 foot pushers?

Frank

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
PATRICIA SHANNON (HAPPY)
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Date Posted: 04/ 18/ 08, 7:31am

I HAVE A 92 SP36 BLUE BIRD WANDERLODGE SINCE 1999 AND HAVE SPENT A FORTUNE ON THIS COACH BUT LOVE IT! HOWEVER, THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ONE DEATH IN A WANDERLODGE SINCE THEY STARTED BUILDING THEM IN 1963 WHILE ON THE ROAD. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BREAK INTO A WANDERLODGE THEY ARE BUILT SO GOOD SO AS A SINGLE WOMAN, I FEEL SO VERY SAFE IN BOTH RESPECTS PLUS MY MOTORHOME DRIVES LIKE ON A CLOUD.

MOST OF MY FRIENDS HAVE COACHES - A WIDE VARIETY AND EACH ONE OF THEM TAKE A TRIP AND UPON RETURN, PLACE IT IN THE SHOP. ALL OF MY MOTORHOMES FRIENDS TELL ME THAT IT COSTS A FORTUNE TO OWN A MOTORHOME REGARDLESS OF THE MAKE, MODEL AND YEAR SO WHO KNOWS?

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 04/ 28/ 08, 6:26pm

WOA, Frank, take a deep breath. First, any diesel shop has tools to work on either a Detroit Diesel, Cummings, or Cat engine. No fabrication required. You stated that the Cat engine has to be rebuilt with over 100k miles with heavy use. I hardly suspect that our coaches qualify for heavy use. Primus parts are available. Lets talk more about your perspective purchase. We can always talk about repairs- if needed, later. Tell us about the coach you are interested in.
Ernie- 83PT40-- 350,000 miles- no tools needed

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[> [> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
John Stiles
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Date Posted: 05/ 7/ 15, 4:57am

Echo'ing what Ernie has said, you do not need to fabricate anything. The 100K miles for a cat engine is not a figure for a rebuild, someone has mispoke or you have misunderstood. The supposed Caterpillar recommendation was for replacing the bottom end bearings on 3208's at around the 100K mileage mark on engines in severe duty use (dump trucks, garbage trucks etc.). These birds far from qualify for this. Because of this 100K "urban legend" I had my lower end bearings replaced about 15 years ago and the ones that came out were like brand new. This was with around 140K miles. It was a total waste of money and the shop thought I was crazy for having the bearing replaced in the first place. So, lesson learned, don't believe all urban legends. No special tools needed, no 100K mile rebuild etc. These are good solid machines and the old cat is a great engine which in motorhome use (with proper care) will likely outlast most owners....

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 05/ 3/ 08, 7:04am

Yep, That can happen.
Some times folks have too much $$$ and are afraid to get their hands dirty. (An opinion only).
At about $100 per hour and a few parts replaced , it will add up to about $1000 per day in a truck or RV repair center.
If you are handy with taking care of you own house, the RV part is just some occational plumbing, heating, electrical, If you can change your own oil, & all filters once per year this is a great saving. Have new tires put on every seven years. and you are good to go.
So a 15 year old BB and about 10 to $15K over the first three year period , and you will have lots of fun and a great dependable Motorhome.
Our Cat purrs like a Kitten at over 100,000 miles.

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Stephen
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Date Posted: 05/ 3/ 08, 4:10pm

Primus parts are available

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Bruce
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Date Posted: 05/ 5/ 08, 3:01pm

Frank,

Six years ago, I knew very little about RVs and what it took to maintain them. Then I came across a '95 Safari Trek that a friend of mine was selling as part of an estate sale. His father had became terminally ill three years prior and the RV sat unused since. I agreed to help my friend get it ready to sell. With what little knowledge I had at the time, I educated myself. I ended up buying that RV. Today, it is running fantastically. All systems go!

With that in mind, another good friend of mine recently purchased a '79 33' Foward Control Wanderlodge that had been sitting in a state of rot for the past five years. Keep in mind that anything that sits, has a tendency to stay that way. As Newton's First Law states, objects at rest tend to remain at rest. With that in mind, we know that when getting into used RVs, the first couple of years can seem to drain the wallet like a money pit. Think boats. As they say, holes in the water into which one pours money.

That said, there's value in both knowledge and Wanderlodges. These are no cheap rigs. Folks who see them still ask questions about them. There is a certain "cool factor" in owning one. But owning one doesn't come without a certain cost of ownership. They do have to be maintained.

When I bought my Safari Trek, I knew very little about RVs. I work for a major airline so I know a thing or two about airplane systems and the physics behind those systems. RVs aren't really all that different than airplanes, believe it or not. While that made it somewhat easier for me to grasp the concepts of RV systems, anyone can learn them. I don't do diesel engine repair so that work gets farmed out at as Bill wrote, $100 an hour. My buddy who just bought the '79 33' FC recently dumped almost $5,000 in the engine side of the RV. But then there is still the house side to consider. We just replaced the refrigerator ourselves. While there was an expense, we saved a lot of money by knowing a thing or two about RVs. I feel that all owners of older, pre-owned RVs should know how the systems work and how to repair and maintain them. Great places to start are Woodall's RV Owner's Handbook by Gary "The RV Doctor" Bunzer and Trailer Life's RV Repair and Maintenance Manual by Bob Livingston. Both books are very handy and informative. To a point. If you want to know more, I suggest checking out what I did. I took a distance learning course on RV repair and maintenance. It is taught by Gary Bunzer. Check out:

http://www.northampton.edu/distancelearn/programs/rv_default.htm

for more information. I believe that the more you can do yourself on RVs, the more affordable and enjoyable having an RV becomes. Maintaining your RV yourself brings the whole RV lifestyle full circle. You not only get to enjoy your RV when things work, troubleshooting and correcting becomes a hobby itself. Think about how you can help your fellow RVers while on the road! I got into this thing full speed. If my airline job tanks, I have RV repair to fall back on.

If you decide to check out the distance learning course, write to Gary Bunzer and mention my name. Bruce McCoy. He knows who I am!

Anyway, Frank, you can either afford this rig or you can't. You'll have to decide that for yourself. I always like to tell people that there is an RV for every budget. Everything from the smallest pop-up camper trailer to the largest diesel pusher. Only you will know what you can afford to purchase, operate and maintain. I hope that you can snag this 'lodge you are looking at. Keep in mind though, it will need to be maintained.

Best of luck,
Bruce. (For Tom the owner,)
'79 33' FC

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Stephen
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Date Posted: 05/ 19/ 08, 3:06pm

primus parts are still availble
an oil change should cost around 75.00 if you want to do the work yourself Cat engines will last longer than 100k miles if treated properly

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
DALE HALL
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Date Posted: 03/ 23/ 09, 8:40pm

Just purchased a 92 SP36. Like most used RV's it had a few bugs. I have done the best i can without a manual of the systems. Can anyone where i can find a manual of the systems or if i can possibly copy someones, its a 1992 SP36,with a Taytronics inverter. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Mr C
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Date Posted: 03/ 24/ 09, 12:07pm

I have had my 86 38' pusher for a year and because it was well cared for before I purchased it I have not had to spend much. I have had it serviced (oil/filter, air filter, lubed) and have spent less than $700. It runs well and I think if a person keeps up with it, like anything else, it should not cost huge amounts to keep it rolling down the road. This is the best RV I have ever had.

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
steve
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Date Posted: 10/ 23/ 12, 6:45pm

looking at the sp36,how are these pulling a trailer
or car?should I be looking at something with more power?

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Stephen
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Date Posted: 01/ 13/ 13, 2:50pm

parts are available for the primus system

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
travis
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 13, 1:55pm

I have an 82 wanderlodge and The air compressor belt blew of on me what is the simplest way to replace the belt you can not get to it from the top and with no air it is hard to even get under it. Is there a way to pump air back in to the bus so that I can release the air brakes and move to a better location to work on it

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Jerry Howard
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Date Posted: 05/ 13/ 15, 7:23am

Yes you must have a huge cash reserve to keep one of theses coaches in good shape. Go out and price tires and you will have more sticker shock. Premium coaches but will cost you.

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Subject: Shower diverter / leak in a 1990 WB.


Author:
Chris Parker (frustrated!)
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Date Posted: 05/ 7/ 15, 5:07pm


We have a leak in the shower and can't get to the divertor or the piping. Does anyone have any helpful hints/ or has someone else had this problem and found a fix. Sure would be nice to be able to use the shower. Do I have to take the entire shower apart...

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Subject: 1985 p38


Author:
Barry king
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Date Posted: 04/ 11/ 15, 6:09am

We are looking at a 1985 BB, we think it is a "p38". It is a turbo diesel, no a pusher. It hasn't started in at least 4 years. It has 6 6volt batteries. Do we need to replace all of these to start and run the engine?

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Subject: Hydro Heat Hose


Author:
Robert
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Date Posted: 02/ 23/ 15, 5:56pm

I am replacing the toilet on a 93WB and pulled the panel behind the toilet. I found one of the rubber hoses on the primus connecting the heat exchanger swollen to about 1.5" from its original 3/4" diameter. The hose also feels sticky and soft like it is breaking down. There shouldn't have been pressure on the system, anyone had experience with these hoses breaking down?

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Subject: Re: Kohler Engine Tune-up Parts (Outch!)


