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Dear Wanderlodge Owner:

Congratulations on being the owner of the finest and safest production motor coach in the world - the Blue Bird Wanderlodge.

We work hard to keep our Wanderlodges the best ever built. At the same time, we recognize your need for more and better information so you can enjoy your coach to the fullest. To that end, we have created this "Online Blue Box" to provide encyclopedic information on the history, operation, maintenance, and repair of your coach. We hope you find this helpful as you acquaint yourself with your Bird and then embark on various projects to maintain and upgrade your coach.'

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Model Quick Links

1960's

  • 1963 - First unit manufactured
  • 1964 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1965 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1966 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1967 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1968 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1969 Forward Control (FC) | Single Pusher (SP)

1970's

  • 1970 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1971 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1972 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1973 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1974 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1978 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1976 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1977 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1978 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1979 Forward Control (FC)

1980's

  • 1980 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1981 Forward Control (FC)
  • 1982 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1983 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1984 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1985 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1986 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1987 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT)
  • 1988 Forward Control (FC) | Pusher Tag (PT) | Wide Body Pusher (WB)
  • 1989 Forward Control (FC) | Single Axle Pusher (SP) Wide Body Pusher (WB)

1990's

  • 1990 Single Axel Pusher (SP) | Wide Body Pusher (WB)
  • 1991 Single Axel Pusher (SP) | Pusher Tag (PT) Wide Body(WB) | Wide Body Single Axel (WBSA)
  • 1992 Single Axel Pusher (SP) | Pusher Tag (PT) Wide Body(WB) | Wide Body Single Axel
  • 1993 Wide Body (WB) | Wide Body Single Axel (WBSA)
  • 1994 Introduced BMC (Bluebird Motor Coach) | Blue Bird Motor Coach (BMC)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999

2000's

  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009

Production Timeline - Model History, Changes, etc.

1960's

1963 - First unit manufactured
1964 Transit Home Forward Control (FC)

Called the Blue Bird Transit Home, standard equipment included a Chevrolet 348, Ford 332, or GMC 401 engine with a 5-speed Synchro-mesh transmission. This first platform was a forward control 31' gas coach.

1965 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

First year of official "Wanderlodge" production

1966 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1967 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1968 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1969 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

1969 Wanderlodge Single Pusher (SP)

In addition to the standard forward control 31' gas coach, Blue Bird produced 9 units that were 35' single axel pushers (SP) with a Ford gas engine. The 1969 SP 35 are very rare Birds indeed.

1969 Blue Bird Inn

1970's

1970 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1971 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1972 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1973 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1974 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)
1978 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Added a 35' length to the Blue Bird product line.

1976 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

The Forward Control (FC) model came in 3 lengths - 31, 33, 35.

1977 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Offered in 3 lengths - 31', 33' and 35'. These models have a Caterpillar 3208 NA 210hp engine, Allison MT-643 automatic 4-speed transmission, and leaf spring suspension. All models could be ordered with either a side or rear bath. There are two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models and a Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator on the 35' model. Note: there were several early units delivered in 1977 units that still ran a gas engine.

1978 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Gas & NA Diesel - 31' -- 33' -- 35'

1979 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Fifteenth Anniversary unit produced. Forerunner to the pusher. Thirty-five foot with Caterpillar 3208 NA 210hp. Designated the XV. '''NA Diesel - 31' -- 33' -- 35' -- 35' XV

1980's

1980 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

This is the first year Ridewell air suspension was added to the standard equipment. However, some early 1980 units were shipped with leaf spring suspension. The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a Caterpillar 3208 NA 210hp engine, Allison MT-643 automatic 4-speed transmission, and available in 31',33' or 35' lengths. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator on the 35' model.

1981 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a Caterpillar 3208 NA 210hp engine, Allison MT-643 transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator on the 35' model.

1982 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a naturally aspirated Caterpillar 3208 NA 210hp engine, Allison MT-643 transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC received a new bathroom and dashboard design.

1982 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Blue Bird added a new pusher model to the Wanderlodge product line. The Pusher Tag (PT) was introduced with a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp engine, Allison 565-CR transmission, Ridewell air suspension, tag axel, and available in a 35' or 40' length.

1983 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

A turbo charger was added to the Forward Control (FC) model's Caterpillar 3208T engine to deliver 250hp. (Note: Only the last 12 units of the 1983 model year were installed with the 250 turbo). The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with an Allison MT-643 Automatic 4-speed transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator on the 35' model.

