Join Date: Jan 2017
looking for a little advice
I am currently looking at a vintage bluebird and any comments or advice would be very helpful. the following is the ad:
Ford SuperDuty V8 534 powered Bluebird 31' motorhome. Yes, a 534. Runs well, two new front 22.5 tires, and four, used, take-off commercial tires on rear approximately one year ago. Tires have 1200 miles on them.
All new items approximately 1.5 year old. 4 deep cycle RV batteries, 3000 watt Inverter, CO detector, faucet, showerhead, window gaskets, window molding. CD player, and 4 Pioneer speakers. 30 inch led tv, wall mounted. Various plugs and extension cord adapters.
Maintenance done since I have had it (last 15 months); New exhaust on generator, generator oil change, oil change, air filters, and radiator antifreeze change on main engine, tires, batteries, resealed all windows, packed and sealed (aluminum roofrack) bolts to body, new items above, new teak laminate floors with lots of extra flooring, new Italian tile on steps and in bathroom, antifreeze overflow bottle, side paneling. Includes leather passenger chair (similar to driver chair but is not air-assisted), but removed from bus for floor installation. Bus has been plugged into 30amp service for last year. Batteries kept fully charged and maintained properly.
Roof -- railing recaulked and sealed, all vents and covers resealed. Two, new Fantastic Fan covers replaced. Can walk on and store additional equipment on roof, and inside large cargo shell. Dual air horns (not working), multiple antennas for radios. Secondary aftermarket radiator (not operating, needs pulley belt, overflow antifreeze bottle.). Both roof AC units worked when tested a year ago, and when on generator the few times I ran them.
Body -- All bay doors work and have retaining chains. All glass intact, some have age-hazing, and degraded tint film that is in the dual-pane sandwich layer. All lights work. Various decal peels and several spots repainted over the years. Awning works well and was replaced with new fabric sometime before I got the bus.
Mechanical -- Front engine fires up and runs strong! Ford V8 monster. About 10mpg when I drove it down from Michigan to Florida. But no I did not have generator on. Steering pump will need rebuilding and have reduced the price since I can't seem to get to that issue with my current workload. Gas tank just drained and fresh gas added recently. Run bi-weekly. Have not tested or run the propane (OEM tank is 1/3 full), or various heaters in-cabin. I planned to have removed if I kept the bus. Small air leak in the air pressure system, but it operates correctly when braking, and operating bus. Fridge and freezer work great, except inside light. 2 Fantastic fans work, but seems to be a ground issue as they sometimes don't work and will flicker. Lots of LED lights in cabin. All seem to work and previous owner was a light business owner and upgraded many lights. A LOT of gauges, toggles, switches, buttons and assorted widgets on dash that I have never operated and really have not looked into. Holding tanks are still installed and have not been used. The freshwater tank under bed was removed and some frozen waterpipes repaired, and was replaced in original position. Tank was tested and put back, including new subfloor, but has not been used. 5-gal Hot water tank under bed is still there, but not tested. Toilet and shower not tested or used.