Ride & Handling

RIDE & HANDLING

Geared exclusively for luxury RV performance, FCCC has rolled out more innovations in ride and handling than any other manufacturer.

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FREIGHTLINER CUSTOM CHASSIS CORPORATION
552 Hyatt St.
Gaffney, SC 29341
P: 864-487-1700
F: 864-487-6400
fcccservice@daimler.com

SERVICE & TRAINING CENTER
103 Campus Drive
Gaffney, SC 29341
P: 855-253-0421
F: 864-206-8755
Hours: M-F, 8:00am to 4:30pm EST

24/7 DIRECT
CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE OR CONCERNS
1-800-FTL-HELP (1-800-385-4357)
fcccservice@daimler.com

FCCC – Daimler Heritage

DAIMLER HERITAGE

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Established in 1995 and trusted by some of the most respected names in the RV, walk-in van, commercial bus and school bus industries, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is a leading manufacturer of premium vehicle chassis. As part of the Daimler family, Freightliner Custom Chassis shares the heritage and engineering excellence of Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz – leveraging expertise in heavy-duty durability and precision performance to infuse each of our chassis with the best of all worlds.

Located in Gaffney, South Carolina, FCCC employs more than 650 employees in our manufacturing, customer support and retail facilities. As the world’s largest manufacturer of diesel walk-in van chassis, nearly two-thirds of all diesel walk-in van chassis sold today are made by FCCC. We also hold more than half the market in Type A diesel motor home chassis and more than a quarter of the market in conventional school bus chassis.

At FCCC, we recognize that our goal of building market-leading chassis cannot be realized without a thorough understanding of – and response to – our customers’ needs. We deliver superior performance, safety, reliability and customer support based on a wealth of in-depth knowledge and resources, because as we always tell our customers, we’re proud to say we’re Driven by You.

Taper-Leaf Spring Front Suspension

Taper-Leaf Spring Front Suspension

9,000 – 12,000 lbs.

FCCC’s taper-leaf spring front suspensions are available rated up to 12,000 lbs., providing a solid, smooth ride.

Airliner Air Ride

Airliner® Air Ride

Airliner® Air Ride’s ingenious, no-maintenance design saves weight and operating costs while superbly cushioning you, your vehicle and your load.

  • Compared to steel suspensions, the AirLiner delivers greater comfort and, consequently, provides better handling and protection for the load.
  • Because the AirLiner suspension systems has substantially fewer parts than competing systems, they offer greater reliability and need less servicing attention in the long run.
  • They require no lubrication, which means little or no routine maintenance.
  • Resale price comparisons prove that trucks equipped with air ride suspensions command a higher resale value versus trucks equipped with standard spring suspensions.
  • AirLiner’s proven combination of trailing arm leaf springs and self-leveling, rolling-lobe air bags provides a uniformly soft spring ride, smoothing the ridges and filling the ruts like only a premium air suspension can.
  • The AirLiner is also designed to reduce sway when turning or negotiating curves, further providing superb ride and handling.

Elastomer bushings that insulate your profit margin.

Elastomer bushings ensure that the metal parts of the AirLiner suspension won’t rub together, resulting in longer product life. And since there’s no wear surface to lubricate or replace, the AirLiner performance is never compromised—leading to a continued comfortable ride and a very comfortable bottom line.

A height-control valve that keeps drivelines in line.

To produce the relatively constant spring rate necessary for optimum cushioning performance, an air ride suspension must maintain a relatively constant ride height. AirLiner utilizes a premium rotary valve to fulfill this height-control function. Why a rotary-type valve? Because the efficiency of a conventional, rubber-seat valve can deteriorate with age, altering not only the spring rate but also the driveline angle, possibly shortening the driveshaft life.

Suspensions that aren’t afraid of the scale.

AirLiner air ride suspensions are lightweight champions. These suspensions are naturally lean because there are fewer parts to begin with. And they feature aluminum brackets on all but the 23,000-lb. models.

Hendrickson SOFTEK Front Axle

Hendrickson SOFTEK® Front Axle

10,000 – 12,000 lbs.

The advanced spring design of the Hendrickson SOFTEK integrated front mechanical suspension and steer axle system produces increased roll stability during cornering and crosswinds, creating a more stable platform. Utilizing a system approach, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and Hendrickson worked together to optimize the SOFTEK system for bus chassis applications to deliver enhanced ride, stability and handling characteristics while reducing weight and maintenance.

Proven Durability

  • Tested and proven in heavy-duty applications
  • STEERTEK NXT Axle – The box-shaped cross section resists horizontal, vertical and twisting forces more effectively than traditional I-beam axles. Continuous beam architecture minimizes stress points for added durability.
  • Enhanced clamp group – innovative design distributes pressure around entire axle section for a secure, reliable axle connection

Reduced Maintenance

  • Spring and rear shackle bushings – heavy-duty design for maintenance-free operation
  • Two-piece knuckle assembly – allows for easy disassembly of knuckle without removing kingpin

Weight Savings

  • The SOFTEK suspension, combined with Hendrickson’s STEER NXT formed and robotically welded axle, weighs less than traditional forged axle and steel spring designs.

Enhanced Ride and Handling

  • Heavy-duty parabolic leaf spring – optimized two-leaf spring design and premium shocks result in an outstanding ride
  • Jounce bumper – integrated design enhances a smooth and comfortable ride
  • Optimized steering system performance – delivers an industry leading wheel cut of up to 55 degrees, resulting in a tighter turning radius and outstanding maneuverability

For more information on Hendrickson SOFTEK® front axles, take a look at their brochure.

Daimler Heritage

DAIMLER FAMILY HERITAGE.

As part of the family of companies founded by Gottlieb Daimler, we share the heritage and engineering excellence of Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz, leveraging expertise in heavy-duty durability and precision performance to create world-class chassis.

Owner Support

INDUSTRY-LEADING OWNER SUPPORT.

With 24/7 Direct, we provide around-the-clock technical support for the life of the vehicle – not just the warranty period. Plus, FCCC owners have access to the largest, most comprehensive service network in the industry.

Chassis

YOUR PARTNER FOR CUSTOMER-CRAFTED SOLUTIONS.

We understand that your buses are your business. By working directly with OEM partners, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation crafts purpose-engineered commercial buses with the performance and reliability your operation needs to build a solid reputation.

Additional Features/Cockpit

Cockpit

Cockpit

From steering columns to instrument panels, our cockpit systems are designed for driver ease and confidence.