Diesel pusher motorhome chassis supplier Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has eliminated the deductible from its motorhome chassis warranty program.

Effective Nov. 1, there was no deductible on warranty-covered work on all Freightliner motorhome chassis models with warranties still in effect.

The unit of DaimlerChrysler also expanded its warranty coverage to three years or 50,000 miles on all of its model year 2001 motorhome chassis, which have been in production since last May 1.

Additionally, Freightliner has added a third engine option on its XC motorhome chassis and new components on its XCS motorhome chassis.

The XC now is available with the Cummins ISL 370-horsepower diesel engine as well as the Cummins ISC and Caterpillar 3126B engines, according to the company.

Meanwhile, the XCS chassis now is offered with Freightliner’s AirLiner rear suspension and Neway AS120 front suspension.

Freightliner is upbeat about the motorhome market in 2001, said Jack Conlan, president.

“We feel really good about 2001,” Conlan said. “Whether it’ll be as good as 1999 is anybody’s guess, but I would expect it to be equal to what we did in 2000.”

Currently, Freightliner is building 24 motorhome chassis per day and it planned to increase output to 30 units a day in January.

Freightliner built 40 motorhome chassis a day for most of the time during the first four months of 2000, he added.

There was no Freightliner chassis price increase last May 1, the beginning of its model year 2001, said Dean Schaper, motorhome chassis product manager.

Schaper added that he does not yet know if there will be a price increase on Freightliner model year 2002 units, which will go into production next May.