Author:
Robert Quick (Happy)
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Date Posted: 02/ 13/ 15, 12:46pm

I've being working on some kohler 7.5c61 generators I've got 6 to be exact I order most of my parts from www.colburnpower.com due to the fact I don't have a dealer near by and the ones I find within a 100 miles do not return my calls. Don could you post the information on the dealer you are going to because I can not find the service manual anywhere. Thank you\

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Subject: location of air tank


Author:
JOHN mcPHERSON
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Date Posted: 01/ 31/ 15, 10:51am

I have a air leak at the exit of the slide over the kitchen window so the air leak is with the aux pump on and when the engine is running. Figure a check valve open???Been looking for the air tank location. HELP.

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Subject: best addive to an 8v 92 silver detroit


Author:
Robert Mckinney
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Date Posted: 12/ 13/ 14, 6:19pm

what is the best diesel fuel supplement to use and is it save

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Subject: 1996 BMC been sitting 3 years


Author:
Justin
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Date Posted: 12/ 9/ 14, 3:38pm

Hello, I have been a reader of this forum for a few years but this is my forst post. I guess I dont fit the typical Blue Bird owner profile but thats ok I guess. Im 30 years old, married with a 2 year old little girl. my grandfather has owned Bluebirds for quite some time now and I have always dreamed of traveling with my family someday in a Bluebird. He is getting to the age that he is not sure he will be using his Bird much more and it has been sitting about 3 years. He knows my interest and has expressed interest in selling me his Bird. We are heading out to get it out of storage tomorrow and look it over. It has had the same diesel sitting for the last 3 years or so in it. Is there anything you guys would reccomend adding to the fuel before it is started or any other reccomendations before starting a Bird after sitting for that time? What other things should I look at? I already know its due for a full set of tires and an oil change. Any advise is much appreciated. This is a 1996 BMC 37' Cummins. About 60k miles on the rig. Thanks in advance.
Justin

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Allan Osmond
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Date Posted: 11/ 17/ 14, 4:12am

I have an 8v92 it has developed a knock /vibration which you can feel in the cab or putting your hand on the truck.
This occurs when you rev up and then back off the accelerator.
It is intermtant at this stage.
I have checked the flywheel and harmonick balancer
Iam woundering if the drive gears for the supercharger could be the problem.
I have previously changed the engine mounts front and back
THANKS ALLAN

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Subject: HOW TO START FURNANCE PILOT ? 1982 WANDERLODGE


Author:
CASEY
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Date Posted: 11/ 5/ 14, 2:37pm

Hi I have a 1982' Blue Bird Wanderlodge. I'm having trouble starting the heating furnace. Is there a pilot? How do I get to it? How do I start it up?

Also looking for a amber blinker cover for the front directional mine is broke off?

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[> Subject: Re: HOW TO START FURNANCE PILOT ? 1982 WANDERLODGE


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 11/ 5/ 14, 2:37pm

The furnaces do not have a pilot. They ignite after a few safety measures are tripped. When you turn on the furnace, a blower should immediately turn on. This trips a sail switch and then you should hear a loud "click" a within 10 seconds as the gas valves open. Give me a call at 717-645-4912 and I can talk you through removal and testing.

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Subject: Detroit Diesel DDEC 1 88WB 40


Author:
Stan Doyle
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Date Posted: 10/ 24/ 14, 7:50pm

Need any and all information. The 8V92 runs great, until a week ago we started to Fl. at 45 miles into the trip the engine just stopped. with no alarms. It starts win cold and will run for 20 to 25 miles and stop wait 20 to 30 mins it starts runs. We have tested all of the senders cooling, oil, fuel and check ok. The ECM seems to stops fuel at that point. engine cranks but will not start. Have been checking on this for 4 days and found anything that fix.

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Andrew
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Date Posted: 09/ 22/ 14, 6:45pm

Hello

Can someone tell me if there is a difference between a marine overhaul kit and an industrial for a detroit 671 inline natural trunk piston?

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Pastor Iran "Pete" Figueroa (need to know)
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Date Posted: 09/ 17/ 14, 6:40pm

I have a 1983 Silver Eagle bus with a 6-71 Detroit, it has been sitting for a few yrs. recently it turned over and ran Idle for 15 min. an then it shut off, looked under the bus and saw about a gallon or 2 of oil on the ground, don't know if a oil line busted or something else that caused an oil leak, if a line busted what would the coast be to replace it or could it be something else, I'm trying to troubleshoot the problem. Thank you for your response.

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Subject: Windows won't open


Author:
Susan
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Date Posted: 09/ 13/ 14, 7:44pm

We have a 1994. From the beginning all of our windows were difficult to open. It has gotten progressively worse. We are now at the point where we simply cannot open them. They simply will not budge. Any known fixes/suggestions?
Thanks in advance.

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[> Subject: Re: Windows won't open


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 09/ 13/ 14, 7:08pm

I've found a product at wal-mart called "white lightning" bicycle chain lube that works well. It is a bluish liquid that dries into a white teflon powder and lubricates the tracks pretty well. I would not use it on a black window frame, but if you have the silver aluminum frames, it works great. On black metal frames, it may be better to use graphite, which is also black.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Windows won't open


Author:
Susan (Sohni)
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Date Posted: 09/ 13/ 14, 7:44pm

Thank you so much for the suggestion.
Will that work if we use it on the closed window?? The problem is that the windows will not budge.

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Subject: Solar Birds


Author:
Swami (Blissed and blessful!)
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Date Posted: 08/ 28/ 14, 4:53pm

Curious if many Wanderlodge Owners have become solar powered, we are planning on doing alot of BLM boondocking as full timers. Thank you to each reader for taking time to read this message and responding if you have something to say!

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Subject: replacement distributer


Author:
James (Panic)
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Date Posted: 08/ 17/ 14, 3:55pm

I have a 1975 Bird, with 534 gas engine. My distributer was fused to the block. I was able to remove it, but it did not come out in one piece.
I need a replacement ASAP!!!!
The part number is --hf12127aa the first 2 letters are not clear.
Any one out there, know where i can find a replacement..

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[> Subject: Re: replacement distributer


Author:
bloomas
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Date Posted: 08/ 17/ 14, 3:55pm

Can you take it to napa? They may can match it up.

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Subject: Need a repairman for a Bluebird luxury coach in cincinnati


Author:
Tony Iannelli
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 14, 5:23pm

Need a repairman to come to our shop to fix the air system

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Subject: bleeding brakes on 1965 wanderlodge


Author:
Susan
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Date Posted: 04/ 13/ 14, 9:34am

We got our bluebird last year. It had been setting at least 15 years and the guy we got it from said he hadn't been able to bleed the brakes. We had it towed home and have not tried driving it yet. My husband bled the brakes once and then after it sat awhile they were spongey again.
Did models this old have an air tank to assist the brakes. There is a tank under the dinette that looks like it might be connected somehow to them. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Subject: 1972 bluebird rear shocks


Author:
andrew heiger (grateful)
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Date Posted: 03/ 31/ 14, 2:03pm

I am looking to replace the original shocks on the REAR of my 1972 Bluebird. The delco part # is 3187991, but it refers to a monroe shock, which is incorrect. Been to monroe dealer, truck parts place, no luck. Please help

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Subject: Built in safe


Author:
Jeffrey Williams (help needed, stuck)
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Date Posted: 03/ 10/ 14, 10:20am

I have a 79 FC with a 3208 Cat diesel, this BB has a built in safe in the compartment to the left as you open the door , it is in the same compartment as the switch from shore to gen. The pin is open at this point ,can't be locked inside the thick round door there is a way to change the combination , however it requires a key to alter it. Any information anyone has about this would be greatly appreciated

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Subject: Help! 1969 Ford BlueBird For Sale? Where to Start, Price?


Author:
Lydia (lost and confused)
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Date Posted: 03/ 3/ 14, 1:02pm

Hello helpful guys and gals, I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction. We have inherited a 1969 Bluebird bus, with a kitchen (converts to bed), bathroom, 4 "bunks", and a rear master bedroom which features a fold-down futon type couch. The interior is certainly "used" (we came across Canada in it when I was a child!) but it's still livable. I lived in it for a year in 2007. It hasn't ran since 1995 (to my knowledge) and I think it would be safe to assume the engine will need rebuilding or replacing. I don't have the means to have it rebuilt before selling. Is it worth anything more than scrap metal? I don't know where I should be pricing it at. I do have all the registration papers and whatnot, I just don't know where to start. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it! -Lydia

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[> Subject: Re: Help! 1969 Ford BlueBird For Sale? Where to Start, Price?


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 02/ 28/ 14, 6:07pm

Is it a Wanderlodge or a converted school bus? If it is a Wanderlodge, it may have some residual value for parts or be worth restoring to the right person. Converted schoolbuses might be a little harder to sell.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Help! 1969 Ford BlueBird For Sale? Where to Start, Price?


Author:
Lydia
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Date Posted: 03/ 1/ 14, 10:39pm

Hi, I believe it is a converted school bus... I think. It doesn't actually say Wanderlodge anywhere that I can see!

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Help! 1969 Ford BlueBird For Sale? Where to Start, Price?


Author:
George Hammond
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Date Posted: 03/ 3/ 14, 1:02pm

Take it to the metal scrap yard.

