When Gary Poole, RV product manager for Freightliner Custom Chassis
Corporation (FCCC), mentions that “FRED is going to make friends with
our customers fast,” he isn’t speaking about the company’s latest
customer-service whiz kid. FRED is an acronym for Freightliner’s newest
motorhome chassis, which sports a Cummins 5.9L FRont Engine Diesel.
“There’s no question diesel is the optimal power plant for the
RV market,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing for FCCC.
“FRED is our way of showing gas motorhome customers they can have all
the power, fuel economy and durability of a diesel engine — at a price
point that’s a very attractive alternative to gas.”
The new FRED chassis also features a lowered engine position
compared to gas models, to reduce or even eliminate the engine hump
normally associated with front-engine coaches. In addition, the chassis
will offer a new, custom-tuned Hendrickson spring ride suspension —
exclusive to FCCC — and a 55-degree front wheel cut.
According to Freightliner, the new chassis is scheduled to go into production at the end of this year.