Freightliner Announces New Motorhome Chassis Features

Components enhance performance of Freightliner RV line

Gaffney, S.C…. Freightliner announced today at the annual Recreational Vehicle Industry Association show in Louisville, KY, several key product improvements for its Powerliner, XC and XCS motorhome chassis. The innovative product changes include new suspensions, an optimized driver station, as well as superior performance and handling features.

“Freightliner is continually updating and improving upon our successful motorhome chassis products and services,” said Jack Conlan, president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. “We utilize the highest quality components in addition to superior chassis design to provide our customers with the best products on the market.”

New engine provides exceptional performance

Freightliner’s XC chassis is now available with the power of the Cummins ISL 400. The ISL 400 engine provides 400 hp and 1200 lb.-ft. of torque and features heavy-duty components, integrated electronics and a patented high-pressure fuel system.

The Cummins ISL 400 comes equipped with an engine Compression Brake (C Brake) ensuring increased stopping ability as well as reduced wear on the service brakes. The C Brake can be placed in either a 3-cylinder or 6-cylinder position. The engine is matched with an Allison 3000MH transmission to provide optimal powertrain performance.

Chassis suspensions create new benchmarks

Freightliner’s affordable XCS and popular XC chassis for model year 2003 will feature the ADL rear suspension by Neway as standard equipment. “This new component offers motorhome users dramatically improved handling characteristics,” said Dean Schaper, manager of sales and marketing for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. “With its integral stabilizing beam, the ADL offers superior performance on rough roads and winding curves.”

The ADL rear suspension incorporates new performance features in a smaller dimensional package. A smaller suspension allows for more useable space in a motorhome. The ADL also gives you a superior ride of an air-ride suspension and delivers the ultimate performance and reliability for your motorhome investment.

In addition, Freightliner’s XC and XCS chassis will soon be available with an optional Hendrickson Airtek front suspension for 2003 models with 9350 lbs. and 10,500 lbs. front axle ratings. With this innovative suspension, the XC and XCS will create a new benchmark for maneuverability in the industry with an unprecedented 55-degree wheel cut.

“Freightliner’s motorhome chassis have always provided customers with the greatest maneuverability in their class,” Conlan said. “Now, by incorporating the Airtek suspension into our design, we are raising the level of performance and ease of handling to a new standard.”

The Airtek suspension is designed to improve comfort and operation while reducing weight and maintenance requirements. The key features of the suspension include:

•    Exclusive air springs

•    Adjustable tie rods to maximize tire life

•    Optimized front and rear frame brackets to reduce weight

•    An integrated box-shaped axle beam design

•    And, steering and tie rod arms that provide a 55-degree wheel cut as well as increased strength and reduced weight.

Also in 2003, Freightliner’s XC and XCS models will be available with premium Sachs shock absorbers. Sachs heavy-duty twin tube dampers provide customers with superior durability as well as a comfortable ride. The shock absorbers feature a steel dust shield for greater protection, a self-adjusting valve system that ensures constant dampening performance, and more. Sachs shocks are custom-tuned to offer an optimum ride with the ADL and Airtek suspensions.

For the 2003 model year, Freightliner has also custom designed the Safe-T-Plus system steering component to enhance handling and steering control on its Powerliner and XC chassis.

“This new component gives drivers improved handling in unexpected situations,” Schaper explained. “In the event that a motorhome blows a tire or hits road debris, Freightliner and Safe-T-Plus will help ensure drivers maintain better control of the vehicle.”

The Safe-T-Plus will be available as an option on XC and Powerliner chassis equipped with an Independent Front Suspension.

Driver station optimized for ease of operation

The driver station on Freightliner’s XC and Powerliner chassis has been redesigned to provide the highest level of comfort for model year 2003. The chassis will be equipped with an infinitely adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column. The tilt and telescoping will operate simultaneously.

The XC and Powerliner chassis will also soon be available with Freightliner’s adjustable throttle and brake pedals tooled to create superior driver ergonomics. The adjustable throttle and brake pedals feature Freightliner’s proven design from its over-the-highway truck products.

In addition, the XC and Powerliner chassis now come with the SmartWheel by VIP as optional equipment. The SmartWheel steering component features backlit controls allowing drivers to quickly and easily read important information while driving at night.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in North America. The company produces and markets Class 2-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, Thomas Built Buses and Orion Bus nameplates. Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler Company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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