Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has introduced three more lowered-engine options on its XC chassis: the Caterpillar C-7 engine on the XC raised rail chassis and the Cat C-7 and Cummins ISB engines on the XC straight rail chassis.
The Gaffney, S.C.-based supplier debuted the XC raised rail chassis with a lowered Mercedes-Benz MBE 926 engine at the 2004 National RV Trade Show in Louisville. By year-end, FCCC plans to have a lowered-engine choice on every XC chassis, including the tag axle platform that was introduced in 2004.
According to FCCC, the patent-pending lowered-engine design allows RV manufacturers to achieve a flat floor in the rear bedroom of the motorhome, giving customers more bedroom storage options and allowing them to walk around the bed with greater ease. The lowered-engine position also creates a lower center of gravity that translates into improved ride and handling performance.
“We have created some excitement in the industry with these new lowered-engine designs,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing. “Lowering the engine position has allowed our customers to create new and innovative floorplans that were not feasible with previous configurations.
“Rolling out the C-7 and the ISB in this configuration will allow more of our customers to take advantage of this new technology, while showing FCCC’s continuing efforts to be responsive to customer needs.”