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Subject: holland michigan 31FC


Author:
patrick.casey@comcast.net
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Date Posted: 02/ 26/ 14, 9:23am

a 31FC is for sale in Virginia. Front shows owned by someone in Holland, Michigan. Can anyone tell me the owner fro

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Subject: Rear Air suspension bags


Author:
Mike Oakley
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Date Posted: 02/ 18/ 14, 8:43am

Looking for the rear air bags for suspension and possibly a rebuilt air compressor. Any Help Thank you Mike

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[> Subject: Re: Rear Air suspension bags


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 02/ 18/ 14, 8:43am

Mike- What year and model of coach?

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
buck (new)
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Date Posted: 02/ 12/ 14, 5:36am

found your info very interesting;maybe you can give me your opinon on 12v92"s in a boat with 350 hrs on mtrs.how many hrs.before need to rebuild if taken of. thanks jim

buck dion

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[> Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 02/ 12/ 14, 5:36am

Hi Buck- It would depend on a lot more than just engine hours. Type of oil used, history of engine use/overheat incidents, age of thermostats and if engine was dry-docked when not in use. My original 6V92 has around 5,500 hours on it and is over 30 years old. Coolant and oil are tested regularly to make sure that pH is within spec and that coolant is not leaking into crankcase via o-rings on cylinder liners. I change the thermostats and flush cooling system every 100K miles.

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Subject: Bluebird Transport


Author:
Daniel I.
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Date Posted: 02/ 12/ 14, 5:31am

Buying a 41 foot BB and am considering having it shipped on a flatbed rather than driving 3000+ miles. Any thoughts, suggestions (companies to use) or experiences.

Thanks

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[> Subject: Re: Bluebird Transport


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 02/ 12/ 14, 5:31am

Dan- I think it may be hard to accomplish this in the eastern US due to underpass height restrictions. It would be far cheaper to hire a driver, buy them a plane ticket and pay for the coach fuel.

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Joel Davidson
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Date Posted: 12/ 21/ 13, 6:24pm

I am looking at a heavy 65' trawler, in excess of 100 tons, and powered with the 750hp 8V92's. My intention would be to run around 1000-1100 rpm, which should give me 8-9 knots. I know that unlike 4 stroke diesels, these engines need to run at higher rpm for at least part of a cruising day. Most of the time, the boat is just going to be a live aboard, especially with the current price of fuel Do you have any idea of the fuel consumption of these engines at 1000-1100rpm. Thanks

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Subject: 1964 FC31 409 Manual - How many 409's were built?


Author:
Ron Klingler (Klingler)
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Date Posted: 12/ 6/ 13, 8:57am

I recently purchased a 1964 BB SN# 2934 It still retains its originality. I would like to replace the added seats with BB Drivers/Passenger Seats? Also a question arises- how many 409's were built until they went to Ford? After sitting several years, I am getting it checked over, however it does still drive, but needs work.

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Subject: Replacement altenator


Author:
Red Raby
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Date Posted: 11/ 4/ 13, 1:13pm

Earlier today ,aperson wanted to know if there was a replacement altenator that would replace the 180 amp Motorola altenator.Delco has one .The catalogue number is SI.This will replace the A0012824LC LEECE NEVILLE (motorola)This delco is sopposed to be lighter ,more effecient and more heat resistant.There are two mounting brackets so you would need to know which one you need.Hope this helps!!!

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[> Subject: Re: Replacement altenator


Author:
Red Raby
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Date Posted: 11/ 4/ 13, 1:13pm

Sorry Guy's: I omitted part of the Delco pn.Correct pn is 28SI.

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Subject: Start-up after extended period of non-operation


Author:
Williamson (help)
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Date Posted: 11/ 2/ 13, 3:26pm

We have had an 85 PT36 with a 6V92TA silver block engine for rather more than twenty wonderful trouble free years, Alaska, Labrador, &, & etc.
Due to human frailties it has not been started for over a year. If it was an aircraft gas piston engine under similar conditions I would normally pull plugs and pre-oil cylinder walls and then using aux external oil pump splice into the lub system and pressurize before attempting a start. The installation in the back of the PT36 is a bit daunting not even counting aforesaid frailties. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience of possible damage resulting from start-up after such long non-operation?

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[> Subject: Re: Start-up after extended period of non-operation


Author:
BIll
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Date Posted: 03/ 22/ 13, 4:21am

Post your question here, you will receive more responses.

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/index.php

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[> Subject: Re: Start-up after extended period of non-operation


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 03/ 24/ 13, 12:37pm

Make sure the fluids are topped, turn on your block heater for a few hours and see if it will crank

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[> Subject: Re: Start-up after extended period of non-operation


Author:
Bob
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Date Posted: 07/ 15/ 13, 3:53am

Are you going to sell your MH?
Bobby

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[> Subject: Re: Start-up after extended period of non-operation


Author:
Red Raby
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Date Posted: 11/ 2/ 13, 3:26pm

From what I know about the 8v92,lack of use is some times a death warrant for these old engines.You probably will have enough lubrication,but make sure there is no water in the oil,and as a precaution have the anti freeze changed.These engine's have a (wet sleeve)system.If the anti freeze deterorates,the sleeves are bad to rust thru.That is a major reason that you see lower milage coaches advertised for sale with a note that says"engine recently over hauled" In buses and trucks that were kept on the road,500 thousand miles was not unheard of on these engines,but in seldom used applications ,failures under 100 thousand are not uncommon.

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Subject: 1976 bluebird wanderlodge fuel pump location


Author:
Jon I. Stewart
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Date Posted: 10/ 25/ 13, 10:33am

Can't find fuel,pump,

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Subject: Rubber hinges


Author:
Tim C
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Date Posted: 10/ 3/ 13, 9:00pm

I am looking to replace some of the rubber hinges on the cargo bay doors on a 86 Wanderlodge. Does anyone know where I might find those? Thanks.

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[> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Sam
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Date Posted: 06/ 10/ 09, 6:27am

http://busfixx.tripod.com/sitebuilde...2007forweb.pdf

http://busfixx.tripod.com/busservice/id8.html

http://www.ibpindustries.com/products

Try these places

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[> [> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Tim C
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Date Posted: 06/ 10/ 09, 7:18am

Thanks.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Tim C
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Date Posted: 06/ 22/ 09, 7:05am

Found the EXACT product. Contact info below
Steve Kolb
IBP Industries, Inc.
2055 Sprint Blvd
Apopka, Fl 32703
Toll Free: 1-800-468-5287
Office: 407-880-9700
Fax: 407-880-2026
skolb@ibpindustries.com

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[> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Sam
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Date Posted: 06/ 10/ 09, 6:28am

http://busfixx.tripod.com/sitebuilde...2007forweb.pdf.

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[> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 06/ 19/ 09, 3:41am


call Scott in parts.

http://www.holland-motorhomes.com/

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[> [> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
Tim C
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Date Posted: 06/ 25/ 09, 11:31am

Scott at Holland had the best price and there was no minimum order.

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[> Subject: Re: Rubber hinges


Author:
STEVE0
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Date Posted: 10/ 3/ 13, 9:00pm

I LIVE IN THE HOUSTON TEXAS AREA AND I GOT 6 FT OF THE MAT'L FRON RUSH TRUCK CENTER...IT IS USED ON A LOT OF DIFFERNT MODELS....REAL CHEAP TOO

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Subject: PART NUMBER FOR FRONT SHOCKS FOR 86 PT40


Author:
STEVEO
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Date Posted: 10/ 3/ 13, 9:07am

I HAVE A 1986 PT40 WITH AND I BELIEVE RIDE WELL AIR SUSP...IT DEFINITELY HAS AIR SUSP. I HAVE CONTACTED BLUEBIRD PARTS AND THEY ONLY MAKE SOME GUESSES...BUT I NEEDPART NUMBERS FOR FRONT SHOCKS....AND ALSO REAR FOR FUTURE REFERENCE...IF THIS INFO IS SO HARD TOCOME BY....ANY HELP WOULD BE APRECIATED

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Subject: Just bought a 1969 wanderlodge


Author:
John Boh (Giddy)
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Date Posted: 09/ 23/ 13, 4:26pm

I just purchased the 1969 wanderlodge that is dipicted in the pictures on this website....does anyone have any history on this bird?

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Subject: Re: Bluebird Wanderlodge


Author:
Mack Zito (happy but confused!)
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Date Posted: 09/ 21/ 13, 10:08am

Cant get water from tank or city water into tank. Any thoughts?

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Subject: Air Compressor runs intermittenly when parked


Author:
Richard Sheriff
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Date Posted: 09/ 10/ 13, 12:38pm

When parked with jacks down, air compressor runs for a few seconds each minute. Is this normal?

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[> Subject: Re: Air Compressor runs intermittenly when parked


Author:
ernie
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Date Posted: 09/ 9/ 13, 4:02pm

what coach?

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[> Subject: Re: Air Compressor runs intermittently when parked


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 09/ 10/ 13, 12:38pm


Most of the technical folks hang out here.
Wanderlodge Owners Group ,
the link is on the home Q&A page, more response & quicker answers

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Subject: SP model


Author:
griz
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Date Posted: 09/ 9/ 13, 4:01pm

For what years did BlueBird make the SP with the CAT 3208 and in what lengths did it come?

