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Old 04-18-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Alpine Coach....worth the price?

My wife and I have been searching for our first DP and had our sights set on a nice pre-owned Newmar Kountry Star but someone beat us to it so we're back on the hunt. Generally we've found ourselves concentrating on Newmar, Tiffin and Monaco coaches with the occasional Itasca thrown into the mix. But I've recently discovered a couple of Alpine Coach units that have most of what I'm looking for (except no King bed). But they are at the top of our price range.

Anyone care to chime in with their experience with this manufacturer? Are they worth the investment? Thanks in advance. 😎

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Old 04-18-2015, 03:19 PM   #2
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Take a look at the Alpine Coach sub-forum. I think you'll find that most Alpine owners are very enthusiastic about the brand. There is a lot of support from the Alpine Coach Association.

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Old 04-19-2015, 04:06 AM   #3
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Had it not been for the great deal I got on our Dutch Star, we would've bought an Alpine.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:32 AM   #4
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Alpine's were on our short list. WRV made a good product, and the Peak Chassis is one of the better handling Class A rides. One thing unique, is they use hydraulic instead of air brakes. If your first DP, not a problem, as you will not know the difference between the feel. (Both work well.) Alpines also have some models with mid entry doors, which is a personal decision on what you both want. Front, or mid, both have Pro's and Con's.

You mentioned manufactures, not models. And big differences can exists in the food chain. On Monaco, suggest you look at only coaches on the 8 bag or higher Roadmaster chassis. (This will get you into their middle and above quality models. (Dynasty, Executive, and comparable Holiday Ramblers and Beavers, etc.)

I usually also suggest not being too concerned about the age of a coach. Pick your budget range, reserve some 'making it your's' and 'any catch up baseline maintenance' plus a 'contingency' amounts above the purchase price. Then, drop years to remain in budget, and buy the highest quality coach that you can find. Quality lasts. When shopping, documentation, documentation, documentation - is king.

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Keep in mind 80% of owners are satisfied with their brand and would purchase again. If you feel it's a good deal and you are happy, then go for it.

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I worked at a major RV sales and service facility for a year as a purchase guide, giving new buyers their walk through, then for another year as an RV service advisor. This was back in 2003/04 at the height of the RV business. We all refered to Alpine coaches as the sports cars of motorhomes. I don't know about now, but back then there was not a coach that handled better than an Alpine. On a curvy two lane country road for example you could easily go through "45 mph" corners at 45 mph just like in a car. An absolute joy to drive. If I were to upgrade to a used DP an Alpine would be high on my list.
During my year as service advisor, I rarely saw Alpine coaches with any major issues. A well designed chassis, and excellent construction, fit and finish inside and out.
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When we were looking, Alpines were on our short list. We ended up buying a Foretravel since we happened on one in the size and price range we wanted. But would have been perfectly happy with an Alpine.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:59 AM   #8
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We have a 01 Alpine and love it. Exactly as all have stated..
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:58 AM   #9
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I had a 2001 Alpine Coach and would have to agree with most of what has been said about the Alpine. However the Bosch hydraulic disc brakes need to be maintained properly or you could have them lock up when traveling and that can be a real problem. If you are buying from an individual ask questions of the owner, however if you are buying from a dealer ask lots of questions and ask for documentation on maintenance of the coach. Also check hear on IRV2 for threads posted by owners they can offer lots of honest advice.
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:34 PM   #10
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We have a 2008 36' MDDS and love it. Although we have just recently put it up for Sale as we are getting older and need to not travel so much. We will probably down size to a class B or C.

If your interested look at our ADD in the classified section and give us a call. 805-550-2759
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