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Old 08-24-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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Where Do You Service your Spartan Chassis?

We just recently purchased a 1994 Winnebago DP and would like to take it into a Service Center to have a safety check done and the Air Brakes serviced. Yes, we have been to Spartanchassis.com and found the list of service centers for each state. Is this where you take yours or what other route do you take? We are currently in Massachusetts and will soon be traveling to NJ and NY. We travel the whole country. Though not new to the RV lifestyle, we are new to the Motorhome arena. Appreciate any advise. Thank you!
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That's a very nice looking coach you have.
How many miles on the clock. ?

I would call the closest spartan service center listed and see if you can get it in.
Big rig truck centers may work also.
I like the independent guys.
The smaller shops.
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:03 PM   #3
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Thank you! We are very pleased with it. It had 29,127 miles on it when bought it. We’ve added just under 400. Generator had 211 hours.

Thank you for the suggestion. We have an appointment at one of the suggested “big rig” shops listed. Both my husband and I are not feeling very good about it. Just thought we’d ask and see what others do.
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The air brake system on your coach is common to heavy truck technicians.

You could contact any heavy truck dealer, or a well known independent truck shop and get it inspected. Any Peterbilt, Mack, Freightliner, international etc... should handle it no sweat.
Ask about a full Federal DOT annual inspection. Most have a set price for the insection, and it'll include more that just brakes.

.... nice looking coach btw!
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Thank you very much for that info!��

Thank you also about our coach!��
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Old 09-08-2019, 11:34 PM   #6
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This pdf will explain in detail how and why air brakes work, and study material for performing a standard air brake test, which should be performed every day you intend to drive the vehicle.https://cdlstudy.com/manuals/Air_Brakes.pdf
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If you have some time I suggest you research this a little more. Personally I would not use one of the big name franchise shops. Try to find a independent shop that works on DP's. That may not be easy but I think you will find better service at an independent shop. Make sure you get recommendations from others that can recommend whatever shop you use.

You can also call Spartan in Charlotte MI, and ask for suggestions, but they may just tell you to use any authorized service ctr. Worth a try though.

I use an independent shop in Ocala about 100 miles from home. They are a little pricey but are honest and know what they are doing.

Unless you are lucky, your satisfaction with the work may largely depend on how much effort you put into finding a shop.

You can ask for suggestions here and on other forums.

I would steer away from any shop that tells you to leave your DP and we'll call you when it's ready.


As a last resort you can take it to Spartan in Charlotte MI. They know what they are doing!
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I agree that an independent shop is the way to go. So many of the systems are from 3rd parties that other chassis builders also use.

The Cummins service centers often show up as Spartan authorized but I have found they have too many limitations on what they'll do. That included one Coach Care Complete center I checked.

Talking with the Cummins parts desk, the challenge with Spartan is they are very protective of their documentation and it's not unusual that even they have to call back to Michigan to get information. They recommended going to Freightliner for my Spartan chassis.

If you can make it to Charlotte, MI, most folks on this board have nothing but good things to say about going direct to Spartan.

Good luck with the new coach.
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Since there are a couple of folks here from central FL, this may be of interest:
Spartan opened up a temporary service center in Clearwater operating from Jan to Mar. I had work done there and they mentioned they are considering opening again in 2020. I found out after visiting the Spartan kiosk at the Tampa RV super show in Jan.
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[QUOTE=DSBill;4979931]I agree that an independent shop is the way to go. So many of the systems are from 3rd parties that other chassis builders also use.

The Cummins service centers often show up as Spartan authorized but I have found they have too many limitations on what they'll do. That included one Coach Care Complete center I checked.

Talking with the Cummins parts desk, the challenge with Spartan is they are very protective of their documentation and it's not unusual that even they have to call back to Michigan to get information. They recommended going to Freightliner for my Spartan chassis.

If you can make it to Charlotte, MI, most folks on this board have nothing but good things to say about going direct to Spartan.

Good luck with the new coach.[/QUOTE

I live 30 minutes from a Charlotte Michigan. We are picking up our new to us Fleetwood Revolution LE 40E which I’m on a Spartan Liberty Chassis. Is there s Repair center there??
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Stonehands, that is the Spartan factory, you should make an appt. ASAP if you need work performed, as they are very busy. They have an onsite CG, well-equipted waiting room and more. Visit the official Spartan website for more details.
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Thank you Ray. Calling them today.
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Sorry for my Silence . . .

Well, we bought our MH in August and have since put 6k on it. We have had it in the shop four times:
1) RV Shop that worked on Cummins. The work that they could do they did very good.
2) A Big Rig shop to replace the Pinion Seal. They did a great job.
3) Return to the Big Rig ship because our Cruise Control quit working - Eco Cruise, which has since gone out of business and parts are not available. Will need to replace the whole thing. This Job the Big Rig shop did not want to do and we won’t be going back as they don’t seem to want our business. Free Country!
4) Another Spartan Authorized center on Spartan’s website. This Shop will be our “Go To” shop: Foley Auto & RV Repair. They did an Excellent job!! We asked and were told by the RV Shop & Big Rig Shop to check our air brakes as it seemed we couldn’t stop very good. Both told us they were “In Good Shape”. We went to Foley Auto & RV Repair for New Shocks. When we went to pick it up, we were told when the tech drove the MH up on the rack he barely kept it from going over. Scared him spit less! Come to find out when they removed the front shocks they discovered the bolt for one of the front shocks covered the hydraulic brake line and cut off the fluid to the rear brakes. What that means is that we have driven 6,000 miles with only front brakes and the whole 35,000 miles on the MH there has only been front brakes. Having never driven with air brakes we didn’t know what to expect. All I can say is: Proverbs 21:31 - The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

I have talked to Jeff at Spartan in the MH Parts Dept. He actually worked with Winnebago Vectra Chassis and a Great source of information. The guys at Spartan have been great! Thank you for ALL your input and information!
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I am confused_, you told about the hydraulic brake line, then talked about air brakes. Which does your MH have???
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