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Care and Upkeep Let's face it, it has to be done. Have questions of what to do or how to do it, this is the place to talk about it.

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Like most current owners, I always enjoy looking at used BB's offered for sale, whether on BBBB, Ebay, CL, or others. Yes, there is always a little bit of "bus envy" when I look at a well maintained coach that offers more length and interior room than what I have. Generally we're not talking about newer coaches, instead most of the time they are just "bigger".

Also, often seen when reading posts about the used BB offerings I see comments such as "no room to store it" or "won't fit in my Bird Cage". I totally understand those comments because I bought my M380 because it was the biggest I could store in my polebarn.

So I got to thinking that it would be fun to start a thread dedicated to BB indoor storage solutions. I'm sure most guys, like me, are as proud of their BB storage as they are of their BB. Just like a part of the family, a BB owner wants to keep their baby safely tucked away when not in use, budgets allowing. I'm sure there are some pretty innovative storage solutions, along with some top-of-the-line Bird's Nests out there.

Let me get the ball rolling. The attached photos show our 38' polebarn and our 38 1/2' M380. I knew before I bought the coach that I was going to have to allow the front cap to encroach into my workshop. I'll be constructing a 2' deep enclosure around the front cap so I can maintain my heated workshop during the Michigan winters. The coach is already winterized and ready for the thermometer to drop.

So while I still enjoy looking at bigger coaches, realistically my next BB related expenditure will be a concrete floor in my polebarn! And maybe, just maybe after I retire I can add some kind of heat in the polebarn to eliminate the need to winterize. But being in the country and on propane heat I may have to resort to wood heat. For now I'll keep buying lottery tickets.
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The first things I fixed were the engine hatch springs so I didn't have to store that broom anymore.
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Carmine , your left hand on that bumper scares me . Only that broom stands between holding a fork with the left hand. Lets get those shocks replaces ASAP . I had a guy brake his 2 bones in his arm on my PT86 years back . That hatch will fall so fast there will be no time to move your hand .
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Carmine , your left hand on that bumper scares me . Only that broom stands between holding a fork with the left hand. Lets get those shocks replaces ASAP . I had a guy brake his 2 bones in his arm on my PT86 years back . That hatch will fall so fast there will be no time to move your hand .
And I'm a lefty, too! Can barely shake hands with my right (can't drink coffee through my right ear, either)
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So I got to thinking that it would be fun to start a thread dedicated to BB indoor storage solutions. I'm sure most guys, like me, are as proud of their BB storage as they are of their BB. Just like a part of the family, a BB owner wants to keep their baby safely tucked away when not in use, budgets allowing. I'm sure there are some pretty innovative storage solutions, along with some top-of-the-line Bird's Nests out there.
So if I'm reading this right it's a thread to share our Bird Houses. As a fellow Michigan thumb residence I thought I would contribute. I just completed my 2 year expansion project before I brought our new to us bird home last year. Came off the end of my 30 x 40 work shop which comes off the end of our horse arena. The dimensions are 18 x 48, limited by space and wanting to heat. Next step is insulation and steel on inside. Smaller bay is for horse trailer.
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My concrete is almost down. All the permits, forms and rebar are in. Once I get the new driveway and slab, the 18/45 garage goes up. I know I carried on about that 96 450 LXI that has been for sale on E bay this week. I called it coach lust. I am happy with my 03 40 Lx. I have a lot or work planned for it once I can get it in my back yard. Soon as the bird house it up. I post some pics. Its taking half my back yard lol. So no pool. Talk about choices. Wife is good with it. I am lucky man.
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This is our birds nest along with a boat, horse trailer, utility trailer, tractor .......
We only have 12’ side walls so when we added on to our shed we raised the truss bottom cord just in case we got a taller RV. The shed is full but I still have room to work on the coach.
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Thanks Dale and Alan. It's nice to see how others shelter their babies Chris - Send pic's once your project is completed. I'm sure we're all guilty of coach lust at some point, but when it comes down to it the limiting factors usually win out ($$, storage, condition, and need).
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