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Old 09-04-2016
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Default BMC37 vs. Newmar Dutch Star

Hello, I've been lurking for some time and learning about Wanderlodges. I saw my first while camping at QS 2 year ago and it's sparked interest. We are ready for a larger, nicer DP within a budget.

Currently have our eyes on a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star and a BMC37. They both are on a Spartan Chassis, 8.3 Cummins and 6 speed Allison. Almost the same length but the Newmar has a slide. Very similar features and conditions. Why would a person spend $5K more for a 6 year older BMC37? Is the BMC built that much better? I know you folks love BMC/Wanderlodges and I do also. I'm just trying to be practical. Thanks!
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David, you know the answers you are going to get. You are on a Blue Bird forum. But you answered your own question; in addition to safety and quality reasons, Blue Birds hold their value. Good luck.
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The Newmar will be sticks and staple and no where near as structurally sound . The BMC is made from steal and is much safer if there was an accident . When the sevier storms roll into the campground I don't worry about the trees falling . I have seen BlueBird school buses in many accidents and the body has always been intact .
The Bluebirds are built to last a lifetime , the stick and staples , not so much. I have owned both , and love the bird .

Good luck with your decision .
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It's the 2 S equation... Steel or Styrofoam
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The roof usually tells the story of quality. Just crawl up on top of each.
A rubber roof is not a bus and over time it will cost you for the lack of quality.
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Here is where my lack of knowledge comes in. If a BMC37 is built on a Spartan chassis does it still have the Bluebird safety and integrity? What part does Bluebird play in the build if Spartan supplies the chassis and it's built on the Wanderlodge assembly line?

Also Harold, we have 2 schnauzer ourselves. Great buddies!
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The Newmar is 16 years old, check the laminate, press board backing, and the roof, walk the floor & the roof, check the cabinets, drawers, fit & finish, Then look again at the BMC
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Try hauling a 315/80-22.5 tire and wheel on the roof of any Newmar.
I had 35 people on the roof of an 84PT40 one time.

I sawed up a Coachman (same as Newmar) once with one sawzall blade.(the whole coach)
I used 25 blades to saw the front off of a Bird. (just the front).
The coachman we put in the bed of a pickup and hauled it away...
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Here is where my lack of knowledge comes in. If a BMC37 is built on a Spartan chassis does it still have the Bluebird safety and integrity? What part does Bluebird play in the build if Spartan supplies the chassis and it's built on the Wanderlodge assembly line?...
As Shakespeare I'm sure said, "a chassis only does not a complete metal coach make."
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As Shakespeare I'm sure said, "a chassis only does not a complete metal coach make."
Yep. He said that.
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