TIA,
Griz aka Steve

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[> Subject: Re: SP model


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 09/ 9/ 13, 4:01pm

check out the history link on home page for all that info

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Subject: Financing a Blue Bird


Author:
Sherry Hindman (fustrated)
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Date Posted: 08/ 31/ 13, 8:12pm

Hello, we have a 1979 wanderlodge,( Big B's). We are wanting to buy another one. But we are having a problem with financing/not because of my credit or anything like that. But no one wants to loan money on an older coach, no matter what the make or model is? can any one direct to someone who can help. We love our Bluebird and use it regularly.

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[> Subject: Re: Financing a Blue Bird


Author:
Bluebird Bob
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Date Posted: 08/ 31/ 13, 8:12pm

We financed our 84 bird at our Credit Union.
They don't care what year it is if you have good credit and a few bucks in the account.

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Subject: 1982 PT40 Chassie Heat Shut off


Author:
Chuck Lazarus
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Date Posted: 08/ 31/ 13, 8:10pm

Please tell me where to shut off the Chassis Heat as I have a small leak in the system ans send the answer to my e-mail. Thank for your help.

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[> Subject: Re: 1982 PT40 Chassie Heat Shut off


Author:
Bluebird Bob
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Date Posted: 08/ 31/ 13, 8:10pm

If yours is like our PT36 (I think it is), open up the engine compartment and on the left side you will see some valves (Sporlan). These control the heating portion of your rig. The switches are on the overhead over the driver's seat.
I took mine out and put regular plumbing shut off valves on mine.

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Subject: ENGINES... FRONT OR PUSHER AVANTAGE... DISADVANTAGE...


Author:
GREG CLARK.... BEGINNER (SEEKER)
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Date Posted: 08/ 2/ 13, 7:39am


I AM CONCERNED OVER THE TRUE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BUYING A 1987 FRONT ENGINE OR A 1989 PUSHER BB... I LIKE THEM BOTH BUT I HAVE BEEN READING HARVEY'S COLUMN ABOUT ENGINE HEAT... IT HAS ME CONCERNED... BESIDES THE OBVIOUS SOUND DIFFERENCE IN THE COCKPIT...AND A LITTLE MORE ROOM... AND THE GEN UP FRONT... IS THE 3208 TURBO EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE THE SAME IN BOTH CASES????

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[> Subject: Re: ENGINES... FRONT OR PUSHER AVANTAGE... DISADVANTAGE...


Author:
Larry B
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Date Posted: 08/ 2/ 13, 7:39am

After spending almost a year looking I went with the pusher and am so glad I did. I like the Detroit Diesel and when cruising down the highway it is very quiet.

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Subject: detroit marine engine 12 v 71


Author:
vijay
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Date Posted: 07/ 9/ 13, 4:47am

I am facing problem with Detroit engine 12v 71.at idle speed their no leakage from turbocharger exhaust side. when engine is given load ,then lub oil leaks in turbine side. I can't make out from where it is coming.
pls advice what could be the problem. I have already changed all piston rings ...but still prolem is same.

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Subject: air step 92 pt40


Author:
billy rosenthal
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Date Posted: 06/ 29/ 13, 8:42am

Just bought my pt40 knowing the air step was not working still on the road enjoying my 40 I took the manifold apart cleaned reassemble same thing good air pressure and yes master switch and at are on, stairs just hang half way. the solenoid that faces to the rear is warm here clicking when the master is turned thanks billy

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Subject: Re: 1988 8v92 DDEC system


Author:
Bill Adams
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Date Posted: 06/ 8/ 13, 2:44pm

I have a 1988 DDEC I which has lost power. It shows up as a loss of turbo boost but the boost sensor is good and the gauge is correct. When I accelerated when things were working the boost gauge sprang to the top boost. Now it gradually works it's way up and tops out around 12-15 pounds max. It used to be closer to 20.
Everything related to the engine itself is fine (even put in a new engine) so it's electronics related. It's a CC conversion and there is a large black box with a cage front that contains some unknown electronics in addition to the DDEC module in the front, the ATEC module behind it and the fuel control box in the engine.
It has been to dozens of repair facilities but Steward & Stephenson in Dallas screwed it up even further as the exhaust temperatures are now way too high and I have to drive hills using my pyrometer as a gauge of how fast I can go (which is not very fast these days). If anyone has any info, wiring diagrams or suggestions I would be most appreciative.

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Subject: Wanderlodge inspection


Author:
Darryl Hammock
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Date Posted: 05/ 30/ 13, 11:35am

I am interested in buying a used Wanderlodge. Are there inspectors that are familiar with these that I can use before purchasing one?

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Subject: Help needed near Dallas, Texas


Author:
Markus
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Date Posted: 05/ 27/ 13, 9:52pm

Anybody in or around Dallas, TX? I have an RV I need someone to check out for me in Palestine. Thanks!

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[> Subject: Re: Help needed near Dallas, Texas


Author:
Bill Sutton
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Date Posted: 05/ 27/ 13, 9:52pm

I can help you with your BB, I have a 82,FC,33' and I am a vary good Mechanic, you can call me at 903-931-1579, Im close to DFW airport, call me 24/7.

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Neil
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Date Posted: 05/ 26/ 13, 7:15pm

What is the Max EGT temp, with pyrometer probe after the turbo, on a Detroit 8V92 TI in a marine application.

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[> Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
ernie
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Date Posted: 05/ 26/ 13, 7:15pm

marine-who knows? this is a motorhome forum-

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Subject: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Beth
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Date Posted: 05/ 15/ 13, 10:45am

I have a 1988 Bluebird Wanderlodge with a working musical horn. I'm wondering if anyone would have the 100 programmed song list? Thanks for any assistance.

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[> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Rich D.
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Date Posted: 11/ 22/ 10, 8:10am

Beth, If the horn was never re-programmed you may be able to get a list from the mfg. Here is a link to their website and contact information.

http://www.pmmi-electronics.com/horn.html

I had one in a '90 without a list and used the quiet South Carolina Interstate to play all songs, several times in some cases, to make a list the hard way! PMMI can also re-programm the horn from a list of thousands of songs uou get to choose from.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Beth
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Date Posted: 11/ 22/ 10, 3:59pm

Thank You very much. I did as suggested last night and already received a reply with the list of songs. Beth

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[> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Max Hubrich (hit western)
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Date Posted: 05/ 23/ 11, 6:50pm

Anyone know where I can buy a used PMMI ultimate horn set?

Thanks,

Max H

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[> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
JOE SPARROW (HORN)
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Date Posted: 05/ 29/ 11, 11:24pm

I HAVE THE HORN OUT OF 2006 BB THAT I WILL SELL

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Larry
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Date Posted: 12/ 25/ 11, 2:09pm

Do you still have it? Pls. call Larry 262-366-1528 or e-mail Thank you! Larry

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[> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Michelle
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Date Posted: 10/ 27/ 11, 9:24pm

Hi Max!
I have a "Ultimate Horn " set from PMMI - if you are still in need of one let me know ! Thanks, Michelle 585-451-1894

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Fred Hulse
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Date Posted: 10/ 31/ 11, 7:59pm

Michelle
I may have a buyer for your horn......price?

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Orvar
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Date Posted: 11/ 27/ 11, 11:49am

Have you sold the musical horn set? If not, how much are you asking for it?
Thanks, Orvar

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[> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Ted Kern
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Date Posted: 02/ 9/ 12, 6:23pm

Stumbled upon this forum while searching for the ultimate horn. If anyone still has one I would be interested in purchasing it. Please email me at kerntw@hotmail.com.

Thanks

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[> [> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
elle gould (yikes)
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Date Posted: 05/ 15/ 13, 10:45am

I also want to get an ultimate horn. Have your found more than one? Thanks

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[> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 05/ 26/ 11, 5:51am

Beth, I have a narrow body 88 PT40. There were a dozen built and was wondering if yours is a narrow or wide body? Thanks, Ernie 88PT40 narrow, concept coach

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[> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Repoer
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Date Posted: 04/ 8/ 12, 3:05pm

I got the list

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[> Subject: Re: Musical Horn Song List


Author:
Jane Winborne
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Date Posted: 05/ 20/ 12, 5:09am

Hello- I am trying to contact PMMI to repair my Ultimate Horn AND get the song list. I referred to the posts above (dated 2010) and cannot get throught the links listed. Does anyone have more current info? I moved the horn from one vehicle to another and now the sound is off and the music order is wrong. HELP! We love our horn with 99 songs

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Subject: Re: Questions on Detroit Diesels


Author:
Grant Chappell (Sad)
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Date Posted: 04/ 28/ 13, 2:28am

I have a 6v92 550 hp Detroit in my boat it has a problem at 1500rpm the rev counter drops of and power stops no problem at 1400 rpm however 1500 no more power big puff of black smoke if I leave the throttle at 1500 rev counter goes back to zero than back up to 1500 then to zero can you please help diagnose what might be wrong

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Subject: tachometer trouble shooting please????


Author:
Michelle
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Date Posted: 04/ 16/ 13, 11:34am

Can anyone tell me where I would begin to locate the source of power to the tachometer? Is it supplied by the motor, or transmission maybe? I have a 1998 450 Cummings, Bluebird Wonderlodge Motorhome. Tachometer is not working, and need to track down source of power to check if tach. is broke or wireing problem? Also if it is the tachometer, where would I be able to find a replacement one?

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Subject: 1979 electrical skimatic


Author:
Bruce Helsing (Happy)
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Date Posted: 03/ 27/ 13, 2:54pm

We are looking for the electrical Skimatics on our 1979 Wanderlodge. Not sure where to look at. Have had our Wanderlodge for many years and we drive it alot( all the time)and am in need of electrcal skimatics. If anyone could help , it would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Towing Capacity?


