Design allows more storage
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chassis manufacturer Spartan Motors Inc. of Charlotte, Mich., unveiled its midengine diesel motor home chassis, the Me2, at the RV Industry Association Show here Nov. 29.
The midengine configuration, which replaces a diesel rear-engine design, will let motor home manufacturers create Class A units with more living space and storage. Using a hydraulically operated rear lift deck, owners of midengine units would be able to store an item as large as an all-terrain vehicle in the back of their motor homes.
Spartan, which will start shipping Me2 chassis prototypes to manufacturers next March for product research, expects to begin producing the new product in the 2002 model year.
Go RVing plans e-newsletter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Next year, the Go RVing Coalition, which includes RV manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and campgrounds, will e-mail its Web site's visitors a monthly newsletter that will promote the RV lifestyle.
Since January, more than 720,000 people have logged onto the site, www.GoRVing.com. About 34 percent of these people were first-time visitors to the site.
New Freightliner warranty, engine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, will offer a new warranty and new engine for its chassis next year.
The Gaffney, S.C., maker of Class A diesel-powered motor home chassis will provide owners with a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty for its chassis built after May 1.
Freightliner also plans to offer a Mercedes-Benz engine option for its chassis in late 2001. The Mercedes engine will be the same one used for Class 6 and Class 7 truck applications.
Workhorse plans new chassis
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Workhorse Custom Chassis of Highland Park, Ill., will introduce a new motor home chassis next year.
The new chassis, which will have a gross vehicle weight rating of 20,700 pounds, will be aimed at motor home manufacturers that are not yet ready to build on the company's 22,000-pound chassis.