Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) introduced the FCCC SL Series motorhome chassis at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., featuring a powerful, fuel-efficient engine built by Detroit Diesel Corp.
“The FCCC SL Series chassis offers unmatched driver comfort and dependability and is the first Class A motorhome chassis to be equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine featuring BlueTec selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology,” said Bob Harbin, FCCC president, in a press release. Production on the FCCC SL Series chassis will begin in April 2012.
The DD13 is a 13-liter diesel engine offering 500-hp and 1,650 foot-pound torque for “maximum power and performance,” according to Freightliner, and is equipped with an Allison 4000 MH transmission. The DD13 blends power with a fuel-efficient design, integrating an amplified common rail system (ACRS) to optimize each injection event and improve fuel economy.
“FCCC wanted to bring its own heavy-duty engine to the RV market to serve a premium segment of our customers needing a chassis that is fuel-efficient yet powerful,” said Jonathan Randall, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. “Our partnership with our sister company, Detroit Diesel, allows FCCC to meet those needs, while also offering an exclusive product to the motorhome industry.”
The DD13 engine utilizes BlueTec SCR emissions technology, which is proven to meet long-term EPA 2010 emissions requirements by dramatically reducing nitrous oxide (NOx), particulate matter and fine particle emissions all while maximizing fuel efficiency, he explained.
The ribbed cast-iron engine block was specifically designed to reduce engine noise and vibration for a quiet, comfortable ride. The ACRS and an advanced cooling system minimize fuel consumption without sacrificing vehicle performance.
The DD13 also offers “Virtual Technician,” which integrates GPS technology with engine diagnostics. Should the “check engine” light come on in the RV, the data is sent to the Detroit customer support center. The information is then sent to the customer, along with a choice of authorized service outlets and the opportunity to schedule a repair. “Virtual Technician” also alerts the service outlet as to which parts are needed, shortening the wait time for the RV owner.
The FCCC SL Series offers a standard ZF independent front suspension handling a gross axle weight rating (GAWR) of 14,600, 16,000, 18,000 and 20,000 pounds. The 18,000 and 20,000 GAWR suspensions include an assist steering cylinder to achieve a greater wheel cut and to reduce the steering effort needed by the driver. The FCCC SL Series also boasts an optional ZF ITAG independent tag axle with passive steer to improve the turning radius of the motorhome by up to 5% compared with a fixed tag axle, said Randall.
The chassis features up to a 60-degree wheel cut depending upon tire size, allowing drivers to maneuver through tight spots, including parking lots and inner-city travel. Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes, which boast a shorter stopping distance than traditional foundation drum brakes, come standard on the FCCC SL Series chassis. The Bendix VORAD Collision Warning System and SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS are optional.