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.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-249 864.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ultrasystems, Incorporated

    Dynamic Science Division, 1850 West Pinnacle Peak Road
    Phoenix, AZ  United States  85027

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, R L
    • Wesson, L E
    • Starr, D S
    • Jindra, F
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 308 p.

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Filing Info

  • 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