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Old 07-11-2010, 02:40 PM   #57
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Dave- try Lodi RV Service & Storage 209-369-1431, Sacramento Truck Center 916-723-6151, or Capitol Clutch & Brake 916-371-5970. You'll have to describe the problem & instruct on the repair sort of regardless. IIWMI'd go to a Fastenal near you and order the bolts & nuts to take with you.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:57 PM   #58
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I just checked my 2005 Alpine VIN # 75334 and I too have the 15/16 heads. Looking for someone in the Sacramento area for a repair. Anyone know a place near Vacaville or Sac, CA, etc. I guess you can expand the number from 75330 to 75335 per a previous input. No problem yet with 29,000 miles Dave Stanley

The brackets for the undersized bolts seems to be holding generally. Just checked my 2005, VIN # 75362, and I have the 3/4" bolts (1 1/8 heads).
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:45 AM   #59
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We have VIN # 75335 and have the problem. We just went to Duncan RV in Elkhart, IN, where another ACA member had the bolts changed out about two years ago. We even got the same mechanic who did the work... which I'm not sure he was too thrilled about! We showed no sign of any movement due to the undersized bolts, so the fix was under the category of "prevention". Seven hours of labor, two broken drill bits, and a $650 bill later (which I thought was reasonable), we had one less concern. He had to remove the passenger side rear tires to drill on that side. We were extremely happy with the personnel and service at Duncan RV in Elkhart, and we received several unsolicited positive comments about the business.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:19 AM   #60
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Mine is an 05 built in late 04 VIN 75311 and has the problem. 31K miles and no shifting or handling probs YET. It's in the shop in Carson City Nv. and they tell me it will take about 8 hours to fix. They performed the steering bracket upgrade with EM's part to perfection.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:06 PM   #61
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Here is Wrinklemeist's rear bolt situation once the shop had the first bolt off:
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:55 AM   #62
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We bought our '05 40fdts recently with 30K on it for 108K. Now I know why it was so far below book. I have had the steering bracket upgrade done and the rear suspension bolt issue is now being taken care of. Other than that, we are pleased with the coach and even with the extra $$$ put in, I think all will be well.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:53 AM   #63
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Wow Mike:

That's a great price! I think you'll be increasingly happy with your new coach. I certainly couldn't be more thrilled, and I've had mine for 3 1/2 years.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #64
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Rear Bolts

I just check our 05 FDQS and the bolts are 1 1/8 head and 3/4 bolts. I thought another thing to work on. SER#75342 Built 10/04
Still like our Alpine

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Old 10-23-2010, 08:48 PM   #65
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Another victim comes to the surface.
Serial number is 75228 and the bolt heads are 15/16".
What made me look was when my wife was following for a short distance, she told me it looked like it was going down the road sideways, so I came to a place where I knew I could find the answer.

Thanks to everyone's knowledge and input prior to this post. It's been a great help.

Now I just need to find a shop near me. I am in the Los Angeles area. If I have to I will drive to Santee, it's only 3 hours from me.
I'd prefer to find someplace closer that is repetable. Does anyone know of a shop closer (Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura)?
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:51 PM   #66
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William Schnieber,

Try this outfit. They are good:

Colton Truck Terminal Garage
863 E Valley Blvd, Colton, CA 92324-3125
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:52 AM   #67
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Pete's Road Service does great work on chassis alignments and related. They have several locations and have really provided good service to the RV set.

Pete's Road Service, Inc. :: Tire Service, Mechanical Service, Forklift Service in Southern California
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Thanks for the referrals, both are within an hour and from what I've checked online, they are both very repetable. I'll call them tomorrow.
Thanks again.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:50 PM   #69
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My oh my..... I was just going over some last things on the coach, corrected any past problems...
So I figured before I leave I will check out the Alpine section and read back a few for any final things to look at...

Ah..Long story short.... 15/16" socket wrench fits the rear bolts... dam....

Ah... guess I should not go anywhere .....

There is a fastenal place in town though...

Now what was that bolt size and strength.... ? I need what size drill....?

Im never getting outta here...

#75236 .. NOT SAVED! Wrong bolts!~!!!!!
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:24 PM   #70
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3/4" bolts, Grade 8, w/heavy hex deformed-thread (not nylock type) lock nuts. I'd throw on a grade 8 washer on the nut side IIWM and get flange headed bolts or use Grade 8 washer on bolt head side also. OEM used flange bolts, Grade 8. Check w/Fastenal on the recommended torque for the 3/4" bolts; I'm guessing 150-175 ft-lbs off the top of my head (but hose who've seen the top of my head lately would caution you to seek better advice).
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