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|Microswitches for Air Step, antenna and generator tray The small black swtiches with the little red boots that Bluebird used on the mid-80's Air Steps and elsewhere. I found them for around $12 each at www.onlinecomponents.com. The part number is BZ-2RDS5551-A2. Shane Fedeli, 1985 PT40|
|Electric curtin wheels The rubber wheels on the electric curtins are no longer available from the source you cite under "parts" They may now be gotten from "Somfy Systems, Ind, 47 Commerce Drive, Cranbury, N.J. 08512. 1 800 227-6639. Product # 6070004 Drive Assembly-Drapery MT. " Just received mine and Ralph F. is installing. Wallace & Faye Craig875 WL PT 40Colleyville, Texas|
|Primus Heat FOR ALL THE BLUEBIRD OWNERS WHO HAVE BEEN TOLD PARTS FOR THEIR PRIMUSHEAT SYSTEM WERE NOT AVAILABLE OR THAT THEY HAD TO BE ORDERED FROM EUROPELET ME SAY BUNK!!!LAST WEEK I HAD MY PRIMUS HEAT SYSTEM SERVICED BY A COMPANY IN ELKHART,INDIANA AND THEY DID EXCELLENT WORK.THIS IS THE SAME PEOPLE WHO DESIGNED THE PRIMUS SYSTEM FOR BLUEBIRD.ALL PARTS INCLUDING SWITCHES, PUMPS, AND BOILERS ARE AVAILABLE AS WE ASINFORMATION FROM THE MAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK ON SERVICE FOR PRIMUS.THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS firstname.lastname@example.orgFOR SERVICE CONTACT MAR-DEX DISTRIBUTING, INC.1811 STERLING AVE.ELKHART, IN 46516OFFICE 574-293-4328FAX 574-293-7297THEIR BUILDING NOT IN A FANCY LOCATION, BUT THEY SURE GET THE JOB DONE. THE BUILDING IS BIG ENOUGH TO PARK YOUR COACH INSIDE FOR SERVICE.BEN WATKINS|
|Primus Replacement (Diesel-fired) For those of us with the (orphaned) Primus system, Holland Motorhomes now offers a diesel-fired system which replaces it, and fits in the original space. Jeffery Miller|
|Fuel fill pipe Tired of diesel baths? I have developed a fill pipe that can be inserted with no special tools. This pipe will hold either the small or large diesel fuel nozzels, without slipping out. This fill pipe is baffled so that the diesel will not shot out of the fill pipe, this allows for the tank tovent as it fills. All steel construction: steel tube with three baffles with breather holes. Price $29.50 plue $6.50 s&h. Send e-mail if you are would like more information or simply make an order one. Money back if not completely satisified-no questions asked. Contact: email@example.com. Billy Dawson, 4570 Barbarossa Rd, Seguin, Texas 78155 (830) 303-7496 or fax (830) 401-4625|
|Tail light lensif you have a 90 to 97 bird with the milkey tail light lens and want new ones, call 1-877-902-2600, swedish car parts. part #s are tvv8171 for left side, tvv8172 for right side. $90 each, cheapest that i've found !|
|Pneumatic Valve The pneumatic valve that controls the cylinder to my entry step gave up theghost this year. I called BB for a replacement and cost. They gave me areplacement cost of $260.00 plus shipping. I thought I would shop around.The OEM valve was mfg by Ingersoll Rand. Their customer service said thevalve was no longer available through Ingersoll.They had sold that divisionto another company. After making further inquiries, I found the valve wasavailable from the new company at a cost of 228.00 plus shipping.I thought Iwould shop around some more. Looking in the Grainger Industrial Supplycatalog I found what I needed. This is an Alpha valve manufactured byIngersoll Rand. It is a double solenoid, 4 way, 2 position valve part#A212SD-012-D. The cost is $88.30 plus tax. This valve by the way is adirect crossover for the original valve.I would also recommend that aweather tight connector be purchased for the double coils on this valve. Aconnector with 36" molded wire is available from Grainger, part #2G503. Costis 10.01 plus tax, and two will be needed.The step control valve can be replaced for approx. $110.00. You may wish toadd flow controls on the exhaust ports of the above valve. These areavailable from Grainger, part #4ZJ85. The flow controls will let you adjustthe speed at which your step runs out/in. All of the above parts can be usedto replace the controls on the genset drawer. The part numbers here are for1/4" pipe size.Larry Holland|
