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Author Topic: Why Are Restraint Belts Not Used on Bus Bunks  (Read 3337 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2013, 09:16:31 AM »

sleeping, standing, going to the restroom, showering, doing a handstand, or drinking a glass of cola while underway is all risky. But we measure the risk v.s. enjoyment and we do all of the above (ok maybe the handstand was a little exaggeration). Driving your car with a full 5 point harness is risky...walking across the street is risky...we have a friend who ended up in ICU because she choked on a walnut she was eating...now has sever brain damage cause of it...we drive our coach 5,000 miles per year...that's very very little time spent on the road in 1 year and statistically we're going to be just fine. I'm a believer that when it's your time...it's your time. BUT, I don't subscribe to the life concept of sky-diving, swimming with sharks, or alligator wrestling...so somewhere in there I've got some sense. In any case, I really would like our micromanaging government to keep their hands to themselves...I can choose to do what I want to do in my own house (in our case, our coach).

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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2013, 09:50:34 AM »

Wear a helmet Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2013, 03:55:03 PM »

I've joked about putting a seatbelt on my bus's toilet.   Mind you, it's now sitting in glorious isolation in the middle of an empty-ish bus shell, unfettered by walls or anything around it  -  it's the first thing I've completed inside the bus, so I want the world to see it (and whoever may be using it!).   Does it count as a passenger seat?

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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2013, 05:21:18 PM »

Would this work?

Lin, you know you need an anchor for that! lol  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2013, 05:32:12 PM »

Just as an interesting note -- we have a treadmill in the bus --- it has been used while driving. I'm not sure we need a seatbelt on that.

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« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2013, 07:17:10 PM »

Does anyone have the toilet adjacent the rear bulkhead, as opposed to the forward bulkhead. I'd imagine it could make quite a difference when one is whizzen during a panic stop.
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2013, 09:08:14 PM »

Something to consider is the difference in mass between an auto and your coach during a collision event.

Another fact gone from my head... maybe typed into something in the archives...

Anyway, a big force in an auto that would pretty much kill you, is only a big bump in the coach.

Seat belt restraints in new coaches are because of public paranoia, not good science.

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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2013, 07:27:57 AM »

BW, although not really comparable, I once read the engineers account of his locomotive hitting a car that was on the tracks.  He said when he saw is was inevitable, he braced himself for the impact.  But there was none.  The locomotive didn't even hiccup.

Van, good point, but I had thought of using a sky hook.
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2013, 11:24:06 AM »

I sincerely believe that a restraint belt in a bunk could be deadly.  As mentioned before, if the bunk was sideways (not likely in a coach) a net could be helpful.  But in our typical direction you would quickly hang a child by the neck sliding down the bunk with a belt.  In the plane the belts are for quick drops in an air pocket.  Usually a hard forward impact on a plane has much bigger problems.

Use a net and let the person be contained within the relatively small space.  You could even pad the interior, but don't use a restraint.



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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2013, 03:26:25 PM »

Only reason that we put anchored seat belts in the front is in the event of a rollover. So far, pretty much the only bus fatalities that I have heard of are when someone ends up outside the coach.

We do move around, but when we are seated, we usually have the lap belt on.
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« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2013, 11:03:12 PM »

Thanks everyone for the input.
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2013, 07:19:44 AM »

Interesting to see how little some parents care about the safety and well-being of their children.
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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2013, 07:38:14 AM »

We never use the bunks while under way.

Kids usually sit in the seats and buckle up.

we do the same.. no bunks in use while driving
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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2013, 08:21:39 AM »

Interesting to see how little some parents care about the safety and well-being of their children.

Thats a broad bold statement.  I would like to know how you extrapolated that idea from the posts in this thread.   
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« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2013, 11:13:33 AM »

"Interesting to see how little some parents care about the safety and well-being of their children."

Broad & bold?  I'd call it downright snarky, presumptuous and offensive.
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