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Old 07-12-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Tips for checking out 2002 36 FDDS

We're 3 time Alpenlite owners and looking to move up to a 2002 Alpine. Any specific problems to look for when checking it out? Looking forward to hitting the road and meeting new friends!

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Old 07-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Check the consistency of the brake fluid in the reservoir (accessible with the generator slide out on the driver's side bulkhead). If not flushed every couple of years, it thickens to an almost "honey like" consistency. If it has thickened, it needs to be flushed soon. I would also check the grease boots (dust covers) on the tie rod ends. If the rubber boots are broken and/or deteriorated, the tie rod ends need to be replaced. I would also check for hydraulic leaks in the HWH system. Run the Jacks up and down and the slides in and out then check for any hydraulic fluid leaking onto the ground. Also check the level of the fluid in the Hydraulic pump reservoir. If it is low, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system. I would also check to make sure the Xantrex converter is operating properly. Pretty common for these to have problems. I'm sure there may be other things specific to a 2002 that I'm not aware of but these four things are pretty much universal for all older Alpine coaches. I'm sure someone will also mention to you to make sure you have access to the maintenance records to make sure the coach has had regular mechanical maintenance done. If you don't have access to the maintenance records (or even if you do it might not hurt) then have the mechanics checked out by a qualified technician. We Alpine owners LOVE our coaches and there is a wealth of information both on this forum and on the Alpine Coach Association Website (Alpine Coach Association) to help us out with problems. Hope you find the 2002 you are looking at to be in good condition and end up joining the world of Alpine Coach ownership.
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Leeds, UT
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