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With summertime in full swing in the northern hemisphere, motorhomes are hitting the highways and pose an unique situation when those vehicles are involved in an accident.

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With summertime in full swing in the northern hemisphere, motorhomes are hitting the highways and pose an unique situation when those vehicles are involved in an accident.  First, take a look at the body structure of motorhomes.  The pictures below show the different types of construction.  The construction used varies by manufacturer.  Alumium and laminated structures are commonly used.

In the YouTube video below, Newmar Expert Chris Anderson takes about RV/Motorhome wall construction.

Consider that most RV/Motorhomes are built on top of a truck platform chassis.  Depending on the age and type of construction, the vehicle could be difficult to safety stabilization.  Rescuers need to exercise extreme caution when working around or inside of these vehicles.

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Why is this important?  Take a look at the photo that the Harford Volunteer Fire Company posted on their Facebook page.  If patients needed to be extricated from this vehicle, stabilization could be challenging.  On top of that, the number of patients could classify as a mass casualty incident.

Harford-Volunteer-Fire-Company-RV-Motorhome-extricationNewmar Corporation has a great page with the difference between Class A, Class B, and Class C Motorhomes.

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Mike Smith, Absolute Rescue's Editor in Chief, is a veteran of the fire/rescue service in Michigan, who also works in the automotive industry as a designer. Have an idea of suggestion for the site? Contact Mike here

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The Brothers at Beaver Lane Res8cue training with their PARATECH HydraFusion Struts on a training scenario for a vehicle that crashed underneath and school.

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Cedar Park, TX Fire Department Heavy Rescue

The Cedar Park, TX Fire Department chose a 22′ aluminum SVI body mounted on a 20″ raised-roof Spartan Gladiator chassis.

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The Cedar Park, TX Fire Department chose a 22′ aluminum SVI body mounted on a 20″ raised-roof Spartan Gladiator chassis. The chassis is powered by a 505 HP Cummins X15 engine. This apparatus is equipped with a 32,000-watt Onan Protec PTO generator to power the Bauer air compressor with Type 2 fill station. A Hannay high-pressure air hose reel, custom-mounted Paratech struts, Carefree Mirage lateral-arm patio awning and OnScene Solutions aluminum heavy-duty cargo slides.

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