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Old 07-15-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Considering purchase of an Alpine coach

We've been considering the purchase of a previously owned class A diesel motorhome for sometime. We currently have a 5th wheel and have never owned a motorhome before so we are new at all this. After looking at many makes and models we have finally narrowed our choice down to an Alpine Coach. We have our eye on one for sale but have some concerns. Before we make the 7 hour drive to see it in person we would appreciate any advice on what we should be watchful for. It is a 3 slide 2006 Alpine 36FD. It has 10,500 miles on it. Asking price was $125,000 now it is $115,000. By looking at all the pictures it looks in great shape however the current owner says he hasn't driven it in over 3 years (to busy). He says he starts it up periodically, put new batteries in it recently, air conditioners need servicing for lack of use. I'm concerned about it sitting unused for so long and wondering what negative affect this has on any of the mechanical parts (diesel fuel sitting in tank for so long, tires sitting on one side for so long, air conditioners not being used, etc.) Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 07-15-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
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Sitting for 3 years with only occasional start up, dried up seals every where, trans, axle seals, weather checks on the tires, the list goes on , .
If the price is OK by what you see on line for similar units, you need to know if the seller has it licensed and will allow you to drive it for a few hours then take it to a dealer for a full inspection . Fuel condition is the least of your worries, additives and topping up with fresh for the drive home should take care of that, however the cost of a full service, all fluids and filters and possible all tires should figure into your offer.
How long has it been offered for sale?
Engine type , size , trans , genset size and fuel type all info that will factor into the amount you offer.
Get info on CCC. GVW, GCVW and trailer tow capacity. you need to know a lot about this unit before you travel .

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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Alpine was built be Western RV which I'm sure you know did not survive the big meltdown. The Alpine was a high quality coach. They built their own chassis and most were built with hydraulic brakes rather than more traditional air brakes. I'm sure that coach has the Cummins ISL.

There is nothing to service on roof airs. If they are not working there is a problem. The tires are ready for replacement. All fluid and filters should be changed, including coolant. There is a very active Alpine owners group that I'm sure would help you.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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Hello & Welcome Lois:

Glad to hear from you today. When you purchase your Alpine let me know and we can talk about the upcoming Alpine Rallies with Alpine SoCal or ACA.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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Shirken- where is the coach located?
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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Shirken, Check this forum for information on the steering gear bracket, leaking radiator, copper brake lines and hydraulic leaks in the wardrobe slide mechanism. All of these issues have fixes, but should be considered in
the price of the coach.

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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Welcome to our forum. What are the last 5 numbers of the VIN? Maybe we can provide some previous owner info, you can follow up on.

There are also several threads on this forum with lists of what to look for.

If it's a great coach, the price is not all that important, unless you can find the same great coach for much less. I'd guess the seller is FLEXIBLE....... But the price sounds close for a very good condition coach.

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