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Old 07-13-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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I am trying to find out any information on the alpine coach utilizing the 16,001-19,500 lb GVWR chassis. I think they were available in 1998 thru 2000. The VIN would be 18X_2.... The fifth digit being the GVWR. Any information is appreciated. I ran across one of these about a year ago. It was being used as mobile office. The owner called it an alpine lite or alpine light. He said it was built in 1998. It had the 5.9 CIS, 19.5" tires with hydraulic braking. I only spoke with him a short time and have'nt seen him since. I would be interested in purchasing one if I can locate.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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Hello & Welcome Ben; I think you are talking about an Alpinelite trailers. They were also produced by WRV. Most of the members here have very little info regarding the trailers. With any luck some here might be able to answer your questions. The Alpine Motorhomes manufactured from 1998 thru 2001 depending on length (36 ft to 40ft) had GVWR from about 28,000 lbs up to 31,000 lbs. All of the Motorhomes manufactured by WRV used 22.5 wheels. About 99% of all Alpine Motorhomes manufactured by WRV had hydraulic brakes and a few were manufactured with Air Brakes.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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Dave,
He's thinking class A, he asked the same question over on Good Sam/RV.net. I gave him a quick rundown on the early coaches, i.e never came with 19.5 wheels, never came with the 5.9 and the smallest GVWR was 28,000lbs.

I gave him links to here and the Tech library. No idea what he may be looking for.
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Dave I kind of expected that he meant Alpine Coach not Alpinelite. That is why I listed the specs for the Alpine Coach. I did forget to mention that until 2002, WRV only offered the 8.3 ISC Cummins. How ever in 2002 they did have the option for the 8.9 ISL which later became the standard WRV.
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Yea, I gave him the rundown on GVW/engines over there. I hope he'll give us more information if he can remember it. My curiosity is up.


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There is no Western RV/Alpine class A on 19.5" wheels and no Alpine with the 5.9 ever rolled off the line. The Alpine coaches started in '98, at that time they offered the 6CTA 8.3L engine in 275hp trim with 325 hp as an option. In '99 they got 330/950 with 350/1050 as an option. GVWR was 28,000lbs with 10,500F/17,500R distribution for the 36' coaches, later as the coaches got heavier and more heavily optioned the axles were upgraded and GVWR went up quite a bit.

There is a very active Alpine forum over on irv2 CLICKY

And very good archival .pdf format manuals and information in the Alpine Tech Library CLICKY

These are very nice handling/riding coaches with even the smallest having over 4k in CCC after fuel/water is on board. The hydraulic brakes stop very well but can be an issue if maintenance is neglected.
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