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M380 (Unique Issues) If you have a unique issue with your M380 model coach and it can't be answered in one of the other forums here, then this is where you can list it.....list your M380 Parts here too.

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I received this private message from Robert Britton the other day;

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Hi John,
I came across this while researching the M380. It's a link on a dealers web site to an old Bluebird site that I have not seen before. It's the best info that I have found on the M380.

If you scroll down and click on the options for other pages...it's takes you to more information with cutaway photos and more.

Can we save this to our site???

http://www.rvdeals.net/m380/chassis.htm
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Thanks Robert here it is;

Wanderlodge Owners Group > Links, Files, Old Yahoo Forum Database and Downloads > Manuals and Files Stored in This Forums Software DATABASE > Index of Downloaded Manuals and Files in Forums Software Database >FILES & DIRECTORIES > M380/ >

Bed & Bath Pictures ..> 04-Jan-2010 11:12 134k

Exterior Pictures Wa..> 04-Jan-2010 11:12 549k

Living Area Pictures..> 04-Jan-2010 11:12 142k

RideStar Chassis.mht 04-Jan-2010 11:12 228k
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Thanks John!
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I found the info interesting and did some M380 research. I found a few links that others may like.

http://www.the-mad-house.com/bluebir..._specsheet.pdf

http://www.the-mad-house.com/bluebir...0_brochure.pdf

http://www.the-mad-house.com/bluebir...Floorplans.pdf

nice virtual tour:
http://www.the-mad-house.com/bluebir...rtualtour.html

http://www.vintagebirds.com/m380_brochure.pdf

I thought the M380 was only made 2003 to 2005, but I see I was wrong with 2 sales links to a 06 and 07:
06: http://www.bluebirdbusesonline.com/2..._C341_PARL.htm
07: http://www.lazydays.com/rvs/Motorhom...homes-001.html

I checked out the 380s on byebyebluebird and birdconnection as well - some nice pics to get education from.

I can see one of these M380s in my future years down the road when prices come down into my range as a retired fulltimer. I like the single slides much better than the dual slides myself.

I saw recalls on the net for 03 and 04 M380s but not for 05-07. Does that mean Bluebird had all the problems under control by 05? How about the skin problems - are the later years not a problem with the fix in place from the factory? Anyone know how many were made per year?
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Have any M380 owners experienced rough or harsh ride? We have an 2004 with 70000 miles which really rides rough. The front suspension appears to be really stiff which makes the ride very harsh. Have tried various ride heights each side of 48inches. Also disconnected shocks and the ride was no different. The expected extreme bouncing was not there--drove it several hundred miles with shocks disconnected. Suspect high friction someplace in suspension. Any thoughts????
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My 380 seems to pound pretty hard on the front, on the interstate mostly the bridge gaps. Not to mention through NY around the GWB ---- thought I would lose my eye teeth. I have new Koni shocks that didn't make a bit of difference. I also have active air by HWH and can adjust suspension one inch each way on the fly. The coach definitely rides best at stock 48 inch height. I'm not an expert on ride --- I really haven't driven many class A's to compare. I know my old class C rode better but was not as solid all around as the bird. Reminds me of my old Harley 'rigid' days, on a smooth road it was a smooth ride.
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Maybe Chuck Millsap or Jim Brookshire will chime in. I haven't heard of harsh ride characteristics with the M380. I think Koni disontinued their FSD shock for the M380 and M450 - otherwise I'd recommend it. Have you weighed the coach and adjusted air pressures accordingly? Maybe 315 tires at a reduced pressure can provide some relief. Is there an anti-sway bar on the steer axle?
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I’m somewhat surprised that some owners are experiencing a “harsh” ride in their M380. Something must be out of order if this is happening?

I can only compare the ride of my ‘04 M380 to the ’00 LXi that I previously owned. Consequently I am comparing a 2 air bag independent front suspension to a 4 bag stick axle front suspension.

Actually, the ride is about the same; the independency of the M380’s front wheels probably compensates for having 2 less air bags than the LXi’s front suspension

Consider that my coach only has 48K miles on it so the suspension should still be in good shape. I have put 7000 miles on it since I bought it in March and have not experienced any front wheel pounding or banging when rolling over rough roads or bridges.

The stability is better on the Lxi which I would attribute to the tag axle.
The maneuverability is much better on the M380.
I would sum up by saying that the LXi drove like a Cadillac and the M380 drives like a BMW.

I must confess tho.., I did replace the 12Rs with Michelin 315s when I bought the M380 and had the suspension greased on the day I bought it. I now can run all the tires at 10 % less pressure than with the 12Rs. I do believe the new tires (with the lower inflation pressures) does enhance the quality of the ride.

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I'm not familiar with the '315'. Is that just a tire or tire/wheel change or what exactly?
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Garry, The 315 is a tire size.
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Fits the stock wheel?
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