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Old 07-24-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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Thinking about purchasing 2003 36' Alpine

Hello, all. new to this forum. I am sure this has been asked before I just could not find it.

Would you recommend a 2004 Alpine to a newbie? Have never owned an RV. I have heard great things about Alpines. But one dealer just said "run....) poor quality/reliability from the floor up.

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what I've found about dealers is that if they have one, then it's the best in the world...if they don't it's junk...we bought an 03 36' alpine for our first...it had problems but it was truly a fantastic coach...you know that when you go to a campground and people walk up to you and gush about how much they love them...good luck
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Hello, all. new to this forum. I am sure this has been asked before I just could not find it.

Would you recommend a 2004 Alpine to a newbie? Have never owned an RV. I have heard great things about Alpines. But one dealer just said "run....) poor quality/reliability from the floor up.

thanks

I don't own an Alpine. When I was learning and investigating prior to purchasing a coach for full timing, I was very impressed with Alpine. The salesman's lips were moving! The Alpines were well build and high quality.

At 11-12 years of age, it's now much more about how well it's been maintained.


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Old 07-24-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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I have owned my '04 for 10 years, and wouldn't trade it. Find another dealer if he truly believes they are poor quality from the ground up. Buckhammer1 probably hit the nail on the head. If they had one, it would be great. If they don't they are junk.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:31 PM   #5
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We have never owned one but I will say after driving a tow truck for 15 years I picked up a lot of wrecked rv and the only one that was not a pile of insulation in 2x2s was a alpine, rolled it back over in one piece! amazing!
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The title of your thread is "buying a 2003" but you text indicates "2004"? Lots of good info on this forum on Alpines. Most Alpiners are/were happy with their rigs--but a few had bad experiences. The 03s were the last year with conventional wiring looms--04s have the Vansco comm. modules. Also, 04s and newer had some issues with braking pedal force and metal fatigue on steering brackets--all are fixable [see forum]. Notwithstanding salesman bias--I think most Alpiners would give you a big thumbs up on the 03 or 04. As mentioned, maintenance records are the key now--my 03 has 150k miles on it and runs like a charm--but that meant lots of TLC and attention to details over the years...just like about any coach of that age.....
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We love our 2003 36ft Alpine. Have had it for three years and find the quality exceptional. Most of the problems we have had were because of our ignorance and faith in repair people who made big errors. Thankfully our dealership stood by us and with the help of extended warranty all were solved. We can agree with Old Scout. Maintenance records are the key.
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