Author:
Mike Monroe (Adventurist)
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Date Posted: 12/ 25/ 12, 3:31pm

We travel around the country doing various shows. We currently have a 26' straight truck that carries our portable kitchen and equipment. We are tired of roughing it. We need a diesel pusher that can pull a 10K GVWR trailer. I found this Website and am falling in love with the Birds. Would someone mind taking a look at the sticker on their Bird and tell me the GVWR and the GCWR. I have searched the internet but not finding those specs anywhere. Thank you in advance for the info.

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[> Subject: Re: Towing Capacity?


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 12/ 25/ 12, 3:31pm

Mike, our coaches can tow 10,000 pounds, easily

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Subject: Wanderlodge Nada Values?


Author:
Al Elliott
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Date Posted: 12/ 23/ 12, 12:43pm

Hi All,I have been researching Motor coaches etc. for some time now,must have looked at thousands of adds by now.Can't believe how many there are out there for sale.So anyway,would like very much to own one(with the bank of course) and this brings to the forefront a question involving book value. I looked into NADA and was amazed beyond words to see what they had valued rv's,can this be true? I see on your claasified some real fine pieces of equipment,but looking at NADA a 35,000.00 wanderlodge is only worth 2000.00 tops. Whats up with that? How does anyone ever finance?

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[> Subject: Re: Wanderlodge Nada Values?


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 12/ 23/ 12, 12:43pm

I always tell people that diesel is the cheapest part of ownership, so be prepared for large repair bills if you do not do your own work. Banks, for the most part, know this too and have found out over the past 7 years that people will quickly walk away from a home once they are upside down in the value. The same is true of RV's. A luxury item is not normally finanaced- most ususally pay cash or have a cheap source like a HELOC.

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Subject: Electric operated hot water valve to heat/cool coach


Author:
Ted N. Teague
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Date Posted: 12/ 15/ 12, 3:03pm

1989 40 ft diesel pusher (Humdinger) needing help to find a replacement for the cooling/heating rheostat for the coach. Also, electric operated hot water valve. The rheostat board has evidently burned and is causing the auxiliary water pump for the hot water heaters to operate intermitently.

Any suggestions? Email me and I will give you phone number.

Thanks for the help.

Ted

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[> Subject: Re: Electric operated hot water valve to heat/cool coach


Author:
Bob Loomas
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Date Posted: 12/ 15/ 12, 3:03pm

Ted You may want to ask this question on the WOG fourm
http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/
Bob Loomas

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Subject: 1964 Wanderlodge igniton wiring diagrm needed


Author:
Robert Ettleman (HELP!)
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Date Posted: 10/ 8/ 12, 11:23am

Relative messed with the ignition wiring on the ole 64' Bluebird Wanderlodge and now motor will not start. Does anyone have a wiring diagram or at minimum an ignition wiring diagram? Family just sold the proeprty and we must move, and would rather drive off in style than have it towed. Please help!

Thanks in advance for any advice etc.

Rob in despair.....

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Subject: Front HWH Jacks


Author:
John B
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Date Posted: 09/ 17/ 12, 12:03pm

HWH organization charges almost $900 to build a replacement drop down front hydralic jack for a BB MH. Don't buy into their ripoff. Use a piece of wood to help level. Does anyone know who else makes replacement jacks?

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[> Subject: Re: Front HWH Jacks


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 09/ 16/ 12, 7:00am

John- If you can remove the jack yourself, take it to a hydraulic repair shop and see what they can do for you. In all honesty, a $900 jack should last 30 years; a $600 tire only lasts 7. Their price does not seem too bad to me. Try the hydraulic shop and see what they say. We'd all like to know.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Front HWH Jacks


Author:
John B
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Date Posted: 09/ 17/ 12, 12:03pm

Jack was to far destroyed to be rebuilt. Pieces of metal from the small chamber made their way into larger chamber.

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Subject: 1990 bird


Author:
Joey
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Date Posted: 08/ 23/ 12, 5:14pm

thanking about tradeing it in ,but i know i want get anything for it

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[> Subject: Re: 1990 bird


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 12, 4:04pm

Joey-whats up? talk to us

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[> Subject: Re: 1990 bird


Author:
ernie
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Date Posted: 08/ 23/ 12, 5:14pm

whatever~

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Subject: Renovate and update


Author:
John Walton
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Date Posted: 08/ 13/ 12, 5:26am

Does anyone have a sterling reputation for renovating and updating these Wanderlodges. I have a 93 with 38k miles but could benefit from a major update in tech, style and comfort

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[> Subject: Re: Renovate and update


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 08/ 13/ 12, 5:26am

There are a number of custom coach facilities in FL, San Diego and the Pac Northwest that would be a good "one-stop shop", but you will pay a premium for that convenience. Coachworx in Clearwater, FL does a great job with cabinetry and structural upgrades to the interior. Ernie Eckberg, an owner from TX, does beautiful work on floors. Seguin Diesel in TX is a great source for mechanical issues on the Engine and Powertrain. Muriel's Upholstery in Fort Valley, GA does couches, chairs and interior upholstery.

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Subject: Front Level Jacks


Author:
Danny
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Date Posted: 08/ 9/ 12, 5:52am

Does anyone know where to get a replacement front level jack for an 87 pt? One place in the east will make a new one but the cost is about $1,000.

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[> Subject: Re: Front Level Jacks


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 08/ 8/ 12, 4:42pm

Is your broke, damaged or leaking? All can be repaired. Send it to HWH- save some bucks

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[> [> Subject: Re: Front Level Jacks


Author:
Danny
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Date Posted: 08/ 9/ 12, 5:52am

Thanks. Little cylinder that drops jack down had internal parts that broke and went inside larger cylinder and did much damage.

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Subject: Progressive Dynamics out of business?


Author:
Stu
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Date Posted: 08/ 7/ 12, 7:23pm

I bought a refurb battery charger from Progressive Dynamics, one of their intellicharges, and the unit failed while still under warranty. Over the last week, I have sent 4 e mails to what is reported to be their customer service and warranty contact address, and I have not heard back. Certainly no reputable company that is still in business would fail to answer an e mail after a week. They must have gone out of business, does anyone know if they were bought out, or maybe just shut down and went bankrupt?

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[> Subject: Re: Progressive Dynamics out of business?


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 08/ 7/ 12, 7:23pm

Stu- I hate to say it, but they've always been a little shady when it came to straight answers. You'd be much better off with a Magnum or Xantrex 3-stage charger. They cost more, but will not ruin your batteries OR leave them undercharged. The "Charge Wizard" pendant will not deliver more than 13.8 volts and just can not deliver a good bulk or equalization charge.

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Subject: for sale


Author:
Joey
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Date Posted: 07/ 25/ 12, 4:32pm

1990 40' bird 153000 miles,needs new floors

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[> Subject: Re: for sale


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 07/ 25/ 12, 4:32pm

any more info? don't be shy

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Subject: Covers


Author:
Smitty
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Date Posted: 07/ 11/ 12, 5:41pm

Has anyone had any luck with an rv cover for their bird? I hate to buy one and have to replace it every couple of years and I can't afford to build a cover yet. Thanks.

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[> Subject: Re: Covers


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 07/ 8/ 12, 4:30pm

most of those I have seen will kill your paint. I would pass.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Covers


Author:
Smitty
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Date Posted: 07/ 9/ 12, 6:41am

How so? Does the canvas trap condensation? Curious. Thanks.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Covers


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 07/ 11/ 12, 5:41pm

wind currents and chafing.

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Subject: Floor plans


Author:
Mike Williams (Hopeful)
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Date Posted: 07/ 5/ 12, 6:35pm

Fell in love with a 42-foot 1989 Wanderlodge @ Good Sam rally in Phoenix this year, decided we're getting one, but don't know which model or year. Is there anywhere online that has floor plans?? I tried WOG website & buy bye Bluebird site, good photos but no floor plans. Alternatively, are there ant Bird rallies in Western US where we could walk trough a few?
Thanks for any replies,

Mike

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[> Subject: Re: Floor plans


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 07/ 5/ 12, 6:35pm

Well, you are not going to find an 89 with a 42 foot length. Its' 40 foot

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Subject: Interior heights


Author:
David Lininger
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Date Posted: 07/ 3/ 12, 3:00pm

Could someone measure the minimum interior height on a PT and SP, please? I'm guessing that underneath an a/c unit would be the lowest point, but if there is a lower spot I'd like to know about it.

Thanks.

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[> Subject: Re: Interior heights


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 07/ 3/ 12, 3:00pm

73" to the bottom of my A/C - this is on the narrow PT SP would be different

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Subject: PT 3903


Author:
Chris Arnold
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Date Posted: 06/ 22/ 12, 6:21am

BB Wanderlodge SN: 11701 Body # 37736
Anyone know what year this is?

