All Bluebird Rallies and Rally Highlights

 for Wanderlodge and BMC Coaches

Sponsored by Members of Vintage Birds

Upcoming events

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • Ocean Lakes Family Campground, 6001 South Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

    Call Ocean Lakes as soon as possible and make your reservations, 877-510-1413 and remember to tell them "Birds at the Beach". If you are planning on coming early and staying after the rally you will have a better chance of the site being open for the extra days if you reserve early. We will be in the same area, HH section, but again all sites are not available so another reason the call early. 

    The rally dates are Wednesday April 18 to Sunday April 22, 2018. We have sites reserved for that entire week, April 15 through the 22, 2018. 

    Bryan and Karen Altier

    Birds at the Beach Agenda

    Wednesday, 4-18
    4:30—6:00 - Welcome and Happy Hour – Observation Deck (weather permitting, we will be in meeting room in the event of rain.)
    While there please sign up for the group dinner at Sara J’s on Friday night. 
    6:00 - Dinner on your own.
    After dinner campfire, come by HH-21 bring your chairs and drinks.

    Thursday, 4-19
    9:30 AM – Workshop, meeting room. Discussion of issues with your coach, “SHOW AND TELL”
    12:00 Noon - Group lunch at River City Café, Surfside on the beach. 
    5:00 - Happy Hour - Meeting room
    6:00 –Fried Chicken Dinner, chicken provided by Vintage Birds. Everyone bring a side or desert (bring your own plates, silverware and drinks).
    7:30 – Campfire, HH-21 Bring your chair and drinks

    Friday, 4-20
    9:30 AM – Workshop, meeting room. Discussion on fuel issues, filters etc. Open discussion. 
    Lunch - On Your Own
    2:00 - Coach Tours, look for the open house signs - Free time to explore and make new friends or just sit on the beach.
    5:00 - Group Dinner Sara J’s (Map Provided.) 
    7:30 - Campfire at HH21 

    Saturday, 4-29
    8:00 - Coffee and donuts meeting room. 
    9:00 - Flea market, buy, sale, swap, trade or give away. There are items for the ladies also. Meeting Room 
    12:00- Lunch on your own
    5:00 - Happy Hour
    6:00 – BBQ Dinner, Awards and prizes (Meeting Room, bring you own drinks) 

    SUNDAY 4-30
    Exchange handshakes and hugs as we head for our next destination. Drive safely. Stay a few days or weeks and enjoy the South Carolina coast. 

    To all our friends, 
    Karen and I are honored that you came to the beach and helped make this rally an enjoyable experience. The above agenda is simply a suggestion and there are no requirements to attend all or any of the functions. Hopefully there was enough time left open to enjoy the beach, friends and attractions. If there are suggestions, please feel free to contact us directly.

    We would like to thank the “Wanderlodge Owners Group”, without WOG this rally and many others would not ever happen. Thanks to Vintage Birds and Coachcraft for their help with the rally along with everyone that assisted.. 

    Even though we call this “Birds at the Beach”, attendance is not restricted to Wanderlodge owners or even motorhomes. Invite your friends to come next year. By the way, the dates for 2019 are April 10th to 14th, come early and stay late. You can make your reservations now by calling Ocean Lakes. (MAKE SURE TO TELL THEM “BIRDS AT THE BEACH”). 

    Again, thanks and hope you have a great time!
    Bryan and Karen

    If you're bringing your golf car with you, you'll need to register it with us. Follow this step-by-step check list or click here to register online.

    * If you have already registered your golf car, please disregard.

    Checklists for Private Golf Car

    Registration Stickers

    Camping & House Rental Guests:

    • Proof of current liability insurance. (Examples: Insurance Card, Policy Declaration Page or form from insurance agent. The golf cars must be specifically listed on the policy.)

    • Completed Golf Car registration form signed by the golf car owner. The golf car owner must list the name of the person who is authorized to pick up the sticker(s) on their behalf. (We are NOT mailing out any stickers.)

