Motorhome service at the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. manufacturing plant in Gaffney, S.C., will be limited through next April because of a major expansion project.

Only emergency motorhome repairs are possible due to congestion and construction traffic related to building a $11.4 million, 58,000-square-foot expansion of the facility.

Regular service work has been shifted to Freightliner dealerships in Charlotte, N.C., 35 miles to the north, and Greenville, S.C., 40 miles to the south.

The owners of motorhomes on Freightliner chassis are encouraged to call the company’s service hotline, 800 FTL-HELP, for assistance while construction is in progress at Gaffney.

The Gaffney plant is being expanded so Freightliner could build the Sprinter parcel delivery and passenger crew van, which has been sold in Europe under the Mercedes Benz nameplate since 1995.

A cutaway chassis version of the Sprinter for use as a Class C motorhome chassis is planned. Cutaway chassis production is expected to begin during calendar 2002.

The Sprinter Class C motorhome chassis to be built in South Carolina will be comparable to the Mercedes Benz Sprinter 416 DCI chassis that currently is used for Class C’s in Europe.

The Sprinter Class C motorhome chassis built in Gaffney will carry the Freightliner nameplate.

Freightliner is a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.