Freightliner Announces New SL Series Motorhome Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has good news for RV enthusiasts on the lookout for the next progression in motorhome power and performance. The new FCCC SL Series motorhome chassis, launched during last week’s 49th Annual 2011 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, delivers both and much more, according to a news release.

The only Class A motorhome chassis to be equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine, the FCCC SL Series reflects two years of planning and engineering, shaped by customer demands and technological advances.

A 13-liter, diesel engine with 500-hp and 1,650 ft-lb torque, the DD13—exclusive to FCCC within the RV industry—pairs its power with a fuel-efficient design, said Tony Sippel, RV product manager at FCCC. An Amplified Common Rail System (ACRS) optimizes each injection event, and an advanced cooling system also helps reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing engine performance.

Equipped with an Allison 4000 MH transmission, the FCCC SL Series motorhome chassis boasts the same reliability, durability, and maneuverability customers have come to expect from an FCCC product.

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 lbs. 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 result is a smoother, more comfortable ride.

The DD13 also features BlueTec Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology to meet long-term EPA 2010 emissions requirements while maximizing fuel efficiency.

The DD13 has a ribbed cast-iron engine block to reduce engine noise and vibration for a quieter, smoother ride, and the FCCC SL Series comes standard with a ZF independent front suspension.

Recognizing that maneuverability is a primary concern for RV pilots, the FCCC SL Series 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.

“We are pleased to partner with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation to expand our offerings to include the motorhome market,” said Brad Williamson, director, engine, and component marketing for Detroit Diesel. “The DD13 will offer motorhome owners a unique driving experience. The quietness of the engine coupled with the smooth ride of the chassis will prove to be a quality traveling experience for the RV owner.”

“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 FCCC SL Series offers unmatched support, service, and safety enhancements.

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.

Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes come standard and provide a shorter stopping distance than traditional foundation drum brakes.

Other optional features include Bendix VORAD Collision Warning System and SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS. VORAD is a radar-based warning system used by commercial vehicle manufacturers, while SmarTire tracks the pressure and temperature of each tire to warn the driver of potential problems.

Production on the FCCC SL Series chassis will begin in April 2012. The FCCC SL Series chassis joins FCCC’s full lineup of motorhome chassis, including FRED, XC, MC, and S2CRV.

Details

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC)

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) manufactures premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, and school bus, and shuttle bus markets.

FCCC also offers the around-the-clock expertise of its FCCC 24/7 Direct customer service line and a network of more than 400 Freightliner service centers, including the motorhome-tailored Freightliner Oasis Network of more than 90 dealers.

FCCC is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

Address: 552 Hyatt Street, Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone: (864) 487-1700

Customer Support Center: (800) FTL-HELP (1-800-385-4357)

Website: freightlinerchassis.com

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