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Old 08-14-2011, 09:45 AM   #43
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When you got your insurance quote, did you tell your insurance company you always wear seat belts? They all ask and base their rates on your response. Your medical insurance might cover your medical bills but your auto insurance might not.
I don't recall ever being asked that by my insurance company. Is this a new thing?


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Old 08-14-2011, 09:48 AM   #44
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I'm don't want to hijack this thread, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents on the seatbelt issue.

I've been in law enforcement for 30 years and supervise a large team of motorcycle officers. In California, motorhomes are treated like buses....seatbelts are only required for the driver. The only exception would be the front passenger seat of a MH. If you're occupying that seat and it is equipped with a seatbelt, you should have it on. Once you leave the seat, you may move around the same as if you were riding on public transportation (a bus). Like in every profession, there may be that one officer in a million that disagrees, but this is the general consensus of the officers that I know and have worked with over the years.

There is an annual event called "Click it or Ticket." It's a federal program designed to heavily enforce seatbelt laws over a specific period. Motorhome passengers have never been targeted in this campaign.

Like others have said, if my family can't move around inside the motorhome while under way, I may as well go back to a TT.


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Old 08-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #45
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If you can't get up and move around traveling including going to the bathroom why own a MH. I guess I will just break the law TV on(In motion sat.),sleeping,bathroom ,and the best yet I don't drive 55. I would be curious if anyone has ever been pulled over in a MH and why start a new thread.
I believe the whole issue boils down to liability. As long as nothing happens you are OK. A law enforcement officer will probably never stop you because someone is walking around in your MH, nor will they stop you for not wearing a seatbelt. Have an accident, now we are talking a whole different situation. Your insurance company is certainly going to look for anything that would justify not paying for damages.

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I can sleep in the rear when my son is driving, but my wife says my hearing isn't so good any more, too many years on construction sites.
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I believe the whole issue boils down to liability. As long as nothing happens you are OK. A law enforcement officer will probably never stop you because someone is walking around in your MH, nor will they stop you for not wearing a seatbelt. Have an accident, now we are talking a whole different situation. Your insurance company is certainly going to look for anything that would justify not paying for damages.

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I never said we did not where seat belts, I always do so does front passenger it's just I think it's ok to get up and move around etc.
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Not only is the ride smoother, but easier as well.Last February while going to Florida I slipped and fell on some ice in Ohio and for two days thought a bone in my right hand was broken. The pain and swelling rendered it useless. I drove for two days with one hand and never once had a problem. With the class A gasser I had before, I would have been parked for those two days.
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The ride quality has nothing to do with the motor. I owned a gas powered class A that rode better than my current Country Coach Affinity. And that was a 1975 GMC motor home. The reason in general class A diesels ride better is that their suspension system is superior. And that is not just because you have mostly air bags in diesels. Mercedes, Lexus, and Bently use springs and they ride well.

The problem is that almost all gas coaches use truck chassis so the motor homes made on top of them ride like the UPS trucks they are.
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I think the motor DOES have something to do with the ride. Our last coach was a 2011 Ford V10. That engine could not even get up and over a rise in the interstate for an overpass without down shifting. At that point the coach would lurch and the engine would scream to stay at the speed I had set in the cruise control (around 60 mph). Now, our new diesel hardly ever down shifts and when it does you have to look at the display to tell it has down shifted... No lurch, no engine noise. With the old coach, the downshifting happened so often that I seldom used the cruise control. Now with the diesel, I use it all the time. To me, because of the motor, the ride is significantly more pleasurable
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Most states have a law regarding the wearing of seatbelts. If DW is wearing a belt in bed while sleeping you're probably OK.

In case of an accident and she ends up with injuries from flying around you may have some issues with law/insurance etc.
I was on a jury once where an RV driver ran into a truck, his wife was injured in the accident. Nothing was ever mentioned about her moving around while he was driving by the defense, the plaintiffs attorney nor the judge.
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The DP ride quality as others have said is very very comfortable if your chassis is setup correctly (ride height, tire pressure etc.).

While I have never had the pleasure of riding in the queen size bed going down the road, others have told me that it is "way too comfortable" to justify their extended sleep times.

No heat noted from the engine in the bedroom with the roof A/C's running. In fact no heat from the engine noted once we are parked with the roof A/C's running...but this may vary from coach to coach based upon the previous posts.

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Heavy coach is just like a heavy car, it rides better.
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I don't understand the concern of law enforcement looking into you moving coach and seeing people not wearing their seatbelts. I know that if your in a car there is no way you can see into my coach, and I suspect others. I also ride with shades down to help keep the coach cooler. You can't see in

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