Acterra SportChassis CE Vehicle Pulls Its Weight and Then Some

May 1, 2001
Sterling Truck Corp has unveiled the Acterra SportChassis CE, a medium-duty recreational tow vehicle. Built on an Acterra chassis, the SportChassis CE

Sterling Truck Corp has unveiled the Acterra SportChassis CE, a medium-duty recreational tow vehicle. Built on an Acterra chassis, the SportChassis CE features a 67-inch extended fiberglass cab, which is custom-outfitted by Freightliner Specialty Vehicles Inc.

With a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 40,000 pounds, towing capacity of 28,000 pounds, and 195-inch wheelbase, the SportChassis CE can handle trailers up to 53 feet long.

A standard chrome grille and standard wrap-around LED marker lights enhance the Acterra. High-volume dual air horns can be installed on top, while lighted bumper guides can be mounted on the front bumper. Custom graphics packages include factory paint to match the trailer.

The 67-inch cab extension is taller and wider than the SportChassis cab itself and doubles as a sleeper, with a 62-inch-wide sofa that converts into a bed. The interior features walnut cabinetry, carpeted floors, and large windows on each side. The SportChassis CE's pair of seats in the cab can be upholstered in fabric or with Ultra Leather as an option. A refrigerator, microwave oven, and portable toilet also are offered.

Options include an interactive video system with a color monitor. The system can be used to watch television, DVDs, and videotapes. It also integrates with the vehicle's optional personal computer and can display global positioning system (GPS) information. Flat-screen plasma TVs are another option.

When ordered with the optional AudioVox camera system, the video system lets the driver check conditions behind the cab or inside the trailer with a glance at the monitor.

Alpine sound systems up to 1,000 watts with as many as seven speakers also are provided. Sound packages feature an AM/FM radio and CD changer, both run by wireless remote control. A CB radio can be built into the overhead wood cabinet.

The SportChassis CE features a standard ride enhancement package that promotes ride quality, vehicle stability, and handling when towing a trailer or running bobtail. Ballast weights are located behind the rear axle and below the framerails. A set of tuned shock absorbers cushions the ride, while a steering stabilizer bar helps provide more roll stability. Also offered are snow chains that deploy at the touch of a button.

The SportChassis CE measures 60 inches from the back of the cab extension to the center of the rear axle, which provides swing clearance for travel trailers up to 102 inches wide.

Hitch options include a standard tongue-pull receiver hitch for boat trailers. Specifying the optional fixed fifthwheel hitch increases towing capacity to 20,000 pounds. An air-operated fifthwheel increases towing capacity to 28,000 pounds. There's also a 25/ 16-inch optional ball hitch for hauling horse trailers. The vehicle's standard rear suspension is rated at 11,900 pounds.

Caterpillar's CFE 3126 diesel engine (300 hp) is the standard power for the SportChassis CE; a range of higher-horsepower diesel engines built by Mercedes-Benz and Cummins are available. Eaton's six-speed FSO 8406 AutoShift transmission is standard. A choice of three automatic transmissions from Allison includes the MD3060 World Transmission. Twin 75-gallon fuel tanks, low-profile 22.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, and Michelin radial tires are standard. For more details, contact Sterling, 4420 Sherwin Rd, Willoughby OH 44094.