Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. introduced the Powerliner II, a tag axle chassis for diesel pushers in the 40- to 45-foot range, at the RV industry’s National Trade Show in Louisville earlier this week.
The Powerliner II will replace the Powerliner two-axle chassis, said Andrew Harris, motorhome chassis product manager for Freightliner CCC, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG.
The new three-axle chassis features an independent front suspension from Germany’s ZF Lemforder Corp., which allows for a 56-degree wheel cut for extremely tight cornering. Also, it comes with Caterpillar C-12 505-horsepower engine with 1,550 foot-pounds of torque and a 44,600-pound gross vehicle weight rating. The engine is paired with an Allison 4000MH six-speed automatic transmission with push button control.
The Powerliner II will be available in wheelbase lengths of 240, 282 and 302 inches from the front axle to the drive axle.
The owners of motorhomes built on the Powerliner II also will get Freightliner CCC’s Complete Care Maintenance package, which provides free standard maintenance work, such as oil and fluid changes, chassis lubrication, four-wheel alignment and air cleaner replacements at specified time intervals during the three-year or 50,000-mile warranty coverage period.
Freightliner FCC will begin Powerliner II production in Gaffney, S.C., in April or May, Harris said. The ZF independent front suspension allowing for the 56-degree wheel cut will become available as an option on Freightliner CCC’s XC series of chassis beginning in May, Harris added.