Fri Sep 6, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Lippert Components announces today its Next Generation Upper Deck chassis design and Rhino Box pin box have been adopted by Forest River for a selection of its 2020 fifth wheel brands.
The chassis design and pin box will be equipped to Forest River’s 2020 Sierra, Sandpiper, and Cedar Creek fifth wheel brands, the company says.
The Next Generation Upper Deck redesign is said to provide additional floor space in fifth wheels and to minimize the large step commonly seen in front of cabinetry or inside of walk-in closets.
The chassis design utilizes a much larger and front beam, so the rear beam behind the pin box is no longer needed, the company says. Designers were able to minimize localized areas of stress and tension and distribute the stress throughout a much larger area of the pin box side plate and front tube. This design reduces deflection and extends life, it says.
The new Rhino Box pin box utilizes high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel and features a load rating of 21,000 pounds (GVWR).
“Consumer demand for new and innovative fifth-wheel features has been immense,” LCI Chief Sales Officer Andy Murray says.
The company notes that both the Rhino Box and Next Generation Upper Deck have been extensively tested and exceed the performance requirements of SAE J2638-17.