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Old 02-18-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Oshkosh versus Spartan-Is one better??

In my search I found an example where NADA listed the same named MH on a Spartan chassis worth more than the sane name with an Oshkosh chassis. Is that an indication the Spartan is better as a chassis?
Example was a 1991 Gulfstream Friendship. Each had the same M number but one was on an Oshkosh chassis and the other was on a Spartan Chassis.

Was over in the Mt. Dora, Tampa, Bradenton area last week, didn't find anthing in my 20,000 price range. I may be too picky and/or cheap. Want Cummins pusher, 8.3l would be nice, 275hp or more would also be better, 5 or 6 spd Allison, dinette, sofa, as well as rear bed. 34 to 38 feet.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:22 AM   #2
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at 22yo i would be a lot more concerned about condition and needed repairs,i am not sure what 20k will buy and depending on your needs you might want to add a gasser to your list, 10 years less wear and tear on the house portion would be important to me, how ever i seldom buy used and if i do it will be almost new
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Read your post and it made me think of this unit I saw on eBay.

I own one of these and while it may not have all the amenities of a newer coach, it is built like a tank!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by fighterpilot View Post
In my search I found an example where NADA listed the same named MH on a Spartan chassis worth more than the sane name with an Oshkosh chassis. Is that an indication the Spartan is better as a chassis?
I suspect the higher value for the Spartan may be a reflection of the fact they are still in business, but the Oshkosh brand has been "gone" for many years.
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Parts/service availability differences would be a guess here. No real experience to base that on though.

I'm betting you are not being too picky and can find something servicable. Might take you a while, but do able!

People are shy about buying these older coaches, no matter how nice they are, and the banks are going to give you a cold shoulder, not even wanting to talk to you about one. That narrows the list of potential buyers down to some pretty skinny numbers - making the price on them pretty attractive to somebody doing their own work with cash in the bank to pay for it.... Yes, you do have to sort through a lot of junk, but that Navigator on E-bay would have my attention for sure!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:09 AM   #6
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Oshkosh was taken over by Freightliner and formed the nucleus of today's Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. FCCC still provides parts and service for Oshkosh (but I'm not sure how extensive that coverage may be).

Spartan is a respected name in the chassis business and probably does command a bit higher price, but I would be much more concerned with condition and maintenance records than the underlying chassis. Most chassis parts are readily available anyway - the axles, engine, transmission, air brakes, etc. all come from other parties anyway.
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I had a 1990 Cruise Master (gas) on the john Deere/Oshkosh chassis. Heavy duty chassis, and as Gary posted above, parts or mfg part numbers are available from Freightliner. Leaf spring suspension, but still a decent ride.. We enjoyed it for 10 years and traded on present Georgie Boy.
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