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.
Motorhome enthusiasts who have waited out the bumpy road of a rough economy to buy a new rig now have 1,250 reasons to start planning their next road trip immediately in a new RV. Called “Fueled By Us,” Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is offering a $1,250 fuel card with the purchase of any qualifying new motorhome built on a Freightliner chassis from dealers in the United States and Canada, according to news release.
The ”Fueled By Us” offer is available from Thursday (Oct. 15) through Dec. 31.
“Even in a tough economy, the freedom and adventure of the open road is an irresistible draw,” said John Randall, FCCC director of sales and marketing. ‘ The dream of a great road trip is the passion of many RVers and this sales event is designed to help them take a trip they might normally not be in the position to take at this time.”
Freightliner chassis power some of the most popular and well-built Class A motorhomes available in the industry.
The following manufacturers are participating in the ”Fueled By Us program”: Damon Motor Coach, Entegra Coach Inc. Forest River Inc., Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Winnebago Inc., Jayco Inc., Four Winds International (formerly known as Mandalay Coach), Newmar Inc. Sportscoach Inc. , Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. and Triple E RV.
FCCC’s ”Fueled By Us” offer applies to new 2008, 2009 and 2010 model-year retail-sold motorhomes built by the participating manufacturers on FCCC chassis.
FCCC manufactures diesel powered chassis and even offers the first-of-its-kind hybrid-electric version called ecoFRED, designed to increase fuel economy while delivering optimal power.
Qualified ”Fueled by Us” participants receive a Visa debit card pre-loaded with $1,250 that can be used at any diesel fueling station across the country where Visa is accepted.
FCCC manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, and school and shuttle bus markets and is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler AG company.