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Old 07-05-2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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This is a great forum.

I am evaluating the purchase of a used 36 ft Alpine coach. It has low mileage and is in great shape. It would be my first RV. I would be interested in hearing your opinions as to whether it makes sense, at any reasonable cost, to acquire the unit given the recent shutdown of the manufacturer.

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Old 07-05-2008, 05:10 AM   #2
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This is a great forum.

I am evaluating the purchase of a used 36 ft Alpine coach. It has low mileage and is in great shape. It would be my first RV. I would be interested in hearing your opinions as to whether it makes sense, at any reasonable cost, to acquire the unit given the recent shutdown of the manufacturer.

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Old 07-05-2008, 06:32 AM   #3
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This was our first motorhome which we bought last November. The mileage isn't an issue but maintenance may be. Often low mileage vehicles are less well maintained than high mileage ones. If it has all the records and manuals you have a good one. We have spent some money getting ours in good shape and you will have to expect things need fixing often. These are complicated machines. Luckily as you have noticed this forum is great for getting answers so the loss of WRV isn't a major problem. I haven't had a problem with spare parts as they are mostly from well known manufacturers. Are the tires OK? Ours had good tread but they were 10 years old and had to go. Look at $2000 plus for a new set.
One thing I did get was an extended warranty. This came in handy when I had an internal wiring fault in the transmission that cost $800 to fix.
We love ours so I would recommend you go ahead and buy it, but I am biased.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:53 AM   #4
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I bought my Alpine 3 years ago and aside from normal maintainance, have had but two repairs. The previous owner had not driven the coach a lot. I was coming back from a trip and the rear brakes stuck. I had to have new shoes, roters, and ABS sensor, 1500 bucks. The other issue, the pump that extends the slide went TU. Replacement was $600 with labor. If you are a do-it-your-selfer most maintainance is not very expensive. Otherwise expect to part with the bucks. This would be true for any motorhome. The outstanding thing about Alpine's is the driving. NOTHING DRIVES LIKE AN ALPINE!!
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:42 PM   #5
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We too have a 98 - love love love it - we just put new tires on the front (paid for by the service dept where we bought it - long story there) and even on the short ride back from Les Schwab --- rides like a dream. Ours only had 30,000 miles on it and it is our first diesel. We have had to do some repairs and upgrades but we think the Alpine is one of the best. This forum is the best if you need help or information with anything from big to small.
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Old 07-05-2008, 07:08 PM   #6
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Fortunately, our '99 has given us little problem after almost 15K miles in less than a year. However, the 'little' things count too. Especially on a Saturday night in the middle of nowhere.

If you can buy it right, plan to use it frequently and you really want to enjoy the lifestyle, go for it.

There are those that say the older Coaches, built when someone really cared about making them right, are the best. Only having experience with ours, I can't argue the point.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:00 AM   #7
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We too have had very little trouble with our 1999 coach. We purchased it in 2001 with 14,000 miles on it and besides the usual tires and battery replacement and a few minor problems it has been a great coach.

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