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Old 10-04-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Are there any more motorhomes besides Monaco & Holiday Rambler that also use the roadmaster chassis? If not, what motorhome manufacturer is using a very similar chassis? Thanks much.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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No, nobody else uses Roadmaster, which is actually part of Navistar RV (parent of Monaco and HR). When the old Monaco RV was still building beaver and Safari models, they were also on the Roadmaster chassis, but on other manufacturer ever used it.

The other major RV chassis builders are Freightliner and Spartan, and Tiffin builds its own chassis (from industry standard components) for some models. None of these are technically similar in design to the main Roadmaster concept, which uses a floating subframe with multiple air bags. However, the low end R4R Roadmaster is fairly similar to the low-end Freightliner XCS chassis. Thelatest Roadmaster chassis also uses Navistar engines, while Spartan and Freightliner use Cummins (or Detroit on a few high end models).

Other than the subframe thing, all the major RV chassis are fairly similar at a high level: air suspension, air brakes, solid axle or IFS, Allison transmissions and mostly all Cummins engines. You will also see some Cat and Mercedes engines from a few years ago, around 2005-2007.
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I have a 2002 Freightliner raised rail with a Cat engine. It is not as good as the Cummins engine. It is correct that the Roadmaster chassis is a product of Monaco and it is probobly the best made, followed by Freightliner. The best combination is a Roadmaster with a Cummins hooked to an Allison.
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and it is probobly the best made
That sounds like an invitation to a brand war! I hope nobody takes up the challenge!
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