Snow and ice control is but one application for Freightliner chassis.

Freightliner unveils enhancements

Nov. 1, 2013
  FREIGHTLINER has made a number of enhancements to its models, according to John Camelon, product strategy manager:

FREIGHTLINER has made a number of enhancements to its models, according to John Camelon, product strategy manager:

•  Cab mirror. Models 122SD and Coronado 132. Modification to the driver and passenger mirror-mounting geometry, with additional stabilizers added to prevent the possibility of mirror shaking.

•  Supplemental restraining system (725-001). Models 122SD and Coronado 132. An active safety system for the driver has been developed for the air-bag supplemental restraint system deployed from the steering wheel.

•  Enhanced Stability Control (49B-004, 49B-005, and 490-001). Models 122SD and Coronado 132. It provides ESC compatibility with manual transmissions. As an active vehicle safety system, ESC automatically intervenes and assists the driver when there is a high risk of instability that could lead to loss of vehicle control.

•  Exterior grab handle (678-047). On 122SD day cabs with single cab-mounted exhaust. A new exterior grab handle has been mounted to the B-pillar on the driver’s side of the cab, complimenting the existing right-hand exhaust shield-mounted grab handle.

•  Twin steer conversion prep. Has been developed to facilitate timely aftermarket conversion, including frame rails with pre-drilling for Simard suspension. A fully dressed second steer axle is shipped with the chassis.

•  Allison output retarder (342-IM2 and 342-1M4). Model M2112. It was developed with ISL G for improved service brake maintenance frequency.

•  Airless DEF system operation. The air system has been replaced and there is improved packaging at the back of cab. The old system took up space in a critical area for customer-installed equipment.

•  Air filter restriction gauge (198-006). Models M2106, M2112, 108SD, 114SD, 122SD. There are two visual indicators to monitor air-filter restriction and determine when it is time to replace the air filter. The restriction gauge is located underneath the hood and the warning light is in the instrument cluster on the dash.

•  Additional dash cutouts (68J-001, 68J-002, 68J-003, 68J-004, 68J-005). Models M2106, M2112, 108SD, 114SD). There are additional switch cutouts in the dash with a cover blank, providing a factory solution for TEMs that need additional cutouts and allowing them to add their own or relocate Smartplex switches from the overhead down to the dash.

•  Polished stainless steel steps (664-004). Models M2106, M2112, 108SD, 114SD. They provide an alternative to the argent silver or black steps and are available on rectangular fuel tanks only starting in the first quarter of 2014.

•  PTO hour meter (830-006). Models M2106, M2112, 108SD, 114SD. A digital gauge in the B panel shows PTO hours and minutes. A prep kit is installed in the factory that includes the wiring that provides a connection for the customer in the engine compartment to connect the PTO to drive the gauge. The customer will need to supply the sensor and the wiring from the PTO to the engine overlay.

•  Rear axle temperature gauge sensor (866-007, 866-009). Models 108SD, 114SD. It measures the temperature of the oil in the rear axle and the gauge indicator is located in the dash.

•  Vehicle date recorder (813-1CO, 813-1C1, 813-1C2). It collects data for training programs to improve response times, driver awareness, and seat-belt safety. A VDRF black box is mounted underneath the driver’s side dash and the seat-belt display box is located on the dash above the shifter.

•  Between-rail fuel tank (230-043, 231-004, 205-060/061/062). Model M2106. The fuel tank is located between the rail at the end of the frame for ambulance configurations. It’s limited to an Airliner rear suspension and has minimum overhang requirements. A single 40-gallon steel fuel tank has a provision for a remote fill neck on either side. The tank must have a minimum 10-degree departure angle along with auxiliary supply and return ports. It allows the customer to spec additional features (increased DEF capacity, additional batteries, etc) while still maintaining clear BOC.

Freightliner has started full production on its 122SD vocational model, the “flagship” of Freightliner’s severe duty line of vocational trucks.

The 122SD has a GVWR of up to 92,000 lbs and a GCWR of up to 160,000 lbs, and is designed specifically for heavy/oversize hauling, logging, oil/gas field service, crane, dump, towing/recovery and vocational on-highway applications.

The 122SD can be spec’d with Detroit DD15 TC or DD13 engines, as well as the Detroit DD16 and Cummins ISX15 engines that offer up to 600 hp and 2050 lb-ft of torque.

Transmission options include Allison automatic, Eaton manual and Eaton UltraShift PLUS automated with Eaton Cobra shifter, designed for a full range of vocational needs.

Greg Treinen, segment manager for vocation/natural gas, said Frameworks is a comprehensive suite of services and tools for TEMs to improve their experience upfitting Freightliner chassis and build the relationship between the TEM and Freightliner.

He said that through body builder books, it provides quick, easy access to drawings and measurements for all of Freightliner’s vocational models; access to a TEM-dedicated hotline; 3D chassis layouts; wholesale and retail financing; and dedicated TEM online training courses. ♦

About the Author

Rick Weber | Associate Editor

Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.