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8742 Giles Rd

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1983 BlueBird Wanderlodge

VIN: 1BBC5CX88DF060718
condition: good
fuel: diesel
odometer: 111925
rv type: class A
size / dimensions: 35ft
transmission: automatic

UPDATE: If you are looking for something to park somewhere and live in, you should look for something else. This is a BlueBird Wanderlodge, it's a road machine, it's meant to be driven across the country, not parked and treated as a home. It's a once top-of-the-line motor coach that's in need of someone looking for a project. Great potential, good solid bones, no big issues, lots of little projects.
Front engine Caterpillar 3208 with and Allison Automatic transmission. Low hours on engine and generator, both run great.
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Bus runs great and drives great, no mechanical issues with the chassis, but it's sat for five years and the blinkers and brake lights and wipers don't work now. (It has been started and moved around the property over those five years, just not taken off the property, the engines were run periodically) We've been trying to get a mechanic out to look at it, or find a place we can take it to, but nobody wants to work on it, the RV place says it's a chassis issue and the mechanics say they don't work on RVs and I do not want to do it myself. My neighbor tells me he thinks it's the ground wire connections that just need cleaning up and he may be right, but at this point I'm not into finding out. We paid $10,000 for her and sunk another $6,000 into it, but she's loaded with projects: we put in a new fridge and water pump, I bought a new water heater and some ceiling vents but never installed them, they're new in box included, we had the levelling jacks rebuilt but after driving it up here and using them, the rear passenger side jack sprung a leak so we retracted them and have not used them.
The switch that changes the power source needs replacing, nothing works electrically in the RV until that is done. Most of the stuff seems to work, it's got a nice washer dryer that has only been used once, two of the three AC units on the roof were working when tested, but one took a branch to the casing and got dented, not sure if that effected it.
We got two of the four propane furnaces fired up and working, and they were plenty to keep it warm. The built in vacuum worked. The kitchen is in fine shape, we didn't use it at all, but we tested the stove and oven when we bought it.
It's got a diamond plate roof and very little rust, all of which is superficial, no significant rust on the underbelly or chassis. The paint is in great shape. The awning has a tear above the door.
We had the 12.5k diesel generator overhauled, it's got low hours and fires right up, but the battery is shot. We purchased two $500 deep cycle RV batteries and those have also never been used. The gas tank is nearly full, that was about $1000. The tires seem fine, there's a very slow leak in the back drivers pair, but it's real slow, it leaked about halfway in the five years it sat.
The interior is OK...the carpet and upholstery are kinda shot, but they're presentable, we had to cover one of the front couch cushions to cover up a wore out patch, but it still looks decent.
The bathroom is relatively clean and in good shape, but the water isn't hooked up to the toilet and the bath shower needs to be hooked up (see pics). Again, never used any of it except the toilet and that seems to be just fine, same with the black water system in general.
I think this is a pretty great machine, we bought it in hopes it would retain its value, but unaware of how much attention it needed. We've got $16k into her, but right now, as-is, I'll take the first $10k I can get, OBO by the end of summer.
If I have to fix all the stuff myself before I can sell it, I'm going to be back asking for a lot more next summer.
The house you see in the background is a container house I've been building by myself. Hopefully, that will explain why there is so much to do here. Hoping the right person will come along and rescue her, because she's flat out beautiful and built to last. She's got plenty of life left in her, but needs someone who enjoys working on cars more than I do.
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