When you’re searching for a new or used RV, you’re probably comparing things like the amount of storage space, size of the main bed, engine type, or other amenities.
One thing that’s probably not on your ‘hot list’ of items is the sort of testing that’s done on the RV before you buy. Winnebago performs what’s known as a ‘drop test‘ on their models.
In a drop test, a motorhome is suspended upside down and three feet above the ground. With high-speed cameras rolling, the crane operator releases a hook, sending the motorhome crashing to the concrete surface. After the drop, engineers go back and assess damage to interior fittings, cabinetry and door jams. Winnebago says they’re the only company that performs such a test.
Watch a Winnebago Drop Test of a Trend Motorhome.
It looked like a lot of prep work went into getting this coach ready for the actual drop. Winnebago also mentioned that while this test isn’t either required or a test for safety issues, the company plans to continue drop testing their motorhome models.