Just as a follow-on... What made my final decision of Super C vs Class A was safety... And as I noted in my earlier post, we witnessed a class A that was obliterated from the floor up on this last Memorial day...
A front diesel might be only marginally better, but I'll take any margin I can get... At least you have something in front to absorb an impact and a steel cage around you... Plus a chassis that handles really good.
Here's an excerpt from an article re: MH safety...
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KIRO Team 7 Investigators used a computer to analyze two federal databases filled with more than 5,000 RV accident, safety and mechanical deficiency reports. Summaries like:
"VEHICLE WAS COMING AROUND A CURVE AND THE BRAKES FAILED"
"2 DEAD -- HIT TREE AT A SLOW RATE OF SPEED, 34 MPH. THE OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT DISINTEGRATED"
"RV DISINTEGRATED AND ONLY THE CHASSIS REMAINED"
made the Class A motor home stand out -- and not in a good way.
Class A's are defined by their flat-nose front, open seating and tremendous length.
JD Gallant has been called the Ralph Nader of motor homes. He has investigated countless fatal RV crashes and authors a top-selling RV consumer buying guide. He has strong opinions regarding the safety of the Class A.
“You need to realize that when you drive a Class A motor home, in case of an accident, you've increased greatly your risk of death, the driver and the passenger,” said Gallant.
He says the government should start mandating front-end crash tests and stronger rollover protections if we want people to stop dying in these massive machines.
"We know from accidents, Chris, what's happening. The industry isn't into studying Class A accidents. They just aren't into it. If they did, if RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) would study Class A accidents, every Class A accident, put them up on the wall and study these Class A accidents, and say 'oh we've got to make improvement here.' They could do it. And they'd reduce the deaths by 80 to 90 percent,” said Gallant.
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ref article: RV Crash Deaths Under Investigation | www.kirotv.com