Pay attention, I really like watching crash-test video as a lot as the following man, however that was till I noticed these Swedish crash assessments of RVs. They’re flat-out terrifying and make me by no means need to get in a single ever once more.
The oldsters over at Motor1.com at present dug up this video (from Sweden, in Swedish) displaying Trafikverket — Sweden’s equal to our NHTSA — placing some in style leisure automobiles to the take a look at after seeing an uptick in fatalities in crashes the place RVs the place concerned.
The decision of the open highway has been an excessive amount of to bear for a lot of Swedes, with RV gross sales hovering by round 50% over earlier years, so now Trafikverket has a vested curiosity in seeing simply how protected this stuff are.
The crash assessments have been carried out on two types of RV. The primary is a standard motorhome the place the cab and residing space are all designed and constructed by the RV producer, the opposite is the semi-integrated kind that takes the cab of one thing like a Sprinter van or the like, and whacks a camper bit onto the again of its chassis.
Neither the built-in nor the semi-integrated fashions did exceptionally effectively within the assessments regardless of having semimodern security options like airbags. The movies are fairly sobering, particularly when you think about the prevalence of massive RVs on American roads and our excessive common freeway speeds.