Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has revised its F-53 series Class A motorhome chassis by adding a new 362-hp 6.8-liter V-10 engine, the highest horsepower rating in the Class A gasoline segment, according to the company.
“It will be the most horsepower in a gas engine for motorhome applications,” said Ken Farr, Ford RV and specialty vehicles sales manager, noting the chassis would debut at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky.
The revised chassis also will feature a five-speed Ford Torqshift transmission with a tow-haul mode that automatically invokes a special braking system when a vehicle is being towed downhill.
The F-53 chassis, built at Ford’s Detroit Chassis Plant, features four different gross vehicle weight ratings – 15,700, 18,000, 20,500 and 22,000 pounds.
A standard track bar to aid stability has been added to all but the smallest GVWR rail.
Prototypes were sent to 13 A-body manufacturers, and units built on the revised F-53 chassis are expected to be introduced at the 42nd National RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky.