Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Announces Major Breakthrough in Chassis Design

GAFFNEY, S.C.—Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) recently announced the development of a formed rear rail engineered to lower the Caterpillar C7 ACERT® Technology engine on the XC chassis. With a departure angle of seven degrees, this patent-pending rear rail allows the C7 engine to sit approximately four inches lower than in previous raised-rail configurations.



“This new ‘lowered engine’ configuration gives us an opportunity to provide our RV customers with an industry first—a flat floor in the rear of a diesel pusher,” said Dean Schaper, Director of Sales and Marketing for FCCC.



The new lowered C7 XC chassis will be on display at the annual RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) show in Louisville, Ky., and will be in full production by the first quarter of 2005.



“We are committed to leading the industry in breakthrough advances in chassis design,” said Jack Conlan, President of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. “This is something RV owners have requested for years, and we take great pride in continually improving the RV lifestyle and responding to our customers’ desires.”



Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3 – 8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner LLC is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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