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Old 08-04-2014
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Default Looking for your first Bird? You may find this interesting...

I originally attached this to another thread. However, I think it deserves it's own post in the newbie/wannabe forum. The attached paper is titled "Bird Hunting for My First Bluebird" and it chronicles my two year search for the bird of my dreams. At the end, you will find some of the many lessons that I learned during my long search. I hope reading it makes your search easier and possibly saves you some money. Enjoy!
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I read it. Pretty darn good. Thanks for posting it.
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Default Well done!

Excellent example of success resulting from the combination of knowledge and persistence.
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This is an excellent piece.
The only thing left out is element of LUCK.
You never know it all and it often takes a year to understand most of how a complicated piece of machinery operates.
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Luck is a huge factor. I found mine at a great price, size, color, and condition that was exactly what we wanted within 4 hours of our home. Mechanically it has been great (uses less than a gallon of oil per season). Could not be happier. Very lucky.

Another owner near me who bought a SP found out his purchase had mechanical issues and finally ended up scrapping it when the transmission went out. On WOG we have all followed the travails of a new owner whose engine failed the first day he owned it. That is very bad luck.

Finding the right coach that is healthy and makes you happy defiantly has an element of luck to it.
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"LUCK" in buying a Bird, goes by the name of Randy DuPree!!!!!
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Now you decide to post that great piece of info and experience!!!

Some of us have a short attention span and could not ever find themselves waiting for years to find the right one of anything with exception of a spouse perhaps.

I just happen to buy the 1st one I saw offered by a "senior" WOG member that fit my parameters.

As a non-mechanical person, I simply felt it would be best to buy from a forum member who owned their Bird for a while and loved it. One who others spoke highly of and was up front and straightforward with the pluses and minus about it.

Sure, I've been burned with other vehicles I have bought blind but have found that when I usually buy a "speciality" vehicle from a member of a forum (for that vehicle) it usually goes well. Especially, a forum member who has posted numerous times and not just been a registered member.

It is too early for me to know if my way of going about this was the right way to do it, as I still must fly out and pick up my Coach. I have not seen it in person yet. If it looks anything like in the pics well I will be a happy camper.
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Randy Dupree, check. Bought from a WOG member, check. Researched the h... out of of my planned bird purchase so I knew what I wanted as well as what I was getting into, check. Lucky, possibly but I tend to believe as does Oprah Winfrey, that "Good luck is preparation meeting opportunity"

Jeff & Lynn - Sorry it took a while to put it all together. I've been busy getting my new "toy" all set up. There is no "right" way to buy a Bird. If it works for you that's all that matters. My way worked for me because I had very specific criteria and it took a while to find a coach that met all of my wants/needs. Your methods and results may vary. I wish you all the best in your Bird adventure.

Lastly, if our experienced bird owning members would care to add to the list I started and provide us with lessons they learned when they purchased their coaches, that'd be great!
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Good info Van. Although I would have to disagree with your opinion that getting a loan on a 10+ year old coach is close to impossible. A large down payment and good credit made it no problem for me. I used USAA's bank.
Hope to meet you at WOG.
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USAA has been the best option from what i see.
But,lots of us are not able to use them.
Financing is a huge problem for most buyers today.
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