By Tony Sippel, RV product manager at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation
First and foremost, happy birthday to one of America’s favorite forms of transportation – the RV. According to Smithsonian Magazine, 2010 marks the motorhome’s 100-year anniversary. Congratulations to all manufacturers, dealers and pilots that have contributed to the vehicle’s success. In order to properly celebrate this landmark event, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) organized a centennial celebration in June at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind.
The first RV was a Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau, which debuted at Madison Square Garden back in 1910. The vehicle had a back seat that folded into a bed, a toilet and a sink that folded down from the back of the front seat. It also had a telephone that connected the driver with passengers.
Today, the motorhome has truly evolved into a home. At Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), we’re committed to developing new technologies and features to benefit the industry, as well as making the RV feel as homey as possible. With bedrooms, bathrooms, televisions and kitchen appliances, the RV has become a real home away from home. Vehicle interior amenity advancements are often the most appreciated by passengers. However, significant innovations underneath the RV coach ultimately have contributed to the motorcoach’s popularity during the past century.
At FCCC, we are committed to designing our chassis to be “driven by you.” This means that we work to deliver the most dependable, reliable and durable chassis in the motorhome market today. We always keep our end-users and their needs at the forefront when developing new, innovative technology.
Within recent years, FCCC has made significant technological contributions to advance the motorhome. Specifically, FCCC focused on reducing emissions, improving vehicle wheel cut and overall ride handling.
- In order to meet 2010 EPA emissions regulations, FCCC utilizes selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to reduce harmful noxious gasses from the vehicle’s emissions system. SCR technology benefits RV pilots because it leads to better fuel economy and increases vehicle efficiency because less fuel is used for regeneration.
- Being able to maneuver a motorhome in and out of tight spaces and through city streets is important. Driving a vehicle with top-of-the-line turning radius capabilities not only provides peace of mind, but ensures driver and passenger safety, too. FCCC’s best-in-class 60-degree wheel cut technology guarantees top vehicle maneuverability.
- RV pilots and passengers should be as comfortable as possible; after all it is a motorhome. A vehicle’s chassis is responsible for guaranteeing a smooth ride. For example, FCCC’s MC-L chassis has low-profile frame rails and sits lower to the ground to increase aerodynamics and ride quality. Also, FCCC chassis are equipped with Allison transmissions for smooth and precise shifting.
At FCCC, we’re dedicated to improving RV chassis and providing innovative and ground-breaking technological advancements that will benefit our end-users. We’ll continue to contribute and propel the motorhome industry into the next century of vehicle evolution.
If you’re interested in learning more about different FCCC motorhome chassis, please visit the FCCC motorhome webpage. Also, please post any questions and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.