1983 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Equipped with a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp engine, Allison 5-speed automatic with integral retarder, Ridewell air suspension and available in a 35', 38' or 40' length. A rear bath (RB) option was also introduced on both models.

1984 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a Caterpillar 3208T-250hp engine, Allison MT-643 Automatic 4-speed Transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5 kW diesel generator on the 35' model.

1984 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Equipped with a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp engine, Allison 5-speed automatic with integral retarder, and Ridewell air suspension. The PT 35' floor plan was changed in 1984 and designated the PT 36'.  Thus, the PT model was available in 36', 38' or 40' length.

1985 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Equipped with a Caterpillar 3208T-250hp turbo engine, Allison MT 643 transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5 kW diesel generator on the 35' model.

1985 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Equipped with a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp engine, Allison <need model> 5-speed automatic with integral retarder, Ridewell air suspension and available in a 36', 38' or 40' length.

1986 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Equipped with a Caterpillar 3208T-250hp engine, Allison Automatic 4-speed MT-643 transmission, Ridewell air suspension, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length. The FC had two generator variants, a Kohler 7.5kW gasoline generator on the 31' and 33' models or a Kohler 12.5 kW diesel generator on the 35' model.

1986 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Available in 36', 38' or 40' lengths and equipped with either a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp or Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475 engine. PT's with the 6v engine had an Allison MTB 654 5-speed automatic and units with the 8v engine had an Allison MTB 741 4-speed automatic with retarder. This is the first year that the 8v92 was available. All models came standard with a Kohler 12.5 kW diesel generator powered by either a Yanmar 4TN82 or Perkins engine.

1987 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Re-designed Forward Control (FC) and Pusher Tag (PT) floor plans including the walk-thru bathroom. The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a Caterpillar 3208TA-300hp turbo engine, ZF HP-500 Transmission with integral retarder, Ridewell air suspension, Onan 8kW Diesel Generator, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length.

1987 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

Available in 36', 38' or 40' lengths and equipped with either a Detroit Diesel 6v92TA-330hp or Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475 engine. PT's with the 6v engine had an Allison MTB 654 5-speed automatic and units with the 8v engine had an Allison MTB 741 4-speed automatic.

1988 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

Equipped with a Caterpillar 3208TA-300hp engine, ZF HP-500 Transmission with integral retarder, Ridewell air suspension, Onan 8kW Diesel Generator, and available in a 31',33' or 35' length.

1988 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

The Pusher Tag (PT) model had a 96" wide chassis and was equipped with a Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475hp engine, Allison MTB 748 4-speed automatic with retarder, Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator, Ridewell air suspension and available in a 36', 38' or 40' length.

1988 Wanderlodge Wide Body (WB)

Blue Bird Introduced the 102" Wide Body Pusher (WB) chassis in both 38' and 40' lengths. The WB had a 102" chassis width and was equipped with a Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475hp engine, Allison MTB 748 4-speed automatic with retarder, Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator, Ridewell air suspension and available in 38' or 40' length. Blue Bird also produced a limited edition XXV model to commemorate the Wanderlodge's 25th anniversary.

1989 Wanderlodge Forward Control (FC)

The Forward Control (FC) model was equipped with a Caterpillar 3208TA-300hp turbo engine, ZF HP-500 Transmission with integral retarder, Ridewell air suspension, Onan 8kW Diesel Generator, and a 35' length. (Note: This was the last year of the Forward Control Model)

1989 Wanderlodge Single Axle Pusher (SP)

Blue Bird introduced a Single Axle Pusher (SP) model was equipped with a center door, Caterpillar 3208TA-300hp engine, ZF <need model> transmission with retarder, Onan 8kW diesel generator, Ridewell air suspension and was available in a 36' length.

1989 Wanderlodge Wide Body Pusher (WB)

Equipped with a Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475hp engine, Allison MTB 748 4-speed automatic transmission with retarder, Kohler 12.5kW Diesel Generator, Ridewell air suspension and available in 38' or 40' length.

1989 Royale xxx<need info>

1990's

1990 Wanderlodge Single Axel Pusher (SP)

The Single Axle Pusher (SP) 36' was equipped with a center door, Caterpillar 3208TA-300hp engine, <info needed> transmission, Onan 8kW diesel generator, Ridewell air suspension and was available in a 36' length.

1990 Wanderlodge Wide Body (WB)

The Wide Body Pusher (WB) 40' was equipped with a Detroit Diesel 8v92TA-475hp engine, Allison HT 755 5-speed Transmission with Retarder, 15kW Universal Diesel Generator , Ridewell air suspension and available in 38' or 40' length.