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[> Subject: Re: PT 3903


Author:
chris arnold
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Date Posted: 06/ 21/ 12, 6:00am

where would i find a vin plate on a wanderlodge

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[> [> Subject: Re: PT 3903


Author:
ernie
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Date Posted: 06/ 22/ 12, 6:21am

look up by your sun visor- there is a plate there with info

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Subject: Air Compressor Blowing Oil


Author:
Joe Cich
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Date Posted: 06/ 16/ 12, 8:00am

We have a 1985 FC31, with the CAT 3208 turbo diesel. The air compressor is blowing oil and needs to be either replaced or remanufactured. I think I have all the original manuals, but nothing identifies the air compressor. Does anyone know the Bendix model number for the air compressor? And where to obtain a remanufactured unit? Thanks Joe

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[> Subject: Re: Air Compressor Blowing Oil


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 06/ 16/ 12, 8:00am

The compressor is a Bendix TuFlo 501, which is built in many different configuations for various vehicles.
A good source for technical information & part numbers.

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/index.php

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Subject: The Music stopped


Author:
Dan Baker
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Date Posted: 03/ 27/ 12, 5:21pm

My musical system stopped on my 86 pt. Does anyone know where a fuse might be for this system?

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[> Subject: Re: The Music stopped


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 03/ 10/ 12, 2:51am

Do you mean the stereo system or the musical horns? If you are speaking of the musical horns, then check to make sure that the grey ribbon cable is fully seated in the module. You can find it behind the front, passenger side access panel above the headlights on the coach. It is usually attached to the bottom side of the dash in that compartment. The power to the unit originates in the upper, right front load center above the couch. Breaker #11. It should have a brown and green wire that goes up to the front of the coach from there. The wire goes through a round, cannon plug that is hidden behind the back of the storage compartment. Remove the phillips head screws and the panel should lift out of the overhead cabinet. You will be able to see the connector behind it.

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[> [> Subject: Re: The Music stopped


Author:
Dan (Music and lights)
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Date Posted: 03/ 26/ 12, 5:45am

I have looked at all fuses and wiring. I have also noticed the lights in the storage compartments have all stopped working. This one is a real puzzle to me. Any more thoughts?

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: The Music stopped


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 03/ 27/ 12, 5:21pm

Dan- the lights in the compartments are controlled by a switch in the upper left corner of the dash under the steering wheel. I think it says "Comp Light Master". Make sure it's switched to the left. Have you checked for voltage at the circuit breaker that I indicated?

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Subject: New to Birds


Author:
David
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Date Posted: 02/ 22/ 12, 7:41am

From searching all the old postings, not much is said about the late 60's and early 70's 31FC. Am I in the wrong place? I like old things, and trying to make them shine again. A 1966 will turn 50 soon (less than 4 years). Who is the guy to ask questions about these years/models?

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[> Subject: Re: New to Birds


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 02/ 22/ 12, 7:41am

Try the History on this site, or there may be more info at,

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/index.php

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Subject: 1988 8v92 DDEC system


Author:
Paul and Judy Williams (SeekingOz)
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Date Posted: 01/ 28/ 12, 2:43pm

Hello all.

My wife and I bought a 1988 25th Silver Anniversary Rig. We are having problems with the DDEC-1. Even before I have picked up the rig, I got a check engine light and intermittent fast idle. The DDEC codes are saying the injectors are suspect. The coach has been at the Detroit engine shop for 8 working days. They seem to have no clue as to what is causing the problem. They don't even have the books for this system.
Called the engine builder in Detroit and they also have no clue. Called Bluebird and got the same.
My Question. Do any of you Guru's have experience with the DDEC 1? If so may I trouble you to call me or I call you?
(619)582-5467. I haven't even been able to drive off the lot cause I am taking delivery out of California state. Being full time and with no other home but the rig is getting frustrating.
Please ... HELP!!!

Thanks in advance.
Paul&Judy Williams
88 XXV 40' (SeekingOz)

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[> Subject: Re: Check engine lights


Author:
John O. Rud
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Date Posted: 04/ 5/ 02, 12:43pm

I have a 1988 BB with the 8v92 engine. The check engine light came on intermittent for over 18 months. I had it checked out in at least 8 different DD shops. Finally, a mechanic in Williams Detroit Diesel in Phoenix suggested new ground cables from the starter to the engine, engine to the frame, radiator water tank to the frame (2 ground wires now installed. Since this work was done I have no check engine faults on the computor readings, no check engine lites. I believe this has cured the check engine lite problem.

John Rud
88 wanderlodge

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[> Subject: Re: 1988 8v92 DDEC system


Author:
Mike McMahan
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Date Posted: 04/ 14/ 02, 6:30pm

Paul, My 89 pt 40 did the same thing. Showed various codes low coolant, bad injector, etc. After a week in the Detroit shop they told me it was a phantom signal, probably caused by a bad ground. I diconnected the check engine light and don't worry about it. The engine warning light and the engine shut off in the event of a failure still function. I just watch the gauges. Mike McMahan

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[> Subject: Re: 1988 8v92 DDEC system


Author:
John Froelich
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Date Posted: 01/ 28/ 12, 2:43pm

Paul; I also have an '88 WanderLodge XXV. And, the check engine light has been a problem. I pulled out of the previous owners drive, drove maybe 100 miles and the light went on. As well, I spent many days at a DD shop. They swaped out parts, etc. Believe it or not, through nothing that they did, the light went out. Mine was reading low coolant which is a common code. When I bought the coach it had 21,600 miles on it. I'd make sure you have oil and coolant, and head out.

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Subject: SHOULD I BUY


Author:
MIKE WATKINS
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Date Posted: 01/ 28/ 12, 5:18am

I found a 1968 wanderlodge restored,he has a letter from bluebird that says it worth 30,000.00 in 2001 since then its been repainted the inside is near perfect. asking price is 22,000. I really want it but I'm hesitant

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[> Subject: Re: SHOULD I BUY


Author:
Sam
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Date Posted: 01/ 28/ 12, 5:18am

way over priced. it may have lots wrong with it. you need to have someone who knows a lot about these check it out. go to Buy bye bluebird website, then sign up to the discussion forum and start asking questions. these guys know more about Wonderlodges then anyone around, period.

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Subject: Wanderlodge Drapery Motor Drive Assembly


Author:
Bill Lardin (Lardin)
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Date Posted: 01/ 16/ 12, 6:17am

88 Wide Body Wanderlodge PT 40 with electric drape control. Front left drape was slowly failing even though motor sounds were normal. I helped it a little too much and the cord departed from the drive wheel and ended up down below the light box. I fished it back up but cannot fathom how to replace it on the drive wheel (hope to find a new one). Does anyone have any experience with these gadgets. Perhaps a trick or procedute to re-rig the things.

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[> Subject: Re: Wanderlodge Drapery Motor Drive Assembly


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 01/ 13/ 12, 4:07am

try this web site, they may have a drawing of the rope/cord path.
Sometimes the rubber wheels are warn & need replaced.

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com/forums/index.php

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[> Subject: Re: Wanderlodge Drapery Motor Drive Assembly


Author:
ed cobb
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Date Posted: 01/ 16/ 12, 6:17am

Give me a call. 205-420-8832

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Subject: reset computer on series 60 detroit manually


Author:
eulos (sad eulos)
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Date Posted: 01/ 13/ 12, 4:11am

how to reset series 60 detroit computer manually .

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[> Subject: Re: reset computer on series 60 detroit manually


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 01/ 13/ 12, 4:11am

It should reset automatically with ignition off.
Depending on the problem try a full battery disconnect, or a DD dealer

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Subject: switches under driver's window?


Author:
Mike Emenhiser
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Date Posted: 12/ 18/ 11, 9:56am

I have a few switches that I can't figure out what the do.
There is 2 side by side switches beside the driver's seat under the window. And one above the toilet that says bilge,
that is a lighted rocker switch. Our bird is a 1978 fc33
rear bath diesel. Any info would be great. We have had our
wanderlodge for about 2 years and we love it.

Thanks, Mike

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Subject: Bill Lynch


Author:
Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 12/ 14/ 11, 6:00am

While cleaning in the front cabinet I found Bill Lynchs'- the PO of my coach, his badge that denotes being a VB member of the 100,000 mile club. Does anyone have a current address? They sent me some things for the coach, but I thru their return address away. Thanks, Ernie

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[> Subject: Re: Bill Lynch


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 12/ 14/ 11, 4:20am

Ernie- their LKA is 3700 S. Westport Ave, #989; Sioux Falls, SD, 57106. I show a cell phone number of 843-422-0603.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Bill Lynch


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 12/ 14/ 11, 6:00am

Thanks Shane, Bob Loomas gave me their email, also

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Subject: alternator


Author:
linda funkhouser (hopeful)
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Date Posted: 12/ 13/ 11, 12:27am

where can i find an alternator for my 1975 wanderlodge

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[> Subject: Re: alternator


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 12/ 13/ 11, 12:27am

Linda- you can find them at most Freightliner parts counters. I am not sure where you live, but most larger towns have a professional shop that rebuilds and sells all types of motors and alternators for commercial vehicles and buses. Once you get it removed, it's usually pretty easy to source a new one at a shop like I'm describing.

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Subject: Financing


Author:
Rick
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Date Posted: 11/ 12/ 11, 2:44pm

Has or will anyone consider owner financing to help sell their rig? I have a decent downpayment but its impossible to get any bank help on any motorhome, much less a 25 year old motorhome.

