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Old 06-02-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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we bought this 5th wheel while traveling thru Oregon. Always thought Alpenlite was top of the line RV but what a disappointment and bad investment.

Among the many many problems we have had with this rig is the slides. One in particular. Coming home to Everett WA with it from Oregon we found that this slide wasn't in completely. Called the dealer. He says don't bring it back here, take it to dealer in Everett.

They don't want to mess with it because they didn't sell it to us but have tried to do repairs on slide but then a big dent appeared in the top of that slide that retains water. Well, you know how Everett is.. Watering hole of WA.

We have taken it to Yakima to manufacturer, Western RV, three times now. They do not fix the slide. In fact our last visit there earlier this month to fix the slide caused the slide to now go in part way from the bottom and finally the top of slide slams forward and then into place. While trying to repair it a big gouge was made in our ceiling. There are greasy hand prints on the ceiling where the worker braced himself.

We also had a big problem with cabinet doors and the hinges. Westrn RV solution to me was to stick a tooth pick in there and fix it "that is what we do". Now really, for $60,000+ I want more than a tooth pick fix. Eventually they did replace the hinges on some cabinets. Cabinet doors don't match up and that looks so bad.

The refrigerator freezes up, the carpet was not scotchguarded although we had been led to believe it was. When we first bought this rig and the dealer prepard it for moving, the two leather recliners were not tied together and rubbed a big hole in the leather. Dealer (Guaranteed RV, Oregon) nor manufacturer would pay to fix this.

There were holes (small) in bathroom and their fix was to cover it up with wall paper. We have a big mold/mildew problem in the coach although the manufacturer says we shouldn't hae this problem. Said it was from "air infiltration" and they would fix it. Didn't fix it and I am constantly on mold patrol in this coach.... inside and out.. all the little cubby holes and corners and under the couch.

Our fiberglass in the front of our unit is cracking. Western cannot fix it they say but we can take it again to the dealer here in Everett and "maybe" they can fix it.

We live in this unit full time and spend more time running it 200+ miles to Yakima or to HR here in Everett. Each time it requires lots of prep and then finding a place to stay while our rig is in shop.

The window coverings break off at the screws that are used for pulls, the "woodwork" is not wood work, but covered with paper that resembles wood. It peels off on corners.

Our kitchen light did not work right.It has been a constant irritation with this unit.

Like I said, we really thought Alpenlite was top of the line in RV's but it is not and although the service people are very pleasant, the work doesn't get done right and you have to keep running back and forth for virtually nothing. Problems are the same and never repaired right.

The slide is a big dangerous problem and Western thinks sticking a board on it will do the job. Oh yes, to begin with they told me to put a wall jack inside the unit to hold up the inside of the slide. Now really, that is interior decorating I don't want.

I am sick to death of this piece of junk RV and the inaction of Western RV.

Thank you
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Old 06-02-2005, 02:10 PM   #2
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we bought this 5th wheel while traveling thru Oregon. Always thought Alpenlite was top of the line RV but what a disappointment and bad investment.

Among the many many problems we have had with this rig is the slides. One in particular. Coming home to Everett WA with it from Oregon we found that this slide wasn't in completely. Called the dealer. He says don't bring it back here, take it to dealer in Everett.

They don't want to mess with it because they didn't sell it to us but have tried to do repairs on slide but then a big dent appeared in the top of that slide that retains water. Well, you know how Everett is.. Watering hole of WA.

We have taken it to Yakima to manufacturer, Western RV, three times now. They do not fix the slide. In fact our last visit there earlier this month to fix the slide caused the slide to now go in part way from the bottom and finally the top of slide slams forward and then into place. While trying to repair it a big gouge was made in our ceiling. There are greasy hand prints on the ceiling where the worker braced himself.

We also had a big problem with cabinet doors and the hinges. Westrn RV solution to me was to stick a tooth pick in there and fix it "that is what we do". Now really, for $60,000+ I want more than a tooth pick fix. Eventually they did replace the hinges on some cabinets. Cabinet doors don't match up and that looks so bad.

The refrigerator freezes up, the carpet was not scotchguarded although we had been led to believe it was. When we first bought this rig and the dealer prepard it for moving, the two leather recliners were not tied together and rubbed a big hole in the leather. Dealer (Guaranteed RV, Oregon) nor manufacturer would pay to fix this.

There were holes (small) in bathroom and their fix was to cover it up with wall paper. We have a big mold/mildew problem in the coach although the manufacturer says we shouldn't hae this problem. Said it was from "air infiltration" and they would fix it. Didn't fix it and I am constantly on mold patrol in this coach.... inside and out.. all the little cubby holes and corners and under the couch.

Our fiberglass in the front of our unit is cracking. Western cannot fix it they say but we can take it again to the dealer here in Everett and "maybe" they can fix it.

We live in this unit full time and spend more time running it 200+ miles to Yakima or to HR here in Everett. Each time it requires lots of prep and then finding a place to stay while our rig is in shop.

The window coverings break off at the screws that are used for pulls, the "woodwork" is not wood work, but covered with paper that resembles wood. It peels off on corners.

Our kitchen light did not work right.It has been a constant irritation with this unit.

Like I said, we really thought Alpenlite was top of the line in RV's but it is not and although the service people are very pleasant, the work doesn't get done right and you have to keep running back and forth for virtually nothing. Problems are the same and never repaired right.

The slide is a big dangerous problem and Western thinks sticking a board on it will do the job. Oh yes, to begin with they told me to put a wall jack inside the unit to hold up the inside of the slide. Now really, that is interior decorating I don't want.

I am sick to death of this piece of junk RV and the inaction of Western RV.

Thank you
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:38 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about all the problems you have had with your rig. Sometimes they all make a lemon.

I broke up the text a little in your post to make it easier to read.

Hate that your first post was of a very unpleasant experience with your rig.

But WELCOME to the forum!

Hopefully we can read posts of the GOOD things yall have seen, done and experienced while full timing.

Know your area. Been to there a few times. Yall don't get rain, (At least like we do) yall have this almost constant drizzle.

Stayed in Olympia most of the time when we were up there doing the "Olympus International Pro Rally". (If I spelled it right ) Three years in a row actually. Pretty country.

Keep on Kampin!
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Is there a "lemon law" in Washington State that would apply here?
Last resort...have you considered legal action? Good Luck!
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