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Old 10-23-2015, 04:56 PM   #15
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The damage really doesn't surprise me. These vehicles are very heavy, and they have to save weight everywhere that they can. If they built the walls so that they would withstand a roll over and support that heavy chassis and a roll action, they wouldn't have weight capacity for anything else to be inside. The roll action is very effective at breaking the walls loose. From there it all just falls off. We really hope to never put ours on its side or worse.
Condolences to the family first off, but regarding 'flimsiness', Prevost (and other OTR bus manufacturers) manage to build a coach with a substantial metal frame for the seating/coach area that would stand up to a roll in most cases. Obviously comes at a price though, even before the addition of any RV attributes. ($400k+ for a bare shell/chassis?) So I think it is more about cost than weight.
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How is it cars have to pass all kinds of safety tests but there is nothing regarding safety with RVs?

Think also about all the fridge fires.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #17
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What a terrible thing for the wife to watch happen, our prayers are with her and their family.
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Condolences to the family first off, but regarding 'flimsiness', Prevost (and other OTR bus manufacturers) manage to build a coach with a substantial metal frame for the seating/coach area that would stand up to a roll in most cases. Obviously comes at a price though, even before the addition of any RV attributes. ($400k+ for a bare shell/chassis?) So I think it is more about cost than weight.
Since his wife saw him driving erratically just before the crash I'm thinking medical condition and he may have been dead before the crash but that would be hard to determine.
I hope we never have to test it but I hope the Country Coach's with their semi-monocoque frame and welded steel "cage" do better!!
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Another possibility is a front tire blowout! That's why I bought SteerSafe steering stabilizers for our coach!
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:15 PM   #20
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Condolences to the family first off, but regarding 'flimsiness', Prevost (and other OTR bus manufacturers) manage to build a coach with a substantial metal frame for the seating/coach area that would stand up to a roll in most cases. Obviously comes at a price though, even before the addition of any RV attributes. ($400k+ for a bare shell/chassis?) So I think it is more about cost than weight.
Have there been tests? I have yet to see a roll over picture of any rv that looked reasonably in-tact.
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I continue my thoughts for the Family and especially his Wife.

RVs were not designed to go on their side at any speed, the same thing can happen to any coach.
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Thoughts with the family. Never good to see someone die especially a spouse.

Sounds like heart attack or stroke.
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If they did car style testing on these things you wouldn't have to worry about getting killed in your rv as you could no longer afford one.
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That's a downright frightening set of photos. I know our 5er wouldn't stay together in a roll over but no one is riding in it - ever. Makes me wonder about those Class A's that blow by us a near warp speed on interstates and if the occupants are aware that they really are in a huge but very light duty vehicle with virtually no crash worthiness.

My condolences to his family, especially his wife who had to witness this tragedy.
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Wow, sad to see, that is right up the road from me. I wonder if they were going to frieghtliner or cummins for service as that is the exit.
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