Meritor debuts rear axle for fire, rescue applications

Meritor introduces a new higher-strength RS180 series single-reduction rear axle with a maximum gross axle weight rating of 35,000 lb., to maximize payload capacity for fire and rescue applications.

“The RS180 is an extension of Meritor’s rear-drive offerings that fire and rescue agencies know and trust, but strengthened to work on vehicles requiring longer ladders or increased equipment capability,” says Jim Keane, director, Specialty, North America for Meritor.

Engineered for high-demand fire and rescue applications, Meritor says it designed the new RS180 series with a stamped steel-fabricated housing to handle high-weight and high-performance applications. The axle is built with Meritor’s proven 180 series differential carrier and is available with standard or wide-track housing options, as well as Meritor cam brakes and industry-familiar U-series wheel-ends, the company says. An optional driver-controlled differential lock (DCDL) is available to enhance traction, the company adds.

Meritor will begin taking orders for the new higher-strength RS-180 axle in late summer 2018 for fall production.

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