    • The person picking up sticker(s) must show their valid driver's license.

    • Documentation of which site number they are staying. (Example: Paid receipt for express parking pass(es), paid receipt for campsite fees or OLP house rental.)

    • Payment of $35 per sticker.

    Swing by our showroom to see the new, reconditioned and used golf cars for sale or check out the inventory at

    Please note: we do not keep your insurance on file.

    *Gas golf cars are not allowed in Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 6 May 2018
    • Cross Creek RV Maggie Valley, NC

    Cross Creek RV Maggie Valley, NC

    Rally in Maggie Valley 

    Sunday April 29 – Sunday May 6, 2018

    There is a group arriving 4/22, after Birds at the Beach, so we are opening early, and everyone is welcome. 


    Sun 4-29-18 4:00 pm

    Welcome wine and cheese party @ the Pavilion

    Mon 4-30-18 5:30 pm

    The Swag Dinner $69.00 pp

    Social hour with hors d’oeuvres start at 6 pm dinner 7 pm

    2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville

    4 course dinner, BYOB or cash bar (see web site for choices)

    Beef, fish, poultry entry or vegetarian option available

    Let’s sit back, relax and watch a beautiful sunset and mountain top views!

    Reservations required by 4/20/18

    Contact Debbie 630-621-5411 to make your reservation

    Tues 5-1-18 10:00 am

    WNC Waterfall Driving tour. Pack a picnic lunch and drinks. We’ll start with Looking Glass Waterfalls located in the Pisgah Nat’l Forest NC276 South 38.4 miles, 9.35 miles from the Blueridge Parkway on the left is a parking area. Then take NC276 North to Blueridge South to Skinny Dip Falls off the Blueridge Parkway mile marker 417 (Looking Glass Overlook parking lot). To see Skinny Dip Falls it’s a mile and half round trip easy to moderate hike. Then on to Graveyard Fields parking area, 1.8 miles (bathrooms! Yea!) To see Second Falls are several steps about a quarter mile hike one way. Next, Sunburst Falls, 8.8 miles from Graveyard Fields continue on Blueridge Parkway to NC 215 north, pass the falls on your left, parking is on the left.

    FYI: For those with CB’s we will be using channel 18

    This could be adjusted depending on energy levels!

    Wed 5-02-18 4:00 pm

    Pot Luck at the Cross Creek Pavilion (pork roast provided). Bring your favorite dish to pass and whatever you want to drink. After dinner grab your chairs and your favorite drink for a campfire and some somores!

    Thur 5-03-18 6:00 pm

    Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. NC 276 North to Cove Creek Rd. Left on Cove Creek Rd.

    FYI, Cove Creek Rd turns into a gravel road. Drive takes about 45 minutes. Once at Cataloochee Valley hopefully we’ll see some elk and there are pit toilets. We have been known to pack a cooler with drinks and snacks!

    FYI: For those with CB’s we will be using channel 18

    Fri 5-04-18 8:00 pm

    Maggie Valley Opry

    3605 Soco Rd Maggie Valley.

    Cost: 12.00 per person

    Show starts at 8:00 pm Traditional bluegrass and mountain music

    Sat 5-5-18

    A day off! Roam where you will!

    Nearby attractions:

    Great Smoky Mtn Nat’l Park

    Cherokee Indian Reservation (Casino!)

    Wheels thru Time Museum

    Elevated Distillery

    Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Nat’l Forest

    Biltmore in Asheville

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    Cross Creek RV Park

    • 26 May 2018
    • 29 May 2018
    • Kaibab Lake Located just outside Williams, AZ

    Kaibab Lake - May 26-29, 2018

    7th Annual AZ Hot Birds Kaibab Lake Rally

    - Located just outside Williams, AZ up in the cool country, perfect time of year.
    - Bring your bike! Great place to ride.
    - Make reservations RIGHT NOW!! These go fast!
    - Over Memorial Day Weekend
    - We want to make sure we’re all in Loop-A & B if possible.

