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Spartan to Reveal Concept Chassis in Louisville

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November 22, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., will debut two new chassis concepts to the recreational vehicle market at the upcoming 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

According to a press release, the innovative design concepts – a 32-foot Class A chassis and a 25-foot Class C platform – are expected to appeal to manufacturers targeting current owners looking to downsize their RV and prospective buyers interested in purchasing entry-level units.

“Manufacturers are finding opportunities within the marketplace for growth through the introduction of smaller, light-weight, fuel-efficient recreational vehicles,” said Dave Snitgen, vice president of recreational and specialty chassis at Spartan Chassis. “Spartan Chassis is embracing this change and is focused on creating new product options that dovetail with evolving market and customer needs.”

A 2010 study by Harris Interactive indicates strong interest in smaller and more fuel efficient RVs. In an effort to target this growth within the Class A segment, Spartan Chassis developed the 32-foot concept, which is a lightweight, maneuverable mid-size, diesel-pusher chassis. The concept features improved fuel efficiency and a smaller carbon footprint, as well as the traditional benefits of a rear diesel engine chassis such as low engine noise, increased power options and carrying capacity. Additional features include:

• Navistar MaxxForce 7 turbo-diesel engine.

• Allison 1000MH electronic transmission.

• Cummins Onan 6k generator.

• 22,000 lb. GVWR.

• High-strength, low-alloy steel construction: 50,000 psi minimum yield.

• Hydraulic disc brakes.

• Polymer diesel fuel tank.

According to Spartan, the 25-foot concept chassis addresses the more than 40 million disabled adults living in the United States and a growing Baby Boomer generation. “There is a need in the marketplace for a purpose-built, low-floor platform design that offers ease of entry and egress with the option of including an ADA compliant ramp,” the release stated. Features include:

• Chevy G4500, gas and diesel chassis.

• Air-ride suspension with sway bars (front and rear).

• Electronic control kneeling (front and rear).

• Available in multiple lengths (24, 26, and 28 feet).

• High-strength, low-alloy steel construction: 50,000 psi minimum yield.

• Powder-coated frame for extended life and corrosion resistance. • Premium air dryer system with spin-on eco-friendly filtration.

• 3 year/50,000 mile limited chassis warranty.

 

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