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Old 12-12-2019
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Default I'm getting impatient

I really want to wait until the WOG meet up in Quartzite, but I'm really getting impatient about moving up to a BB. Now I've got questions.

1) I think I'm leaning towards late 80's/early 90's WB. I like the airplane-style inside storage, and I like the WB, since I'm probably going to be working in it (computer work, so inside all the time) for months at a time while traveling. Also, I'm probably going to be pulling a 3/4 ton truck, so I want the towing capacity. Am I looking in the right direction?

2) My budget is probably all-in (including at least first-year expenses and potential upgrades of batteries, fridge, electronics, etc., as well as any expected repairs) max around $60k. Is that realistic?

3) The only requirement my wife has is "automatic leveling". I know the newer ones have this, but what year did it start? Would an '88 WB have it?

4) I'm located in Northern CA, near Sacramento. Can anyone recommend local repair places? I haven't had good luck with Camping World, and I really want a good diesel mechanic.

I can wait. I probably should wait. But once I get something in my head, it's hard to get out....

So tell me I'm crazy, and I need to spend some time looking around the 'birds at the meetup before I buy. Or...give me a good idea what to buy before Christmas so I can go pick it up while I'm off work.
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Hi Billy,
You have come to the right place, But your words can increase your costs.
" I'm getting impatient, & Indecision" But, your $$ are with in reason.
Before Christmas is not realistic,
Check out BBB at the top of the home page, call Randy, use your vacation to attend Quartize.
Any Wanderlodge can tow a truck especially a WB.
Auto levelers are not that important, or a reason to buy or not buy.
"The other Bill's 2 cents"
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Auto levelers are not that important, or a reason to buy or not buy.
"The other Bill's 2 cents"
Well, they aren't important to me, but they are important to my wife, so that makes it extra important....but yeah. I think she'd be OK with hydraulic levelers at least, and any tips we can find to make that process easier. She wants to be able to take off with the kids (grandkids at some point) and be comfortable setting up. Something she doesn't like doing with the TT we have now.
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You definitely NEED to look at a number of Wanderlodges & don't be impatient. You will come up with SOOO many questions that you don't even know exist yet that you will be amazed. We started out looking for a PT or WB and bought an FC. Really happy with our choice after 2 years of looking.
Automatic leveling, no big deal. Hydraulic leveler s are a snap to use.
Once you know exactly what you are really looking for the "right for you bird"will speak to you when you see it
It is an absolute necessity that the "Boss " agrees on which unit to get. Especially if she is taking it on her own with family. Remember these are 30+ years old. That translates into constant small maintenance jobs while they are being used. She needs to be aware of that. For example the lug nuts on the tires require 450 ft/lbs of torque. These aren't you grandfathers buick, they are a bus.
Enjoy the chase for the right for you bird, ask many questions here ( WOG people are the best resource because they are the most helpful and knowledgable people ) you will love owning the BEST RV ever built.
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my LX has levelers with 1 button automatic~!


then push slide out~!
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I personally would rather have toggle lever levellers than auto level, unless they're new, nothing is perfect, but I'm weird!
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Once you know exactly what you are really looking for the "right for you bird"will speak to you when you see it
It is an absolute necessity that the "Boss " agrees on which unit to get.

That's exactly how our purchase came to be...
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Our pending purchase...
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Well, they aren't important to me, but they are important to my wife, so that makes it extra important....but yeah. I think she'd be OK with hydraulic levelers at least, and any tips we can find to make that process easier. She wants to be able to take off with the kids (grandkids at some point) and be comfortable setting up. Something she doesn't like doing with the TT we have now.
This one ought to fit the bill for you. Call Randy and make a deal. Sounds like it's got everything it needs.
https://www.buybyebluebird.com/Coach...uCh1072019WB40
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Sounds like it's got everything it needs.

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