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Old 10-29-2013
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Default A Wanderlodge Comeback...what would it look like?

Hi Folks,
I don't know if Blue Bird Wanderlodge (or at least Wanderlodge) will ever come back, but having many years ahead of me for RVing, Katie and I have come to the realization that one day we might not own a Wanderlodge! Then I talked to the nice guy from Parliament about coach building and it made me wonder what exactly makes a Wanderlodge something we all love so much and if one were to ever be built again and get the "WOG seal of approval" so to speak, what would we expect in terms of features and quality? So, for the sake of the thread, I'll start!

A Wanderlodge to me:
- Structurally Sound (would pass a school bus rollover test)
- Metal skin
- Has a unique look (goat rails mandatory...sorry newer coaches)!
- Has a musical horn!
- Is dependable and can stay on the road for a VERY long time
- Has a strong following (look at the WOG folks)
- Uses Dupree Products for valves (here's a plug for you Steve Birtles)!

What could make Wanderlodge better from the past?:
- I want a quality, well built coach and the bells and whistles are cool but maybe not mandatory. In other words, give me the best bang for the buck but don't give me a bunch of extra sh*t that can break! Just keep it simple!
- Meet several price points. Don't build a $1M coach just because some people will pay that much. (Look at the success of BMCs!! I still miss ours!)
- Who the heck decided it was a good idea to put carpet near the entrance door, anyway?!?!

Okay folks, your turn! Design a Wanderlodge...
-Bryan
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Old 10-30-2013
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Seriously folks? No opinions on this one?!?
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Bryan,

IMHO a Wanderlodge is not a Wanderlodge unless it is a Bluebird Wanderlodge.

This topic has been broached a few time here with many an opinion. Though novel in thought, it is pretty much a dead subject sorry to say. I do not believe that there would ever be one set ideal to suit all. My family enjoys our "drycamp friendly" FC and personally I wouldn't want a bigger or fancier coach at this point. Maybe someday but not today

Yes I own a PT too but with 3 kids, 3 dogs and a most beautiful wife, the front entry door is just a pain when sleeping arrangements are "out" plus 4 1/2 MPG stinks too but I do love the roar of the 6V92!

Many others fulltime and need/want the extra room of a bigger coach/slide(s). Some owners are mechanically inclined but some are not. Some have more $$$ than others, some like bling, some don't care etc., etc.

Therefore,... a "new" Wanderlodge is sorta like trying to unscramble scrambled eggs, especially when I like my eggs over easy! Hope this helps.

Personally, I think the 2 tone gold mid 80's PT's 36'/38'/40' are the most gorgeous, classic and eye turning of all Wanderlodges
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Your list is accurate for a "New" MotorHome design.
However, you will never get the nostalgia of a Wanderlodge.
A "New" MH is exactly that "New"!!!
I have a 93WB, but actually prefer the looks of the older models.
Going full-time for us necessitated a 40ft.
I agree with Ryan that you might be able to build a MotorHome as good as a Wanderlodge, however it just won't be one.
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Got this today-- perhaps someone wants to get involved:


RV Manufacturer Seeks Feedback on New Product

A major RV manufacturer is looking for current owners of luxury Class A diesel motorhomes to participate in a teleconference to provide feedback on a new product in development.

Selected participants will be asked to spend 60 to 75 minutes via webinar to view renderings of a new luxury motorhome and provide their feedback on the product. To thank you for your time, an incentive of $125 will be provided to final participants.

Your feedback is important in the development of this future product. Please sign up to participate by clicking the link below and providing your information. A limited number of spots are available. After providing this information, you will be contacted shortly by a third-party research firm that will be conducting the webinar.

www.rv-survey.com

Thank you for your time and interest.
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Got this today-- perhaps someone wants to get involved:


RV Manufacturer Seeks Feedback on New Product

A major RV manufacturer is looking for current owners of luxury Class A diesel motorhomes to participate in a teleconference to provide feedback on a new product in development.

Selected participants will be asked to spend 60 to 75 minutes via webinar to view renderings of a new luxury motorhome and provide their feedback on the product. To thank you for your time, an incentive of $125 will be provided to final participants.

Your feedback is important in the development of this future product. Please sign up to participate by clicking the link below and providing your information. A limited number of spots are available. After providing this information, you will be contacted shortly by a third-party research firm that will be conducting the webinar.

www.rv-survey.com

Thank you for your time and interest.
Ross, a few months back I was out and about running "error-ends" and going the other direction was a new coach that looked strikingly similar to the old rear engined FMC rigs from the mid 70's. Though I only had about a 3 second glimpse of it, it did look way retro cool! Any idea who is building it? I can't find a thing on it??
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How do you know it was new? Here's one sort of looking like an FMC:

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Could have been my eyes Don I didn't get a good look at the front but the side and rear really had the vintage FMC look with the wrap around rear engine grill and slightly raised rear roof line. I just remember seeing it and saying man, I need to look that up when I get home! I use to think GMC's and FMC's were big coaches when I was a kid but by todays standards they are quite small. This coach was about the size and height of an FC, not LXi sized but not short/small either. I don't know but it looked very cool, maybe I am loosing my marbles, I will probably hide my own Easter eggs next year, har!
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It's a Vixen motorhome made from 86 to 89, I think.
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It's a Vixen motorhome made from 86 to 89, I think.

Saw one in Dawson City in 09....very nice setup!
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