Freightliner Custom Chassis LLC, Gaffney, S.C., will become the exclusive provider of chassis for Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s Providence, Excursion and Revolution less expensive diesel pusher motorhomes starting in August.
In what FCCC President Jack Conlan termed a “renewed relationship” with the Riverside, Calif., RV manufacturer, Freightliner will replace Spartan Motors Inc., Charlotte, Mich., which signed a similar one-year agreement with Fleetwood in 2004. Citing cost, Fleetwood told Spartan in March that the agreement would not be renewed.
“As an industry leader in the RV arena, we continue to develop new product features that will provide our customers with the latest technology,” Conlan said in a press release.
As examples of Freightliner’s leading technology, he cited FCCC’s 55-degree wheel cut, its I-Beam front axle and new “lowered engine” option allowing flat rear-bedroom floors.
“Freightliner Custom Chassis has been an integral part of the success that we have enjoyed in our diesel product line,” said Larry Mace, Fleetwood’s senior vice president of purchasing.
Spartan Motors President Richard Schalter said sales of chassis to Fleetwood for the three brands accounted for 10.7% of 2004 company revenue.