Originally Posted by TXiceman
Neither the gas engine or diesel pusher class A's have any safety cage or anything like that. The best thing to do is to drive in a safe and sane manner and try your best to avoid having an accident.
Unfortunately, there is very little protection anywhere in gassers or DPs. No cage (I know for a fact that our 03 Phaeton on Freightliner chassis has plastic and fiberglass for A pillars), no crumple zone, etc. And that doesn't even mention all the objects that could be flying inside (e.g. under the strong impact of a collision or rollover, chances are cabinets will come off the wall, the 75lbs CRT TV will probably come loose, the dinette table will probably come loose, etc)
A front end collision at any sort of speed (e.g. 10mph) will destroy the front cap. Impact on the A pillar going forward will likely tear away the whole side wall (there was a class A fatality last year like that where the driver clipped a barrier or something on the highway - the whole side (including the seat belt anchor) peeled off like a sardine can and he was ejected and killed - the rest of the mh looked pristine. In a rollover the whole 'house' will be flattened like a pancake.
Luckily mhs do have weight going for them. In an impact with another object that can be moved, the mh will probably simply push it out of the way but impact with something that can't move ... People always say how small cars must be terrible in an accident but if you are going to hit a cement divider on the highway or in a rollover, you're much better off in any sub-compact than you would be in any mh.