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Old 12-03-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Freightliner or Spartan

Getting ready to order a 2017 4369 Dutch Star

Have read good and bad about both FL & Spartan chassis .....really not sure which way to go? If you have a DS 4369 2016 or 17 in a Spartan or FL chassis please share your thoughts. Ride, tag axle (good & bad issues), service & service centers, etc

On a side note.....should I get a built in nav system or get a good GPS system from Garmin....etc...
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Old 12-03-2016, 10:33 PM   #2
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I went with the Freightliner because I'd never heard of Spartan. There are FL shops all over the country. From what I've read and seen, the Spartan looks more rugged, but I'm not buying a wrecker. Freightliner is now owned by Daimler, a company I know. There are a ton of Freightliner trucks out there, I don't see them broken down all over the road. Almost all the logging trucks are FL where I come from. I think you'll be happy no matter which chassis you chose, the coach is the same and that's where you'll spend your time. Ask the forum if you should buy a Ford or Chevy. �� My 2 cents...

I have the Clarion NX405TRK built in as well as a Garmin 760rv. They both agree with each other.
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:31 PM   #3
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i would probably stay with freightliner because they are everywhere and there service centers are awesome. i haven't seen a spartan dealer yet,there 24/7 service app has saved my bacon TOM AND JOANNE 2016 TUSCANY with Pontiac G5 toad.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:06 AM   #4
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I don't like built in nav systems. They are usually expensive and often not kept up-to-date. A separate standalone PC or tablet with software such as copilot is the way to go. IMHO.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:32 AM   #5
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According to my information Spartan is the better, more reliable chassis. I can't back that up with any data except to say that Dave Garl, a very high ranking executive at Newmar recommends Spartan. As well many people whom have owned both say Spartan. That's how I ordered my DS.
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For many years Spartan was offered as the "upgrade" over the standard chassis.....now days the two seem to be getting much closer in features.
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:19 AM   #7
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I am placing my order for a Spartan chassis 4018. The full wall slide is enough to make me want the extra strength. Spartan is a company with its base in the "can't fail" sectors, emergency and military vehicles. I have looked for Spartan (Spartan service iPhone app) service in Colorado and see 4 in Colorado. All 4 are MH qualified.
Daimler is a company I know, having owned 6 Mercedes vehicles in the past. They have a good reputation for expensive quality. I still went with Spartan because of strength of chassis, disc brakes on all axels, what I saw in quality of construction when I looked at a stripped chassis at the International Rally.
As to your side note, the latest version of the in dash nav (currently being installed) is RV specific. The previous version was not. There is a thread about that on the forum.

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Getting ready to order a 2017 4369 Dutch Star

Have read good and bad about both FL & Spartan chassis .....really not sure which way to go? If you have a DS 4369 2016 or 17 in a Spartan or FL chassis please share your thoughts. Ride, tag axle (good & bad issues), service & service centers, etc

On a side note.....should I get a built in nav system or get a good GPS system from Garmin....etc...
Thanks in advance!
I'm about to place an order as well and would like to hear comments about Spartan vs Freightliner. I am leaning towards Spartan.
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I have had both, a Ventana with Spartan and now a Dutch Star with Freightliner. Only negative that I had with Spartan was that when I had a recall, it took quite a bit of effort to find someone in my area who could do the work necessary as there are no Spartan dealers around., but other than that the chasis was fine. With my current Freightliner we have a great dealer in town so getting service is a breeze, so I have to give them the edge when it comes to getting help if needed.
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:00 AM   #10
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We chose Freightliner for ease of finding service centers if work needed while traveling. Also at home our local FL shop is 5 min away.

Other plus for us was tighter turn radius, Spartan used to be tighter but now FL is & we have a tight turn when parking on slab on side of our house.

Spartan does higher slightly higher carrying capacity but we are not full timers and knew we'd be no where near capacity. On our FL once fully loaded & getting weighed we are 6,000 short of max allowed.

Lastly my sales guy who has been at dealer for 22 years said he'd go with FL over Spartan. In the past he would of had financial incentive to say this (price upgrade) but this year there is no price difference.

Ultimately it is a personal preference, like others said: Ford vs Chevy
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One thing I did note about the Spartan that I really liked is the tag returning to straight ahead when you select reverse, no need to move before it straightens itself. If I miss judge the curve going onto my pad its easier to correct the problem. Although I would never mis judge the approach.... ; )

Incidentally I am also intend to attend the Spartan school and doing my own coach chassis maintenance. I'm 71, it will be fun!

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I have a 2017 Dutch Star on order.
Last month we spent 4 days at the factory finishing up our specials & meeting the Newmar crew. Even spent time in Building 42 - The primary Dutch Star service garage & also the building that Ken Miller has his office.

I went with the Spartan after talking with Bob Garl (42 years at Newmar) & many others at Newmar that OFF THE RECORD recommend Spartan.

I like the bigger air bags, the Spartan reputation, the disk brakes, the custom redesigned shocks for the DS (post October 2016), & the Spartan frame rails. I am not worried about "how many Spartan Service Centers exist".

We are doing Factory Pick UP last week of April or first week in May. Could have had it in February or March but too cold in Nappanee to get it sooner.

I'll tell you if I made the right choice in about 2 years - LOL.
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I have a 2017 Dutch Star on order.
Last month we spent 4 days at the factory finishing up our specials & meeting the Newmar crew. Even spent time in Building 42 - The primary Dutch Star service garage & also the building that Ken Miller has his office.

I went with the Spartan after talking with Bob Garl (42 years at Newmar) & many others at Newmar that OFF THE RECORD recommend Spartan.

I like the bigger air bags, the Spartan reputation, the disk brakes, the custom redesigned shocks for the DS (post October 2016), & the Spartan frame rails. I am not worried about "how many Spartan Service Centers exist".

We are doing Factory Pick UP last week of April or first week in May. Could have had it in February or March but too cold in Nappanee to get it sooner.

I'll tell you if I made the right choice in about 2 years - LOL.

Are the spartan frame rails higher than freightliner? I noticed the rails seemed awful low in the storage compartments
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I've also got a Spartan on order - destination DSDP 4369. Been following this forum for some time, and the discussions herein swayed me (frame flex, frame clearance, construction differences, etc.). Not real scientific because there are more FL's out there, but the recent tag axle alignment issues with FL were one key factor in my decision. I also called both FL and SP service centers pretending i had an issue with my chassis, and the SP was way more helpful. They were prepared to send me to the shop of my choice for warrantee work at their expense. In contrast, FL denied a known issue with alignment despite the existing TSB.
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