Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. intends to enter the Class C motorhome chassis business during calendar year 2002, according company executives who were interviewed Tuesday (Nov. 28) during the RV industry’s national trade show in Louisville.

Freightliner’s cut-away chassis will be a part of its Sprinter series of walk-in vans, school and shuttle buses that it will built at its Gaffney, S.C., plant, according to Marv Hoff, president of the Freightliner Specialized Product Group, and Dean Schaper, product manager for motorhome and shuttle bus chassis.

The Sprinter chassis will include a front mounted five cylinder, 156 horsepower (hp) Mercedes-Benz diesel engine. Also included will be a five speed automatic transmission, but other specifications were not immediately available.

Because of CDI technology, the 156-hp and five speed transmission provides performance that equals a gasoline powered V-8, according to Freightliner.

Freightliner will sell the Sprinter cut-aways to motorhome manufacturers instead of building a complete Class C themselves, Hoff and Schaper said.

Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz both are units of DaimlerChrysler Corp.