One Tough Coach
Last fall had our coach in a local shop to replace original brake calipers and for hydraulic filters and flush. Just prior to my wife and I arriving to pick up the coach, it had fallen off the jacks while the right real wheels were off. And worse, a mechanic was pinned underneath ... inches from death! A preponderance of mistakes for sure. Ignoring safety protocol, like no jackstands, mixed with a little stupidity resulted in near death and the rear passenger side doors crushed. Not to mention the inside, contents from all the driver side cabinets thrown to the floor. Plenty of evidence of a hard hit. I was more than a little amazed that a commercial truck shop with 40 plus years of experience in heavy equipment maintenance, that something like this would happen. So that's the back story.
The real story here is the Alpine. Upon inspection, from front to back of the underside, the roof, sidewalls, windows, endcap and the inside there was no evidence of any ancillary damage. No buckling, bending, delamination, just damaged doors. Not even the inside of the battery compartment was damaged. The only damage not door related was the inside of the far aft compartment that housed the fuel and air filters, dipsticks and other electrical components. One tough coach for sure. Credit goes to iRV2 Alpine Owners forum for help identifying Magic Metals as the door OEM with all the original elevations/drawing that made securing replacement doors a simple task. I attached the drawings and hopefully someone will upload them to the Alpine Tech Library.
Tim & Ruth
Alpine Coach 1999 40FDS, 350 ISC