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Looking to Buy
03-12-2014, 19:05
Post: #1
Looking to Buy
(03-09-2014 12:50)davidbrady Wrote:  Folks,

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Need some help looking to buy no very little.The coach looks like #two made 450 Lxi 05 model what to do.
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03-12-2014, 20:00
Post: #2
RE: Looking to Buy
Randy- welcome. I'm not following what you are looking for

Ernie Ekberg
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03-12-2014, 21:01
Post: #3
RE: Looking to Buy
I've exchanged a PM with Randy to better understand his request. It appears he's isolated an '05 M450 that he's interested in purchasing, but the bus needs quite a bit of work. Randy is a knowledgeable and experienced motorhome owner and he possesses the skills to complete the work. Randy would like to know if it's economically feasible to fix the bus and if the bus has the intrinsic value to make it worthwhile; that is, does it have the bones! Smile

Randy, it's got the bones. Every Wanderlodge has the bones and every one is worth saving. Whether this one is too far gone to make it economically feasible requires you to tell us more about this particular bus. If it's a clear, non-salvage title, chances are very good that it'll be economically feasible.

Tell us more! And, welcome to the forum. Smile

david brady,
'02 Wanderlodge LXi 'Smokey' (Sold),
'04 Prevost H3 Vantare 'SpongeBob'

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03-12-2014, 21:21
Post: #4
RE: Looking to Buy
Is it in an area where one of our readers can help you look at it and make a more determined decision with you.

Steve Gureasko
90 WBSA "Jus Chillin"
Ponchatoula, La.
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03-12-2014, 21:58
Post: #5
RE: Looking to Buy
weren't there less then 70- 450's manufactured?

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03-12-2014, 22:47
Post: #6
RE: Looking to Buy
AFAIK, they built 58 including two prototypes, but there was one '08 finished by CCW which I believe is also included in the 58. The '08 was essentially a leftover 2006 Cerberus chassis that CCW completed with an interior. The two prototypes were built in '04, the 56 production coaches were built in '05-'06.

david brady,
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03-12-2014, 23:38
Post: #7
RE: Looking to Buy
Hi ,
I believe that there were 58 450 LXi's produced including the prototypes. One was a fire dept command post and was not included in the original tie rod recall.
One is presently off the road as a crash write off. FYI to any purchaser - another with significant front damage has been repaired.
A 2008 was finished by CCW and shown at the 2008 Tampa Super show and at FMCA in California as a "Premier" not a 450. It was a coach built by the old Bluebird and finished by CCW. It had a Caterpillar engine and originally was built as all othe 450's were, with the generator in the front slide out.
The 2009 Premier had a Cummins but was the same chassis and suspension.

Ross
2006 450

Ross MacKillop
Wiarton Ontario
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03-13-2014, 12:55
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RE: Looking to Buy
(03-12-2014 21:58)ernie ekberg Wrote:  weren't there less then 70- 450's manufactured?

Ernie,
Johnny Anderson told me that there were 70 M380's built, he might have said 72, I don't remember for sure??

Robert Britton
2004 M380
Hollister, Ca
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03-13-2014, 15:38
Post: #9
RE: Looking to Buy
It appears the coach that Randy is interested in is one of the prototype coaches. Right now he's having trouble starting the engine. Could be batteries or it could be some M450 specific switch setting. I'm not familiar enough with the 450 to know what controls to check.

david brady,
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03-13-2014, 17:51
Post: #10
RE: Looking to Buy
Starting one is just like all the other birds- make sure you've got decent chassis voltage and turn the key. I was thinking the one CCW finished with the Cat engine was actually on an 06 chassis. I looked at it several times before and during the auction. It wasn't a bad vehicle, but it didn't quite measure up to the later ones. But at that level of coach, none are truly bad! With the right gumption, a 450 could be a great coach if bought right. I think it would be best if somebody was buying it as their last coach and planned to have it a long time.

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