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Old 07-26-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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You are all my heroes. I purchased an 03 36ft. ISL 400hp in Nov. of last year. The thing was a mess, but only had 20,000 miles on it. I had no idea what an Alpine Coach was, but I got such a great deal, that I did an impulse buy. I have owned a 1995 28' Safari Trek for 19 years and had done a ton of upgrades to it, including putting an entire new wide track front axle on it, trying to improve the ride. The handling became much improved, and I had no intention of selling it. I loved that lunch box looking thing. I ended up selling my Trek in one day, for $3,000.00 more than I paid for the Alpine. Then after changing all fluids, I took the Alpine out on the road for the first time. WOW, I was blown away. The handling was way better than I ever imagined it would be. Then I found out I was driving it with all 4 shocks blown. I couldn't believe it. I put Road Kings on, and OMG.
I just returned from my first $4,000 mile trip, ran like a top. For 7 Months I have been glued to his forum, finding out as much as I could about my Alpine. I have pretty much read the entire forum, and recognize some of your names, posting help from the beginning. My Alpine is now pretty pristine, and I have all of you to thank (along with my wallet & 400 hours of my own labor). Without you guys and gals, I could never have completed this project.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU,

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Post some pics... It is a good thing when someone is enjoying life like you are!


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Yea a good place to learn.
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I would love to post some pictures, but the ability is beyond my pay grade. (I don't know how). I poked around, trying to figure it out, but duh. When I returned from my trip, I decided to remove all the disco mirrors in the coach and replace with travertine. Do you guys know that Amazon has a huge selection of travertine and will ship you as many samples as you want for dirt cheap? I should be receiving mine next week. I am thinking to use the stacked stone look around the headboard and side panels. The reason I mention this is I have already torn up the insides and have no interior pictures to send, but I will after I complete the stone work. If I can figure out how to do so.

Does anyone know how to save the signature and coach description without having to type it each time you post?

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Thanks for the uplifting thread. It's refreshing. Here's a link that should assist you with photos , signatures and many other useful hints. Forums 101 - posting, photos, accounts, basics


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Does anyone know how to save the signature and coach description without having to type it each time you post?

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Go to your "Search" bar at the top and type in "Signatures" and then another search on "Posting Photos".

Tons of info will come up with specific directions for any question you may have.
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Nice looking rig!
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Great job on the pics and really nice MH.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:25 PM   #11
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Frank, great looking coach but bewildered by the paint scheme. According to the 2003 WRV brochure there was NO "white" paint scheme available. I'm wondering if it has been painted ... not that anything is wrong with painting the coach but just bewildered.

Interestingly, if I ever painted my coach I would opt for a white base color because it looks so "clean" with those dark color stripes / swirls. However, those dark colors tend to become "chicken scratched" over time in the sun with tons of little splits in the paint color/clear coat.

Enjoy your coach!!! I love mine even with the "chicken scratching". Please feel free to PM me anytime with questions.
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Frank, that is a beautiful Alpine. I am a big fan of mostly white coaches. Very nice story.
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Frank, I think you may have a one-of-a-kind or one-of-a-few with your color scheme. I was reviewing the 2003 Brochure for model year 2003 and happened to notice a small inset picture on the 3rd to last page with what looks to be a coach painted similar to yours in the factory.

Here is the exterior options for 2003 by length -
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Premium Exterior/Interior Decor Choices: s s s s
Arctic Blue/Mood Indigo (blue)
Meadow Green/Sage Point (sage green)
Meadow Green/Bermuda Teal (teal)
Summer Bronze/Brandywine (spice)
Shadow Ebony/Black Tie (black & khaki)
Autumn Tan/Winter Wheat (natural/beige)

I also looked at the 2002 Brochure where the exterior color option of "Sonoran" looks to be white with similar stripes/swirls used on all of the 2002 models. Your stripes/swirls are slightly different than the 2002 model but not quite the same as those pictured in the 2003 brochure. Perhaps WRV had not committed to the "Premium" or "Full Body" body paint scheme when the 2003 model was bring developed. Who knows?!

I've seen a lot of Alpine Coaches in rallies and have never seen a white version beyond 2000 or maybe 2001. Still a good looking coach though!
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I have all of the original paperwork including the invoice. The color scheme is called "Sonora". It was listed as full body paint in the paperwork. I have friends that have dark colored coaches, and they complain that they spend half there life trying to keep it clear of water spots. It is not a color that I would have chosen when new, but it does not show any water spots, and is much cooler in hot climate. Knowing what I know now, I probably would choose it.
For those of you that might be near the JACKSON, CALIF. area, Jackson Rancharia indian casino has a beautiful RV park and a full blown touch less RV wash that will accommodate 45 footers. The wash is $35.00 ($25.00 if you are staying in the park. It does an excellent job, also cleans the roof. I will never hand wash this rig again.

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