We are looking at purchasing a 2005 Alpine 40FDTS. It has 56k miles and they are asking $80k.
We are completely new to the Class A world, coming from towing a very light trailer (rpod) with our minivan. Now we hope to upgrade and tow the minivan with the Class A.
We have been to see the coach multiple times and gone over it inside and out. There are minor cosmetic things (a mirror missing, a sticky cabinet slide, etc).
There is a section of the floor, just forward of the toilet area where the tile is broken (about 6-8 tiles worth). It feels like if you were to put all of your weight on it you would fall through the floor. We looked underneath it and there are no signs of anything from above, zero signs that any water has entered the compartment below the broken area. It really seems like something just broke the tile and the sub floor beneath it. Has anyone had anything like this happen in the past? Is it just a broken piece of plywood that needs to be replaced (plus tile?)
Also, any thoughts on this coach vs other options in our price range (under 85k). We really want to skip the gas coach altogether and move to the diesel since I know that is where we will end up eventually (but several friends have gas and are happy). We travel with four dogs, no kids, and at least one of us will be semi-full time in the winters in Florida (November thru March). The rest of the year we live near Chicago where the summers are a little more bearable.
Interested in any thoughts anyone has:
Is this a good price? Is this a reliable coach? Should we be concerned about anything in particular? Should we buy into one of the extended warranties available? Anyone traveling in a similar coach with dogs? Any advice in general is very much appreciated. This is a big decision for us and we want to make sure we are getting the best coach for our dollar.