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Old 05-15-2021, 07:05 AM   #1
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Spartan vs Freightliner New Aire

2021 Spartan vs Freightliner
Can anyone give me advice as to the 2021 Spartan chassis vs Freightliner .
We are purchasing a Newmar New Aire The Spartan seems much more complicated to use and I an concerned with the availability of Spartan Service
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Old 05-15-2021, 08:47 AM   #2
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I own a Spartan and am very pleased with it. I donít know much about the New Aire, I definitely like the IFS on my Spartan over the I beam front end on my previous coach.
FWIW.....King Aire is the top of the line coach for Newmar. The only chassis offered on the King Aire is Spartan. As yourself why.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:54 AM   #3
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King Aire is the top of the line coach for Newmar. The only chassis offered on the King Aire is Spartan. As yourself why.
I have asked myself that question many times, especially when I was putting together my current coach. Absent anything from Newmar to the contrary, the only conclusion I could draw was Newmar could get a better deal from Spartan, or Newmarís specs at the price they were willing to pay didnít fit the FL business model.

Itís all speculation unless and until Newmar officially says otherwise. FL is certainly capable of producing a chassis that is as good or better than the competition.
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We have had 2013 Moutain air freight liner chassis then 2014 Essex spartan chassis. Both rode very well could not tell any difference in ride. But as far as servicing chassis freight liner service centers are everywhere compared to spartan. Spartan services centers are far and few between compared to freightliner.
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Can anyone give me advice as to the 2021 Spartan chassis vs Freightliner .......

just a question of curiosity, and one that you may want to ask, fwiw.


I now when freightliner came up with the NA chassis, the chassis was too high. Newmar needed to have the body lowered in the chassis. So as part of their production for NA coaches, newmar would build a lower frame rail between the front and rear axles. Then remove the original freightliner chassis frame rails, so the body can be lowered in the frame. btw, this is not all that uncommon. There were other RV manufacturers, I believe, whom have had similar processes.

I am curious as to if Spartan chassis are built to accommodate the lower body builds for the NA, or if Spartan chassis are also being modified same as their freightliner counter parts?
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The last two times we were at Colton Truck/RV there were FL RV's there for service when there is a FL large service center in Fontana 5 miles down the road. The first there was a new London Aire there for a over heading issue and had been at FL twice for the problem and they couldn't find the problem. After warranty period you can take your coach to any service center you want. Most items are similar and common on our Newmar's. But not to go to far out there there is a difference just as there are between Entegra and Newmar.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:00 PM   #7
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We have a 2021 NA with the Spartan chassis. We special ordered 1 year ago and were not able to compare chassis as NA's with Spartan chassis were not out yet.

One nice thing on the 2021's Freightliner was the engine brake on the steering console. With Spartan it's on the side console.

Ultimately we decided to get the Spartan as it had the air brake hookup for connection to Airforce one break controller and were much closer to Spartan factory in Charlotte, Michigan . Airforce one can be done on a freightliner with a few more parts.

Our salesman test drove our RV and said he was going to recommend the Spartan to customers when special ordering. When we ordered he was recommending the Freightliner.
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We have for 24 years always have driven our Newmar's with Jake/exhaust brake on. Know just how much need to rest right foot to not have it on when going down a mountain or juut not want to use it.
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2021 Spartan vs Freightliner
Can anyone give me advice as to the 2021 Spartan chassis vs Freightliner .
We are purchasing a Newmar New Aire The Spartan seems much more complicated to use and I an concerned with the availability of Spartan Service
I own a 2018 NA on the Freightliner, when I purchased it I would have opted for the Spartan as I have owned 2 Newmar's on Spartan Chassis. I have been pleased with the FL mainly due to Service being so much more convenient.
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I had a Tiffin Allegro Bus on a Spartan chassis for 12 years. I now have a Newmar New Air on a FL chassis. I have had issues with the chassis components on both and my take on the availability of service is that while FL seems to be everywhere the number of places that actually know anything about motorhome chassis is pretty small out in my neck of the woods. Spartan service centers are typically very far and few between but we were fortunate to not have much work needed over the years so it was not an issue. We had a local diesel shop that worked on motorhomes and they did the annual maintenance stuff. For warranty repairs we found a place in Henderson, NV; a couple of hours away and they did a great job.



Overall, I liked my Spartan but I can't compare it to the FL since the coaches are worlds apart in size and function. We have had our share of FL issues so far and some may never be resolved (Valor TPMS).



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