Originally Posted by Petes Dad
What's different about a wanderlodge? Do they not move? Impervious to roll overs, cat like reflexes?
The Wanderlodge is an excellent, high end, and popular motorhome made by Blue Bird, maker of school buses for many many years. They were produced from 1963-2009 and were available in front engine gasoline, and diesel pusher models in varying lengths. They made a high quality product, stuck to the proven platform that they've spent years perfecting, and produced a very rugged, safe coach. They were also known for quality (and expensiveness).
The Wanderlodges mostly don't have slides (there were a few built that did in the last years) and are best suited for singles or couples that don't need much room. I full time and wouldn't want to try to live in such a small coach, but not everyone needs the room and if you don't they are a very nice, very well built coach.
They are, like school buses, made of metal top, bottom and sides, which is why they are arguably safer in an accident. You can see the resemblance to a school bus in most, but most are nicely painted and appointed with awnings and have a very sturdy look. They also have bumpers and aren't susceptible to $15K in damages from a minor fender-bender. In the 90's some were fitted with fiberglass end caps to make them look less like school buses. Blue bird ran into financial difficulties after 2000, was sold twice and as part of their recovery plan, sold the Wanderlodge product line to another company in 2007 that quickly went bankrupt during the financial meltdown in 2009, so now they are gone.