    If you cannot get into A or B loops then look for C, D, & E. You may play with the dates to see if the spot is available. Also, make SURE you check the site length! Also, note there is a list of sites and a map on the website for clarity.

    *Updated Jan 29th @ 0645
    Tami & I won't be attending this year due to family commitments but you know you'll have fun! 


    Sites available right now for May 25-28;

    A010 - 35' backin
    A027 - 35' backin
    A028 - 35' backin
    B017 - 30' backin
    B020 - 35' backin
    B022 - 40' backin
    B025 - 30' backin
    Other sites available in C, D, E

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    Michael & Tami Putz - Web=
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    76FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Gutted/Conversion -sold-"

    78FC35SB Wanderlodge - "Putz'n Around"

    '90 GL1500 Goldwing, '67 VW Rail, & '82 CJ5 Jeep

    FMCA #236459, Good Sam #17270530, Vintage Birds #1509

    • 6 Jun 2018
    • 10 Jun 2018
    • Shipshewana North Campground, Shipshewana, Indiana

    We are planning another Shipshewana mini Rally beginning Wednesday June 6, 2018 until Sunday June 10, 2018 in Shipshewana Indiana. The Rally Location will once again be the Shipshewana North Campground and Cabins (wanabees note, there are a few cabins available here). The website for the campground is 

    (check out the cool Drone video of the campground full of Bluebirds on this website), and the phone number is (260) 768-7770. Ask for Uma or Sam and tell them you are with the Bluebird Group. You can also drop my name if need be. 


    This is an older campground with mostly 30 amp sites, but a few 50 Amp pull through sites are available. Hopefully we have planned it early enough that we won’t need much air conditioning. We really like this campground as it is quiet and has an ice cream store right on the site. They really like us too.

    What do we do at this rally you ask? We plan nothing except one event that will likely involve a carry in dinner. Once again there will be a night at Rowland and Joanne’s Arcade, and maybe a dinner or 2 out. We don’t have awards, and we don’t plan tech sessions. We plan nothing because this is the Rally where the Boys go shopping. You read it right, there are several, many, a bunch of surplus stores within striking distance, and we come back with car fulls of RV trinkets. Some spend thousands, others spend some. The girls, if they trust us to be alone with credit cards, go to town with their own credit cards and shop in all of the quaint little Amish shops. 

    Shipshewana also has a huge flea market every week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can google that to get the details if you are interested. You may have to come early to go there, but don’t spend all of your money there because there are other, better things to buy. 

    This location offers other services. 
    National RV Refrigeration. Many ‘Bird owners can’t say enough about Leon. Each year Leon works on several Bluebirds. He’s the go to guy for refrigerator problems as several Woggers can attest. His price is more than fair, he does a really good job, and he’s right next door to the campground. His website is If you have a need here, call Leon for an appointment and to make sure he has enough time to get what you need.

    Stuarts Service in Elkhart is an authorized HWH repair facility. The website is You really need to call ahead here for an appointment as it seems they have limited hours. The phone number is on the website.

    Ramco Mirrors is close by in Elkhart, and bird mirrors have been rebuilt here.

    Mr. Wrench Service and Repair 260-768-4216 is a Powertech Service Center

    There are also lots of other RV related manufacturers around the Elkhart area and this is only a half hour away. Lambright’s for furniture is a popular spot, and Bradd and Hall is also nearby. Check the display ad section of your FMCA magazine for information.

    Looking forward to seeing you there !!!

    David Styf

    • 5 Jul 2018
    • 8 Jul 2018
    • Hood River County Fairgrounds

    Hood River Rally in July

    Kathie and I are going to try again! We booked the Hood River County Fairgrounds for a:3-4 day Rally July 5th thru the 8th.

    There will be more about it later but the dates are solid. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME THE FAIRGROUNDS HAS CLOSED IN JULY .

