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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) has begun to supply motorhome manufacturers with the Mercedes Benz MBE926 diesel engine for the 2006 model year on its popular XC Class A pusher chassis.
“Although new to the RV industry, the engine has a proud record of performance and reliability in the medium-duty truck sector and will prove to be a mainstay in the diesel motorhome market,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing for the Gaffney, S.C., manufacturer. “The interest in this new engine option has reached groundswell proportions.”
The 330-hp engine, unveiled during the 2004 Louisville trade show, also is available with the  XC chassis’ new “lowered engine” option that allows manufacturers to design flat interior floors over the diesel engine compartments.
Mercedes-equipped chassis are expected to begin showing up in 2006 model year motorhomes early this summer, according to Gary Poole, RV product manager. Chassis segment leader Freightliner also builds platforms with Cummins and Caterpillar diesel engines.
According to the company, the 7.2 liter, six-cylinder MBE 926 – featuring a standard fan clutch that reduces noise and improves fuel efficiency – is designed to provide high gas mileage and longer periods between service.
Freightliner and Mercedes Benz are subsidiaries of DaimlerChrysler AG.