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Old 04-05-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Why no air-bags in RVs?

Surprised and curious why new RV's do not have air-bags for driver and/or passenger. Maybe the answer is obvious, but still curious. Hopefully never need them.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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I can say that I've never paid attention to Class Cs or van conversions, for air bags, but as for Class As , I would think that given the angle and distance from , the steering wheel to the drivers seat that an air bag would be of little use; sholder belt ; when used ; would stop you before contact, more danger to your legs and feet than upper body. Passenger , distance to dash and windshield the same thing, little advantage to having a $2,000 air bag go off. Way more danger of getting something from inside the coach getting to you from behind , but they don't put " headache racks " in them either.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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As Skip426 mentioned, the distance between dash and passenger seat makes it too big for an airbag, unless specially built with extra volume, to do any good. The driver's side in many models has a steering wheel that is more horizontal than vertical, so an airbag would be directed up, not back towards driver.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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IMHO, there are no air bags because they are not required by law.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #5
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As Dirk says, no law requiring them and no customer demand to speak of either.

As a practical matter, there is very low risk to front seat passengers in a Class A motorhome, so expensive protective measures for the front seat occupants are not warranted. Unfortunately, the lack of a legal requirement to provide air bags in all Class A's makes it cost prohibitive to get them as an option by those who want them.

This opinion comes from a guy & his wife who survived a major collision in their RV, demolishing two smaller vehicles and doing $50k damage to our own rig. I got a scratch on one shin as the dashboard pushed back; my wife didn't get a scratch.
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Sprinter Class B and Class C RVs have a full complement of air bags.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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Price... It cost a lot of money to develop such a system and there is not that many people getting killed in RV's just because they don't have them. Sounds cruel but, that's the way it is. Besides if you added the extra price to the purchase price of the RV it would make them so expensive that it would drive people out of the market.
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Some RV's do have windbags! Couldn't resist.
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Originally Posted by slickest1 View Post
Some RV's do have windbags! Couldn't resist.
You beat me to it!!
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Originally Posted by slickest1 View Post
Some RV's do have windbags! Couldn't resist.
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Most school buses don't have seat belts or airbags. Very few semi trucks have airbags as of late.
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The weight of the vehicle does not have the fast deceleration in an accident like a lightweight car.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #13
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Some RV's do have windbags! Couldn't resist.

So right! I have talked to them in motorhomes, 5th wheels and travel trailers.
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Some RV's do have windbags! Couldn't resist.
And every once in a while the blow up with no reason at all!!!

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