Originally Posted by riverhouse
In process of buying 2000 40' Alpine, I believe it is a FDS model. Can anyone give me advice on what to look for in the areas of concerns? Is this year also in need of the steering bracket upgrade! Coach is very clean and low miles....what would be a fair price. Thanks MIKE
That coach won't need the steering bracket upgrade. FDS would mean "Front Door [Single] Slide." Is that what you are getting? (FDTS would be a Front Door Triple Slide).
Hard to say what is a fair price, but I occasionally monitor ebay listings/sales of Alpines. For example, a 2003 40' FDTS recently went unsold for $99,000 -- meaning you could have bought it for no more than that.
Currently, there is a 2004 40' MDTS (Middle Door Triple Slide) on an ebay auction that ends in 1 hour with a high bid of $86,000. So clearly a 2000 should go for substantially less.
NADA online guides for that year/model show a range of $50-60,000. NADA tends to be a little on the high side (10+%), in my opinion, so that rig, in decent shape should be bought for no more than $45-50K in my estimation. Maybe a little more if there have been some upgrades/replacements made over the years (such as satellite, HDTV, new appliances, etc).
Keep in mind that regardless of mileage, if the tires have not been replaced they are overdue (that alone is a $3000+ cost). Check the date on the batteries. If you have to replace all of them, get ready for another $600-800 outlay.
Probably a good idea to have all fluids, belts changed too, unless someone can prove to you regular and recent maintenance. But, if you like the floor plan, everything else seems to work as it should, just set aside some $ for a complete "once over" and enjoy the best riding MH built and be glad that someone else took the depreciation hit. Buying a good used MH is a better value than new.