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Old 09-24-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Chassis Types

Hello folks,
Looking at Tiffin Allegro Bus used.
What is the difference in the two types of chassis. one is a Spartan, not sure of the other, think Freightliner???
just checking.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Both are good chassis. While I have not owned a Tiffin, I have owned DP's with both. There are other more important features you should consider first. Generally speaking, the Spartin is a little more expensive chassis than the Frieghtlinner, but it is what Tiffin does with them on their line that really matters. What engine, floor plan, etc. some of the Spartins have independent front suspension, and that is a plus. What make and models are you considering, then we can provide specific judgements.
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More a personal preference than anything. When we bought our 40' bus, I drove it in the Freightliner, Spartan, and Powerglide chassis. I picked the Freightliner because of the handling. I saw more nose dive in the Spartan and Powerglide and also more front corner dive when making a high speed avoidance lane change. Panic braking when above 55 mph was about the same for all three with the exception of the dive. Freightliner straight line ride was definitely more firm than the other two, but I prefer the stiffer ride to the soft pillow. I also liked the Camp Freightliner training that they had available. All that said, the Tiffin Busses were still the RV of choice. I was just being picky on what chassis were under them as long as I had a choice.
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thanks for the quik responses. Looking for 40 to 43 ft. with a king bed, so, likely a tag, 400hp is what I am starting at. Looking for used so, might not have too much chance to pick and choose, Just wondering what the basic difference is. thanks again!
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More a personal preference than anything. When we bought our 40' bus, I drove it in the Freightliner, Spartan, and Powerglide chassis. I picked the Freightliner because of the handling. I saw more nose dive in the Spartan and Powerglide and also more front corner dive when making a high speed avoidance lane change. Panic braking when above 55 mph was about the same for all three with the exception of the dive. Freightliner straight line ride was definitely more firm than the other two, but I prefer the stiffer ride to the soft pillow. I also liked the Camp Freightliner training that they had available. All that said, the Tiffin Busses were still the RV of choice. I was just being picky on what chassis were under them as long as I had a choice.
What year chassis did you drive? There was not an offered Powerglide in 2008...
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I drove one in Tucson that was a 2008. Don't know how they were declaring the dates on them. Our bus is registered as a 2008 but it's sporting a 2007 Freightliner chassis.

Cruiser50, good luck on your search. We just bought a 2013 43' at Hershey from Colton RV. I'd recommend our trade to anyone, but it doesn't have a King in it. Well maintained and rarin' to go, but we don't know when Tiffin is going to build our new one. They say we'll have it before Thanksgiving, but we're already getting itchy. (LOL)

Looking is half the fun. Enjoy your new one whatever you get.
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I drove one in Tucson that was a 2008. Don't know how they were declaring the dates on them. Our bus is registered as a 2008 but it's sporting a 2007 Freightliner chassis.

Cruiser50, good luck on your search. We just bought a 2013 43' at Hershey from Colton RV. I'd recommend our trade to anyone, but it doesn't have a King in it. Well maintained and rarin' to go, but we don't know when Tiffin is going to build our new one. They say we'll have it before Thanksgiving, but we're already getting itchy. (LOL)

Looking is half the fun. Enjoy your new one whatever you get.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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I have owned both chassis, the Freightliner on my 07 Phaeton and Spartan on my09 Bus. To me the features and handling of the 43' Bus exceeded my Phaeton. I have driven both in 09 when I purchases my Bus. Have you ever test driven a new car and while driving look at your speed and thought WOW didn't realize I was driving that fast. Well that was the sensation I had with the Spartan Chassis.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:29 PM   #9
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Thanks folks, turns out I bought a 40 Phaeton with a Freightliner. Felt good at the time. Can't wait to get her out now... Thanks again.
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