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BMC (Bluebird Motor Coach Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your BMC coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....List your BMC Parts here too.

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Old 10-02-2012
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Klee,

Thanks for sharing all this - tough situation but at least you are covered by insurance etc. Hopefully, one day it will be a good campfire story. I hope you can convince your wife to let you find another BB.

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Klee,

This is a truly sad situation -- and I'm sorry for your loss (and thank goodness that no one was injured).

The design of spring brakes is such that this "should not" have happened -- and as others have commented, it would be expected that the brakes would otherwise show signs of being ineffective.

So, it seems that there must have been some defect in the spring brakes or in the service braking system (that somehow allowed air pressure to release the spring brake).

I find this event rather disconcerting, as I'd relied on my parking (spring) brakes to hold the coach on an incline (including one rather steep one) several times. I didn't like to park on significant inclines, but there were a few times it was unavoidable.

Fortunately I never experienced any sort of failure -- and each time I parked on an incline, I used wheel chocks "just in case."

I hope that someone will be making a mechanical evaluation of the braking system to determine the cause of the failure (e.g. did the spring fail? Was there some defect in the brake actuator that allowed it to slip out of position, releasing the brakes? or what?) This would be very educational for all of us.

While I owned my coach, at first the brake release seemed extremely stiff when releasing the parking brake -- but later on, it seemed less stiff and now it makes me wonder if it was more than just my becoming used to the amount of force required to release the parking brake.

Anyway, I do appreciate your sharing this dreadful situation with us -- and I certainly hope that this was simply a freak occurrence.
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Klee brought up a very significant point: How would a new Bird owner know what is "normal" braking action? Perhaps at Rats or one of the future rallies one of our more "seasoned " woggers would be willing to demonstrate what "condition normal" is for some of the more critical systems on a Bird. Not just for wannabees but freshmen owners as well who may have never driven a Bird, until they bought one. Just my 2 cents.
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Here is photos of my OLD Wanderlodge, I do NOT think it can be repaired at all
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I believe the insurance company could use those pictures to describe the term "totaled" as to be applied to a loss.

I am wondering how they got that thing up and out of where it landed? No small feat unto itself.

Maybe some engine transmission and driveline parts?

Scary stuff indeed.
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Here is what the Wanderlodge looked like a few days before it went down the hill
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the frame looks a little bent, seats look good, couch actually fared well, propane tank may be salvageable, and surprisingly the tires look fine, go figure
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Klee,

Thanks for the photos, particularly the after photos. Any chance of going back over there to take some more? I'm particularly interested in the attachment point where the house walls meet and fasten to the chassis. A close up of the outer/upper channel piece on the chassis at floor level and another of the corresponding location on the house sheet metal would be great. Thanks!
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I am in Canada, 2000 KLMS away, no way I am going back, your welcome to drop by and take as many photos as you wish!!!
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to be completely honest, these Wanderlodges are built like a brick **** house, I can not imagine anything built better, except for a TANK
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