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Old 05-14-2019, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Be thankful you decided to purchase a Class B RV.....

Take a look at this video and report...it's not a pretty picture......

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/05/14/...r-crash-tests/
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A Class B has a more rigid body structure behind the B pillar, but it shares some big safety weaknesses with Class Cs:: lack of front structure in frontal and offset frontal collisions- and unsecured gear and motorhome components that tear loose in a crash.

I was trying to find crash test results for US-spec versions of commonly used vans- Sprinter, Promaster, Transit, and Express. Not finding anything.

If crash safety were my only priority Id own something like a Ford Expedition SUV with a small towable RV. Passenger vehicles are subject to much more rigorous testing than commercial vehicles.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:46 AM   #3
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Here is a translation of one part of an accompanying article:

"The semi-integrated motorhome provides somewhat better protection than fully integrated, but still far from the protection that a modern passenger car provides today. Everyone in the car is at great risk of being seriously injured by interior fittings that come loose under the crash."

I am not sure that a Class B is immune to those kinds of defects. The cabinets, microwave and refrigerator could still end up on top of the passengers. Not to mention a propane tank flying around.
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A Class B has a more rigid body structure behind the B pillar, but it shares some big safety weaknesses with Class C’s:: lack of front structure in frontal and offset frontal collisions- and unsecured gear and motorhome components that tear loose in a crash.

I was trying to find crash test results for US-spec versions of commonly used vans- Sprinter, Promaster, Transit, and Express. Not finding anything.

If crash safety were my only priority I’d own something like a Ford Expedition SUV with a small towable RV. Passenger vehicles are subject to much more rigorous testing than commercial vehicles.
https://youtu.be/C3kN6WF5vAA

See the picture below; the two occupants walked away from the accident unharmed.
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Here is a translation of one part of an accompanying article:

"The semi-integrated motorhome provides somewhat better protection than fully integrated, but still far from the protection that a modern passenger car provides today. Everyone in the car is at great risk of being seriously injured by interior fittings that come loose under the crash."

I am not sure that a Class B is immune to those kinds of defects. The cabinets, microwave and refrigerator could still end up on top of the passengers. Not to mention a propane tank flying around.
See this video; plus the picture I posted above. The driver and passenger walked away from the crash.

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A Class B has a more rigid body structure behind the B pillar, but it shares some big safety weaknesses with Class C’s:: lack of front structure in frontal and offset frontal collisions- and unsecured gear and motorhome components that tear loose in a crash.

I was trying to find crash test results for US-spec versions of commonly used vans- Sprinter, Promaster, Transit, and Express. Not finding anything.

If crash safety were my only priority I’d own something like a Ford Expedition SUV with a small towable RV. Passenger vehicles are subject to much more rigorous testing than commercial vehicles.
The latest Chevy Express version got 5 Stars in 2010 (the last year tested). But that is without all the class b conversion cabinets and 2500-3000 lbs of added weight.

Reminds me of the saying "You pays your money and takes your chances".
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Great video to show importance of safety in any RV. Flying drawers can kill, even dishes can kill.

I paid a lot of attention in my DIY to safety. None of my strong aluminum framed cabinets can possibly fly during crash, just like seats with passengers designed by MB engineers. All lower cabinets are mounted to MB threaded holes for seat mounts (passenger van conversion). For overhead cabinets I beefed up the wall /ceiling structures. In all critical points are used more than one fastener.

Safety is like an insurance, you can regret not paying attention after the fact, unless you dead.
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Great video to show importance of safety in any RV. Flying drawers can kill, even dishes can kill.

I paid a lot of attention in my DIY to safety. None of my strong aluminum framed cabinets can possibly fly during crash, just like seats with passengers designed by MB engineers. All lower cabinets are mounted to MB threaded holes for seat mounts (passenger van conversion). For overhead cabinets I beefed up the wall /ceiling structures. In all critical points are used more than one fastener.

Safety is like an insurance, you can regret not paying attention after the fact, unless you dead.
If you don't survive an incident then it goes without saying that you can't enjoy your RV....
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Back in the early 80's someone was all buckled up driving along when a frontal crash occurred, not too too bad. The someone should have 'ok', but was dead. A kleenex box, the corner of the kleenex box sitting on the shelf behind the back seats got the person right in back of their neck.

The point of the story the highway patrolman was telling, remove the umbrella, ..........
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Back in the early 80's someone was all buckled up driving along when a frontal crash occurred, not too too bad. The someone should have 'ok', but was dead. A kleenex box, the corner of the kleenex box sitting on the shelf behind the back seats got the person right in back of their neck.

The point of the story the highway patrolman was telling, remove the umbrella, ..........
Don't know why it matters, but it occurred in one of the northern great plains states, maybe Nebraska, South Dakota - just don't recall.
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