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Old 05-21-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a 2003 Alfa See 'Ya motorhome

We're thinking of purchasing a 2003 Alfa 36' See 'Ya motorhome with a 330 Cat engine and an Allison transmission. Has anybody heard any horror stories about Alfa's or any great stories about them?

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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I looked at them, up to the Gold. Didn't see anything that made me want to buy one. Seemed like they cut a lot of corners to meet a price point. Pull out a few drawers and look at the cabinet construction. Small underbody storage doors limit what you can put in them too.

But they did have some nice features just that the execution lacked what we wanted.

The CAT/Allison combo is good for that weight coach.

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Old 05-21-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Skin delamination is the big horror story of Alfas suffered by many of them. There's a pretty active Yahoo! group for Alfa See-Ya owners that has more details. We liked the light and airy feeling of the Alfa, but the concerns of skin delamination and concerns about cooling under hot conditions (since Alfa's vent their a/c up from the floor rather than down from the roof like Winnebagos with basement air).

But at the right pricepoint, if the skin is currently good, it might be worth the roll of the dice.

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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Have friends that had one, leaked like a sieve
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #5
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Is this the one on Ebay from KK? If so, PM me and I can fill you in on some things.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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Eliminated them from my search when I bought by coach 2 years ago simply because of the overwhelming bias of this and other similiar forums against them. Don't know if the bias is accurate or not, but I wasn't willing to take a chance to prove them wrong!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Check out the Cat Engine forum, eslewhere on this site...it too is informative...
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:00 PM   #8
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2003 Alfa SeeYa

We just bought a 2005 Alfa SeeYa and love it. We lucked out and we didn't. The owner before us took realy good care of it and we got all the maintenance records. The bad part is is that is is 7 years old and we have had to replace all 6 6volt house batterys and both chassis batteries. We are also in the process of replacing all 6 tires. This would all still be considered normal maintenance. If I can be presumptious and make a couple suggestions:

1. If you are buying if from a dealer, make him check the batteries and work out a deal to help pay for the batteries. For me to replace just the house batteries was over $800.00. chassis batteries was another $280.00.

2. Buy a Maintenance agreement. We have had our motor home for just a little over 2 months and we have already used it to replace the main slide motor. It will be worth every penny.

To get back to your original question, we love our Alfa and as of today would not trade it for anything. Also while I'm on the subject, Yahoo Forums has a discussion group of just Alfa owners. If so inclined, join it and see what others have to say.

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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We looked at an Alpha Gold before we bought our coach. It was a nice coach inside and had some really nice features. I did some research on them and found they had some bad delamination problems. I went over this coach and found it had some delam. happening and passed it by. Check it over carefully. Good luck.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:17 AM   #10
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I was laughing when I first started reading this thread, but I guess the laugh's on me ... I just couldn't believe there was actually a brand called "See 'Ya" !!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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If I were you, I'd say "see ya" to that coach. Everyone I've talked to that is, or has owned one, said they'd "never buy one of these again"!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:23 PM   #12
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Also, another consideration, is that Alfa is out of business.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
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I have only met One Couple who have one and They Love Their's!
That said everyone else that I have talked to says that They are Junk with major problems from Delamination to Leaks and Electrical and plumbing nightmares.
Like I said I only know one Owner Who Loves it!
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Got a neighbor who bought a used one (40' "see ya"...) a few months back. First RV; thought they were getting a great deal because Alfa's are so cheap. So far, it's been in the shop as much as in their barn, and has cost them a lot of money. Looks good on the surface though, and that's what so many people base their purchases on... I don't think they have been able to go on a single long trip yet.

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