Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) announced the debut of the SL-M modular motorhome chassis, adding design flexibility to the power and performance of its already formidable SL Series motorhome chassis line.
In designing the SL-M, FCCC engineers created a versatile RV chassis with a fully customizable basement storage space. Designed and engineered with the luxury RV in mind, the SL-M end result allows builders and owners to maximize their storage capacity and explore a wider range of interior layouts. The SL-M can accommodate a variety of coach lengths and floor plans, opening up new configuration possibilities for coach manufacturers and RV owners.
"We created the SL Series out of our focus on our customers' chassis needs and commitment to always providing them chassis options engineered to meet and exceed those needs," said FCCC President Bob Harbin. "We certainly took their insights and input into consideration in designing the SL-M. By adding a modular chassis to the SL Series line, we open up our most advanced, durable and reliable chassis to even more customization possibilities."
The SL Series already offers unmatched driver comfort and dependability, and is the first and only Class A motorhome chassis to be equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine featuring BlueTec Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology. This innovative chassis/engine combination offers customers outstanding fuel economy without compromising its powerful drive or comfortable ride.
Like the entire SL Series, the SL-M offers the 13-liter, 500 hp DD13 engine from Detroit, which combines the power of 1,650 ft-lb of torque with an Amplified Common Rail System (ACRS) to optimize each injection event and improve fuel economy. The DD13's BlueTec SCR emissions technology is proven to meet long-term EPA 2010 emissions requirements by dramatically reducing nitrous oxide (NOx), particulate matter and fine particle emissions, while helping maximize fuel efficiency.
The DD13 also includes Virtual Technician, which integrates GPS technology with engine diagnostics. If the "check engine" light comes on in the RV, the data is sent to the Detroit Customer Support Center. The information is then provided to the customer, along with a choice of authorized service outlets and the opportunity to schedule a repair. Virtual Technician also lets the service outlet know which parts are needed, shortening the overall service time.
The FCCC SL Series offers a standard ZF independent front suspension handling a Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 14,600, 16,000, 18,000 and 20,000 lbs., and the result is a smoother ride.
Equipped with the Detroit DD13 engine
Newmar will begin offering Essex models on the SL chassis from FCCC beginning this month at Newmar dealers nationwide.
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