Originally Posted by Old Scout
Based on what I have heard and seen, I think that after having owned an Alpine, you are going too be disappointed with the lower-end Tiffin product [ie, the Phaeton]....IMHO
After owning several other DP's I agree. Handling and ride WERE the reason we bought the Alpine.
Had a rare opportunity at the Redmond FMCA Convention many years ago to do a true driving comparison. Laid out a route out the back road from the Airport going east. Drove our coach (Foretravel) on that route, pushing it pretty hard.
Then drove the other coaches on our short list on exactly the same route, pushing them. No question-- it wasn't even close. Alpine was materially better than the other at both handling and to a lesser extend ride.
Long, long wheelbase/Overall length, good weigh distribution, 4 ride height valves, etc.
2003 Alpine 38FDDS