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FCCC to Unveil Front Engine Diesel Chassis
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) announced today (June 29) that it has designed and is planning production of a front engine diesel (FRED) motorhome chassis.




The Gaffney, S.C., chassis builder said that prototypes for the new configuration are scheduled for the third quarter of 2005, and production will begin at the end of the year.

"There’s no question diesel is the optimal power plant for the RV market," said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. "FRED is our way of showing gas motorhome customers they can have all the power, fuel economy and durability of a diesel engine at a price point that’s a very attractive alternative to gas."

The new FRED chassis also features a lowered engine position compared to gas models, which will reduce or even eliminate the "engine hump" normally associated with front-engine RVs.

"Not only have we created a unique combination of value and performance, we’ve improved the formula by lowering the engine, which translates into real benefits for our owners – more room inside and better handling," remarked Gary Poole, FCCC RV product manager. "With all this chassis offers – more torque, higher payloads, better fuel economy and the strength of Freightliner’s 400-plus service centers – FRED is going to make friends with our customers fast."

The FRED chassis is powered by a Cummins 5.9-liter diesel engine mated to an Allison 5-speed transmission. The chassis will also offer a new, custom-tuned Hendrickson spring ride suspension, exclusive to Freightliner. The front axle design allows for a 55-degree wheel cut for increased maneuverability.


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Posted: 06/30/05 09:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

They should have put air ride on it!

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Sully,

At that price point I agree with their decision. They are offering an alternative to gas chassis, not DP's. A spring chassis with proper weight and weight distribution can ride very well. Most coach builders do not take the time/money to do that but it IS possible. If they add air suspension and air brakes, the will have priced it out of the market they are targeting.


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Very interesting news to those of us that like the " short" A's. We really love the fact that we can camp in a lot of places that would otherwise be limited to us if we had a big rig.

I feel that I would not want a gasser over 34-35 feet due to the weight, but would not want a DP under 34-35 feet due to the short wheelbase. Saw the new 33 Ventana by Newmar and the rig looks perched on its wheels, too much overhang front and rear for 33 feet.

Since I love the mid entry configuration I would not miss the front door. My only thought is the noise of the diesel under foot. Our V10 is very quiet at all but the highest revs. Wonder what the db's are like for the new chassis.

Anyway, I would be a potential customer for that set up.


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Posted: 06/30/05 12:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wolfe10 wrote:

Sully,

At that price point I agree with their decision. They are offering an alternative to gas chassis, not DP's. A spring chassis with proper weight and weight distribution can ride very well. Most coach builders do not take the time/money to do that but it IS possible. If they add air suspension and air brakes, the will have priced it out of the market they are targeting.

I didnt say AIR BRAKES...but how much more would AIR RIDE have cost them??

And as you said..Most coach builders DONT tune their suspensions ..etc..etc.. So we are right back to a front diesel chassis with "nasty ride". I can get that in a class C on a Ford chassis

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