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Most people respond to a question like this with "The BEST is the one I own". I always buy the best. Like's been said, Ford or Chevy. Each mfg has it good points and their less than good points. Chevy is built like a rock, but it's an ugly rock. Ford looks cool but can't hit a basket to save it's soul. Narrow your selection then look for the good and bad on the chassis that coach is built upon. Chassis are but one piece of the puzzle anyway. For instance, Monaco built all their older coaches on their Roadmaster chassis. Their best was/is the RR10R with 10 air bags mounted on the outside the frame rails. Very solid very good ride etc. But, only the luxury coaches, Signature, Executive, Dynasty and later the Camelot, have steel cages. IMO, all the chassis mfg are excellent. It's what's assembled on top of them that makes all the difference when you're driving....Dennis


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They mostly use common components eg rear ends, trans, Cummins pick a size.

With or without IFS, Haladex air controls, compressor, etc.

I don’t know if I’d get married to these modern pollution systems.

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Last motorhome was on a Spartan. Current motorhome is on a Freightliner.
I really can't tell any difference in the way they feel going down the road. Steering is precise with both and passing trucks have very little effect on handling.
Chassis won't be a concern when looking at another motorhome. Engine HP, that's a different story.


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Between Spartan and Freightliner, there was a time when the Spartan was optional on some coaches and never knew one to not have a side radiator, whereas most all the FL's had a rear radiator and were mainly found on entry and mid entry level coaches.
Nowadays, it seems that FL has the better chassis available as well, so most sure, there's not much of a difference.
Foretravel has partnered with Spartan in recent years, if that might tell you anything.... Foretravel and Spartan


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navigator2346 wrote:

DynoMax


Anything special about the Dyno as opposed to the others ?

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X2 On what Dennis said.
My is Gillig and it's the best. lmao

I have also owned the worse a P30


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Magnum chassis by SMC were on several late 90s early 2k Safaris, Beavers and some Harneys. CAT 3126, Allison 3000 series, exhaust brake. Built specifically for motor homes. The biggest issue was the rear radiator/CAC getting plugged up with road grime and oil. Just stay away from the torsilastic suspension.





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Ivylog wrote:

10 airbags...Prevost, Newell, Foretravel, Monaco Roadmaster which includes 2004+ Beaver, HR, Safari all on the RR10S for the handling and 9,000+ of CCC. The newest Monaco is NOT on a RR10S chassis.


At this time, there are only four three axle pusher chassis available in the motorhome market, Freightliner (owned by Daimler Benz), Spartan, Prevost, and Newell.

10 air bags? No currently available chassis uses 10. Nor I suggest is this relevant to the "best chassis" discussion.

ZF (Germany) manufactures the most advanced coach suspension systems in the world, and are used world-wide by top-tier coach builders. ZF suspensions are available to the motorhome manufacturers (optionally) with computer-controlled suspension, and active or passive tag axle steering. (Only one chassi/motorhome manufacturer includes either ZF computer controlled suspension and active tag axle steering--guess who).

But back to the number of air bags. ZF independent front suspension has two air bags, their highest capacity drive axle suspension has four air bags (mounted outboard ahead of and behind the drive axle), and their tag axle has two air bags. That is 8 air bags total.

For those wanting 10 air bags, where would the other two go?

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“Only 8 airbags, not 10”. You inaccurately assume the OP is looking at newer DPs. He is not as he included Roadmaster and Dynomax in his question. Yes, “currently” the big three are no longer on 10 airbags after years of using 10...the difference is ZF does not use a solid front axle. I know were I’d try and put the 2 extra ones.


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