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2009 Wanderlodge

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Although you won’t be able to buy it for a song (MSRP: $1,076,000), the aptly named Wanderlodge from Blue Bird has a way of creating instant wanderlust for the veteran traveler or empty nester – meaning one look at this immense home on wheels and you might want to buy it, sell your home and hit the road.

The first things I noticed about the outside of this 45-foot rolling domicile is its size – which might be bigger than your stationary dwelling – along with its plethora of panoramic windows and its eye-catching graphics. But don’t let its size and opulence make you
think this motorhome is only for show and will just be spotted at an RV park looking pretty, because the 2009 Wanderlodge has a 600-hp Cummins ISX engine to get it down the road, and up any steep grade. This Blue Bird can fly.

The first thing I noticed inside the triple-slideout coach is that it literally shines, looking more like a Vegas penthouse suite than the interior of a motorhome, and its modern-looking shower looks like one you’d expect to find in an upscale spa. I thought the coach’s natural stone flooring, countertops and occasional accent walls were a nice touch, as were the opulent carpet-lined cabinet interiors.

Living room features include a leather Ekornes recliner, a leather sofa with air mattress, sconce lighting, upholstered window treatments and valances with accent lighting and more. I especially appreciated the Wanderlodge’s electronic amenities, such as its 40-inch Sony HD LCD television, Sony 700-watt 7.1 digital surround-sound system, AM/FM receiver with iPod dock, HDTV satellite receiver with full-house distribution and DVD player.

If you do sell your immobile home and decide to bring some of your more important worldly possessions with you, this majestic home on wheels has more than enough storage, including cavernous bays under the coach, overhead cabinets in the bedroom (which has individual reading lights) and drawer storage under the King Cross island bed. And because this is the perfect home away from home, any of the stuff you bring that
needs to be laundered will be kept clean via its stacked washer and dryer. No need to visit the RV park’s coin-op laundry when rolling down the road in this unit.

Blue Bird is well-known for working with clients to provide an interior that meets the specific needs and desires of the new owner. And with a gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) of 53,000 pounds and an 18,500-pound-rated hitch receiver on the rear – so you can hitch up your trailer full of motorcycles or big toys – this coach offers more than you could ever ask for. After all, a motorhome is your house on wheels, or at least your home away from home – and it should feel that way. For those seasoned travelers who like to be ensconced in luxury, this coach might be for you.

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