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Old 03-20-2014, 09:22 AM   #15
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Just browsed a website showing these rigs off. They look solid. I think in a collision they would do pretty well. The also seem to have a following out there. I would be there will be more older rigs out there with some value then a fiberglass MH.

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While we may know something more, there is a hint of self-congratulatory smugness here that I think sort of rubs the wrong way. A Wanderlodge may well be better in a roll over but they are also out of business. It isn't really news that they were well built but you can make similar claims for many different brands including Newell, ForeTravel, Prevost and so on. For those lucky enough to own one and be able to afford one, well done. Looking at the misfortune of someone else and then saying that is why I own item B is kind of like saying "I told you so". I don't think that was the intention but that is the way it plays at least to me. If the OP had a least included some well wishes for those involved, it would have felt better I think. Safety is an issue that is important to all of us and it would be a mistake for anyone to be complacent on the issue by virtue of the make of RV they happen to own. No one is immune and no matter how safe any RV is supposed to be, they could be improved.

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Old 03-20-2014, 12:44 PM   #17
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Let's get away from discussing each other and stay on topic.
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:18 PM   #18
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The rig that crashed only looks to have rolled a bit more than 90 degrees. Had it rolled more than 270 degrees or more down a steep hill/grade, be it any make or model, I can only see parts and pieces, or fully collapsed living areas at the end of that trip.

Lord, I don't think my HR would have done as well. Who knows.

I would only wish to survive such an event along with anyone else on board...
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Old 03-20-2014, 03:55 PM   #19
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That's scary no matter what you are driving! Main thing is they survived it!
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:20 PM   #20
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Here's another thought. As the coach rolled and things started to "fail" each failure absorbed more energy till eventually it stopped. If had had a more ridge shell it might have kept rolling causing more damage to those in the container. If you look at the design of modern autos you will find that they have large sacrificial zones (crumple zones) that absorb a tremendous amount of the forces generated in an accident. While the back side of the MH was pretty much toast the passenger compartment was relatively intact. If the MH is properly designed it will have a pretty stout support system around the front passenger compartment, that combined with seat belts share a large part responsibility for the survivable nature of the wreck. Besides if you roll any motor home it's pretty much toast and only good for salvage. So let's be careful out there and park it when it's slick.
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On another forum Mr. Hipster said the motorhome that crashed was PURE JUNK.
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there are that kind out there.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:36 PM   #23
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As "pumper9x9" stated, newer vehicles are designed to absorb impacts, especially the newer RV's that design a safety cage around the driver and passenger. The older ones that seem more solid, also come to an immediate stop when they impact and send the passengers through the windshield.

There are safety features on that Phaeton that weren't even imagined when that 1983 school bus was built. The RV industry is bouncing back...not because people are buying 1983 school buses, because people are buying new modern rigs that are fun/easy to drive, more comfortable, fuel efficient and more powerful!
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:44 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by st687 View Post
On another forum Mr. Hipster said the motorhome that crashed was PURE JUNK.
Well, it certainly is now. I hope those people are OK; that accident looked horrible.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:19 AM   #25
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You guys got to be kidding! There is nothing safe about driving these rigs down the road at 60-70 mph! Have any of you ever seem one built, the walls are made paper thin out of aluminium, wood and Filon in one piece front to back with fibre glass caps on the ends, standing 12' or better it's like driving a cereal box down the road. Sure they have added safety and avoidance equipment over the years but it doesn't make much difference in a head on or roll over! They don't break up to absorb energy they break up because thee is no integrity to the structor of them otherwise they would have a roll cage or something inside to stop them from completely being destroyed!

As for the OP statement about that's why he has a WL is no different then saying after hearing about a 100 car pile up on the highway during a snow storm " that's why I don't drive in bad weather" or "why I don't live in tornado alley" or " why I don't drive a smart car or motorcycle".

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Old 03-21-2014, 05:34 AM   #26
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I had an old Wonderlodge and compare it to an Brinks armored truck. I spoke to an older gentlemen who traveled to Alaska with his more times then he could remember. Point being he ran off the road once and it rolled onto its side. I asked him how much damage did it do? He said they proped him back up on the wheels and he continued onto Alaska with just a mirror broken off. Thats what a Wonderlodge is.
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That's what I'm talking about^^^.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:10 AM   #28
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I don't know Hipster. Don't know his motives. But Wanderlodges are indeed tanks. Structurally at least as good as Prevost and maybe better. Ever notice that (without naming names) a few very high dollar mfgrs resisted slides and that huge one-piece windshield? Well, there was a reason for that - structural integrity.

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