UPDATE: The URL had been changed so I updated this post.
Seattle TV station KIRO recently broadcast a damning report on Class-A motor homes. You can access it at http://www.kirotv.com/news/15979650/detail.html
. This is an excellent item to review if you are still debating whether to get a skoolie or a regular RV. Likewise if your partner or spouse doesn't like skoolies. Although I know a lot about motor homes, this was still an eye-opener, especially the shocking part that safety regulations are all but nonexistent. There was a manufacturer that built very safe motor homes for those who could afford the quarter-million-dollar price tag, but they went out of business shortly after this TV report.
Not only can we conclude that school buses are built much tougher with their all-steel construction and sturdy welded frames, but it reminds the DIY crafter to consider how to mount furnishings and the need for hefty fasteners.
The KIRO-TV used to have a link to a report from an RV consumer group, RV.org
, with accounts of several accidents. One of them didn't even involve a rollover or impact: a Bounder RV (made by Fleetwood) came apart just by bounding across a field after its driver passed out. One might conclude that Fleetwood products especially suck, but few manufactures are all that great.