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The Braun Corporation submitted a model Entervan; gasoline-powered 5 seat (including the driver) 16-foot converted Dodge Grand Caravan SE, for a 4 yr/100,000 mile STURAA test. The odometer reading at the time of delivery was 25.0 miles. Testing started on January 22, 2009 and was completed on April 3, 2009. The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and specifies its major components.
The primary part of the test program is the Structural Durability Test, which also provides the information for the Maintainability and Reliability results. The Structural Durability Test was started on February 18, 2009 and was completed on March 6, 2009.
The interior of the bus is configured with seating for five passengers including the driver plus one wheelchair position. This converted Dodge Grand Caravan SE does not allow for free floor space; therefore the design does not allow for standing passengers. At 150 lbs per person, plus 600 lbs (wheelchair position) this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 5,920 lbs. The first segment of the Structural Durability Test was performed with the bus loaded to a GVW of 5,920 lbs. Due to no standing passengers, the middle seated load weight segment was performed at the same 5,920 lbs and the final segment was performed at a curb weight of 4,580 lbs. Durability driving resulted in unscheduled maintenance and failures that involved a variety of subsystems. A description of failures, and a complete and detailed listing of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance is provided in the Maintainability section of this report. The test vehicle encountered no failures during the Structural Durability Test; therefore, no data is available in that section.
Accessibility, in general, was adequate. Components covered in Section 1.3 (Repair and/or Replacement of Selected Subsystems) along with all other components encountered during testing, were found to be readily accessible and no restrictions were noted.
The Reliability section compiles failures that occurred during Structural Durability Testing. Breakdowns are classified according to subsystems. The data in this section are arranged so that those subsystems with more frequent problems are apparent. The problems are also listed by class as defined in Section 2. The test bus encountered no failures during the Structural Durability Test; therefore, no data is available in this section.
The Safety Test, (a double-lane change, obstacle avoidance test) was safely performed in both right-hand and left-hand directions up to a maximum test speed of 45 mph. The performance of the bus is illustrated by a speed vs. time plot. Acceleration and gradeability test data are provided in Section 4, Performance. The average time to obtain 50 mph was 15.36 seconds.
The Shakedown Test produced a maximum final loaded deflection of .080 inches with a permanent set ranging between -0.005 to 0.005 inches under a distributed static load of 2,475 lbs. The Distortion Test was completed with all subsystems, doors and escape mechanisms operating properly. No water leakage was observed throughout the test. All subsystems operated properly.
The submitted test vehicle was not equipped with any type of tow eyes or tow hooks, therefore, the Static Towing Test was not performed. The Dynamic Towing Test was performed by means of a front-lift tow. The towing interface was accomplished using a hydraulic under-lift wrecker. The bus was towed without incident and no damage resulted from the test. The manufacturer does not recommend towing the bus from the rear; therefore, a rear test was not performed. The Jacking and Hoisting Tests were also performed without incident. The bus was found to be stable on the jack stands, and the minimum jacking clearance observed with a tire deflated was 2.9 inches.
A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 13.43 mpg, 14.36 mpg, and 23.54 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 15.64 mpg.
A series of Interior and Exterior Noise Tests was performed. These data are listed in Section 7.1 and 7.2 respectively.