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Old 02-10-2016, 06:34 PM   #1
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1977 Bluebird Wanderlodge

1977 Bluebird Wanderlodge for sale. It's in pretty bad shape. Needs a lot of love. Supposedly the engine is in good shape. Has had either a leak or condensation leading to mold. A/C is missing. Generator is missing.

Is this something for beginner RVers to tackle? Or should we run away?

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Old 02-10-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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My opinion if the engine and drive train are good it might be worth the effort if not pass.

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Mechanical stuff is replaceable or repairable. Mold OTH is quite difficult to remediate properly, and can get quite expensive. The final remedy might require a total stripping of the interior, eliminating all remaining mold and treating all surfaces with Croncrobium or similar product. Then rebuilding the interior to your design preferences.
That is a worst-case senario though.
Come to think of it, about 10 miles from my house is an old Bluebird sitting behind one of those quickee oil change places. Been there for a few years now.
I once knew a man who took his Bluebird back to the factory and had the interior totally redone, the engine and tranny rebuilt, and steering components replaced. He said he has a new MH, but paying taxes on what the title states is much cheaper than buying a new MH pmt.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:48 AM   #5
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I am with Ernie. Sounds like a money pit.

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It all depends on how handy you are, and the selling price. Coaches of this vintage have hopelessly dated interiors, and could very well be ready for their third set of appliances, etc. It's a huge project, no matter how you look at it, and the mold remediation could actually be hazardous.

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I also would pass on this one.
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Depends on your capabilities, hopes and dreams. One thing for sure, a vintage Wanderlodge will out live any other RV other than highway bus's.
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having restored old cars i can tell you it takes a lot of time,expertise and endless money to finish a 50 year old project that you can sell for about 20% of what you have invested not counting the endless hours.
it can be fun and self rewarding if you enjoy this.
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I'd pass. If you decide to go for it figure up what you think it's going to cost you to rebuild it. Then multiply that by at least 3 and you should be somewhat close to what it's really going to cost you. Same with the labor. It will take 3 or 4 times as long as you think it will. Jmo
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I'd pass. It sound like there is so much wrong that you will have to fix, and that doesn't even count the stuff you don't know about. Beside you'll be throwing money at something with no guarantees, that you will never get your money back. JMHO
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run away and don't look back
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Just think you will be spending all your time rebuilding, not RVing.

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