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Old 02-01-2011
ssrrchase ssrrchase is offline
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Location: California
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Default Adventures with bringing any new BB home

Been reading posts here for a LONG time. I’m researching BB’s because I’m getting tired of the TT and want to travel longer distances.

Got a question. I’ve been reading the posts about bringing the new BB home (really enjoying them. Waiting for Hoagie to finish his story…..) and was wondering if the issues that happen on the drive home were because they’ve been sitting too long? poor maintenance? age? Did most of you BB owners have issues on your maiden voyages home? I guess I’m just wondering what to expect when I finally get one(one of these days….) and drive it home.
Steve Chase
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Old 02-01-2011
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Ed Wimberley Ed Wimberley is offline
95 WB 42
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Perry Georgia
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When we brought the 82pt home,Ramrod Key Fl to White Ga,~900 miles
We had 2 issues first was bad batteries"all" poor upkeep/bad cables
Second was broken tag axle wheel studs-3, "loose" I should have checked prior to travelling my fault just didn't check like I always do on my trailers,
should have checked nuts when I checked air pressure.

1995 WB 42 Series 60
Perry Georgia
770-548-1441 cell
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Old 02-01-2011
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Location: Commerce
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There are check lists of items to look at when reviewing a Bird for purchase, & a check list for making short and /or long trips.
Check the files on the home page and www.Vintagebirds.com
Bill & Patty
1988 FC, Silver Edition
Commerce, Michigan
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Old 02-01-2011
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Location: Pennsylvania
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I must have been real lucky. I bought by Bird from someone that Shane knew, he went and checked it out with me, and I had the shop where it was located do some work before I ever took it home. Drive home was no problem (about 4 hours). Then I did more work with Shane and proceeded to then take it on a 3 week cross country trip coast to coast (about 6000 miles). I had only 2 issues that whole trip - first was discovering hot water heater didn't work (hadn't checked it before I left) and second was a stuck valve stem insert on a tag tire which I got swapped out for free at a friendly local tire store in Seattle area.

Maybe I'm the exception, I don't know. But, between Shane looking it over, having the shop do work prior to my taking it home, having maintenance records, and doing more work prior to my large trip, I think I was pretty well set. Knew what to look for, and had all identified and suspicious items addressed. Really helped having those maintenance records, can't stress that enough.
Markus Meyer
Phoenixville, PA
1986 PT40 6V92
VB 1570
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Location: Cape Cod
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Our Bird came home easy, so did Suska's.
Crit Bliss
Cape Cod,ma
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Location: spring hill
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I picked mine up in Macon Ga and drove back to Fl west coast. No mechanical issues, but I didn't add in any extra time for all the people that wanted to talk about it at rest and fuel stops. Was also hard to get used to all the envious stares from passing cars.

Corey Noble
Spring Hill, FL.
2000 43 LXI Millennium Edition
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
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Location: Waverly
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My one suggestion. Allot plenty of time for the inspection and purchase. We did the one thing you shouldnt we got rushed! Our fault, we thought we would drive 12 hours have a nice chat with the po look over the bird and drive it back the next morning. Needless to say thats not how it went down! Still glad we got the bird but have spent the last three weeks and lots of money fixing things that were not disclosed at the time of purchase.
Edward Wommack
Waverly, Georgia
1981 31FCSB
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Cincinnati
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Hi Steve,


We drove our bus 300 miles straight home, without issue. There was a lot of prep we did before that first trip, and there were a few unforeseen surprises we found after we got her here. Nothing major, though.

Mike and Mary Sprinkel
Cincinnati, OH
1990 WLWB - "The TARDIS"
2008 Subaru Outback 2.5XT
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We had no problems on the trip home with our 83FC. It had sit for about 6 months other than batteries being charged. Check it over and drove her 400 plus miles home. Then we found the things that needed to be repaired.
Rick Shawver
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2000 LX
Vise Grips
Bellefonte, AR
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I flew to Florida on Friday morning, spent 4 hours with the ***, then drove it to Maine. Arrived home Sunday afternoon. Great trip! Perhaps not typical, but once the BB got started, it didn't want to quit. I LOVE my Wanderlodge!
Mark and Donna Bragdon
CW4 retired
Windham, Maine
95 WB 42
2007 Jeep Wrangler
2015 GMC Acadia
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