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Old 05-28-2022, 11:47 PM   #1
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Alpine upgrades over the last year

When I started searching for a replacement RV my search was tough as my last coach was a 45 ft Monaco Sig 2003 that I owned for 15 years before I decided to try a Toyhauler due to lack of use. Well it didn't end well and I ended up with my 2002 38 FDDS. I thought we can all agree things need to be upgraded but I got a little obsessed so here is a list of what I have done in the last year. Keep in mind this was a pretty well maintained RV previously.
New mattress
Recliner
2 new flatscreen Tv's
1200 watts solar
New Toyo M177 tires
4 Firestone Air bags
4 Lifeline AGM batteries 600 amp hours
Water heater electric element
4 Koni shocks
New lighted entry handle
New LED outside light
Awning vinyl attachment
New Kenwood bluetooth radio
Repaired dash A/C
Replaced residential fridge water valve
7 pin Tow trailer connector
Washer dryer combo
Full service oil, trans, coolant, Generator, fuel filters
Inspect all belt, hoses, brakes, exhaust manifolds
Entry step covers
Walkway carpets
Digital A/C thermostat
50amp surge protector
Fridge filters
Under counter water filters
Magma cooking pans
Engine compartment shocks
Complete hand wax

And I am sure many things I forgot

Good thing the coach had upgraded fuel filters, Bluefire monitors with IPad, Direct tv dish, steering stabilizer, BMW lights, HID drive lights, Air brakes for toad, very well maintained and almost every option ordered new

Hitting the road in a few weeks for a 3000 mile trip let the good times roll
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Old 05-29-2022, 06:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are ready.
Good luck and safe travels.
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That sounds about right...... You've done a great job with that coach
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Great list of upgrades and service! I would add hydraulic brake flush to your list.
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I flushed mine in January. The fluid had gelled in some of the calipers.
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Great list of upgrades and service! I would add hydraulic brake flush to your list.
It was pretty low when I got it, fluid looked good and I added about 3 qts if I remember right, may have had a leak at some point
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The 3 quarts you added were hydraulic fluid if I understand your post. Has the brake fluid been flushed and changed?
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The 3 quarts you added were hydraulic fluid if I understand your post. Has the brake fluid been flushed and changed?
I do not know if it has been changed, its on my list and I had it inspected on my major service a few weeks ago
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Your unit has had a lot of neat upgrades. IMOP, the most important maintenance item on a Alpine is changing the brake fluid to DOT 4 and then bleeding every 2-3 years depending on use. Hydraulic brakes are unique to coach our size. Alpine specified then for a good reasonÖ but with all the heat that they can generate, it is not uncommon for the fluid to gel over time from heat. Moisture can collect at the rear calipers causing then to be slow retuning or sticking. Dot 4 is more temperature resistant and the fluid of choice now. It was not available when most of our coaches were built.

The hydraulic reservoir holds about 4 gallons of ATF, or AW46 hydraulic oil. (In some instances motor was used for fill). You need to be sure just what was in it originally. I would drain this side of the system when you do the brake fluid. There are also 3 stacked filters in the container that are easily changed. I would make the time to do both of these steps before your trip if you can swing the time.

Please fell free to PM me if you have any additional questions. I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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