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Old 09-06-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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2005 Excursion 39S

I am looking at a 2005 fleetwood Excursion 39 S. The dealer has it listed as a spartan chassis but when I do a search I only find a Freightliner chaccis listed. Are some of the 39s built on a Spartan chassis and are are any pros or cons on this unit?
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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Don't know if they used Spartan or not. I have a 05 Discovery 39S and it is a FL chasis. Look at the center wheel covers and see if they say FL on them. That will answer your question.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Thanks, Everything I have looked at has it a freightliner but the dealer has it as a Spartan. Im not sure if anything else is posted wrong or not.
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It's on a freightliner I believe the revolution was the only fleedwood on a spartan.
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My 2006 Providence is on a Spartan Chassis.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:34 PM   #6
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My 2005 39J Excursion is on a Spartin chassis with a cat 350.
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It's on a freightliner I believe the revolution was the only fleedwood on a spartan.
Sorry my bad so much for google.
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I had an 03 Excursion. It was on a FL chassis. Both are good products with very good customer support. My 03 had the 330 Cat, plenty of power. Good storage. What is the dealer asking?
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Good Info. I know I am going to open a can of worms. What is the difference between the two chassis? The Dealer is asking $99,998 but that not what I will give. What would be a good price to pay?
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Good Info. I know I am going to open a can of worms. What is the difference between the two chassis? The Dealer is asking $99,998 but that not what I will give. What would be a good price to pay?
Your so right the can is already opened! The price seems a bit inflated most folks here will tell you to research the NADA listing. However, most consumers don't have access to the wholesale and my experience is the retail end is very vague for accurate measure. For sure have the coach inspected by a WELL qualified tech. It will cost you money but money well spent. These machines are very complicated and the learning curve is slow. A good dealer is important, how are the reviews on your future dealer? Ask for satisfied customers names, etc. I hope this info helps, we paid $69 K for our 03 Excursion, Tropical Nature, very good coach with Falcon tow bar, base plate for auto, and new tires. Put an additional $10 K into it. She needed lots of scheduled maintenance, and we upgraded many electronics, tv's etc. great coach, 39S.

Chassis, ha, here goes. Having had both, FL, and Spartan. My choice, Spartan. Better ride! No matter if you like the floor plan, the bus checks out ok by the independent inspector, you come to a price you are ok with. Then all is well, go have fun!!
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Your so right the can is already opened! The price seems a bit inflated most folks here will tell you to research the NADA listing. However, most consumers don't have access to the wholesale and my experience is the retail end is very vague for accurate measure. For sure have the coach inspected by a WELL qualified tech. It will cost you money but money well spent. These machines are very complicated and the learning curve is slow. A good dealer is important, how are the reviews on your future dealer? Ask for satisfied customers names, etc. I hope this info helps, we paid $69 K for our 03 Excursion, Tropical Nature, very good coach with Falcon tow bar, base plate for auto, and new tires. Put an additional $10 K into it. She needed lots of scheduled maintenance, and we upgraded many electronics, tv's etc. great coach, 39S.

Chassis, ha, here goes. Having had both, FL, and Spartan. My choice, Spartan. Better ride! No matter if you like the floor plan, the bus checks out ok by the independent inspector, you come to a price you are ok with. Then all is well, go have fun!!
Thanks a lot That is the kind of info I needed. I have had gas MHs and wnat to go to the Diesel for the room and ride. Im going to look at it tomorrow and give it a good once over.
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The Spartan vs Freightliner thing really is a can of worms. It is extremely difficult to compare the two brand names because Freightliner makes a nearly infinite variety of chassis configurations under their XC model designation and some of them are cheap and fairly crude. Spartan, on the other hand, starts their configurations toward the upper-middle range of what Freightliner offers. So if you get input from a guy who has a low-end FL configuration and compare to the typical Spartan, you will likely hear that the Spartan is better. Coach builders may choose a FL chassis if they want to configure it for a lower entry price because Fl gives them more choices.

In my opinion there is very little difference if you compare two similar configured chassis. American Coach even offered a choice of Freightliner or Spartan for awhile and the two were configured to be identical in capacity and performance. And I think they were.

Fleetwood has gone back and forth between FL and Spartan over the years but they spec the chassis configuration to be essentially the same no matter who they buy from. The differences are therefore minimal.
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