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Old 11-25-2022, 09:32 AM   #1
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Your thoughts - Should I buy it?

Considering buying a 2001 36MDDS. It's has 109k on it. Owner states most records from new are with it. Says it's in excellent condition. Going to check it out this afternoon. His asking price is $32k. Your thoughts?
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Suggest having it inspected by a certified rv inspector........same as what we do before purchasing a boat.
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Old 11-25-2022, 10:41 AM   #3
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Condition is everything. Do a complete inspection and if you like what you see go for it. Alpines are great coaches and this one is certainly priced to sell. Expect to spend at least another $5-10k or more in repairs and upgrades, so keep that in mind...
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Old 11-25-2022, 11:40 AM   #4
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Run car fax on it.. your own.. look at history and when and where used.. it may have been used in flooded or hurricane areas.. oh.. yes .. 2 inspection.. 1 for chassis and 2nd for coach..
Good luck and keep us posted
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Old 11-25-2022, 12:24 PM   #5
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As wise as it is to get an inspection in most cases, I'll be inspectiing it myself. Im a retired diesel tech as well as a life long rv owner. Im pretty confident that I can accomplish doing my own inspection. I dont think there is a part of an rv that I havent worked on. If I was a new rv owner, Id definitely hire an inspector. Im just not familiar with the Alpine brand. Im very familiar with Country Coach and Monaco having worked on many. It just seems as Alpine doesnt come along often. But from what Ive researched, Its right up there with them. I guess we will see if a few hours.
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Old 11-25-2022, 12:39 PM   #6
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As wise as it is to get an inspection in most cases, I'll be inspectiing it myself. Im a retired diesel tech as well as a life long rv owner. Im pretty confident that I can accomplish doing my own inspection. I dont think there is a part of an rv that I havent worked on. If I was a new rv owner, Id definitely hire an inspector. Im just not familiar with the Alpine brand. Im very familiar with Country Coach and Monaco having worked on many. It just seems as Alpine doesnt come along often. But from what Ive researched, Its right up there with them. I guess we will see if a few hours.
In the boating world, having a survey (inspection) performed by a certified professional is almost always contingent in the sales contract. It’s a natural part of the process. When involving older vessels, and in you case older MH, they will always find some issues. What you want to determine is if they will find major issues or minor issues. Major issues are usually your escape clause, however the minor issues are also rewarding. They are the ones that give you bargaining power for a lower sales price. I’ve been able to knock sales prices down significantly with inspection reports.

Edit:, Sellers tend to take the word of a certified inspector over a buyers word. Most inspectors are respected and providing a professional opinion and not just a buyer trying to get the best price for themself.
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As wise as it is to get an inspection in most cases, I'll be inspectiing it myself. Im a retired diesel tech as well as a life long rv owner. Im pretty confident that I can accomplish doing my own inspection. I dont think there is a part of an rv that I havent worked on. If I was a new rv owner, Id definitely hire an inspector. Im just not familiar with the Alpine brand. Im very familiar with Country Coach and Monaco having worked on many. It just seems as Alpine doesnt come along often. But from what Ive researched, Its right up there with them. I guess we will see if a few hours.
One thing to look for is contaminated brake fluid. Make sure the owner has regularly flushed and bled the brake system. If not, plan on all new calipers. Not a difficult DIY brake job, just expect to go there...Melted ABS sensors are a telltale sign the brakes have been dragging.

Another thing to inspect is the belt line just above the basement doors, a known leak area. Bring a small screwdriver and check the floor area just inside the basement. The OSB flooring can get soft there.

Bring a good flashlight. Check the radiator closely for signs of leakage, especially if it's an aluminum one. The old steel and brass ones didn't have near the leak issues.

Also look for a cracked exhaust manifold, common on the older ISCs. Again, not a difficult DIY repair.

Check the lift pump above the starter. If it's wet, it needs to be addressed asap.

Test everything, including the HWH hydraulic leveling and slides.
The HWH pump and solenoid manifold is inside the small locking compartment aft of the RF wheel well.

Plan on new airbags and shocks if original.

Check the kitchen sink drain hose where it attaches to the abs fitting at the "no hub" connector, another known failure point.
You'll need to remove a couple drawers to see it.

That's all I can think of for now.

Good luck with your inspection.
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Old 11-25-2022, 08:31 PM   #8
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Probe the basement ceiling near the bay doors hinge area…….
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Well, I passed on it. Looks pretty, but that's about all it got going for it. Tires looked great, but from 2014. All the batteries are completely shot. The generator wouldn't start. owner states he thinks it a low oil pressure switch bad, but not sure. Roof seam at both caps leaked and stained ceiling. Windshield leaks around seal. Crack in the body below rear slide. I called it off before I even got under it when he said he was firm on the asking price. On to the next one.
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Well, I passed on it. Looks pretty, but that's about all it got going for it. Tires looked great, but from 2014. All the batteries are completely shot. The generator wouldn't start. owner states he thinks it a low oil pressure switch bad, but not sure. Roof seam at both caps leaked and stained ceiling. Windshield leaks around seal. Crack in the body below rear slide. I called it off before I even got under it when he said he was firm on the asking price. On to the next one.
Good for you no need to take on that kind of work!

Another good one will come along!
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Old 11-26-2022, 08:55 AM   #11
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Good decision on this one--but think you are "over the target" for Alpines. IMHO--2001-2003 are some of the most reliable models WRV built, e.g., with improved brakes, upgraded chassis/suspensions, ISL400s with Jake in later 2003s, but no Vansco Comm. Good hunting!
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Old 11-26-2022, 09:14 AM   #12
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Well, I passed on it. Looks pretty, but that's about all it got going for it. Tires looked great, but from 2014. All the batteries are completely shot. The generator wouldn't start. owner states he thinks it a low oil pressure switch bad, but not sure. Roof seam at both caps leaked and stained ceiling. Windshield leaks around seal. Crack in the body below rear slide. I called it off before I even got under it when he said he was firm on the asking price. On to the next one.

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Like you say onto the next one. Sounds like you know enough to do your own inspection. I had some RV experience but quite a bit of diesel HD equipment repair so I was comfortable inspecting the one we bought in 2008. It did not come with any maintenance records but I could not finddid a anything wrong with it after testing all systems. The coach was well maintained, looked good inside and out. The coach has served use well for the last ~13 years. We were contemplating trying to upgrade but decided we couldn't buy anything close to what we have so last year I did a lot of work on it, new AC's, new tires & batteries, new flooring, second inverter for residential fridge, upgraded battery charging with Bluesea MLACR, went through the air system, Victron BMV712 battery monitor plus some other things. My rig ain't perfect but good enough for me.
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Old 11-29-2022, 04:18 PM   #13
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I havw a better Alpine deal for you.
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one of a kind !! 39, ooo.00 in last 4-5 years on upgrades and repairs.


rothing needs to be done to this coach. Just turn the key and go.
remember you pay now or pqy laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaater!! thanks .
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Hey there, did you buy it!! We are selling a 2003 Alpine with 64K on it! Very nice! 36’. My partner just sent you details, so just following up. Thanks. Mary Ann
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