AL-KO vs Standard Fiat chassis

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  1. Boringfrog

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    1. Is AL-KO made by Fiat?
    2. Is AL-KO better than standard fiat?
    3. Do Fiat make any special motorhome chassis themselves?
     
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    AL-KO is its own company and they provide chassis for many vehicles
    AL-KO is lighter lower and specifically designed for purpose
    AL-KO is Galvanised steel so will outlast many other forms if not all rust protection.
    Fiat do a flat bed chassis that serves many purposes
     
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    Speaking as someone who has owned an Auto trail with Standard Fiat chassis and also a Hymer on a Fiat/Alko chassis
    1 noAlko is not made by Fiat
    2 IMHO Fiat chassis is very good Alko chassis also very good but lower.
    3 yes their Motorhome chassis is a wider track at rear,very stable.
     
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    Fiat chassis... leaf spring suspension and a solid beam axle (not independent)
    AL-KO chassis... Torsion beam independent suspension

    Had both.
    Fiat... adequate
    AL-KO... better ride quality and less road noise (in my opinion). Also available wide track at the rear (like mine)
     
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    Agreed, no sagging springs with Alko axle. My 2400kg axle takes a hell of a lot to even start to shift it.
     
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    Fiat do not do a "motorhome" chassis with a wider track, it will be an AL-KO.
     
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    They do. Take a look at most Autotrails for example.
     
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    They do now. I believe it's relatively new.
     
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    Not quite correct their specific Motorhome chassis is wider at rear please don't ask me to prove it do some research.
     
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    My last van had the Fiat wider chassis it was 2008!
     
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    Yes they do & I've got one (2008).
    Alko chassis is very good(until it goes wrong) but very expensive to repair.
     
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    As with anything that is not maintained.
    The chassis is maintenance free only the axle needs an annual greasing which is a piece of cake but often overlooked. Nothing to worry about for the informed.
     
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    OK, public apology to @Speve. Fiat do do a motorhome specific chassis, must be post 2007 models. Hangs head in shame, cracks a can of beer. ;)
     
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    @Boringfrog thanks for that I wasn't spoiling for a fight! Still loves you;)(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Thing is my other half calls me IKEA, Ian Knows Everything Always. ;)
     
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