1991 Wanderlodge Single Axel Pusher (SP)

Changed exteriors appearance of Wide Body & SP.  Made major equipment changes.  

1991 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

1991 Wanderlodge Wide Body

1991 Wanderlodge Wide Body Single Axel

1992 Wanderlodge Single Axel Pusher (SP)

1992 Wanderlodge Pusher Tag (PT)

1992 Wanderlodge Wide Body

1992 Wanderlodge Wide Body Single Axel

1993 Wanderlodge Wide Body (WB)

1993 Wanderlodge Wide Body Single Axel (WBSA)

1994 Introduced BMC (Bluebird Motor Coach).  

1994 Blue Bird Motor Coach (BMC)

1994 Wanderlodge Wide Body (WB)

37' BMC 40' WLWB -- 40' WTOS -- 40' WBSD -- 40' WBDA

1995 Added 42' Wanderlodge with 60 Series Detroit, 6 speed Allison and Aqua Hot heat. Redesigned BMC 37'.

  37' BMC 40' -- 40' WTOS -- 40' WBSD -- 40' WBDA42' -- 42' WLWB -- 42' WTOS -- 42' WBSD -- 42' WBDA

1996 Introduced the 40' BMC with m11 Cummins 400 HP, 6 speed Allison, Tag Axle.   

37' BMC 40' BMC40' -- 40' WTOS -- 40' WTSD -- 40' WBDA42' WTOS -- 42' WBSD -- 42' WBDA

1997 Lowered engine in Wanderlodge to allow for Walk-in closet.  Redesigned 42' as 43'.  40' became 41' with 60 series, 6 speed and walk-in rear closet.   

37' BMC 40' BMC41' WLWB43' WLWB

1998 - Introduction of WB-41 LXi and WB-43 LXi w/500 HP Series 60 and resytled exteriors. Introduction of WB-40 LX w/450 HP M11 Cummins.

40' LX 41' LXi43' LXi

1999 -

40' LX 41' LXi43' LXi

2000's

2000 -

40' LX

40' LXi - Mellennium Limited Edition

43' LXi

2001 thru 2003 -

LX-M11 engine went from 450 H.P. to 500 H.P. New body style. Otherwise its the same as 98 - 2000. In 2001,some LX's were non-slide some were single slides. 2002 and 2003 were all slides , either single or double. LXi After about the first 15 units were built, the effort to lighten the units began. Front axle rating went from 14,400 to 15,500 and eventually to 16,000 #'s Fuel capacity went down to 260 from 300 gal. The exterior roof skin was changed to streched aircraft aluminum, bulk oil fill was eliminated as well as tile floors. An optional cummins M11 500 H.P. engine was offered but only a few were built.

2002
2003
2004
2003 thru 2004 -

M380 production began. All 2003's were single slide with one exception , it was a double. 2004's were 1 or 2 slide. No non-slide M380's were offered.No other models were built for 2004.

2005

Owner Resources

Reference Sites

Wanderlodge Owners Group (the WOG)

This a very active message board with a dedicated group of experienced owners that can help answer your questions. Quite a bit of the knowledge contained in this site was gained and distilled down from threads on the WOG. This is one of the most valuable resources for any Bird owner.

Vintage Birds

Facebook Wanderlodge Owners Group

Wanderlodge Gurus

Buying and Selling

Buy Bye Blue Bird

Bird Connection

Terms & Abbreviations for Blue Bird Motor Homes

  • BMC - Blue Bird Motor Coach
  • WL - Wanderlodge
  • FC - Forward Control which designates the engine is mounted in the front of the unit. All Blue Bird Wanderlodges are rear axle drive.
  • FC 31- Thirty-one foot Forward Control
  • FC 33 - Thirty-three foot Forward Control
  • FC 35 Thirty-Five foot Forward Control
  • PT - Pusher with a tag axle
  • PT 35 - Thirty-Five foot Pusher with a tag axle
  • PT 36 - Thirty-six foot Pusher with a tag axle
  • PT 38 - Thirty-eight foot Pusher with a tag axle
  • PT 40 - Forty foot Pusher with a tag axle
  • SP - Single Axle Pusher
  • WB - Wide Body (102" wide vs standard 96")
  • XV - 15th Anniversary unit built in 1978/1979
  • XXV - 25th Anniversary unit built in 1988/1989
  • Bathroom Configurations
    • RB - Rear Bath
    • SB - Side Bath