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Old 11-25-2008, 05:50 PM   #15
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Speaking of wind...our last coach was a 38'Travel Supreme. We were traveling across eastern Utah in the wind when a gust hit us so hard...it moved the coach from one lane into the next. When we arrived home...we found that the driver's side mirror casing was shattered. Our 26' Born Free handles superbly in the wind....so size can matter...inversely. Bosco

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:48 PM   #16
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Bosco, please then travel to Guarentee RV in Coburg,Oregon and check out their inventory. I believe you will be impressed.

Make sure they check the generator, surge guard, and Xantex electrical connections for tightness prior to taking delivery, this is a known problem area in most of the alpine coaches. 36' units earlier than 08 had some very serious hydraulic line issues. Read this forum about those areas, so you are aware of them please.

Monty & Janet - 2007 Alpine APEX 40 MDTS
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:12 AM   #17
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Thanks all for your advice, as it is greatly appreciated. The search goes on!
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:28 AM   #18
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My comment about "under 40' coaches" only applies to Diesel Pushers. These coaches have a set amount of coach length, that can't be changed much. There is the area in front of the front wheels used for the entry door and the same in the rear for the engine, transmission and drive line. A gas coach can have the axles out close to each end of the coach.

One of the best coaches I have had, as to handling in the wind, was a 20' Pace Arrow, which was a real box, but had little overhang on each end.

The coach length to wheel base ratio is not the only factor involved, but can be important. There are many other factors involved, so do the test drive in the wind.

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