Spartan Introducing ‘Passive Steer Tag Axle’
Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., introduced its new Passive Steer Tag Axle for motorhomes, producing a 7% reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius.
“Spartan’s Passive Steer Tag Axle has been designed, engineered and purpose-built for motorhomes in the recreational vehicle industry,” said Timothy Hamm, vice president, sales and business development of the specialty vehicles business unit, in a press release. “We take great pride in the competencies of the technical staff at Spartan and the ground-up approach they bring to chassis engineering. This passive tag is not an adaptation of an existing design.”
Spartan Chassis has designed and packaged its Passive Steer Tag Axle to “minimize intrusion” into the OEM’s floorplans. Additionally, reduced system mass achieved through a unique design enables increased cargo carrying capacity, depending on the configuration of the OEM’s floorplan.
When a motorhome equipped with the Spartan Passive Steer Tag Axle is shifted into reverse, the alignment mechanism automatically straightens the tires to further reduce tire wear.
The Passive Steer Tag Axle is standard equipment on the 2015 Newmar Corp. Essex and King Aire motorhomes on a Spartan Chassis platform.
Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of its RV OEM customers such as Entegra Coach, Newmar, and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.