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Old 10-11-2010, 01:16 PM   #15
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Hi Stan,

Welcome to the forum!

One thing I did when preparing to buy our Alpine was to have a mechanic with a laptop computer and the proper software to access the Cummins diagnostics go to the rig and plug in and download the data from the Cummins and Allison data port. I got a 26 page report with tons of detail.

I don't know if the 2001 model has the data port or not. Our 2004 has one in the battery compartment and another behind the panel in front of the passenger seat (on the firewall). That panel (in our rig) is velcro'ed in place and just pulls off.

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Old 10-11-2010, 01:18 PM   #16
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Check out the Alpine Coach Association technical information website for a couple of very good Pre-Delivery Checklists:


B. http://www.alpinecoachassociation.co...eCheckList.pdf

Also, make sure that all the RECALLS have been performed on the coach you are considering. See these NHTSA links:

1. Dometic refrigerator fire: Recalls Summary

2. Ground bus fuse too low amperage: Recalls Summary

3. Seat belt defect: Recalls Summary

4. Brake calipers can hang & cause loss of braking: Recalls Summary

The NHTSA web site appears to be down today, so you can get an un-official list from this site:


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Old 10-11-2010, 05:25 PM   #17
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Hello & Welcome Stan:

I purchased our 2001 New and have had very few problems overall. Yes there are always things to fix, it is a Motorhome.

Maintenance will need to be preformed and if you do not have the records do it all now and you will have a starting point and change all of the fluids. Follow the recommendations from WRV manuals and if you do not have them they should be available on the ACA web site or from another member.

I hope you join ACA (http://www.alpinecoachassociation.com/) and one of the regional Alpine Clubs and join us at some Rallies. The next ACA Rally will be in Lazy L&L Campground (www.lazylandl.com) right on the beautiful Guadalupe River in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just north of New Braunfels , October 26 to November 1.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:48 PM   #18
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Buy that coach ! Thats a great price for that mileage and the condition you describe. I have a 2001 that I bought about a year ago and its a great coach. You wont find anywhere near the quality for that price with any other brand. (imho)

Good luck and keep us posted !

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Old 10-11-2010, 09:43 PM   #19
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We bought an '01 earlier this year. 21k miles. Our extended family has had 6 throughout the years. I have driven them all. Alpine's driveability is the best IMHO. Even my father (who loves his Prevost..probably more than me) would rather drive our Alpine. Definitely plan on Koni's if it still has the Bilstein's as mentioned earlier. We have had zero mechanical issues (a few issues caused by operator error though). This forum was and still is the best place for honest, accurate information. The folks here have saved our bacon a few times for certain. We love the huge holding tanks as well.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:24 PM   #20
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Cool To the newbie

The ABS light is giving you the big clue, in my opinion. The brakes are marginal on Alpines They are hydraulic disc brakes and not air brakes. We have owned two Alpines in the past. and 2000 and a 2003, both bought new. With the 2000 Alpine the brakes would get hot in stop and go traffic situations. When this happens the brakes seemed to fade and the pedal went close to the floor and I had to pump the pedal. The 2003 brakes were better but he best thing about this coach was the Jake brake that came with the Cummins engine. I think your 2001 Alpine has an exhaust brake which is OK but not nearly as efficient and safe as a Jake (engine) brake. I have a different brand now with true air/disc brakes and a powerful Jake engine brake. The difference is truly incredible. That is my concernllllllTHE BRAKES.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:09 AM   #21
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I never new Alpines did not have air brakes with it being a diesel pusher? That to me is a must have.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:28 AM   #22
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Boeing 747's don't have air brakes
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:01 AM   #23
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Hmmm . . . aren't all RV's money pits?
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:50 AM   #24
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Well,,,,,,did you buy it?
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:34 AM   #25
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Ya, did you drive it home? Lets see some pictures.....

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Old 10-12-2010, 05:59 PM   #26
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If I remember right, WRV Alpines came standard with hyd brakes but air brakes were an option. Any one out there got aN Alpine with the optional air brakes?
Also, do gas class A's have air brakes or hyd brakes?
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:21 PM   #27
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Before you comment, I would take it to engine shop, CAT, Cummins, whoever, and have them do an engine and transmission oil analysis. This will tell you a lot. Should only cost you about $25.00 each. Could save you.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:45 PM   #28
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Stretch & Rebelone,

The discussion of "air over drum", "air over disc", and "hydraulic over disc" brakes has come up before. See this link for a good discussion of the issues:

Air Brakes or Hydraulic Brakes?


It appears that you were involved in that discussion back in 2006.

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