Thanks for the clarification Danny
It would be great if the founder could work with 'new' management - he could provide the passion to keep 'his baby' going and thriving.
Alpine has in the past proven to be inovative and will face much tougher competition in this freature driven field.
The secret may be in 'finding the right nitch' - there are plenty of companies trying to become what could be called Bluebird/Prevost wannabees.
I for one don't want a 45' behemoth that wouldn't be allowed on some roads.
Alpine may have to go to 'Air Brakes' to gain greater capacity = It should be possible to produce an vehicle with a capacity of 40,000 lb.
plus without going to a 'tag axle'.
Meritor Front Axles
It also may require going to a 24" tire to gain capacity = but that would surely differentiate Alpine from other manufactures.
Something must change after viewing a few Apexes with redicuously low CCC.