Individuals with physical restrictions can find a handicap motorhome built specifically for their individual needs. Several manufacturers including Winnebago and Newmar build specially designed models with wheelchair lifts, wide entrances, extra-wide aisles, lower counter-tops, roll-in showers, and roll under sinks.
A handicap motorhome is built with conveniently located controls using advanced technologies and innovative engineering to design custom products to meet the specific needs of mobility challenged travelers.
A motorhome for handicap is sometimes referred to as an ability equipped motorhome.
They can be built to order with various bed configurations, ceiling track systems, and other options like non-scald faucets that are thermostatically controlled.
The use of roll-under sinks instead of the typically added cabinets makes them wheel-chair accessible.
Microwave ovens can be installed in a more accessible location such as below the cook-top stove instead of an oven.
Having the control panels relocated to a lower more accessible location for slide-out rooms, system monitors and generator operation ensures that they are within reach from a wheel-chair.
Entrance and exit doors are critical to safety and can be equipped with a wheelchair lift.
Choices include a SuperArm wheelchair lift or a platform lift that is fully automatic, electro-hydraulic with an 800 pound capacity and stows vertically inside the door. If a person is traveling solo they need to be able to open and close doors on their own, so the door handles can be lowered on the outside of the RV for easier access.
Toilets can be raised onto a platform with assist bars or grab handles that make maneuvering in the bathroom area easier.
Bath or shower areas can be equipped in a with roll-in flat flooring, benches, and assist bars.
Additional options for a handicap accessible motorhome include wheelchair lock downs, adjustable beds, and special driving controls.
For additional information visit Winnebago Industries or Newmar Motorhomes official websites.
The Handicapped Travel Club was established to bring together active travelers with physical challenges. The group enjoys travel outings and adventures. For more information visit the Handicapped Travel Club website.
For more information on handicapped motorhomes visit the Handicapped RV website which offers information on rentals of specially equipped RVs, ramps, scooters, lifts and solutions for mobility.