    1) $20.00 a night with 30 and 50 amp. Hookups. Great water at every site. Dumpsite on the grounds.
    Kathie and I collect the $ for the time yiu are there. That way you don't have to pay in advance. HOWEVER, please let us know if you are coming OR if you can't make it. That way we know how much food to cook and what size van or bus we will need for a tour .

    We look forward to actually having one this year! 
    !YES Larry Dill and Barb , we will have fresh brats!

    Here are some of the websites for the fairgrounds and area attractions.

    John Alley
    Hood River, Oregon

    • 15 Jul 2018
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • Detriot, MI

    Motor City Shakedown

    Alan and Debi Darson will be hosting the “Motor City Shakedown”. Alright, alright, we’ve all heard about the bad places in Detroit so let’s see the good. You know there ain’t no town like Motown. Let’s visit the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford’s F-150 assembly plant and possibly Detroit Diesel assembly, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle, Detroit Aquarium (the oldest in the nation) Detroit Conservatory, take a few laps on the Michigan International Speedway, Downtown Detroit (The Belly of the Beast), and Ann Arbor just for starters.
    • Wayne County Fairgrounds
    • 10871 Quirk Road
    • Belleville, MI 48111
    • 734-697-7002

    • 20 Premium Sites – Full 50 amp hookup - $35.10/day

    • 20 Sites with water and 50 amp electric - $24.10/day (Dump station in the middle of fairgrounds is very user friendly).
    When making reservations tell them that you are part of the Vintage Birds Rally.

    There will be a $100 per person rally fee which will include two breakfasts, three dinners, and three guided tours. Additional tour details to follow. Please make your check out to Alan Darson. This must be paid by 6/20/2018. 

    Please send to:

    Alan Darson

    5 Bismark Way

    Dennis, MA.  02638


    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • Cape Cod Campground North Truro, MA

    You’re Gonna Fall in Love with Old Cape Cod

    Crit Bliss is already making plans for a clam bake and lobster boil. 

    We’ll visit Nantucket, Provincetown, Whale Watching, JF Kennedy Museum, kayaking on freshwater ponds, miles and miles of Cape beaches, bike trails and much, much more.

    We have reserved 30 spaces. Two campgrounds are involved within a couple of hundred yards from each other walking distance and about I mile apart driving. Perhaps a little inconvenient but I don’t know anywhere else on Cape where we could park 30+ Blue Bird coaches all near one another  They are the North Truro campground and Horton’s campground. (Google Earth them to see how close they are). 

    The campground manager will make site assignments based upon your coach’s length. The sites are sand/gravel with a mixed bag of some with 50 amp, some with 30 amp only, some with and without sewer hookup. As far as the 50 or 30 amp electricity this is late September so you won’t need all three air conditioners running all day long. It’s usually becoming cool and we will be lucky if the AquaHot’s aren’t coming on during the night. For those without a sewer connection the campground will proved you with free pump out service. Sites will be provided on a first come basis @ $50.00/day for a 50 amp site and $40.00/day for a 30 amp site. They will ask you to pay half now and half March 1st. 

    Our contact’s name is Mike. Inform him that you are part of the Cape Cod Vintage Bird group. Remember to tell him the length of your coach so he can assign a proper spot. 

    There will also be a nominal rally fee. We will have a few catered dinners and breakfasts and depending on weather perhaps rent a tent. I’ll determine those costs when I return home to the Cape in May. 

    Cape Cod Campground (North Truro Campground) Sites are 30 Amp full hookup. (Hey, it’s September on Cape Cod, you’re on the ocean, and won’t need air conditioning).

    46 Highland Road

    North Truro, MA 02652

    508-487-1847 Click on “Cape Cod”.

    Rally Host 

    Alan Darson

    • 1 Oct 2018
    • 6 Oct 2018
    • American Heritage RV Park Williamsburg, VA

    While No Two Rallies are the Same

    See The Highlights of

    The 2017 Annual Vintage Birds Meeting Rally


    Thanks to Susan & Joe Crocker

    Annual Vintage Birds Meeting Rally

    Jan Moher and Ken Doyle will show us around the magnificent Williamsburg, VA. Area. 

