Aero-Condo

October 1, 2000
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The Crew Chief Aero-Condo is not only a medium-duty truck for towing fifth-wheels, it’s an
RV in its own right, with toilet, galley and a convertible sofa. Built on a Freightliner
Business Class chassis, the unit has stand-up access from the cab to the 8-foot-long RV
section, as well as a full rear door. While serving as a tow vehicle for fifth-wheel
trailers, this unusual vehicle adds comfort and convenience for side trips when not towing.
The Freightliner chassis provides a tight turning radius and is equipped with three
independent air-ride systems, which include the seats, the rear-axle suspension and a
multiple-bag air-ride system on the cabin. A spokesperson suggests that it is as easy to
drive as a one-ton dualie truck. Listed at $98,900, the Aero-Condo can be custom-built to
the owner’s specifications, including wheelbase dimension and engine/transmission choices.
The Aero-Condo is available with any of a number of diesel engines — the largest of which
is the 3126B Caterpillar, rated at 430 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque — and a variety of
transmissions, including an Allison six-speed automatic. The Aero-Condo’s gross combination
weight rating (gcwr) varies with configuration up to a maximum of 60,000 pounds. An
aluminum frame and fiberglass cap form the truck’s cabin, and it’s equipped with two large
tinted windows, maple or oak cabinets with matching table, a sofa bed and a large barrel
chair. The interior color is the customer’s choice. The appliances include a microwave
oven, refrigerator, power converter with automatic battery charger, a basement air
conditioner, furnace with a thermostat and a generator. The rig has an enclosed cassette
toilet with built-in gray- and black-water holding tanks and an enclosed kitchenette sink
with a small freshwater tank. Equipment includes 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC outlets,
halogen lights, swivel-style reading lamps and an exterior 30-amp shore power outlet. All
LED exterior marker lights have a lifetime guarantee. The tow package includes aluminum
checker plate flooring, enclosed steps leading to the rear door of the conversion, a Class
V receiver hitch, a fifth-wheel hitch rated at 32,000 pounds, hardware for trailer hookup,
large storage boxes and fuel tank covers. Some of the extra-cost options that are available
on the Aero-Condo include an engine brake, back-up closed-circuit TV system, 3.5-kw diesel
AC generator in lieu of gas, air-ride fifth-wheel hitch and aluminum wheels. Crew Chief, 5
Keppel Street, Dundalk, Ontario N0C 1B0; (800) 700-2865; www.crewchief.com

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