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RV Navigator Episode 53 - A Spartan Trip: After 6 years of benign neglect, our motorhome was treated to a full check up at Spartan factory where it was manufactured in 2003.  As part of a Spartan Rally sponsored by FMCA, we visited the factory, listened to lectures, and had our coach check over.

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RV Navigator Episode 53 - A Spartan Trip: After 6 years of benign neglect, our motorhome was treated to a full check up at Spartan factory where it was manufactured in 2003. As part of a Spartan Rally sponsored by FMCA, we visited the factory, listened to lectures, and had our coach check over.

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Longueur: 46 mins=

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RV manufactures generally do not build the entire RV because they buy the chassis with engine from chassis builder. Once the chassis leaves their factory, the RV manufacturer adds the body and interior. Responsibility for warranty and repair of the chassis and engine is Spartans (in our case). At a chassis rally we learned about how to maintain and use our motorhome under pinnings. Obviously it is important to keep all of these systems in good working order and maintained so that you will arrive at your destination. We had the 44 point check-up and most of the fluids and filters replaced. Many had not been touched since the vehicle was new so it was time. The Spartan factory has a complete repair facility near by the Rally headquarters. With over 50 coaches from many brands in attendance, we had lots of company and stories to hear.
New in 2010 is the latest round of emission controls for diesel engines in the US. Cummins as well as many engine manufacturers has started using a DEF fluid sprayed into the exhust. This in addition to the earlier exhaust particulate filter add substantially to the cost of new diesel engines regardless of end use - RV, over the road, auto, or truck. This will make new diesel pushers, sprinters, and class C diesels much more expensive for the end user.

This is a major focus of this episode, but we do have a review of news and interesting tidbits from the RVing world.
We will be attending the "The Rally" on July 22,2010 so if plan to attend let us know.
We always hope that you enjoy our musings about the state of RVing and our world. We appreciate your comments and suggestions by email (navigator@rvnavigator.com).
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