Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) will feature its new front engine diesel chassis in a trade setting for the first time at the 43rd Annual RVIA Trade Show Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Tiffin Motor Homes Inc.’s Allegro Bay line up (shown here) and Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s Crescendo series are expected to have floorplans featuring the front-engine chassis that FCCC is marketing as “FRED.’”
Freightliner offered consumers a “sneak preview” of the chassis in September at the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey, Pa.
The 26,000-pound GVWR FRED is powered by a 300-hp Cummins 5.9 liter ISB diesel engine in a lowered-engine position that eliminates the “traditional doghouse” in the cockpit, featuring a 55-degree wheel cut and parabolic leaf-spring suspension with custom-tuned premium shocks.
“Advanced diesel technology makes it possible now to install a high-horsepower, high-torque engine up front and still maintain the low noise level and high performance customers demand,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing.
Also at the show, Freightliner will introduce a lowered-engine option on the diesel pusher XC straight-rail chassis with a Caterpillar C-7 engine and on the XC raised-rail platform with a Cummins ISL power plant.