New Introduction and Thanks
My wife Pam and I would like to introduce ourselves, we purchased our 2004 36 FDDS Alpine in March and have recently joined the forum, FMCA and the Alpine Coach Association. We live in Westminster, CO and this is our first RV after considering this way to travel for three years. We love the ride of our Alpine and appreciate how well the Allison transmission works in the mountains.
We have been using this forum for six months and really would like to thank all those who contribute to the knowledge database and hope we can do the same in the near future. Thanks to the forum and the Association's Tech pages we knew exactly what to do this summer when a hydraulic hose on our bedroom slide burst right above the transmission cooler. HWH rushed in new hoses at the new lengths and we were able to use the new suggested routing away from the cooler (we replaced all four lines while we were in there).
We are on the road currently and while traveling through Wyoming we hit 40 mph winds that did some damage to our slide topper which prevented us from opening up our main slide. A big shout out for Chris at Almaden RV service & Supply in San Jose, CA for getting us in for emergency service in one day and fixing our topper so we could get back on the road.
Now we need some route help from those familar with northern California and the Oregon coasts where we plan to head next. Originally, we had thought about going up Hwy 1 to 101 as we wandered up the coast to Portland before we turned East, possibly visiting the Redwood National Park, Gold Beach, Bandon State Park and other highlights. But now I an wodering how RV friendly these roads would be. We will be towing so we could leave RV in camp and drive out to coast when needed. We are also condsidering coming inland to visit Crater Lake. We have about three weeks to make our way to Walla Walla for a wedding leaving from the San Jose, CA area. What routes would you suggest and what "must see" places would you visit? Also, are there RV parks you can recommend along the way?
Finally, two weeks before we left on the trip we developed a crack on one side of the windshield. It is now growing and we are considering replacement. I remember that there were some installers in the Portland vicinity who were familiar with the Alpines, has any one used anyone up there recently and would you recommend them? We have about two weeks before we get to that area, can the glass be available in that time frame?
Thanks for all your help and hopefully we can visit with some of you at the Desert Rat Rally in January,
Tom and Pam Ariniello
2004 Alpine 36 FDDS
Tom & Pam
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