January '18

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70 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com he said provides superior durability compared to two-piece products currently available. He added that the MC chassis' Allison transmission results in five times less maintenance costs compared with the current gasoline chassis on the RV market. Additionally, the MC chassis line features high-quality com- ponents intended to reduce maintenance intervals, increase chassis life, and enhance the overall ride and handling experi- ence, according to Henke. Meanwhile, 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, Henke said. FCCC's decision to enter the gas market comes amidst changing consumer preferences for motorhome power trains. In 2017, gas-powered motorhomes were outselling diesel ones by a rate of 3 to 1, whereas as recently as 2009 diesel engine motorhomes were outselling gas-powered ones, although by a small margin. Taylor confirmed that the consumer shift from diesel to gas engines played a factor in FCCC's decision to enter the non-diesel Class A market, where Ford is currently the leading provider of chassis. Still, he emphasized that DriveForce will not be a "me-too" or "same-as" the competition product, but will instead be a premium alternative to existing gas-powered options. He added that this latest addition from FCCC allows the chassis maker to offer a broad spectrum of power trains, including diesel chassis, where the company has a commanding presence, as well as gas Class A and Super C diesel chassis. (The company debuted its S2RV front-engine diesel chassis for RV manufacturers at last year's National RV Trade Show; Renegade RV and Jayco subsequently adopted that chassis for their Super C products.) New Diesel Engine Options Unveiled Also at the National RV Trade Show, FCCC debuted two new diesel engines to its RV chassis lineup. The new MC chassis line will include a front engine product powered by a Detroit DD5 5.1-liter engine, while a new version of the XCR chassis will be powered by a Detroit DD8 7.7-liter engine. O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T

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