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Old 09-04-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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Wheelchair access in your Montana

I have a neighbor who is wheelchair bound as a result of a spinal cord injury and is very active in our local spinal cord injury association. He has asked me to let him know the experiences of anyone out there who is wheelchair bound and has an RV. If any of you are in this situation I would appreciate hearing from you, your experiences, types of lift equipment that works, problems, etc. I think my friend is planning on writing an article for their newsletter about RVing. Thanks John
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:47 AM   #2
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Our son has been in a chair for 13 yrs. following a bad landing on a snowmobile, he has a toy hauler he hauls his ATV in and uses the ramp for access for him, this works great. I have seen several others using toy haulers,some the newer Class A & C have this type access now also. There is several companies that make lifts also. NO reason to not continue enjoying what you want to, just gotta be creative! Good luck to him.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:04 AM   #3
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I have done alot of handicap accessible work on stick built homes and I can tell you off the top of my head it shouldn't be that difficult with an rv. The basic rv would be the key though. Just giving this some quick thinking, I'd say a TT would be most suitable...parameters would be no ups n downs, location of slides, etc. Widening the entry door, switching out steps for a lift system, using a combo shower/toilet area, modifying cabinets, etc. Heck, using one of those power dolly hitches too. Toy hauler certainly has potential too. The one raptor model has twin garage doors on the sides...convert one to a lift, modify the kitchen island and you're in pretty good shape.

If someone is even close to an area I'm in, and wants something like this done...well, count me in like Flynn to lend a hand.

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:24 AM   #4
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The lifts should be easy. I have seen several on motorhomes in the last two years of travel in a MH. One thing to consider is the passage way inside the MH. There are different width wheelchairs, depending on the person. You have to measure the width of the passages and then the external width of the wheel chair. An example, the width of our entry door to the MH is 26 inches. It may not be possible to get a wheel chair through that small opening. However, a lift could raise the person out of the "outside" wheel chair, and into one inside the MY.

This is a good start for information but their are companies that specialize in this type of scenario.

Good luck to him.
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:18 PM   #5
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Last year at Goshen we were at Lippert and there is a guy, i lost his name,, but he is working on a lift for handecap ,,he designed the remote system for keystone;;;sailer
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