Why a Bowlus Road Chief Handles Better Than a Sprinter Conversion Van or Motorhome
It is often challenging to imagine while you are standing in an RV dealer just how a motorhome, van conversion, or loaf or box type travel trailer will handle in the wind. After all, you are wrapped up in the various floor plans and colors, and it seems rather insignificant if not rather boring to ask the question, “Tell me, honestly, how does this handle in high winds?” After all, these are billion-dollar companies making these vehicles, so they got to be safe, right? They must handle as well as my performance SUV, right? Wrong. Just how Volvo defined safety back in the 1970s as a small Swedish manufacturer with the three-point seat belt that was later copied by all the majors, Bowlus Road Chief thinks it is the first question you should be asking yourself as it set the standard for safety in the RV industry. After all, high wind kick up often so shouldn’t safety should be your number one priority.
A Road Chief customer shared the following story, “A few years ago we were driving a Sprinter van conversion through Oklahoma. It was July the sun was shining, and around midday, the winds started. On a two-lane highway, it was challenging to keep in the lane, and as I passed through Oklahoma City, we finally gave up and parked in a strip mall. Of course, we understood that the flat sides of the Sprinter van conversion were catching the wind. But, it was only when I woke up the next morning to sore arms (am I am no wimp) did I realize just how much effort I had put in that day keeping the Sprinter from drifting. For the next couple of days, the winds continued sometimes, it was just stressful and other times borderline frightening. So after that experience, it was a no-brainer – we got a Road Chief.“
There are more than a few places around the country that seem to guarantee high winds. Last year, we talked with a customer who was all about safety – which we just loved. They were looking for a more aerodynamic travel trailer after losing control of their Airstream on a particularly windy section outside Walla Walla, Washington. The state trooper told them that section of the highway saw frequent RV accidents. They have since reported that their Bowlus Road Chief handles spectacularly and gives them total peace of mind.
So why does the Road Chief hand better than Sprinter Conversions or Motorhomes or loaf type travel trailers. True aerodynamics, true curves not flat sides with small curves on the top that catch the wind. The Bowlus Road Chief enjoys the lowest center of gravity of any RV – that doesn’t mean low clearance; it means thoughtful design with no overhead cabinets that encourage sway after catching the wind. A Bowlus Road Chief floorplan is perfectly weighted. Bowlus Road Chief doesn’t offer multiple floor plans because an RV must be designed to be perfectly weighted, which means it is safer to tow. It also means no need for weight equalization hitches that attempt to fix design errors. A Bowlus Road Chief is designed for safety first because it should be your first consideration when purchasing an RV.