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Does anyone have any info on the different chassis and the difference in the ride between the Fleetwood Revolution and the Fleetwood Excursion. The Revolution has a Liberty Chassis and the Excursion has a Spartan chassis...Not sure how much if any difference they make. Also wondered about any maint problems with either.
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The Liberty chassis is a Spartan chassis (it may be configured a certain way for Fleetwood - giving it the Liberty name). [15,000 lb towing] Currently on the Fleetwood web site for 2008 models, the chassis for the Excursion is a Freightliner. (10,000 lb towing)

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Posted: 11/01/07 12:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Liberty Chassis is built by Fleetwood specifically for its' American Coach Line and the Revolution, using Spartan drive components. IMO, there is a difference. Handling is similar, but the ride quality of the Liberty Chassis is superior. Smoothest I've ever experienced, with the least amount of "road" feel translated into the cabin. Closest I'd say would be a Roadmaster eight-bag chassis, but the ride of the Roadmaster is noticeably more firm than the Liberty.

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Posted: 11/01/07 01:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless something has changed all Fleetwood DP's other than the American line and the Rev. use the Freightliner chassis. The others use the Liberty chassis. This a Spartan chassis front end and rear end. Fleetwood builds the whole center section. It is a real piece of engineering and is laser aligned. Much of the chassis is powder coated. No comparison between a Liberty and the entry level Freighliner. The FL's used by FW are all rear rad whereas the Liberty is a side rad. The Liberty used on the Rev. is not IFS but the American line uses the IFS.


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Moisheh pretty well explained the differences between the FL and the LE chassis. The LE has an I beam front suspension with bilstein shocks all around. I test drove the Bounder Diesel, Excursion, Discovery and revolution when I was in the market. There is no comparison with the ride of the LE chassis when compared to the other models. It really drives like a car with virtually no side to side movement when passed by trucks.

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Posted: 11/01/07 06:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Spartan Chassis when it arrives at Fleetwood for construction of the American Coaches and Revolution LE is about the length of a Volkswagon. Then Fleetwood adds the Liberty superstructure that connects the front and back Spartan sections, the running gear. Not a perfect technical description but very close. Until Fleetwood discontinued the Freightliner Chassis for the Revolution they included the extra cost Liberty option which used the Spartan/Liberty Chassis. Now they are all Liberty LE Chassis. Our Revolution LE, except for the final finish is much the same as a Tradition or Eagle with a lower cost and weight.


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