The Ford F-53 RV chassis features Bilstein 1.63-inch shock absorbers and a single-channel ladder-type frame, which is made of 36,000-psi steel. The standard rear gross axle weight rating of the chassis is 11,000 pounds, but this rating can be increased to 17,500 pounds. In addition, the standard front gross axle weight rating of the chassis is 6,500 pounds, but this can be increased to 9,000 pounds.
Ford can upgrade the single-channel ladder-type frame from 36,000-psi steel to 50,000-psi steel at the buyer's request. In addition, the rear multi-leaf spring of the chassis comes with a standard weight rating of 11,000 pounds, but Ford can upgrade this to 17,500 pounds. The chassis comes standard with a seven-wire trailer wiring harness. The chassis also comes with a standard wheelbase of 158 inches, but Ford offers wheelbase varieties of 178, 190, 228, 242 and up to 252 inches.
The standard engine Ford includes with the Ford F-53 RV chassis is a 6.8-liter three-valve V-10 engine with TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is powered by a heavy-duty 78-amp battery and a 175-amp alternator. In addition, the standard fuel capacity of this chassis is 80 gallons, and the tank is located at the aft-axle.