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[> Subject: Re: Financing


Author:
Shane
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Date Posted: 11/ 7/ 11, 4:31am

Rick- after owning a Wanderlodge for 6 years, one thing has become clear- you need at least 10K per year set aside for maintenance and upkeep. Tires, A/C's, Generators and other unplanned maintenance items can eat up a ton of $$ in a short amount of time. Quite frankly, if you need to borrow a substantial sum and/or don't have enough equity available in a home or other real property, you might not want to consider buying a coach. It'll eat up all of your available reserves in a hurry.
That being said, failure to maintain the coach will lead to more headaches that would quickly outweigh the residual asset value of the coach to the point where an owner who has financed the deal wouldn't have anything of value left should the purchaser decide to stop making payments.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Financing


Author:
Rick
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Date Posted: 11/ 12/ 11, 11:04am

I was thinking about those unexpected maintenance issues and thought that maybe if someone is motivated to sell their rig that they have not been able to sell, would consider financing 50% . That would allow me to maintain a reserve. As I still work and travel across the country seasonally for my work, I am exploring the Idea of living full time on the road so to speak. I am a bit concerned about a 20 year old rig holding up another 10 or 15 years of full time use and the cost associated. My goal is to minimize living expenses in order to maximize retirement savings. Residual value aside, if you can't sell it, does it have any value?

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: Financing


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 11/ 12/ 11, 2:44pm

I found a 1967 coach that was practically free. The guy wanted $850 for the coach and it was drivable! When I added up the cost of restoration and updating, I figured around $24000 is what it would take to get it road-ready. If I were to offer it for sale, I'd be lucky to get $10K for the restored coach. For the most part, owning these older coaches is a "labor of love" and you're in negative territory once the maintenance items fall by the wayside. If you are able to do most of the maintenance and heavy chassis work on your own, then the costs of ownership are reduced substantially. If you can swing it, pay cash. Don't finance the purchase of one unless you already have the cash value of the coach in the bank and are just choosing to use OPM as a matter of convenience.

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Subject: Kohler generator set


Author:
Douglas McCarron
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Date Posted: 10/ 28/ 11, 4:03pm

I am looking at a 1983 Bluebird Wander-lodge FC35SB it is definitely worn and has seen better days. The generator set Kohler 7.5c21 or 7.5c61 has a blown motor (ie half dollar whole in the side of the oil pan) looking to replace the motor. Any suggestions?

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[> Subject: Re: Kohler generator set


Author:
Rick (engine)
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Date Posted: 09/ 26/ 11, 5:47pm

have three units sorting them out now still need engine?

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[> Subject: Re: Kohler generator set


Author:
bryce broadwater
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Date Posted: 10/ 28/ 11, 4:03pm

have a 7.5c61 generator dont know a lot about them but willing to part with.

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Subject: Looking


Author:
Rick
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Date Posted: 10/ 24/ 11, 4:22pm

I've been watching the add's on here for some time now and I was wondering if they are all still for sale? I am looking for the best deal I can find of course, on a mid to late 80's 36 to 40 footer. I notice rigs that have been on here a long time don't seem to sell or move in price. I can't get motivated to spend more than 30 grand for a 25 year old rig that I may never be able to resale if needed. If anyone is seriously motivated to sell and has what I'm looking for, please reply.

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[> Subject: Re: Looking


Author:
eric (i possibly have what you want)
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Date Posted: 10/ 18/ 11, 7:29am

hey i read your add and i am a motivated seller, i own a 1988 pt 40, i am the third owner, it has been completely renovated in 2002, by the second owner.
this coach is in immaculate condition and is located in champaign ill.
it is two tone blue and silver, has three cruise air units and 10 newer tires, runs and looks like new. the new exterior paint alone cost over $10,000.
i need to sell my baby so my daughter can finish medical school.
i have lots of pictures and have all of the documentation from the day it was new. the cost on the remodel was over $100,000.00
if you are interested contact me and i will gladly see if i can assist you.

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[> [> Subject: Re: Looking


Author:
Rick Mann
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Date Posted: 10/ 24/ 11, 3:48am

Hi I just saw your response to my post. I am interested in your bus, would you email me details and pictures? Thanks..Rick

lamanw@yahoo.com

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[> [> Subject: Re: Looking


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 10/ 24/ 11, 4:22pm

you have 10 tires-- 2 on the roof???????????

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Subject: waterline diagram 1978 chev conversion ?


Author:
mike alber
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Date Posted: 10/ 12/ 11, 9:14am

can t put this water tank in, have all new line ?

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Subject: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
STEVE
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Date Posted: 10/ 1/ 11, 3:16pm

HI ALL
3/14/5

I AM LOOKING TO BUY A BIRD LATE 70'S TO MIDDLE 80'S.I have a 1978 GMC 23ft Birchaven for sale or trade. Would like to find a unit in the Northwest, Montana, Wash Or Org.
Thanks
Steve
mr34@pipeline.com

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[> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Rose Mary
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Date Posted: 04/ 16/ 05, 1:04pm

Hi Steve,
We have an 82 FC 33, side bath.
It belonged to my little brother who lost his life last summer. He took excellent care of his bird. We have used it a couple times and everything except cruise control seems to work great. Like it more all the time. We have been waffling about what to do. We will use it as time allows until we find a home for it. It has a low mile (67,000) 3208 turbo, allison transmission and pretty much all the bells and whistles, including a Jacobs electric brake retarder which is great. I just had all the fluids dropped and replaced, trans, oil, rearend. Has good rubber. In fine overall condition.
If you are interested in more info email or phone 541 679-6901
Rose Mary
Oregon

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[> [> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
steve
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Date Posted: 04/ 22/ 05, 4:40am

Hi Rose

Thanks for the reply. I am interested.Could you e-mail me some pictures and more details. Where in Oregon are you located and what is the askin price? I might try and call you later on today.

Thanks
Steve
Mr34@pipeline.com

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[> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Vic. Orvis
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Date Posted: 05/ 19/ 09, 10:46am

I would like to see some pictures of your GMC and have some questions. Thanks

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[> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
tony Wightman
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Date Posted: 10/ 27/ 09, 6:16pm

i am looking for a side bath birchaven. please let me know if you have a side bath model. IF IT IS.... please send photos and information.
thanks

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[> [> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Doug Doyle
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Date Posted: 11/ 13/ 09, 9:05pm

I have a 83 PT-40 for sale located in Brookings,Oregon. (exstreme SW corner on US 101) Info and photos on Craigslist posting # 1443445607. Thanks, Doug Doyle

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[> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Doug Doyle
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Date Posted: 11/ 13/ 09, 9:01pm

I have a 83 PT-40 located in Brookings, Oregon (extreme SW corner of state on US 101. Info and photos on Craigslist posting # 1443345607. Thanks, Doug Doyle

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[> [> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Jim
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Date Posted: 11/ 19/ 09, 11:10pm

Do you still have the bird for sale?

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Doug Doyle
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Date Posted: 12/ 9/ 09, 10:09pm

Sorry for the delay--Coach is still for sale-Price reduced to $37.5 Doug

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[> Subject: Re: WANTED BIRD IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE COUNTRY


Author:
Stephen Whalen
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Date Posted: 10/ 1/ 11, 3:16pm

Greetings;
...Is your GMC 23' Birchaven still for sale...?

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Subject: Driver and co-pilot heated air


Author:
Chuck Smith
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Date Posted: 09/ 15/ 11, 5:53am

Our new Bird, a 1991 SP 36, does not blow heated air through the driver/co-pilot vents. The AC does work properly. Seller had never used cabin heat, suggested a valve in the engine area needs to be opened. Manual offers no help that I can find. Any suggestions?

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Subject: HWH Levelers Issue


Author:
Carl Exner
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Date Posted: 09/ 7/ 11, 6:50pm

Have leaking rear leveler (Fluid runs down shaft under load) and factory said they were not field serviceable.......... Any suggestions from the braintrusts here?

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[> Subject: Re: HWH Levelers Issue


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 11, 4:39am

Carl- If you can remove the leveler on your own, take it to a hydraulic repair shop. It probably just needs to have new shaft seals installed. HWH has always assured me that they will repair anything that has ever been manufactured by their facility in Moscow, Iowa. If you are within a few hundred miles of there, I'd drive over and let them go over the system. Their labor has always been very reasonable and there are several campsites with hookups on the premises.

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[> [> Subject: Re: HWH Levelers Issue


Author:
Carl Exner
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Date Posted: 09/ 4/ 11, 10:29am

Shane, Thanks for the response. I have called them and they have told me that they are NOT field serviceable but I highly doubt that there is some magical potion they control.. Seems to be just a simple hydraulic cylinder etc. I live in NC some going there is not likely to happen until next trip west. I read on this site about a bird owner who did service his own and downloaded his instructions.

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[> [> [> Subject: Re: HWH Levelers Issue


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 09/ 7/ 11, 6:50pm

Carl- you're right. A good shop can rebuild it. It won't be a pretty as HWH, but probably alot cheaper since shipping a 80# chunk of metal can't be all that cheap- and it will leak ATF all over the package!

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Subject: HARVEY @ VINTAGE BIRDS @LOOKING BK.IN STYLE


Author:
CJ BERGE (HOPEFULL)
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Date Posted: 09/ 2/ 11, 4:36am

HOW DO I REACH HARVEY @ VINTAGE BIRDS, LOOKING BACK IN STYLE AS I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS RE THE RCA BK UP CAMERAS.
THANKZ
CJ

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[> Subject: Re: HARVEY @ VINTAGE BIRDS @LOOKING BK.IN STYLE


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 09/ 2/ 11, 4:36am

Give me a call- 717-645-4912. I can answer most of your questions. My coach is an '85 and I redid the monitor and camera on mine a few years ago. The old Coax and RCA cabling is just fine. You simply need a few adapters to make it work. They are available at most Radio Shack stores.

