Travel main page

2004 Blue Bird Wanderlodge M380 For Sale $89,000

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

Lots more pictures below the text.

After 16 years, 49 states, and 8 provinces we are hanging up our keys, and our M380 is for sale, $89,000.

First the standard, factory stuff:
This is a 2004 38-foot double-slide Blue Bird Wanderlodge
Aluminum-skinned and roofed, on 1x2 stainless ribs.
400HP Cummins 8.9L ISL with 2-stage jake brake, 93278 miles
Allison World 6-speed transmission
The slides have inflatable air bladder seals
12kW Powertech generator with 1037 hours
Independent front suspension with air disc brakes
Hurricane diesel hydronic heat; radiators also heated by engine on the road
2 air conditioners with heat pumps
2 1000-watt electric toe heaters
Bose sound system with subwoofer
Electric shades plus venetian blinds at windshield
Day-night blinds on all other windows
Air powered slide covers step
Screen door
Electric step
Powered Girard main awning
Zip Dee awnings on all other windows
12V amd 110V auxiliary air pumps
Color backup camera/monitor
Pilot and Co-pilot chairs include power lumbar and heat
Euro Lounger with stool
Couch jacknifes into day bed
2-burner propane stove
Dometic NDR1292 side-by-side gas/electric refrigerator/freezer with icemaker
Sharp Carousel Microwave/Convection oven
Splendide 2100 vented washer/dryer
145 gallon diesel tank
100 gallon freshwater tank
60 gallons each black and grey
30 gallon propane tank

Things that have been added,changed, or upgraded
Ball joint boots, top and bottom, replaced 2016. Zerk fittings in bottom ball joints 2013. Both are "must do" items for M380 owners to protect the ball joints.
11-gallon electric water heater added, including engine heat lines.
SeeLevel II tank monitor for accurate fresh/grey/black/propane levels.
JoBox sliding tool tray added under water tank.
Inverter changed to Xantrex SW3012 3000-watt Pure Sine Wave with highly programmable auto-gen-start
Custom 4-inch hitch riser
Silverleaf VMSpc. Includes Lenovo Flex netbook we use for it and Street Atlas mapping.
Winegard Travler DirecTV HD automatic satellite dish
Tires replaced 1/28/17 Michelin XZA2 Energy. Steer tires 315/80 dated 4816, Drive tires 295/80 with varying dates 3016 and newer.
One drive tire replaced by road service after hitting a hazard in Texas on 10/30/2018. Tire is 295/80 Toyo M144A dated 4516
Tire pressure monitor included with multiple extra sensors.
4D AGM house batteries (3) new in November 2015, excellent condition
Start batteries 1 new in 2014, 1 new in 2015
Gauge added to dash to show both Aux Air and Slide Air pressures
Muffler changed to Stainless Steel Magnaflow
50 puck lights in ceiling changed to LED
Headlights converted to LED, with both beams converted to on when using High
Air Force One air braking system installed on coach. Tow vehicle portion included (used).
Buyer can have Roadmaster Sterling towbar if desired.

Located in Eureka, California

Non-smoking during our ownership but traveled with dog and cat

e-mail me at the link on the bottom of the page with any questions.
New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

New Picture 10/19/18 Pine Mountain, Georgia

Below is how it looked at purchase, with a table and chairs. Next shows table has been removed, replaced with a desk and office chair. The table has been stored, and will be replaced when we sell the bus.

The dash is not as complicated as on our prior Blue Bird. One addition is the tire pressure monitor at the top left.

The coach came with a 37-inch Plasma monitor, below. Sounds nice, but very heavy, no receiver, and not full HD. Replaced with a 40-inch Samsung Smart TV, with a soundbar below it, in the next picture.

One of the undersink cabinets was converted to a catbox area for Sam. A couple of remnant doors we picked up a number of years ago from the Safari cabinet shop were cut and joined. Again, the old door was stored for replacement before we sell.

These are a couple of views from the bedroom, looking forward through the bathroom area.

Changes and upgrades will be a forever ongoing thing. The rear-view monitor was mounted flush with the dash, not pointed at the driver, so it was hard to see in bright conditions. I mounted it on a gimble so that it could be pointed directly at the driver.

Gimble-mounted rear-view monitor

For better operation of the electronics the orignal Trace modified sine-wave inverter, in the first picture below, was replaced with a Xantrex SW3012 3000-watt pure sine-waver inverter, including an auto gen-start module.

Trace inverter

Xantrex SW3012 inverter

The bathroom area has two thermostats, one controlling two electric baseboard heaters and one controlling the Hurricane hydronic heating radiators in the bathroom and toilet areas. The original ones were analog, and were replaced with digital for more precise control.

Digital thermostats

In 2017 I replaced the Datastorm (internet/TV dish) with a new Winegard TV dish, which is more user-friendly.

Roof antennas

Removing old muffler

Most Blue Birds beginning in 1991 have their exhaust through the roof, like a city bus. This has good and bad points, with the bad mainly being the risk of fire. This is higher in an M380 than in other models because the space around the muffler is minimal. We followed other M380 owners in having our muffler replaced with a smaller-diameter stainless-steel Magnaflow unit. This was done at Redlands Truck and RV, in Redlands, CA.

Welding top pipe to muffler

Installing new muffler

A short video of the coach with the new muffler. A little louder, but not a lot.

The M380 uses a diesel boiler both for inside radiators and for hot water. This is somewhat of a pain, particularly if we are plugged into AC power, so I installed an 11-gallon electric water heater next to the water tank. Either it or the diesel can be used.

Electric water heater

Unused space in a motorhome is a waste. The water tank sits on a platform, with open space below the platform. Combining a couple of ideas used by other M380 owners I installed a JoBox aluminum tool tray in that space.

Water tank on platform

50-inch JoBox

Drawer after installation

The Green strip in the picture of the water tank, above left, is a sensor for the See Level II system I installed. The display is located below the kitchen pantry, as seen at right.

See Level II

Installed an in-sink soap dispenser, left, and a drinking water dispenser, right. The center tap is an instahot, which was stock in the M380. The drinking water dispenser is connected to a Culligan RC-EZ4 water purification filter below the sink.

New sink fixtures

In January of 2018 I replaced the pitiful stock headlight bulbs with LEDs. I also figured out how to make the low beams continue to operate when high beams are on. The next picture was taken at Quartzsite to show the coverage with all lights on.

LED Headlights

LED Headlights

Interior bullet light bulbs were replaced with LEDs also. Much brighter.

LED lights

LED lights

Floorplan as it left the factory


A couple of images with the bay doors open

Bedroom TV on swing out behind door

Cummins 8.9L 400HP ISL with 90150 miles and 2066 hours (10/18/18)

12KW Generator with 1027 hours (10/18/18)

110V air pump. There is also a 12V air pump to maintain seal pressure.

Hurricane heater with 528 hours (10/18/18)

Comments? Send mail to
Snail Mail: Arcata Pet, 600 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521-6301 USA
Webspace provided by and ©Copyright 1994-2018 by Arcata Pet Supplies. All Rights Reserved.