    We’ll be staying at the American Heritage RV Park, a 10/10/10 rated park. 

    This is a great historical area with Jamestown and Yorktown nearby, the Mariners Museum in Newport where you can view parts of the Monitor and Merrimack.

     Richmond is only an hour away with several Museums and water activities at Hampton Roads. For the real adventurous head to Virginia Beach or Nags Head, North Carolina or 4 mast sailing in Yorktown. 

    And let’s not forget about all those great local restaurants.

    American Heritage RV Park

    146 Maxton Lane,

    Williamsburg, VA 23188

    888-530-2267 or 757-566-2133

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 13 Oct 2018
    • Anchor Down RV Resort Dandridge, TN

    Blue Bird Chapter of FMCA, LLC

    MARCH, 2018


    OCTOBER 9 -13, 2018


    Make our Club Grow Again

    I hope this finds everyone well and in great spirits.
    Betty and I will be hosting the fall rally, RITV, for the Blue Bird Family of Friends in Dandridge, Tennessee.  We will be staying at the Anchor Down RV Resort on the beautiful Lake Douglas near Dandridge, Tennessee.  If you have not visited Anchor Down, you are in for an awesome treat!  It is one of the top RV Resorts that we have stayed in.  The amenities are equally spectacular.
    We have attempted to schedule our rally to prevent conflict with the Vintage Birds rally and a few days prior to the WOG rally.
    Our dates are October 9th thru 13th, which means we will check in on the 9th and depart on the morning of the 14th.  Please make your reservations early as the reservations are first come, first serve basis.  The staff will attempt to keep our group as close together as possible (no guarantee).  If you wish to extend your stay, or come early, the 10% discount rate does not apply; however, they do have a 10% military and Good Sam discounts.
    We will be sending out, at a later date, a schedule of planned activities.
    There will be no fixed costs, only the cost of your RV Park reservations.  Meals will be provided to members and their guests. Guest should have their own motorhomes.
    Our club has maintained membership as of recent years, but could benefit from additional members/growth.
    We would like to challenge each member of the Family of Friends to invite a guest to the Rally.  The member who brings and enrolls the most guests will be awarded a (5) day stay at Anchor Down Resort.  This will be at the base rate of $49.00 minus discounts.
    Please secure your reservations early.  This is an extremely busy season, as it is peak "leaf peeping" season and campers typically flood to this area.  I would strongly recommend your reservations be placed by the middle of May.  This will also assist us in planning for catering and other scheduled events.
    Please know that Betty and I are honored and feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful Family of Friends. Our intent is to get to know everyone on a personal basis, as well as to contribute and help to make our group the very best it can be.
    With all of this, please make plans and honor us with your presence at Anchor Down RV Resort October 9th - 13th and help make our club grow again!
    Phone (877) 784-4446     
    Family of Friends

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Pine Mountain,GA

     WOG Pine Mountain rally Oct 2018

    It's time to start planning for our annual WOG 2018 rally in Pine Mountain,GA
    The dates for the 2018 rally are October 17th-21st
    Pine Mountain RVC will honor the WOG rally rates before and after the official rally dates. More information to follow***Be advised that PM is having a vintage rally the week before our rally so early arrivals may not be available.
    PM also has yurts and there are hotels in the area for visitors without coaches.
    There are no rally fees or sign up other than your campsite fees. Mark your calendars and join us for this growing event.
    If you haven't made camping reservations you must CALL Pine Mountain Resort and tell them your with the WOG me they will know!

    Pine Mountain RV Resort
    8804 Hamilton Road, Highway 27
    Pine Mountain, GA 31822
    Phone: (706) 663-4329

    Kip Henry
    95 WB42 S-60
    88 WB40 2010/14
    Brooks, GA
    Kip Cindy & Cody

    • 1 Jan 2019
    • 2 Jan 2019

    No Clearwater Rally in 2018 But New Ownership/Rally For 2019

    I have been investigating options for relocating the Clearwater/Parliament/Coachworx Rally that we normally hold each year. Since Parliament finally closed their doors (and the property) a couple of weeks ago I have also been in touch with the new owners of their property.

