Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has been selected to provide chassis components for Fleetwood RV’s new Liberty chassis, a modular chassis specifically designed for Fleetwood’s American Tradition and American Eagle models.
“It’s a totally new venture for us, over two years in the making, with Freightliner bringing their reputation and expertise to our highline American Coach product group,” said Luc Van Herle, motorized product planning manager, for Fleetwood RV, a unit of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif.
“The chassis consists of modular front and rear sections, which arrive at Fleetwood’s plant (in Decatur, Ind.),” Van Herle explained. “These sections are then integrated with our superstructure here on site. The whole assembly is very rigid and offers numerous features and advantages.”
One big advantage is Freightliner’ independent front suspension (IFS). Built by ZF Lemforder Corp., and exclusive to Freightliner, this suspension will be standard on all Liberty chassis supplied by Freightliner. The ZF IFS provides an industry-leading 56-degree wheel cut for unmatched maneuverability, and multilink geometry provides for superior ride and handling.
Additional benefits include pneumatically actuated disc brakes on the ZF IFS, which allow for excellent braking performance and the Cummins ISL 370-hp engine on the Tradition and the ISL 400-hp engine on the Eagle.
Freightliner Custom Chassis builds premium chassis for the motorhome, delivery walk-in van, school bus and shuttle bus markets. It is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance and Thomas Built Buses nameplates and is a company of DaimlerChrysler AG, the German-American firm that is the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.