Thursday, September 21, 2023


See RV crash test into wall at 40 mph. It’s scary!

In the United States, we don’t crash test RVs to determine their safety, to learn how they can be improved. One reason is that RV manufacturers do not want to show consumers how badly their products fare in a serious accident. It also costs a lot of money.

RV crash test in action

In this video from the Swedish Transport Administration, you’ll see what happens when a small Class A motorhome slams head-on into a wall. The agency is responsible for long-term planning of the transport system for road, rail, maritime and air traffic.

As you will see, the crash not only totals the RV, but sends its occupants flying. The small “infant” crash dummy behind the driver seat would not likely survive a crash like this. In another, similar video, a crash dummy mimics someone sleeping in the bed over the cab of a Class C motorhome. When the RV hits the wall, the dummy is catapulted forward, through the glass window. Imagine if children were riding there, which you see every so often!

Think of this when you drive and always remember: Drive defensively!

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Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. At our last RV show attendance, I was surprised most class-a RVs had no bumper behind the front cap. In contrast, our 1996 Fleetwood Flair, has a steel bumper as part of the front ABS plastic facial.
    Not saying our rig would survive any better, but compared to the current F53 chassis, where the frame is 18″-24″ behind the front cap bothers me.

  2. My rig is old enough that I think they dropped it on it’s head at Winnebago from a crane. Not “my” “Lucy.” I will check the overhead front bins for anything that would give me a headache.
    Hope it never happens, but I do have a “real” steel front bumper.

  3. Airbags are standard in Europe irrespective of the design style. The roads are way smaller and busier so cruising at high speed like we are seeing here isn’t really possible. Road Safety is positively lobbied in Europe.

    • Good observation, I went back & looked & sure enough there were 2 & the “A” did look like it was more wrecked. Did ya see the reffer door flying around?

  4. Oh my, & only 40MPH! Did ya notice the “Air bag” deployment for driver & passenger? I paid 200K for my class A & I don’t have them, do you? How come RV manufacturers have gotten away from this requirement that every other vehicle is required to have. Bet it’s their lobbyist in DC, RV manufacturers get away from a lot of safety because of them! It’s really scary just thinking of how close we are to the front of our motor home!

    • My guess to your question: RV Industry Association. They fight tooth and nail to keep any kind of safety requirements or other standards from being required and we, the RV consumer, get to foot their bill for it! And our elected officials, follow the money.

    • The front end of this looks like the RAM Promaster chassis my Class B RV is built in. In Europe, it’s the Fiat Ducato chassis. Looks like they use the cutaway Ducato chassis and added the “house” part to it to make this small RV. Anyway, the Promaster/Ducato comes with all automotive safety features built into the cab area – including a full set of airbags.

      • We are driving a Fiat based Frankia in Canada and USA at the moment. It’s an A class. European manufacturers build safety factors like airbags in as standard. Roads in Europe are more congested and smaller than here so even though it’s great here having the space, we are astounded by how fast people drive their rigs.


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