Replacing rigs that are getting 1000/miles a year each? While a custom cab pumper will provide additional safety beyond what a commercial cab will, I'm struggling to see the need for apparatus replacement.
Originally Posted by josh3102
What did the quote include? For this price, that's the cost of a new cab and chassis, replacing the electrical system, rebuilding the pump, upgrading the lights, and more. Something just isn't right with that price.
We we going to get the chassis refurbished because the pumps and body are fine. I contacted eone and got a quote of $328k, not a bad price for both, but that was for each. A little steep, especially when that's what a new truck costs.
I might be biased since we have a Commander pumper on order, but I think they're certainly worth looking at. They've sold close to 600 copies of this cab so far.
I ventured out and looked at other dealers/manufacturers. Rosenbauer has a nice truck with that Commander series, I don't like the fact that they just began making their own chassis though.
Is this a Spartan ERV rig, or another manufacturer using the Spartan cab & chassis?
Spartan caught my attention and is really the only piece of equipment that appeals to us because of price. A demo 1000 gal pumper is around 260k-280k.
Spartan does have a good cab & chassis, there's no doubt about that. That being said, so does HME, KME, Pierce, Rosenbauer, E-One, and just about everyone else out there. You'll find people here on the forum that have good and bad experiences with each of the above manufacturers. Since it looks like you'll be in the market for a demo rig for the money you have available, it will be very important that you have someone knowledgeable in apparatus specifications, construction, and inspection take a look at any vehicles you're considering purchasing so you don't end up stuck with a flawed fire engine for the next 15 years.
I want to know who has had experience with both, I know Spartan has a solid chassis because everyone used them or still does.