HANDLING TEST PROCEDURES FOR LIGHT TRUCKS, VANS, AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
The report contains the results of a multidisciplined investigation of the safety-related handling behavior of recreational vehicles. This study satisfied the program's primary objective of developing, validating, and documenting a set of dynamic performance test procedures that are suitable for making first order appraisals and evaluations of the handling performance of light trucks, vans, and truck chassis-based recreational vehicles under realistic highway driving maneuvers. Specific vehicles considered included a Class A motor home, Class C motor home, VW Van, Pickup and Camper, and a four-wheel drive Jeep Wagoneer. Each vehicle was simulated on an updated hybrid computer to aid in development of test procedures. Vehicle physical properties were measured. A set of six procedures was developed. The procedures are braking-in-a-turn, sinusoidal steer, trapezoidal steer, trapezoidal steer while braking, road roughness in a turn, and crosswind sensitivity.
- See also PB-249 864.
Ultrasystems, IncorporatedDynamic Science Division, 1850 West Pinnacle Peak Road
Phoenix, AZ United States 85027
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Anderson, R L
- Wesson, L E
- Starr, D S
- Jindra, F
- Publication Date: 1976-2
- Pagination: 308 p.
- TRT Terms: Braking; Delivery vehicles; Dwellings; Dynamic tests; Light trucks; Maneuverability; Motor vehicles; Performance tests; Physical properties; Pickup trucks; Recreation; Roughness; Safety; Simulation; Steering; Trailers; Trucks; Vehicles
- Old TRIS Terms: Pickups
- Subject Areas: Highways; Motor Carriers; Safety and Human Factors; Terminals and Facilities; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00094610
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: 8256-75-168 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-801-824
- Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00853
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM