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Old 08-11-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Spartan or Powerglide

I am getting ready to buy a new rig and have got it down to an LP Bus
on the Power Glide and the Anthem DEQ on the Spartan
any thoughts as to what chassis is the best

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Old 08-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Spartan has been making bus chassis for several decades. If you have a Spartan chassis problem, you can take it to their factory in S. MI; where they have accommodations for camping, or almost any HDT repair shop can do the repairs. Power Glide is the name for Tiffin's in-house designed and built MH chassis. Don't know if Tiffin chassis can be repaired elsewhere.

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Old 08-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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Both very good chassis. I would be happy with each.
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Spartan makes chassis for everything from emergency response vehicles to heavy duty military trucks, and has dealers all over the country. Don't know anything about powerglide.
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I would go with the third party vendor that has and will continue to be in business regardless of what happens to a MH manufacturer. They also happen to have great technical support.

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I would NEVER suggest a buyer start with chassis selection first but instead coach. That doesn't mean you can't have a preference but I wouldn't lock into that as a starting point. After that, ya just drive them and see what you think.

I think the more important issues of chassis selection are associated with:

1. IFS or not. (Depending on your planned use,may be the least important of this list.)
2. Basement configuration/storage. This would be especially true for full time use. (Some are taller and some have better basement configurations.)
3. Axle weight ratings. (closely associated with coach design for weight distribution. This includes actual loads on the axles after the coach is loaded. Nothing worse than a coach that has limited CCC)

Certainly there are other factors such as radiator location and a few other odds and ends but they, IMHO, start becoming less important than floor plan lay out and such.

While in my search for my current MH I did have an strong desire for a side radiator with a Cummins engine, these were secondary to floor plan.

I would suggest that proprietary chassis might present some unique problems if you run into issues regarding them. However, I would also suggest that these unique issues mostly applies to the framework itself and not the engines or transmissions unless you have some more "exotic" power plant issues.
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Originally Posted by ruffinittoo View Post
I am getting ready to buy a new rig and have got it down to an LP Bus
on the Power Glide and the Anthem DEQ on the Spartan
any thoughts as to what chassis is the best
I'd want to do a pretty thorough test drive too see if any driving/handling issues show up. The Powerglide is built in house at Tiffin. It was designed by the same engineer who was the father of the Peak chassis that all Alpine Coaches were built on. The Peak was a highly regarded chassis.

Spartan has built chassis for motorhomes for years and certainly has a good reputation in the business. They had an issue with ball joints in their IFS a number of years ago that took a while to resolve.

If you don't come up with any empirical evidence that would favor one over the other and the coaches themselves are a complete toss up (unlikely), if the coach builder also builds the chassis then there is no fingerprinting if an issue comes up.

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