Set aside the ride and handling differences, because they just are not that large, but Freightliner and any RV manufacturer using their chassis is facing a large problem with service centers. Many of the Freightliner service center are rejecting to work on motorhomes, regardless of being in warranty or not. I've grown very frustrated with Freightliner and their lack of concern over the problem. I would have preferred Spartan initially, but as stated above, Newmar stopped using Spartan on the Dutch line, coupled with the many, many Freightliner centers nation wide, I thought it would be advantageous if and when I needed service. I'm here to tell you, that's not the case.
I spent time at the Freightliner booth in Tampa last week and they told us that service centers are independent franchise's and don't have to work on RV's, but said to call the hotline and they would help finding alternatives on a case by case basis. What a giant PITA!
Wrong answer for me! I'm going Spartan next time.
2012 Dutch Star 4020
2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
NHSO (Newmar Hoot, Sevierville Original)