|Koni Shocks ... I recently replaced the front shocks on my Blue Bird, with Koni, which is OEM. They can be special ordered from Pep Boys at a considerable savings. I'm not sure of the stock number but they should be able to get if for you. Ran about $315 for both. Also while they are adjustable, the came adjusted for proper setting. Made a big difference in the ride on my coach.|
|Docking Lights ... GE makes the docking lights. Wanderlodges generally are 100 watts, but 50 watts work well too. I found some 50 watts at Lowes Building Center for $11.95. GE calls these fog lights. Lowes or Home Depot would special order for you as well.|
|Cruse Control ... While most problems with this system is related to low voltage at the module, a failed component is a problem because manufacture of components stopped in 1999. 3-G productions can be a help with the Bendix system as they rebuilt the modules and will also rebuild the CC5 cylinder. I think the price of a rebuilt module is $160. 3-G Productions 2970 Blystone Ste 104 Dallas TX 75220 888/269-4084 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Clippard air cylinder (86PT40) that is the safety lock for the front door air operated step is an expensive part. P/N B43-12-1 from BB is a custom part @ $80 plus shipping. Schrader-Bellows makes the same part with a little less spring force and threads on the shaft end. I purchased one and ground down the threaded end to match shaft shape of the Clippard shaft and it works fine. Price is about $19 at your local Schrader-Bellows distributor.|
|"Dupree Products"... Specialty RV Products ... Wanderlodge style Sewer dump valves, A very unique Sewer Hose and Treatzall Holding Tank treatment. For orders call 1-888-668-4288 For information call 888 668 4288 and 905 328 0162 or click http://www.dupreeproducts.com|
|The docking lights on my '81 33ft RB Wanderlodge are GE 4519 sealed beam fog lights. I recently bought some from a local industrial supplier for $24.92 each after other stores had asked as high as $74 each. The phone number for Industrial Control Solutions is 601-371-7121.|
|The electric curtain openers made by Graber Corp seem to be inoperative in most older coaches. In my case, this was only because the little rubber "drive tires" had grooves worn in them from years of opening and closing. If the curtain motors operate when you turn the switch on, chances are that's your problem also. There are three of these little wheels and tires on each opener. You only really need to change the center drive tire, as the other two are just for tension on the cord. Graber is now part of another company. These little rubber tires are available from Springs Window Fashions, 7549 Graber Rd, Middleton, WI (www.springs.com) 1-800-221-6352.|
|Dinosaur Electronics makes fantastic replacement circuit boards (Refers such as Dometic and generators such as Onan) -- far better than that provided with original equipment from RV manufacturers. You can call them in Lincoln City, Oregon at 1-800-769-6746 and they'll refer you to a dealer. :You can purchase the boards from M&M Services, 909 Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon (541-994-9022). Call M&M now -- not after you've experienced a failure. They'll send free literature, prices and list of applications the boards work with. Really smart folks order Dinosqur boards right qway, without waiting for the original one to fail in the middle of nowhere.|
|Hydrocaps ... recycle water in your battery. |
They custom make each order to fit your application, and can fit just about any battery. The caps for Trojan T-105's were: A8L6C-GK @ $5.25 plus shipping.
