Rosenbauer America LLC and Meritor, Inc. have announced that Rosenbauer's new Viper SA fire truck is equipped with Meritor's high-strength RS180 series single-reduction rear axle. Rosenbauer showcased this vehicle at the FDIC International show in Indianapolis, IN, April 8-13.
"We're pleased to offer the Viper SA aerial truck equipped with Meritor's RS-35-180 axle," says Dan Van Alten, Chief Engineer, Rosenbauer. "The proven reliability of the R180 series axle product coupled with the features of the Viper SA fire truck supports our objective of delivering a vehicle that exceeds our customers' expectations for durability and safety."
The 100-ft. Viper SA is equipped with a 1,500-gpm pump, and a jack spread 16-1/2 ft. long. The Viper SA is fully capable of storing the National Fire Protection Association requirement for either an 85-ft. quint complement or a 115-ft. aerial complement of ground ladders. The unit also has more than 150 cu.-ft. of compartment space. Equipped with four H-style outriggers, the Viper SA can operate uphill and downhill.
Meritor's new 35,000-lb. RS180 series axle is engineered for high-demand fire and rescue vehicles. The axle is built with a stamped steel-fabricated housing to handle these high-weight and high-performance applications and includes Meritor's proven 180 series differential carrier. It is available with standard or wide-track housing options, as well as Meritor cam brakes and industry-familiar U-series wheel-ends. An optional driver-controlled differential lock (DCDL) is available to enhance traction.
Production of the RS180 axle began in Laurinburg, NC, in January 2019.