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Old 08-12-2005, 06:22 PM   #1
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UNION CITY, IN -- Workhorse Custom Chassis continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the motor home market with the introduction of the first six-speed transmission on a gas motor home chassis.

For its 2006 W20, W22 and W24 platforms, Workhorse is upgrading from a five-speed transmission to Allison's six-speed transmission. No other gas motor home chassis offers a six-speed transmission. Workhorse has equipped the W24 with the Allison 2100 MH Series transmission, while the W20 and W22 have the Allison 1000 MH Series automatic. Both transmissions will be factory-filled with Castrol TranSynd synthetic transmission fluid in 2006.

The six-speed transmission, coupled with General Motor's Vortec 8.1L engine, provides unsurpassed passing and merging acceleration.

"Another great feature of the six-speed transmission is that it has two overdrive gears. This allows an RVer to go down the highway at reduced RPMs, providing a quieter and more comfortable ride," said John Buttrey, vice president of engineering for Workhorse.

Castrol TranSynd synthetic fluid provides motor home owners with two immediate benefits. First, the transmission warranty is extended to five years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is the most extensive transmission warranty available for a gas-powered platform and will give the motor home owner added peace of mind. Second, the maintenance interval for changing transmission fluid doubles to 48 months or 100,000 miles. This will save the motor home owner time and money by reducing scheduled maintenance.

"The six-speed Allison transmission is part of Workhorse's commitment to deliver the best possible mix of components to the market," said David Olsen, president of Workhorse. "The incredible warranty is a testament to its quality and durability. No other gas-powered motor home chassis has this feature."

RVers also will enjoy the transmission grade braking built into the Allison. This helps slow the coach when it's descending steep grades, making the ride feel safer and more secure while extending brake life.

Specializing in the manufacture of chassis for motor homes, walk-in trucks and buses, as well as integrated walk-in trucks, Workhorse Custom Chassis is ISO 9001 certified and considered a leader in the motor home and walk-in truck industries. For more information call toll-free 877-294-6773 or visit Workhorse.com
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UNION CITY, IN -- Workhorse Custom Chassis continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the motor home market with the introduction of the first six-speed transmission on a gas motor home chassis.

For its 2006 W20, W22 and W24 platforms, Workhorse is upgrading from a five-speed transmission to Allison's six-speed transmission. No other gas motor home chassis offers a six-speed transmission. Workhorse has equipped the W24 with the Allison 2100 MH Series transmission, while the W20 and W22 have the Allison 1000 MH Series automatic. Both transmissions will be factory-filled with Castrol TranSynd synthetic transmission fluid in 2006.

The six-speed transmission, coupled with General Motor's Vortec 8.1L engine, provides unsurpassed passing and merging acceleration.

"Another great feature of the six-speed transmission is that it has two overdrive gears. This allows an RVer to go down the highway at reduced RPMs, providing a quieter and more comfortable ride," said John Buttrey, vice president of engineering for Workhorse.

Castrol TranSynd synthetic fluid provides motor home owners with two immediate benefits. First, the transmission warranty is extended to five years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. This is the most extensive transmission warranty available for a gas-powered platform and will give the motor home owner added peace of mind. Second, the maintenance interval for changing transmission fluid doubles to 48 months or 100,000 miles. This will save the motor home owner time and money by reducing scheduled maintenance.

"The six-speed Allison transmission is part of Workhorse's commitment to deliver the best possible mix of components to the market," said David Olsen, president of Workhorse. "The incredible warranty is a testament to its quality and durability. No other gas-powered motor home chassis has this feature."

RVers also will enjoy the transmission grade braking built into the Allison. This helps slow the coach when it's descending steep grades, making the ride feel safer and more secure while extending brake life.

Specializing in the manufacture of chassis for motor homes, walk-in trucks and buses, as well as integrated walk-in trucks, Workhorse Custom Chassis is ISO 9001 certified and considered a leader in the motor home and walk-in truck industries. For more information call toll-free 877-294-6773 or visit Workhorse.com
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Thanks DriVer for the up date, think I'll wait for that new chassis by Workhorse. Ford puts out a 5 speed an WH one ups Ford AGAIN. '007'
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Maybe I didn't search under the correct title, but I'd love to see the comparative power curve graphs for the 8.1 and the V-10. Where would I find that without looking at a manufacturers brag sheet?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rvr2352:
I'd love to see the comparative power curve graphs for the 8.1 and the V-10. Where would I find that without looking at a manufacturers brag sheet? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I'm not sure how this relates to a six speed Allison transmission but WCC most likely obtained the power curve from GM and I'm sure they had a third party do the test or they would loose credibility. I'm not so sure where FMC did their torque and power curves you may want to ask them.
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No third party testing, it'd cost too much.

It's all done to an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standard. I forget the test number off hand, but it was just recently updated to clear up a few grey areas. It's a very regulated test, and fudging it can get you in big trouble.

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SAE J1349 by the way. It'll come up in Google if you want to know more.

As to where find actual curves, not sure...
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