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Old 02-11-2014, 01:06 AM   #1
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New to me Alpine

my wife and I just picked up a 2002 alpine 38fdds 400 isl with 17700 miles, going to make our first run down to the Oregon coast this weekend and see how she drives, can't wait
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Welcome to the Alpine family . Enjoy your trip down the coast.

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Enjoy. Wow, is that ever low mileage.
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sumpter,

Welcome to the Alpine Forum !

Sounds like you have a great Coach and a great trip coming up. Hope you have a great time !

You have found the best place for Alpine Coach support so don't hesitate to post if you have questions.

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Welcome. Our Alpine is still new to us (one month). We full time and love this coach. I'm sure you'll be happy driving yours down the coast.
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The Oregon coast is one of our favorite places. It will be further enhanced with your Alpine Coach. Welcome!
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:33 PM   #7
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and the best resource for all things Alpine. Although you are from Boring, OR, you'll want to join NoWACA anyway. They are anything but boring, a great bunch of folks, and have outings each year in your neck of the woods. You can also join ACA, and meet w/all the other Alpine desert rats at Quartzsite each January when weather in Boring is, well, you know, and attend other ACA events around the country.
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well I just found out it has the 370 isl not the 400, I don't think he intentionally deceived me but I am a little disappointed to find this out, still really like the coach
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You'll never know the difference w/the 370. I have the 425 and don't know the difference from the 400 we had in the 2006 36ft.
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and the best resource for all things Alpine. Although you are from Boring, OR, you'll want to join NoWACA anyway. They are anything but boring, a great bunch of folks, and have outings each year in your neck of the woods. You can also join ACA, and meet w/all the other Alpine desert rats at Quartzsite each January when weather in Boring is, well, you know, and attend other ACA events around the country.

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well I just found out it has the 370 isl not the 400, I don't think he intentionally deceived me but I am a little disappointed to find this out, still really like the coach
You have me a little confused. The standard engine in 2002 was the ISC 330 and the ISL was an option, but it was listed in the brochure as 400hp. Never heard of a 370hp in an Alpine.
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vin number decoder in owners manual indicates "L" is the 370hp ISL 8.9 liter engine, sticker on engine timing cover also lists it as 370HP. the 400hp and 370hp both have the same toque @ 1200 ftlbs, not sure why its not listed in the brochers, even the paper work that came with the coach lists the 370

drove to Lincoln City on sunday and it drives great, only noticed the wind due to noise and whistle around the door and windshield(is this normal?), wasn't too bad though, was a great day-overcast, little windy but no rain, few things I noticed:
1-odometer would not switch to trip
2-speedo pegged against oil pressure gauge then dropped to zero and slowly rose back to 25mph all while going 55mph, stopped at DQ and was fine the rest of the trip
3-had a small amount of water running down the inside of the right windshield where it bends around the corner and the carpet is wet on sides of the lowest step(this is from the day before the trip with heavy rain)

please keep in mind I am not complaining, I bought a used coach and knew I would have some issues to work out, drives amazing. I think I have to correct the steering wheel more with my chev crew cab
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If your new-to-you coach has been sitting for an extended period of time (as in many months), the gauge issues could be caused by inactivity. If so, they may start working better slowly but surely.

One possible water leak source is the marker lights. Obviously, the windshield itself could need to be resealed as I've done although getting new windshields seems to have fixed mine. Otherwise, check the seals around the door and on the firewall with the gen slide out. Just some ideas.

Hope you're ultimately enjoying your new-to-you coach!
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bcbowers: thanks for the information i will check those and yes i am very much enjoying the coach
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