|Gas Springs (Gas Cylinders) that hold various cabinet and compartment doors open ... |
Stabilus Company ... Colmar PA ... 1-215-822-1982
Ft. Myer, FL Distributor ... Orr & Orr ... 1-941-481-7069
(Example - FMR115 spring for interior upper doors - $8.75 ... H9412-35 they now are $ 10.05 plus UPS charge) Orr & Orr also has a 4000 item catalog of parts for RV and Truck industry. (Supplier to Blue Bird Body Company) Check out www.orrorr.com
|Fluorescent lite inverters ... The fluorescent lamps in my 1980 FC had short life. Real short. I found the problem was the inverters built into the fixtures were the problem. The chassis, inverter, and sockets, as a unit, is available from: |
The cost is $35 each plus shipping. RGM doesn't use credit cards, but will ship COD. I prefer to send them a check and save the COD charges.
The part number for the unit is 15RF12, but be sure to specify you don't need the whole fixture, as there is no seperate part number. The new inverters seem to be much better than the 18 year old inverters! No more short lived lamps.
|Zip Dee . . . . 800-338-2378|
|Fantastic Fan - lids & parts, lifetime warranty . . . . 800-521-0298|
|Recessed Flourescent Fixture Base Units ( does not incluce lens and frame) may be purchased from RGM industries, Inc. on a drop ship, COD basis. Signify that you have a Wanderlodge and the order # is l5RFl2. The present price ( for 1-5 units) is $36.70 from the factory. RGM Industries, Inc. Recreational Products Div. 3342 Lillian Blvd. Titusville, FL 32780 Phone: 407-269-4720. If in Florida, you are welcome to stop by the plant for lighting service. Call ahead and they will have an electric hookup available for overnight and a technician out for service in the A.M.|
|After paying $160 (from BB Parts) for a new one, I wrote to ARO Corp in Bryan, Ohio. They make the 'Air Relay Valve' that opens and closes the steps and pushes the generator in and out. ARO says they have a Re-build Kit for $25.00 (Part No.115750) for the 'older' model 5840 2929 02 valve on the 1983 coaches (at least). You'll find it stocked at 'Hydraulic Parts' Supply Houses such as: Hydraulic Supply 7200 Buffalo Ave. E Tampa, FL (813)621-4721 If you have a different model, or need guidance that a Supply House can't provide, Call Eric Pickering at ARO (419)636-6752."|
|All Wanderlodge Electronics ... Now under new ownership. Doug Hampton of PMMI Electronics, 1007Spanish Moss Lane, Houston, TX 77077. Phone 281-293-8000. Web site atwww.pmmi-electronics.comThey still have holding and propane tank monitor; alarm clocks; elapsed time clocks(blue-green displays); clock thermometers; indoor/outdoor thermometers;refrigerator/freezer temperature alarms; windshield wiper mist control; acelectrical monitor; reverse polarity indicators; dash panels with andwithout blue pin-stripe lighting; electronic waste odor control; digitell;galley panels; bedroom panels; dash turn signal indicators; gas/smokedetector units; kneeler; water in filter alarm; hot water heater low waterlevel sensor; backup monitor; windshield washer fluid level sensor; "THE"Horn; THE Ultimate HORN.|
|Fresh water tank ports ... Richard M. Ducci ... Great Idea!! Also provides an easy access port to add chlorine directly to the tank without going through the filter or the hassle of removing the vent line. E & B Marine has the same plates (with "O"-ring seals) for $6.95, 1-800-262-8464.|
|Fewer little Bugs ... When in nice warm winter climbs, especially Florida, the darkness brought out the tiny small little nasty bugs that seem to come right through the screen. To alleviate the lively discussions in regard to fresh air and open windows vs closed windows and no bugs, I looked for an answer. Then came the light!! The light was coming through the window frame/screen area at the latch. Although the screen was intact, at the latch is a large area that bugs can enter at liesure. I took a 1/4 inch wide weatherstriping tape (sticky on one side) about 6 inches long and placed it in the track the full length of the latch in all our windows. Now I have fresh air with windows open and Rosemarie has it bug free. (Except for me that is.) ...From: HeeneyFW@aol.com|