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Freightliner to Debut High-Horsepower Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., will introduce a high-end tag-axle chassis with an engine new to the RV industry at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

”It’s going to be a high-horsepower chassis,” said Jonathan Randall, FCCC director of sales and marketing. ”It is going to be for high-end Class A coaches with a powertrain (engine) that people will be familiar with in the bus business or shell conversions.”

While declining to go too much into detail, Randall said the diesel-pusher platform will have a 54,000-pound GVWR, matching the highest rating of any of its current chassis, and it will be equipped with a 13-liter engine. A 16-liter version with higher GVWR already is in the planning stages, he said.

Currently, the highest-rated engine offered on a Freightliner tag-axle chassis is a Cummins ISL with 450 hp.

Also at the show, the Daimler Trucks North America LLC subsidiary expects to see more Class A pushers in 34-foot range built on Freightliner XC straight-rail chassis. ”It’s not really new, other than the straight-rail business had been pretty dead,” he said. ”But some manufactures are moving to down-sized pushers.”


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