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ENGINEERING › CHASSIS

The chassis is the private traveller's building plot.

Just as the size of a plot determines the size of the house that can be built on it, so too does the size and carrying capacity of the chassis determine the size of the shelter.
Just as important as the lay of a property is the suitability of your vehicle for cross-country driving. It determines which of the most beautiful locations you can reach with your home on wheels and how comfortably you get there.

The choice of an appropriate chassis and the optimal combination of chassis fittings therefore constitute the basis of a well-balanced complete vehicle.
UNICAT is independent of specific makes and enjoys best relations with the leading chassis manufacturers—guaranteeing that UNICAT always knows what is possible.

We will gladly pass on to you our over 20 years experience with the widest range of chassis. We sum up the advantages and drawbacks of the various chassis and enable you to make a sound decision.

Once you have decided on the chassis, you should make sure that the body builder is qualified to work on chassis and is recommended by the chassis manufacturer.

  • As the name suggests, UNICAT GmbH is a qualified
    and registered vehicle manufacturing ("Fahrzeugbau") firm.
  • In the area of expedition vehicles and travel-mobiles,
    the leading chassis manufacturers recommend UNICAT as first choice.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog  [ in the Internet ]

The Unimog is the most widely used and reliable basis for expedition vehicles. Unimog chassis offer highest cross-country capability and robust technology. They are distinguished by the following design characteristics:

  • Portal axles for extremely high under-axle ground clearance
  • Disc brakes on all wheels
  • Axle suspension by means of coil springs and torque tubes
    for constant ground contact and excellent springing
  • Combined gearbox and transfer case for high ground clearance,
    and extreme reduction ratios for maximum slope climbing ability
  • All-wheel drive, engageable while on the move
  • Tyre pressure control system
  • Crew cab available

The following chassis particularly suggest themselves as basis for expedition vehicles of various sizes owing to their wheelbase and payload capacity:

  • U 1550 L37 – body length up to 4.5 m, maximum GVW 7.49-8.5 t  (no longer in production)
  • U 2450 L38 – body length up to 4.8 m, maximum GVW up to 12 t  (no longer in production)
  • U 2450 L6x6 – body length up to 6 m, maximum GVW up to 17 t  (no longer in production)
  • U 3000, wheelbase up to 3.85 m – body length up to 4.5 m, maximum GVW 7.5 t
  • U 4000, wheelbase up to 3.85 m – body length up to 4.5 m, maximum GVW 8.5 t
  • U 5000, wheelbase up to 3.85 m – body length up to 4.8 m, maximum GVW 12.5 t

MAN  [ in the Internet ]

MAN offers a large number of all-wheel-drive chassis suited as basis for adventure liners, travel-mobiles and expedition vehicles. They are distinguished by the following design characteristics:

  • Cab-over-engine designs for maximum body length
  • Modern design for maximum riding quality
  • Large variety of frame lengths and engine and transmission combinations
  • Automatic transmission available
  • Crew cab available
  • Reasonable purchase price

The following chassis particularly suggest themselves as basis for expedition vehicles of various sizes owing to their wheelbase and payload capacity:

  • L 2000, wheelbase up to 3.56 m – body length up to 4.8 m, maximum GVW 7.49 t
  • M 2000, wheelbase up to 5.1 m – body length up to 6.9 m, maximum GVW 11.7 t
  • TGA 4x4 – 8x8 – body length up to 10 m, maximum GVW 14-26 t
  • KAT I 4x4, 6x6 or 8x8 – body length up to 10 m, maximum GVW 11-22 t

Volvo  [ in the Internet ]

Volvo offers very comfortable and reliable chassis with all-wheel drive suited as basis for adventure liners, travel-mobiles and expedition vehicles. They are distinguished by the following design characteristics:

  • Cab-over-engine designs for maximum body length
  • Modern design for maximum riding quality
  • Large variety of frame lengths and engine and transmission combinations
  • Volvo 6-speed automatic transmission – very reasonable in price – available
  • Large range of cab variants available

The following chassis particularly suggest themselves as basis for expedition vehicles of various sizes owing to their wheelbase and payload capacity:

  • FH 9 4x4, wheelbase up to 4.9 m – body length up to 6.6 m, maximum GVW 14 t
  • FH 12 4x4 – 8x8 – body length up to 10 m, maximum GVW 14-26 t
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