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rv-pro.com July 2018 • RV PRO • 67 vehicles, and other vans for what Guillaume calls, "vocational and parcel-delivery needs." Much of that work is handled through the company's plant in Bristol, Ind. Then, there's Guillaume's division. "The final piece is specialty vehicles," he says. "We build a number of different chassis, but our primary focus is motorhomes. We do some specialty chassis for bus applications, and we do some military vehicles; those are complete vehicle assemblies and they're big units." He stresses that the company's emphasis is on commercial vehicle assembly. Guillaume notes the firetruck and motorhome chassis lines run parallel in the same building. "There's a lot of commonality to what we do on the firetruck side and the motor- home side," he says. "The motorhomes are a natural extension to utilize some of the core competencies we have in engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, and quality control, as well as the supply base we developed on the firetruck side." As for defining what constitutes the chassis, Guillaume says it's the foundation of the driving part of the motorhome on which the coach is built. "It's the frame rails, the axle suspension, wheels and tires, engine, transmission, cooling system, and steering system," he says. "Additionally, what we do is ship loose things like the dash components, so our OEM customers can effectively put the coach on the chassis and then insert and wire components like the steering wheel and dashboard." Add a Cummins engine to the package and Spartan's four main OEM customers – Entegra Coach, Newmar, Foretravel, and Jayco – have a solid basis on which to build a diesel coach to meet just about anyone's needs and desires. Communication & Technology Guillaume says that with more than 30 years in the RV market, Spartan has a repu- tation for serving the higher-end segment of the market, although more recently it has started coming out with chassis models that he describes as "more entry-level" in nature. Spartan production workers Danny Hakvongsa (left) and Tom Parsons assemble chassis components from above and below. Spartan manufactures chassis for luxury motorhome makers Entegra, Foretravel, Jayco, and Newmar.

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