Hello all, this is my first post to the forum. Ive been doing a lot of reading for several months now, but decided i had not found the answer to one thing ive been thinking of. Ive seen some sportsmobile and van rollover accident pictures and got me to wondering if anyone has made a rollbar/cage for the inside of their rigs. Seems most rollovers result in the entire cab being flattened to about the seat height inside.
Cant wait to be part of the group - once the house is purchased then comes the van - hopefully a 2010 sportsmobile...
There was a discussion several years ago on the Yahoo chat list about a rollover accident involving a SMB back east. (The details of the accident were confirmed on-line so it wasn't just hearsay.) As I recall, the freeway was icy and the van slid into a guardrail and flipped over. It might have rolled over twice but regardless, the van was resting upside down on the roof when emergency personnel arrived with the driver and passenger hanging by their seat belts. The seat belts were cut and the passengers gotten out of the van and were fine although the van was totalled.
They realized that the steel frame that SMB installs after cutting out most of the roof to install a penthouse had saved them...a Sportsmobile van is stronger after the top is cut out than as it comes from the factory. The couple subsequently ordered a new SMB....
'01 Ford EB50p Quigley 4WD
First off in a slow speed roll over you will be fine. Designing a cage to prevent cave ins at high speeds would be extremely complicated. First off it would need to be a minimum of four points, even that is probably not enough considering the long length of the van, then it would need to tie into the frame, also tubing that is practical size but strong enough won't be cheap...the list goes on. I would personally recommend, to prevent your roof caving in during a rollover, is don't ever roll it.