RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Tiffin Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-12-2010, 09:08 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 499
2010 Phaeton Chassis selection??

Planning on ordering a 2010 42 foot Phaeton with the tag axle. Talked to Tiffin yesterday and I can not get the powerglide with the tag yet on the Phaeton. So, it is between the Freightliner and the Spartan.

I have a 2008 Monaco with a great chassis that has 8 air bags. So, I know how this one rides and handles. I am concerned that the Freightliner might not do as well and not sure about the Spartan. Dealer suggests the Freightliner. Tiffin guy said there are more repair facilities with Freightliner.

We are full timers and I want a coach that will handle and ride well. One that will hold up!

Any comments, experiences or with these chassis's????


bigdomino is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-12-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
Senior Member
wagon217's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lake Mary, Fl.
Posts: 161
Have had one of each. There is probably an up charge for the Spartan Chassis, as they are truly custom built. As far as service, Cummings Coachcare centers are an authorized Spartan repair facility. So I don't think service would be an issue. The tag axle will provide 6 air bags and is more stable on the turns, bumps, and handling on the road.

wagon217 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 10:17 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 499
Which chassis did you like best and why?
bigdomino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2010, 11:34 PM   #4
Senior Member
historyljc's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Posts: 5,173
This is a good question to ask over at A Part of the TiffinRVNetwork • Index page. You should have a lot of experienced people there that will chime in for you to make an evaluation.
Travel well, travel safe,
2006 Tiffin Phaeton - 2011 Cadillac SRX
historyljc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
Senior Member
Raca-roni's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Utah/Florida
Posts: 349
I've had one coach on a FL chassis and three on Spartan chassis. I would go with the Spartan hands down. A couple of things that are different are things like cooling system is larger as well as the brakes plus some other things. I've never had a problem contacting spatan for a service call etc. FL, now that's another thing.......
2011 Tiffin Allego Bus 40QXP
450 hp Cummins ISL 9, Powerglide chassis
Toad, 2011 Honda CR-V
Raca-roni is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2010, 01:06 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 21,160
You can't really generalize much about Spartan vs Frieghtliner. When configured similarly, they are pretty much the same in handling and reliability. I've got a FL under my American tradition, an option that was available for a couple years on my coach. I have hada few problems that the Spartan-equipped dod not seem to have, but the Sparatans have issues that I do not. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of difference in the bottom line.

If properly configured for the weight and length of the motorhome, either one will do a fine job.

By the way, the 8 air bags of your Monaco Roadmaster chassis are a necessary aspect of it's design, It has nothing to do with better ride or handling, despite what the salesmen like to claim. I'm not knocking Roadmaster - it's a fine chassis, but don't worry that 4 air bags might only be only half as good as 8. It just isn't so.

Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2000 Phaeton on Freightliner Chassis??? mxrcr4 Tiffin Owner's Forum 15 01-07-2009 07:30 AM
Chevy-Workhorse Motor Home Chassis Boosts Market Share 17 Points From '04 To January DriVer RV Industry Press 7 04-05-2008 08:04 AM
New Workhorse UFO™ Chassis Brings A Wave Of New Choices To Motorhome Buyers DriVer RV Industry Press 5 01-01-2007 09:37 AM
Forest River on new Workhorse UFO™ rear gas chassis to debut at fall RV Shows DriVer RV Industry Press 14 09-19-2006 01:44 PM
Workhorse's 100,000th Chassis Marks Six Years of Groundbreaking Innovations DriVer RV Industry Press 0 06-03-2005 03:05 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.