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Old 03-14-2014, 01:26 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Ray,IN View Post
Have any of you ever seen what happens to an unrestrained passenger in a MH at moment of impact? I have! From the drivers seat. My first wife flew from the bathroom door to the dash, where she suddenly stopped. I won't list her injuries, but 35 years later she still has restricted movement in her arms and shoulders. The ambulance crew said she was lucky to be alive.
Since then I always stop for anything requiring moving about in the MH.
You cannot control the driver in front of you slamming on the brakes to avoid a dog crossing the interstate.
Who is in such a hurry they cannot stop for a potty break? Interstate rest areas are usually around 50 miles apart, seldom more than 80, and there are interchanges more often than that.

Ray, that's EXCELLENT advice!

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Thanks for that Ray
I am always flabbergasted by the reasoning for buying a MH over a truck and trailer is "the wife can wander around and fix lunch ???
A illegal act or it should be.

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I have looked at hundreds of RVs, and I'm stumped by people who say that a fiver has more storage space than a Class A. While that might be true of a few of the shorter gas Class As, (but even those are probably equal to a large fiver) ANY diesel pusher has twice as much storage and carrying capacity as a fiver, especially outside in the basement compartments. Having said all that, I may still opt for a fiver, but let's not be misunderstood about storage and carrying capacity.

As for walking around during travel, that is obviously risky. With the moho, I do like that you can pull over on most any offramp for five minutes to take care of business then motor on.

Another thing I like about diesel pushers is that the engine is 40' behind you while going down the road (quieter and easier to talk) and when you are sleeping with the generator going, it's 40' away at the front of the moho. Neither of these is true with our current Class C motorhome. We have to talk over the loud and hot engine, and have to sleep over the buzzing generator!

Then there's the interior of the Class A being more climate controlled while rolling, unlike the fiver, unless you run the genset going down the road.

In the end, we may opt for a fiver for specific reasons, such as cost, but that will have to trump the benefits listed above for a DP Class A.


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Old 03-16-2014, 05:34 PM   #18
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Thanks for that Ray I am always flabbergasted by the reasoning for buying a MH over a truck and trailer is "the wife can wander around and fix lunch ??? A illegal act or it should be.
It is most certainly NOT an illegal act, nor should it be. I have been a professional bus driver for decades and, with the exception of a school bus, passengers on buses are free to move around as much as they desire.

My heart sincerely goes out to the individual who's wife was injured in the hard braking incident, and I can relate similar horror stories from my years as a teamster union rep. BUT, that is not the norm by any stretch. While I tell my wife always to remain seated in traffic, or winding roads, the risk factor is minimal when moving around under normal highway conditions. You don't believe me, just compare the safety record of bus travel to any other form of transportation, and passengers are free to move about as much as they want.

Let's be careful out there, by all means, but let's not diminish the whole point of RV travel by scaring ourselves needlessly. If you want to be most safe, stay home in bed, and hope an airplane doesn't crash into your home, but if you want to live a healthy, active lifestyle then it will require balancing risk vs benefit in a reasonable manner.

What's reasonable will vary by each of our own experiences, but I not only don't apologize for allowing passengers to freely move about my coach under normal road conditions, but I encourage it as to adds to the travel experience. That holds true both in my professional coach and my private one. Only the school bus being the exception.

Be safe, be careful, and have fun without living in fear or becoming paranoid. While no form of transportation can ever provide 100% accident free travel, RV travel is very safe.

I'd recommend taking a professional driving class for your RV if you really want to eliminate the most common form of RV accident, inexperienced and under trained RV drivers.

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