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It's all good Randy.

I'll be watching for the listings......more hits on your website.

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Propellanttech, I totally feel your "pain"lol.
I have never owned or driven an RV of any kind. Haven't camped in one since I was a kid, 40 years ago. Tent camped as a Boy Scout, but I saw a Wanderlodge as a kid and it planted itself in my head.
Same as you I've been lurking for years, watching Birds on here come and go. Now I've been surrounded by Birds for sale all around me but I'm not ready moneywise for a few more months, it's so frustrating.

It would be so easy to buy an SOB, but it's not a Wanderlodge and most importantly they don't have this group. It's almost an addicton the desire to be caretaker of a Bird. I have little to no knowledge of the RV systems, heck I don't know why there's a hose by the toilet(but I can guess), but I want one.(a Bluebird, not the hose;
I know someday ,soon I hope, I will have one. The FC in Hemet is my dream Bird at the moment hopefully it's still available when I can pull the trigger.
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Hello all!

I'm a newby here and have dreamed of full timing in a BB for sometime. Now I've received a small inheritance and can afford to spend near $35K for my first BB. I'm no mechanic and am wondering about the monthly and yearly costs to own and operate one. I know there are lots of variables, but can someone share their own costs as an example?
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Welcome to the group Richard. Plenty of good info here. You might want to start a separate thread introducing yourself and what your looking for. I'd talk to Randy D. about what your looking for. Along with his BBB website, he usually has his ear to the ground with coaches for sale that might not be listed. Also one of the rally's would be a great place to start your search. The WOG rally in October would be a fantastic place to see a little of everything.
My best advice is that no matter what vehicle you decide is right for you, to find the nicest one out there. Look for history and good maintenance records. Paying a premium upfront, usually works out better than trying to bring a well priced..cheap....project up to standards.
The selling point of any Wanderlodge is this group right here!
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...I'm no mechanic and am wondering about the monthly and yearly costs to own and operate one. I know there are lots of variables, but can someone share their own costs as an example?
Shane gave me a good rule of thumb, plan on $5000 per year in maintenance and $10,000 upon initial purchase. May be less, but if it isn't at least you are prepared and not surprised. And if you leave what you don't use in the pot, big expenses like tires, rear end, transmission etc are a little easier to deal with.
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I agree with Markus,
When we got our one and only bird, the first few years, we did spend an average of 5 k to update engine and stuff.
Running out of things to update now...
Our costs now average about $2,000-$3,000 now.
Just keep adding new stuff.
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I'm no mechanic and am wondering about the monthly and yearly costs to own and operate one. I know there are lots of variables, but can someone share their own costs as an example?
Welcome Richard, Initially, if your coach has not had air bags installed, & depending if you buy an FC or PT, airbags will run you about $225 -275 each and you will have either 8 or 10 bags. Also you should replace the height control valves, about $35 each and you'll have 3. Then there are tires depending on your flavor you'll spend 300 & up on each tire. Next there is a fluid change, such as oil, rear end, transmission & the radiator which could run around $500 again depending on what you use. Annual insurance is about 700+ a year. You may also have a few other things that could need to be changed due to age of the coach you buy, air brake hoses, brake cans, engine belts, hoses and the list can go on. Good luck, it is best to buy a known coach, wait until you find one from a forum member, they've been there and they know what it takes to keep a coach up to par.
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Old 08-31-2018
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These are helpful. I will be continuing my research and prep.
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