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Old 01-18-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Ok, so they are orphan's, tell me about their quality before they were orphaned. Say from 2002 to 2004, seems to have a price that maybe i could afford. Can't retire and pay $150k for a RV to see this beautiful country that we have. Can the Alfa owners tell me what they think of them? Would you buy another knowing what you have experienced with the Alfa's? Thanks for your thoughts and comments!!

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Ralph0808 - only real problem with the early ones is the converter/inverter- - I remember during the mid 2004-2006 period they had a lot of converter failures- something to watch for - some of the real early ones had the battery banks placed up front in exposed areas so watch for this - best thing to do is find someone who can service them - they used many of the convential systems and parts so if you can try and find someone who will work on them for you.

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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Thanks RV Mech Tech will be on the look out for the converter/inverter issues. The battery pack is located where on the RV? Thanks
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When we were looking for a DP there was an '04 Alfa parked next to a '00 HR Imperial. They were both in our price range, the dealer was asking about $10K more for the Alfa. After walking back and forth between the two we opted for the older HR. The woodwork, the hinges on compartment doors, the dash layout, the way the plumbing bay was run...the HR just felt better. The only analogy I can come up with to compare the quality between the two is the old pornography joke...it's hard to define but you know it when you see it. And the Alfa we looked at just didn't seem to have the same attention to detail that the HR had.

The fact that it's an orphan wouldn't stop me from making a purchase, however. Country Coach buses are orphans too and they are the cat's meow. If the Alfa is priced right, was taken care of (maintenance records are a plus) and you like the floorplan, go for it. Any decent RV shop in the country can work on every system in that Alfa.
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When I looked at them, I was not impressed.
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Alfa's are very mid-level in quality of components and assembly compared to other brands. Their strong point is that they had a lot of features as standard equipment. Their slides are deeper than average which gives more room but could be an issue if overloaded.
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The latest Alfa towables manufactured before Alfa shut down reportedly exhibited a deterioration in quality from the earlier units.

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Here is a thread that you may find of interest.
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Since no one has mentioned the fiberglass problem of the Alfas I will. Some of their later models have fiberglass that makes small holes in it. The problem put Alfa out of business.
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Sounds like I would want to stay from an Alfa.
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OK, I'm back to the Winneabago Journey or the American Eagle or Tradition when I do make the purchase. I will be in the background reading and learning from you folks. Haven't looked at the Tiffin brand yet, except on the internet. Thanks for all the replies about the Alfa, which doesn't seem to make the quality RV that I need. Thanks

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