Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vancouver, WA
I don't know enough about that year to be conversant, however, the big expensive thing aside from the chassis, is the refer, make sure the recalls have been performed, and to test it, park with the sun shining on that side, and turn it as cold as it will go to see how cold it gets, the freezer should be -10F and the refer part should be +32F (maybe lower if it in good shape). Check the operation on both modes, i.e., 120V AC, and propane operation, let it run for 24 hours in both modes, yeah this will take a while, but the replacement is somewhere between 1600-2400 dollars, don't think any dealer will warranty it after 30 days, so knowing now if it works good is the key. Check the water plumbing to the ice maker or water in the door if equipped, to ensure no leaks and proper operation, 60% of refer calls are for those items. Write down the S/N and Model Numbers, with Date of Manufacturer, and go to domestic's web site, and check what recalls are required and then you can see if they have been done, if not, get the present owner to have them done.
There also may be a fuel rail recall on the 350, so get the S/N and call Cummins, they will have it in the computer and can tell you if they have been done or not, or if any are outstanding. Make sure you get a transmission service, and see if the unit can use the transynd fluid when it's changed, longer change intervals and then its only filters every 25K miles I think. How many hours on the genset? Know that, and have service performed to include a output voltage/amperage check, just to be safe. Don't forget to use genset two hours a month to keep it working properly.
Date codes on the tires, if over 5 years, either get the owner to purchase new ones, or use that as a 10K discount option.
Once you get it, check every ground to make sure it's tight and not corroded, learn all the different places WRV placed fuse's, if equipped, check transfer switch wiring, generator to house connections, and all the 120VAC breaker connections.
Read this forum for three years back to front, all postings, you will learn a whole bunch of stuff you don't know, but think you do. Alpines are a different breed of cat, from any other coach on the market period.
If there are manuals on equipment, read those, to familiarize yourself with how things work. Hope things work out for you.
I can say with assurance, the 400 ISL is top notch. W/O Toad, it goes almost like a Porsche, with the toad, well as fast as I need to go. Since the new radiator, it also runs a whole lot cooler and more efficient it seems to me. This fall, however, I expect to hit some major hills and that will be the test.
Monty & Janet - 2007 Alpine APEX 40 MDTS
S/N - 75715 - Retired - Master Certified RV Tech