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Subject: Backup Camera


Author:
Bob Dilks
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 11, 8:54pm

Chuck the old RCA camera and go with a new camera and lens. I replaced my camera with an Ultrak KC4500MN with a Pentax/Conica wide angle 4.0mm lens at F1:2 with Auto Iris. Be sure to specify the 12 volt DC model. This is a direct bolt in, direct plug in replacement for the RCA. However, the picture on the monitor will be reversed left to right because the new camera has the picture corrected left to right but the old RCA did not. You can correct the picture with two 30 amp. Bosh relays which reverses the signal to the left/right yokes on the TV when the ignition is on. Cost is about $450 for camera and lens and the picture is brillant.

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[> Subject: Re: Backup Camera


Author:
CJ BERGE (hopeful)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 11, 8:54pm

Bob, what was your source for the replacement camera, and was your wiring compatible. I was told by Foretrave service mgr. the WHOLE existing RCA wiring system was not compatible with any other camera and would cost $2600. to install new system.
CJ

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Subject: Rear view camera


Author:
Bob Dilks
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 11, 8:40pm

Birders with mid 1980's coaches needing rear view camera solutions owe a debt or gratitude to Harvey Lawrence who has tracked down a reasonably priced camera and lens that is a direct replacement for the original RCA 2055CS. See "Looking Back In Style" in Harvey's column "Harvey" at the Vintage Birds home page for model numbers and prices. Harvey has done the kind of investigative work we should expect from the factory who should recognize a vested interest in supporting replacement engineering for their legacy product. Harvey, your next assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to find a reasonably priced AC/DC plazma TV to replace the front TV on pre 1986 coaches.

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[> Subject: Re: Rear view camera


Author:
CJ Berge (blue in my 1988 FG)
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Date Posted: 09/ 1/ 11, 8:40pm

I TOO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY RCA 2055CS SEPT 2011. SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS INFO AFTER GOOGLEING HELP!!!
THANKZ
CJ

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Subject: Radiator Cooling Fan Air Clutch Problems


Author:
Joe Quinn
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Date Posted: 08/ 31/ 11, 1:22pm

Radiator Cooling Fan Air Clutch Problems:
1988 FCF 35

Air clutch engages at any temp.
Before reaching normal temp. runs constant on/off cycling.
Once it reaches normal turn on temp 195 degrees, comes on & shuts off as normal,
then starts to cycle again.
Also constantly discharging thru dump valve when in cycling mode.
Where is temp sender located, in radiator?
Problem with sender or solonoid or both?

Also looking for a diagram of this system.

Thanks for any help.
Joe

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Subject: Generator info


Author:
Ron
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Date Posted: 08/ 19/ 11, 3:11pm

Have a 1982 31 ft. Bird w. a 4-cyl. Kohler generator. Fairly certain it needs carburetor work (not having run it in 5 years and probably gunk and scale in the tank). Need someone with the same setup as my motor serial numbers have nearly disappeared over the years from that little sticky-backed semi metallic tag on the front of the block. Carb shop can't get a kit without motor numbers. The casting # on the block is 240904. Thanks

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Subject: Finding a BB


Author:
Paul
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 11, 11:21am

How do I find a clean, properly maintained, everything working, and properly priced BB for a first time owner with a budget of 80-85K?

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[> Subject: Re: Finding a BB


Author:
Ernie Ekberg
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 11, 11:19am

Rare to have everything working. Suggest Byebuybluebird.com

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[> [> Subject: Re: Finding a BB


Author:
Ernie
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Date Posted: 08/ 15/ 11, 11:21am

buybyebluebird.com

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Subject: brake booster pump


Author:
Ron Jensen
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Date Posted: 08/ 8/ 11, 7:25am

i need a brake booster pump for a 1979 GMC 7000 stake body.any help finding one

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Subject: front air springs


Author:
mark h.
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Date Posted: 07/ 31/ 11, 8:57am

need three air spring for a 1983 pt40,we live in the tampa bay area think.

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[> Subject: Re: front air springs


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 07/ 31/ 11, 8:57am

Good prices here
http://www.truckspring.com/?gclid=CIv6je74q6oCFcbBKgodGE4-Yw

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Subject: 1992 WB-40


Author:
Ron
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Date Posted: 07/ 20/ 11, 12:19pm

I have a 1992 WB-40 that had a fire in the left rear that I am parting out. Lots of parts. 903-408-7511

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Subject: Musical horn


Author:
Larry Greer
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Date Posted: 07/ 10/ 11, 3:04pm

I'm looking to buy an "ultimate musical horn" made by PMMI.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Larry

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Subject: Need help finding good tinted RV slider windows for my bluebird conversion project


Author:
Josh the bluebird conversion project guy
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Date Posted: 06/ 26/ 11, 9:01pm

I bought a 1989 bluebird school bus that I am converting into an RV . I need help with any suggestions on my window conversion to tinted insulated side slideing windows . Please help if you know where I can buy some windows at a good price preferably wholesale thankyou for all your help and advice

Josh

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Subject: battery neg cable hot


Author:
Thomas Hardesty
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Date Posted: 06/ 21/ 11, 7:25am

so we have fixed the tranny to block issue, only now the bird won't start. Checked the cables and replaced 2 of them, tightened them all, when starting it acts like the batteries are dead, and the neg cable gets very hot just in the space of trying to start. Even the pos cables are a little warm. Before, it always just started right up. Also, on the Optima batteries, one connection is on the threaded bolt, and this bolt is loose in the case. Does this mean a bad battery, or can I just switch the connection to the post? thanks again, Tom

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Subject: Replacement Bedspread


Author:
Catherine Hartley
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Date Posted: 06/ 12/ 11, 5:21am

Can anyone suggest where I may find a replacement bedspread for a 2001 Wanderlodge?

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[> Subject: Re: Replacement Bedspread


Author:
Shane Fedeli
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Date Posted: 06/ 12/ 11, 5:21am

Catherine- I just replaced mine with one for a standard Queen mattress. Is the bed a unique size? You might also post the information request on www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.com

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Subject: Air suspension


Author:
Walt Coles
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Date Posted: 06/ 6/ 11, 11:02pm

I have an 83 35FC. The left side loses air pressure at low idle. At high idle, or going down the road, the coach is level, but when we stop the left side dips down. Any suggestions?

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[> Subject: Re: Air suspension


Author:
Jeff
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Date Posted: 05/ 24/ 02, 11:10am

Yes Walt, fix it before driving it. The air-brake system is allowed to lose 5psi every 2minutes, more than that is not legal.

You likely have a leaky air-bag or leveling valve. Block the coach up so that it doesn't lower on you, pressurize the air system (preferrably using an outside air source), and crawl around looking for leaks.

Air bags are much cheaper from a truck parts dealer than through BlueBird.

- Jeff

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[> [> Subject: Re: Air suspension


Author:
lloyd (moody?)
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Date Posted: 06/ 6/ 11, 11:02pm

wow air leaking going down the hiway? thats y you can aford one but maby you shoud not be driving one its not a car you people think it has an automatic trans you just get in it and go a lot of thes coached weagh more than 22000lb thats not a four thousand pound car you will run right over top of a car and kill every one inside they should make having a cdl manditory for ant motor vehical with air breaks. thats another reason you see all thoes low mile coaches with replaced motors the drivers dont no nothing about a diesel you have to be verry mecanical type of perdon to own a big diesel coach I might not be able to spell but i dont take my coach to the garage.

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Subject: engine block bolts stripped


Author:
Thomas Hardesty
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Date Posted: 05/ 28/ 11, 12:44pm

so, putting the bird in reverse, a thunk and trans fluid pouring out below. after checking, it appears the bolts linking the tranny and (remanufactured) engine block were basically pulled/stripped out of the block. Intention is to tap out 7/16 hole and new bolts...but do not see any visible means of support for the trans, other than the bolts at the front and the u-joint and differential at the rear. Is there a solution that's missing? should there not be some sort of tranny mount or support somewhere? this is the 3208 w Allison 4 spd. , 78 fc. thanks, Tom

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[> Subject: Re: engine block bolts stripped


Author:
thomas Hardesty
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Date Posted: 05/ 28/ 11, 12:44pm

forgot - researched where I could run the same size bolt(3/8) but go with a 3"long, to grab another 1/2 inch of thread...or helicoil???any experience to pass on??thanks, Tom

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Subject: 1989 40' WB Where is the mid-roof AC drain underneath?


Author:
Tom
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Date Posted: 05/ 23/ 11, 7:16am

1989 40' WB Where is the mid-roof AC drain underneath? The units drain is stopped up and I cannot find where it comes out.

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Subject: 110V electrical switch


Author:
mark landwer
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Date Posted: 05/ 21/ 11, 3:09pm

Re: 1979 35' Wanderlodge. Just off the floor on the front side of the passenger seat is a red lighted power switch. It comes on when shore power or the generator supplies electricity. Can someone tell me what this switch controls. When on the switch glows red, when off the color disappears.

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[> Subject: Re: 110V electrical switch


Author:
ernie
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Date Posted: 05/ 21/ 11, 3:09pm

I believe thats your block heater switch. You may have one behind the drivers seat on the couch arm. That would be for battery heater mat.

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