Lippert Brands All-Inclusive LCI ONE Chassis

November 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist's rendering of Lippert's LCI ONE.

Artist's rendering of Lippert's LCI ONE.

RV manufacturers typically purchase a basic chassis and then add slideouts, suspension, landing gears, leveling systems and other components from a variety of sources. If problems arise, OEMS may have to deal with multiple companies. So, Lippert Components Inc. is encouraging fifth-wheel and travel trailer builders to order chassis with all the suspension and foundation components included. ”We are branding it as LCI ONE,” said Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert. ”It’s one source for all your chassis and suspension needs. With us, if there’s a problem, it’s one point of contact and not all the finger pointing. That’s the largest benefit.” As a manufacturer managing all those components, he points out, OEMs only have to make one phone call instead of having to contact 10 or 12 suppliers. The idea for an all-inclusive chassis, he said, came from Thor Industries Inc.’s new Redwood RV subsidiary, which is marketing Lippert’s new concept platform as Falcon Integrated Technology (FIT) on its new luxury fifth-wheel. Besides dealing with service issues, LCI ONE also can be a money-saver for OEMs, Lippert maintained. ”The more components we package into somebody’s program, the more aggressively we’re able to price those components,” he said.

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