Freightliner Custom Chassis Releases “What’s New” for RVIA at Louisville

GAFFNEY, S.C.…Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has announced the new products and product enhancements that will be on display during the RVIA show in Louisville this year. Highlights from the show will include the XC chassis with a “lowered engine option”; introduction of the Mercedes-Benz MBE 926 330HP engine with an electronically controlled fan clutch; a newly designed TAG axle chassis with automatic load proportioning and air disc brakes; and an improved I-Beam front axle with an amazing 55 degrees of wheel cut.

“We continue to strive to be the leader in developing improvements to the ride and handling of our XC chassis,” said Dean Schaper, Director of Sales and Marketing for FCCC.

The “lowered’ engine position on the XC chassis allows coach manufacturers to achieve a flat floor in the rear of the motorhome -- an industry first. It is currently available with either the Caterpillar or Mercedes-Benz engine.

The Mercedes-Benz MBE 926 is a 330 HP, high-torque engine that comes with an optional fan clutch that reduces the noise level in the coach as well as provides increased fuel economy and additional horsepower when the fan is not required for cooling.

The newly designed Tag axle chassis features the ZF Independent Front Suspension with 56 degrees of wheel cut and an automatic load proportioning system. This results in improved handling, a tighter turn radius and balanced weight distribution.

The Bendix Air Disc Brake System is an option that is available on all chassis models. This new system has an “automotive” pedal feel and has been proven to reduce stopping distances as well as minimize brake fade in most driving conditions.

The FCCC new and improved I-Beam Front Axle will now increase the wheel cut from the current I-Beam of 50 degrees up to 55 degrees. This will result in a much tighter turn radius and even greater maneuverability.

“We have taken an industry-leading wheel cut and made it even better”, said Jack Conlan, President of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. “Engineering efforts like this further reinforce our commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining our leadership position in quality and innovation.”

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 and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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