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Old 07-11-2005, 03:17 PM   #1
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Greetings!

After months of research and deliberating my "short list", I bought a new "leftover" 2004 Alpine 34/FDDS.

Picking it up in Yakima first week in August (if it's ready)

Just wanted to be polite and introduce myself before I "dive into" the threads.

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Old 07-11-2005, 03:17 PM   #2
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Greetings!

After months of research and deliberating my "short list", I bought a new "leftover" 2004 Alpine 34/FDDS.

Picking it up in Yakima first week in August (if it's ready)

Just wanted to be polite and introduce myself before I "dive into" the threads.

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Old 07-11-2005, 03:36 PM   #3
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Hello, Welcome and Congratulations:

Let me welcome you to the Form and to the ownership of an Alpine Coach. You indicated that you are from So. Cal maybe you would like to meet other Alpine Coach owners at an Alpine So Cal Rally. We are having one in September in Solvang, CA and one in October in Bullhead City. You may also want to attend an Alpine Coach Association at one of its Rallies.

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Old 07-11-2005, 03:44 PM   #4
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Thank you Dave.

Certainly interested and I'll watch your rally schedule for my first opportunity.

Wife loves Solvang, but I'm not sure we can make it in Sept.

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Jim&MaryJo Hello and Welcome. Great to have you with us. Dive into the threads, enjoy, and don't forget to tell us about your adventures aswell.
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Old 07-11-2005, 05:50 PM   #6
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Welcome to our forum. Glad you bought an Alpine and join us often.

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Old 07-11-2005, 09:22 PM   #7
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Congrat's to the new guys, Jim & Mary Jo.
I know you'll enjoy your Alpine as we all do. Another member of the Alpine Coach Association at the Quartsite, Desert Rat Rally had a '34 with the name 'Hot Rod' on the license plate. When I ask about the Hot Rod part, he said it was because the HP (400) per weight was the best of all Alpines. So enjoy and consider joining the ACA its a lot of fun seeing and meeting other Alpine owners.
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Old 07-12-2005, 06:17 AM   #8
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Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Re: "Hot Rod", after enjoying almost everything about my old 93 Safari/Isuzu Trek, except the power (135hp/260ftlbs, added propane infusion), I really wanted more power on our new coach.

Re: ACA & the local chapters, I really enjoyed the support groups and people surrounding the Treks; great to see Alpines have similar comradery.

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Old 07-12-2005, 12:57 PM   #9
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Good to see some other ex-Trekkers here. We're trading in our 96 GM diesel Trek in about a month for a new '06 Alpine. The Trek was nice as an owner-maintained vehicle*, and there are more than a few Alpiner's who do their own work, if this board is any indication. Due to the low production numbers, relatively, WRV seems to take an interest in assisting w/that approach. Folks that are attracted to Alpine by their research (as opposed to an impulse buy) seem to be a knowledgable lot.

*R&R'd the injection pump, EMB motor, air bags, fuel injection electronics, added guages... Fun hobby except the first item when we were stuck in a foreign land.
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EgrMike:

Another Trekker! It was certainly a DIY coach for me. Did the EMB too, along with several other enhancements.

ALready spotted some improvement areas in the Alp; re-wire the video connections (single line RCA video) to take advantage of 3 line component video, for better pic quality. May have to replace the Winegard switch, which appears to be the "bottleneck", but they're cheap.

Also looking for a good place to mount a Garmin 2610 GPS, preferably close to drive-line-of-sight.

ALso hoping there's some way to cleanly feed IPod audio-out into either the stereo or the surround sound system.

Look forward to exchanging ideas and experiences.

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Jim&MaryJo, welcome to iRV2.com. we are glad to have you join us and look forward to reading of your adventures and experieinces. You will find we are a group of fun loving RVers that like to help each other where we can. If I can be of any help just ask. Take care & be safe.
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Thank you for the warm welcome and in deference to your RVSA certification, I look forward to reading your posts

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