January '18

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rv-pro.com January 2018 • RV PRO • 67 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It's official: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is entering the gas engine market for Class A motorhomes. FCCC used the November National RV Trade Show to debut DriveForce – a 6-liter gas engine offering 308 horse- power with 367 pounds per feet of torque. FCCC will pair the DriveForce with the company's MC chassis, offering a new, luxury chassis option in the 16,000- to 19,500-pound gross vehicle weight range, according to Gordie Taylor, RV product manager for FCCC. The DriveForce engine is expected to become available to RV manufacturers sometime in early 2019. In addition to the fact that it will take FCCC some time to roll out its new engine and chassis, FCCC also wants to make sure dealers are trained on how to service the product before it becomes widely available, said Tony Sippel, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. Customers have been asking FCCC to develop a non-diesel engine for at least the past three years, he added. "We are incredibly excited to share DriveForce with the industry – and to continue to expand the number of world-class chassis products available to our OEM and dealer partners," Taylor said. "We know from our extensive market and con- sumer research that DriveForce meets a growing need – and, combined with the MC series, will offer an engine/ chassis rv-pro.com Left: From left to right, FCCC's Tony Sippel, David Carson (company president) and Gordie Taylor are pictured at the National RV Trade Show in front of signage promoting the debut of the new DriveForce gas engine powering the new MC chassis. FCCC expects to make the engine available to RV makers, dealers and customers in early 2019. Page 66: From left to right, Taylor, Sippel and Carson are pictured next to the MC chassis, which is equipped with a DriveForce engine. FCCC officials touted the MC chassis' premium WEMC Walther quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes offering commercial-grade braking power as well as its Sachs shocks, designed to help provide an overall premium driving experience. FCCC officials say the DriveForce engine will offer end users increased fuel efficiency of up to 15 percent compared with the current gasoline chassis available on the market.

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