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Old 08-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Considering a New Alpine

Greetings Alpine owners,
I'm considering a "new" 2008 Alpine Limited, 34FDS-SE. I have read many of the posts and understand I'm looking at a coach from a non-existant parent company. The dealer is offering 5-yr bumper to bumper warranty.

Are there specific concerns I should be aware of on one of the coaches produced near the end? Anything specific to this coach year or model?

As with any coach I expect some bugs....just want to make sure I'm looking a major infestation!

Any advice would be appreciated.

Jim & Sandy
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I just bought a new 36' from a NC dealer who gave a 5 yr warranty. Felt very comfortable with dealer and very satisfied with the Alpine Ltd SE. Had a very short list of items to be corrected after 6 day shakedown trip.

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Old 08-13-2009, 09:24 AM   #3
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Check the Brake Failure thread here on the iRV2 Alpine forum.
Also check the routing of the turbo-to-intercooler line to make sure it isn't rubbing; mine was an earlyish one and after I noted the issue for Mark Frampton he redesigned the tubing diagram and replaced mine entirely. Likewise the exhaust cross-under (this was new for the ULSD engines) may be mounted to rub on the bell housing; this can be adjusted. Have the tech's open the junction box above the generator and the transfer switch to verify the wire strip lengths were proper and not terminating w/insulation smashed in the terminal to overheat & cause problems. Have them point out the Vehicle Data Computer, then let me know cuz I can't find mine.

And the front & rear roof seam seals are probably shot. They started using some type of caulk that dried & cracked right away for the end caps and the coax entry. Check all roof sealing including returns down into the painted area. Check the rooftop shower skylight closely; mine is faded & cracked & looks like they may have used one from inventory.

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