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Old 02-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Alpine 34fdds

Hi , i am a new member. Just had a fire in our shop. Lost everything.discovery, air natique, 56 speedster, ect. Only stuff. No one hurt. Could someone in the rv community possibly give their opinion on a 2006 ish 34 fdds alpine motorhome. Want one this short so that it will fit in our shop with trailer attached. Thank you for your kindness. Mike
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Welcome to IRV2. I'm not familiar with them but here are some past IRV2 threads which may be of help.
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Howdy and welcome! Sorry to hear about the fire.
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Sorry to hear about your fire.

Alpine Coaches are in a way variations on a theme. The quality and fittings was generally all the same across all the standard Coaches. All the engines are Cummins with the standard engines being an ISC with upgrades to more HP. In 2006 the Limited came standard with a 400 HP ISL. The chassis were all the same type. In the later years there were upgrade Models "Limited," "Avalanche,"and "APEX." These came with more added features. But in general you can't say that Alpine made a cheaper quality coach as a entry level RV.

In a 34' you lose a little kitchen counter space and some closet storage over a 36' A 36' loses more of the same over a 40'. Only some of the 40' have king size beds.

There are copies of the original brochures at the Alpine Coach Association web site. Select the brochure of interest and a click will download it. The floor plans will decide whether or not it will fill your needs.
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You'll love the drive of an Alpine Coach; they were designed around a sweet driving chassis that is well layed out for ease of service (ease relative to other motorhomes, not ease like w/ a truck). There are a couple of known issues for an 06- steering bracket & cunifer brake line support, both easily repaired. Depending on mileage you may find one that still has the 350 degree turbo elbow that needs to be changed out for the 500 degree type, ~$200 incl. an hour shop labor.
Otherwise its a motorhome, and condition will vary depending on prior owner treatment.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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Hi Mike!

Welcome to the forum! We are the second owners of a 2004 34 FDDS (Front Door Dual Slide) and we've loved it since the day we bought it in 2007. It handles like a dream, has great dry-camping capability with the big water tanks, and is a very livable coach. We have had owners of the 36 footers look in ours and find it hard to find the "two missing feet". Ours has the ISL engine (400 HP) with the Jake Brake. Feel free to holler if you have any specific questions.

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The main reason I went with a 34 over 36 was the toilet closet on the 36 used more space in the dressing area. See the broacher.
I pulled a 10k rated race trailer (8K) loaded and could hold speed up most any hill with the 400 hp. Motor.
If you are pulling any more than a 4k car or trailer, I would make a 400hp the first priority in options. The turning radius on an Alpine is great for maneuvering tight spots.
2004 has 6 house batteries. 2003 has 4. All have large fresh water and waste holding tanks.
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The main reason I went with a 34 over 36 was the toilet closet on the 36 used more space in the dressing area. See the broacher.
I pulled a 10k rated race trailer (8K) loaded and could hold speed up most any hill with the 400 hp. Motor.
If you are pulling any more than a 4k car or trailer, I would make a 400hp the first priority in options. The turning radius on an Alpine is great for maneuvering tight spots.
2004 has 6 house batteries. 2003 has 4. All have large fresh water and waste holding tanks.
Hummm..My 2003 has 6 house batteries. I wounder if any other 2003's came with 6 house batteries?
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I have always been under the impression from the original brochure that 6 - batteries & 50W solar panels were options associated with residential refrigerator. However, I would guess that WRV would probably sell customers almost any option they wanted!?
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Hummm..My 2003 has 6 house batteries. I wounder if any other 2003's came with 6 house batteries?
Good Question.

I have the brochures from 2000 thru 2006.
The 2003 shows 4 house and 2 chassis batteries.
The brochure for 2004 had a complete electrical change over, including 6 house and 2 chassis batteries.
I think there a lot of inconsistencies in the builds.
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I looked at the 2003 brochure and my battery compartment is all together different. I also couldn't find a 37" plasma TV as an option yet mine came with one. I think maybe our coach was a late year build. All my paper work on the coach states that it is a 2003.
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