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Old 01-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Shopping for Alpine coach

Within the next two weeks I will be traveling to Las Vegas to see a 2005 40' MDTS and to Eugene to see a 2005 40' FDTS. I have had a CC Magna previously and did most of my own work,so I do understand most of the systems. My question , is there anything in particular to watch out for on these coaches? I am aware of the steering box bracket problem, the need to flush the brake system, exhaust manifold cracks, aluminum radiator problem,and the need for regular service on all systems. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:41 PM   #2
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One more thing unique to 05s, the first 40 or so 05s out of the factory had mismatching bolts/holes between the frame and the rear suspension. Do a search on this forum for more details--think the VIN numbers are identified.
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Another possibility

My wife and I are in Eugene as well and are preparing to sell our 2004 Alpine 40' FDTS. Feel free to contact me if this coach is something you might be interested in.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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If you are interested in an older Alpine I can share experiences and such with you. Feel free to email me at codykid7@tctwest.net.
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Rvt.com. Is a good site to see Alpines for sale.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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If still looking for older Alpine coach we have our 99 for sale. Low miles great condition also selling 2001 jeep with blue ox hitch. Located in Mentone California. Email. Shortlor@hotmail.com.
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One more thing unique to 05s, the first 40 or so 05s out of the factory had mismatching bolts/holes between the frame and the rear suspension. Do a search on this forum for more details--think the VIN numbers are identified.
My 2005 Avalanche has a manufacture date of July 22, 2004 stamped on the door frame so it probably has the Bolts/holes situation you mentioned. What kind of problem should I expect to have from this? It is still low miles at 12,783 and seems to drive well.

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Wayne & Pat-
You can check out the rear axle hanger bolt issue on this thread. Should give you all the info needed.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:45 AM   #9
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Pivot Bracket

I guess this is directed to EngineerMike. I read thru the referenced thread about the bolts on the pivot bracket so went out to check my coach. (2004 36 FDDS, serial 74941) The brackets are completely different. The bolts are 5/8" (I think).
The nuts measure 15/16ths across the flats. I guess the only way to tell if they should be 3/4" is to pull one out and see if there are any 3/4" holes in the bracket. I'll go out tomorrow and see if I can find the ID plate on the axle carrier. It doesn't match the information in the paperwork that came with the coach.
Thanks for any information.
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Bob, according to the info on the other thread you have the earlier design of hanger and 5/8" is the correct size for your rig.
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Bob, the reason your bracket does not look like the one in your second picture is that that is the bracket for the AD-200 used on early coaches, like mine. Yours is an ADL series.
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Thanks for the info John. That will save me one trip under the coach.
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