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Old 03-26-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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Just looking for some info on the Alfa line, we have sort of bought one now and wondering if we should back out of the deal. The 36' unit only has 11000 miles on it and 318 hours on the generator. The title shows it at 2005, but when I pulled a car fax it only has records starting from 2008, is it possible that that car fax is lagging behind with the data, or Missisipi didn't report to carfax then or it is possible with the Alfa close down somewhere somehow this unit did not make its way out of the lot until 2008. I just don't understand how it can only have 11,000miles but i'm hoping someone in this forum might have some insight. Also like I said above that I only sort of bought it from an auction not realizing that it says under the description that it doesn't start, I scanned through the listing to fast and when bidding at the auction clicked a little to fast. I'm not sure if it could be something as simple as the auction being lazy and they just gave up when they were doing the condition report. There is still time to back out but I'm trying to figure out if it is worth the deal I got it at(Keep in mind this was bought directly from a Bank so they don't really care what price they sell the units at). What could be wrong with it having only 11,000 miles? From my knowledge I would assume that this would be something simple but am in for something different being a diesel?

Please message me if you have any input that could help me.

Anyone live in the Fort Worth area that I could pay to help me would be much appreciated!

Thanks again

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Old 03-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Just my opinion but if your in Canada and the coach is in Texas keep looking unless you are prepared to fly down there I would not rely on an inspection from someone I didn 't know. Plus I would not turn over a penny until I saw it. There could be a thousand reasons it won't start including a blown egine.
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Thanks GG1, the reason I'm looking in the States right now is because coaches are so expensive here in Canada and with the current dollar its a huge savings. I would plan on flying down to pick it up and I've done this in the past with exotics cars from these auctions. The auction I am buying from is a dealers auction where the banks sell the repos not just some ebay or public auction house, I wish had bought one that was running but I didn't and I'm not sure what to do! :(
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Low mileage could be for a number of reasons, such as short vacations and weekend use only, or illness. Not starting could be as simple as dead batteries or something more serious. I have almost 30,000 miles on my RV and have less than 300 hours on the generator, but we rarely dry camp.
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About a year and a half ago, I was going to bid on an Alfa from a guy in Canada. The motor home was just over the line in the US because (according to him) he could not get it registered and tagged in Canada. I didn't ask...it was too far in the boonies anyway and it had side panel delamination issues.

We bought our coach on e-bay but this deal sounds like it is well over my 'fear factor'. Good luck on your decision. Bob
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Hi tom050,
scenic route posted my biggest concern. Can you get the coach titled in Canada? Each manufacturer must have completed whatever Canada requires to certify their vehicles for titling in Canada. If you contact Canada DOT, maybe they can help tell you if Alfa got their 2005 coaches certified for Canada.
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When people are still working they can't take as long trips I have 8,000 miles.
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Hi There,

Just looking for some info on the Alfa line...

Please message me if you have any input that could help me.

Anyone live in the Fort Worth area that I could pay to help me would be much appreciated!

Tom,

I'm SW of Ft. Worth, driving up to DFW for work (airline pilot) tomorrow at noon. I can put eyes on it; but, if the coach doesn't run, why take it, even if it's given to you?
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Low mileage should not be a problem. I bought a 2004 Pace Arrow in 09 with 2,680 miles on it and 118 hours on the gen. I now have 9,000 miles on it. But I would have to check this one out if it won't start.
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John Bleakley RV here in Georgia was selling a brand new, never previously sold 2006 Beaver Marquis in 2010. It sat on the lot for four years. Now I bet that will show up the same way on Car Fax. The only miles on the coach was delivery miles and a few test drives.
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Another concern is the delamination problem that Alpha had and which put them out of business. I did a quick look and could not find the model years that had the problem, but you surely should look that up.
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