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Old 09-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Would like to hear from Alpha owners

We are thinking about upgrading from our 1993 American Eagle and Alpha's keep catching our eye. Has anyone had issues due to Alpha being out of business? I know that this is a common situation these days.

Mostly interested in your thoughts regarding functionality and ease of use. Engine access, basement a/c, average MPG? Would you do it again?


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Old 09-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Might want to ask for the correct manufacturer which is Alfa.

Alpha makes most of the rubber and TPO roofing for th eRV industry.

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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There are several threads on here as well as an active Yahoo group for Alfa owners...

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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Hi BriaLynne.

I see that the responses so far have not been too helpful yet.

If you missed it, here is a post I posted in another thread the other day:

some advice

Although we don't have an Alfa, we have two separate friends who do and who love them (well, one has a love/hate relationship with theirs but we all have that to a certain extent, don't we? *lol*).

Pertaining to the company being out of business, I suppose that could pose some problems on one hand but not that big of a deal when you really think about it. Most likely, the units out there would be out of warranty anyway. And as I say, those two shops I referred to have great reputations amongst Alfa owners in fabricating parts and knowing the ins and outs of the See Yas.

Although we have a Winnebago and it is indeed nice to call their customer service number to get advice and suggestions for problems, if you get to know the personnel at either of those two shops, I'm sure they'd gladly give you the same type of advice and suggestions. It may be nice to have the factory to fall back on when a big problem occurs or to have a place to take the coach back to in order to deal with issues in an absolute correct manner, but again, we don't think it is absolutely necessary in an older coach.

I don't know where in California you are but if in the southern part of the state, Alfateers is really a great place. We've been there just to look around and the people who work there are great. You'll also find them at many of the rallies roaming around fixing things for Alfa owners. It's like a mini-factory there as they do a lot of custom body work as well as mechanical stuff and modifications.

If you are in the northern part of the state, you might be closer to Charlies in the SLC area who our friends swear by. They do lots of work on Alfas and have quite a following amongst Alfa owners.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Point 1-your Eagle was the Flagship of Fleetwood when manufactured. While she may be a bit long in the tooth....IMHO it is tough to "upgrade" from a vintage Eagle.

Point 2- you like the Alfa for the "bus like" look and lines...it is a lot like your Eagle.

Point 3- if you have ever called Spartan or American Coach for help...you know how great they can be...treat you like you just bought a $500K new coach....kind of priceless IMHO.

So, in the spirit of full disclosure (I am a big Eagle Fan)...why not upgrade to a 2000 Eagle with a couple of slides? Flagship, support, great going down the road with the Spartan MM chassis.

Just my 2 cents!

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:30 AM   #6
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I have a 2004 Alfa 36FD DP wonderful coach easy to drive very responsive on the road and has loads of storage. There seems to be this misconception that Alfa coaches are unreliable that is so far from the truth? As long as you have a passion to operate and maintain your coach it will operate on what you put into it, once again GREAT coach if you get a chance to get one you will not regret it.
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Just my .02 cents also, I whole heartily agree with Dave!

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