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Old 06-10-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
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Need your expert opinion on a 1999 Alpine 36FDS

My wife and I are looking to get into the Class A hobby I have always liked the Alpine coaches even tried to get my in laws to buy one but they opted to go to 5th Wheel. During my searches came across a 1999 Alpine 36FDS with approx 74000 miles. Haven't had a chance to look at it yet but what can all you pros tell me about this coach. Are there things that I need to look for? This would be a HUGE step for us since right now we currently pull a 24' Toy Hauler.

So please all pros and cons!

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Old 06-11-2014, 08:26 AM   #2
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I have a 1999 Alpine 36MDS. When I purchased it 10 years ago, I made a list of all the things I wanted to test and then went through the list with the former owner before I purchased it. I found several things needing repair that the owner claimed he was not aware of. This helped me negotiate a better price. I can't find the list, but many of the items came from this list: http://pages.infinit.net/jypiche/Pre..._Checklist.pdf.

This thread Trading up on a similar topic may also be helpful.

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Old 06-11-2014, 08:51 AM   #3
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Someone with more knowledge than I may jump in here but my very trusted chassis mechanic has mentioned in the past that he had a very hard time finding parts for an Alpine chassis, as many of the parts were specific to Alpine and no longer made. Just my two cents. I'm quoting him and just thought it was worth considering or investigating before you jump in.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:20 AM   #4
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Well bad news the coach sold:(

Where is the best place to keep an eye out for Alpines for sale besides the normal Craigslist and RV trader ads.
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I am curious--what chassis parts were hard to find??? Bottom line: try finding parts for anyting that is 12-13 years old. If you are concerned about parts, spend lots more money and buy newer but good luck on that one too as manufactures rarely stock parts for more than a year or two, if that.....
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To my knowledge, all chassis parts for Alpine Coaches are available. Just check out this forum if in doubt and you will find the answers. This forum is the most helpful and useful resource we Alpine owners have and is a treasure trove of information about all items for all years. Regarding where to find Alpine coaches for sale, do a google search and you will find several. Also, check the "Classifieds" on the IRV2 site. They appear there from time to time. Also, if you let us know about how much you want to spend, there may be an Alpine owner who may be interested is selling. Even though we LOVE our coaches, circumstances change and they do come available from time to time. Good luck with your search and don't be afraid of "obsolescence" if considering an Alpine Coach.
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Well bad news the coach sold:(

Where is the best place to keep an eye out for Alpines for sale besides the normal Craigslist and RV trader ads.
If you are looking for a particular brand and model you can't limit your search to your local area. You need to be prepared to go where one may be located that is for sale. Here are some listings from a Bing search. Good luck.

1999 Alpine 36FDS - Bing
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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How much is a good question but the one that sold was 35k and I was all over that and it was local. I can go more but it would have to be local as I would have to trade something in to cover the difference but max of 50 ish.

Does that help?
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Someone with more knowledge than I may jump in here but my very trusted chassis mechanic has mentioned in the past that he had a very hard time finding parts for an Alpine chassis, as many of the parts were specific to Alpine and no longer made. Just my two cents. I'm quoting him and just thought it was worth considering or investigating before you jump in.
Only parts that might be hard to find IMO would be a chassis rail, but if you bent a rail you got bigger problems. All other parts are truck parts, like any other MH. Alpines are put together with Huck bolts like class 8 trucks and rail cars, no welding on this chassis. Even the outriggers (from the chassis rail to the outside edge of the MH are bolted and of very heavy metal. On some chassis's these outriggers are braced with a correlated sheet metal. The chassis can't be beat except maybe by the Tiffin Power Glide chassis, which by the way was designed by the same person who designed the Peak(Alpine) chassis.
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Another part that is hard to find is the hydraulic fan motor that was on the earlier models. The OEM part is no longer made. Other than new seals, it can't even be rebuilt. Fortunately, new seals fixed mine. Not sure what I could have done if the motor had to be replaced.

Also, I'm not sure extremely low mileage on an old vehicle is a good thing. Many components suffer from lack of use, especially seals and other moving parts.
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Contact me via personal message, I know two Alpine coaches for sale. One is a 36 and the other is a 36 or 38. Both covered storage all the time, one only has 13K miles and the other has 6K miles.
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I know of a 2000 40ft Alpine for sale in So Cal. If you PM me I can provide you with their info.
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There are a few in the FMCA magazine.
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Don't sweat the parts availability...it's no worse than any older RV. Most have parts made by the same manufacturers in many cases....its' the interior and shell designs that are noticeably different. Interior appliances are no problem.... Brakes, transmission,engine etc...are usually easily located truck parts.

....and I was in the Service/Repair business 35 (+) years.
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