    My understanding is that their lease includes the old Coachworx Body Shop and the building that became the Metal Shop (where we held our last Rally prior to the Parliament merger. I'm not sure about the campsites but I assume they are part of their new lease also.

    It's just too late to try and get something going for this year, and quite frankly I don't want to go to a lot of hassle to relocate just for one year. With more time to prepare we can bring the Rally back next January.

    The property has been broken into different parcels and now has different ownership. I've also spoken to the new owner of the front/retail part of the property and he hopes to have some type of RV facility on the premises also, but imho that's an expensive piece of property that could support several shops, restaurants, etc. (or even a car dealership) and bring a better return. He was trying to be helpful but it's just too early to try and use that part of the property while it is still locked up and in limbo while he makes his own plans.

    So plan on January 2019 to resume our annual Clearwater rally. In the meantime, the new company plans to reopen next week:

    USA Luxury Coach
    727 812-0721

    Ben Cummings, a long-time Parliament Employee, is the General Manager of USA Luxury Coaches, and several prior Parliament employees are Techs and support personnel. As I understand it, the USA Luxury Coach leased property includes the previous Coachworx footprint. They have the Coachworx/Prevost shop in the back of the property, as well as the adjoining campsites. I'm currently parked where NHBill, Michael Campbell, and I (the original "Three Amigos") parked seven years ago. Plus the Body Shop that was originally part of Coachworx. 

    Dave Sullivan, who is one of the best techs I have met, has also joined the team so even though they have a smaller and less expensive payroll, they have a lot of depth and capabilities in the new company.

    I will try and update as I have further news, perhaps in a separate thread. In the meantime we are still planning to hold our 2019 rally at the same location(s) as before.. Stay tuned for updates....

    Jim Nichols

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 27 Jan 2019
    • GPS 33°36'43.3"N 114°12'01.3"W

    Birds of a Feather (BoF) Annual Q Rally 

    January 12-27, 2019 

    Quartzsite, AZ. 

    Birds of a Feather (BoF) annual winter rally 

    This is the second largest yearly gathering of Blue Bird Wanderlodge coaches, and the largest yearly gathering of Blue Birds west of Pine Mountain, GA. 

    Coach years range from the 1970s to 2009 so this is your opportunity to see almost every year/model, learn/fix these wonderful machines, and meet some great owners. 

    Coaches arrive before the official dates and many stay after the rally. No reservations required. 

    Details are here enter the "flocktogether" password. 

    The Rally Documents are on the left side under the heading “2019 Q Information Details, Descriptions, Etc.” You will not be disappointed!!!

    Folks need to read all of the documents that serve to drive the Q rally. There are several on the BoF site. And as is pointed out on the site, the documents change as time moves on. 

    Thanks again.

    Your BoF organizers: Fred, John, Rick, Curt


    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 6001 South Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

    Birds at the Beach

     The dates for 2019 are April 10th to 14th, come early and stay late. You can make your reservations now by calling Ocean Lakes, 877-510-1413.



    Bryan and Karen Altier

    • 1 Oct 2019
    • 2 Oct 2019
    • Red River, New Mexico

    Red River Rally, New Mexico

    Early October 2019: Yes 2019! 

    Mike Sparkman will host a rally in Red River, New Mexico 25 miles south of Colorado. 

    A great chance for that special “Western” species of the Vintage Birds to have a nearby rally. This will be the week before the Albuquerque Balloon Festival so perhaps we can do both.

    Hope all can come to this little bit of mountain country paradise. Elevation 8,500’!!

    Rally Host: Mike Sparkman


    Red River Rally, New Mexico

This web site is sponsored by Members of Vintage Birds.  All information is believed to be correct, however, all questions concerning rally information presented on this web site should be addressed to the Rally Host.

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