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RV Property is glad to support and encourage RVing for the handicapped.
We will list RVs for the handicapped for sale at only $49,  Your ad will run for one year. Add pictures at $5 each.

Find RVs for the handicapped for sale By-Owner or Dealer!

Are you in the market for an RV equipped for the handicapped or would you like to sell a handicapped equipped RV? Privately owned used RVs that have been equipped for the handicapped are a good way find a unit. Since RVs are basically made for those without handicaps it becomes very expensive to recondition them with handicapped features.

If you own a Recreational Vehicle that is equipped for a handicapped person we will be glad to advertise it for rent or sale as a service to the handicapped. It must state the handicapped features and fit the spirit of this service. Pictures showing facilities for the handicapped would be very helpful.

This section is to help RVers with handicaps find places that cater to the needs of RVers with problems who need special attention. Please do not contact RV Property for rental or sale units as we do not have any. Contact the advertiser only.

We encourage owners who don't need a Handicapped RV any longer to advertise here. All that is required is that the RV be equipped for handicapped people. The ad must show and explained how it is so equipped and pictures of the handicapped features are welcome.

Although we feature pre-owned RVs, dealers are welcome to place an ad in this section only if they have a particular unit in stock equipped for the handicapped. No advertising for factory units not built for handicapped.  For non-handicapped RVs go to RV For Sale section. Our RV Dealer section lists dealers by states and cities. Go to RV Dealers to located a dealership in your area.


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.  ~Henry Boye


Better than motels. Designed for your convenience.

The advantage for handicapped individuals who RV is that once the vehicle has been physically altered to suit the driver's needs, you never need to worry about staying in hotels or campground cabins, or worry about vehicle rentals.

Gayle Martinelli, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, Handicapped Travel Club member and RVing advocate agrees. "RVing is the equal opportunity travel option where no one is precluded. What other mode of travel allows folks to bring their accessibility with them? Accessibility issues that are often encountered in hotels and restaurants are solved with a comfortable traveling 'home-away-from-home' that can be thoroughly customized or modified."

Customization for disabled travelers involves more than just relocating the VCR. It involves physically altering the vehicle's structure, moreso than cosmetic changes. "Every handicapped person is impaired differently," said Pete Lewis of Coachcraft Industries in Brownsville, Oregon who's private business customizes vehicles for disabled and non-disabled individuals. "It almost becomes a one-on-one process."

However, the most common vehicle customizations for the wheelchair bound are installing a wheelchair lift, widening the entrance and interior aisles to accommodate the wheelchair's girth and installing hand-control systems.

Widening the door and installing a wheelchair lift are the most popular disability customizations. The rest of the vehicle may be suitable enough so that none of the interior needs to be modified, such as wider aisles.

This type of work may take anywhere from one day to one week to complete. Aside from the lifts, the second most popular modification is converting the foot-powered dashboard driving mechanism to a hand-controlled system.

All of these modifications can be made in automobiles, trucks and RVs. But when customizing motorhomes and trailers, specifically, widening aisles and modifying the shower/tub are other common changes - which is the whole point to RVing. Not only can handicapped individuals drive to a destination, but their living arrangements can be designed to meet their specific needs.

It's easy to find businesses and manufacturers that will customize your vehicle once you know where to look. But... where do you begin?

We list links below where you can research information about RVing for the handicapped.

RVing For Disabled

Recreational vehicles have allowed numerous outdoor enthusiasts, who have special needs to recuperate their mobility. They can now enjoy the thrill of the road while enjoying the comforts of home. Apart from providing convenience while in the open road, travel trailers offer comfort and style to the disabled RV owners. According to the US Census Bureau, around one-fifth of the American population is suffering from some kind of physical disability. Thus, a number of RV manufacturers and suppliers are now offering special recreational vehicles to address the specific needs of such travelers. These RVs come with advance features to make travel comfortable and safe for people with health and mobility concerns.

In addition to the standard RV features, these motor homes include:

  • Lower kitchen cabinets and counters
  • Wheelchair lifts or ramps
  • Longer faucet handles
  • Conveniently located controls
  • Brighter lighting
  • Widened entrances
  • Roll-under sinks
  • Roll-in showers

Moreover, the major RV manufacturers and suppliers offer various accessories and options for customizing RVs for disabled travelers, making the journey stress-free and suitable for people with severe or minor disabilities. Gayle Martinelli, Handicapped Travel Club member, RVing advocate, and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist says, “RVing is the equal opportunity travel option where no one is precluded. What other mode of travel allows folks to bring their accessibility with them? Accessibility issues that are often encountered in hotels and restaurants are solved with a comfortable traveling ‘home-away-from-home’ that can be thoroughly customized or modified.”

Moreover, many RV campsites adapted facilities to help disabled RV owners to meet their needs. Several RV campgrounds are offering wide and paved sites, electric scooters, and walkers for disabled travelers. Some of the campsite operators have gone as far as offering medical support and food services to meet the nutritional and physical requirements of such RV owners. You may even find specialized health and fitness classes for the disabled.

For more information about RVing for Disabled see http://www.thatsnotcamping.com/blog/rv-lifestyle/rving-for-disabled.html

Hopefully the following information and links will solve your needs.

A book about dealing with a disability

Michael Creurer's book, "Changing Lanes" is a compilation of the articles I found so helpful as well as some new writings. Written by a man who has himself had to adapt to a lifelong disability, "Changing Lanes" is a metaphor for driving down the highway. At first all is well, we are keeping up to the faster traffic and enjoying life in this fast lane. As we age, become disabled or ill, we must acknowledge our frailties and adapt to them with courage and the grace to move over to the slow lane. What now? One chapter in Michael's book speaks about the grieving process, a series of steps we must take in our journey towards re-accepting our new self. We may find it is difficult being alone with this new self.

There is life in this slow lane and lots of it. We are here adapting to the hand life has dealt us. Some are here, like Michael, assisting others on this road. Sometimes the road is rough or uneven and we may need a tow or "push" to help us over those ruts. Michael Creurer has been there and has many thoughts to share on coping. Michael says, "Life in the slow lane allows us the opportunity to seek answers to the questions that we never had the time to ponder when we were searching for opportunities and striving to accumulate in the fast lane." Being in the slow lane is a fine place to be. Michael's book, "Changing Lanes" affirms this and is in itself proof of what we are able to accomplish from this slow lane of life.

A directory with information on RV accessibility for the disabled, as well as RV shows, publications, rental sources and clubs, can be obtained by writing RVIA, P.O. Box 2999, Dept. P, Reston, VA 20195.

The Handicapped Travel Club, Inc., was formed in August, 1973, in Arcata, California by five disabled couples from California and Texas. These couples had received so much therapy from travel and the association with campers with disabilities, they decided to form a club which would encourage other handicapped people to travel, to meet, and to exchange ideas. Click on logo to visit their site.

Chariot Eagle Park Models can be designed for handicapped accessibility. Call Joe Follman At the factory in Ocala, FL for information (352) 629-7007

Foretravel of Texas, Inc., 811 N.W. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches TX 75964; 409/564-8367.

Honorbuilt Industries, Inc., 1200 W. 10th St., Minneapolis KS 67467; 913/392-2171.

Kustom Car Creations, 23350 Harborview Rd., Charlotte Harbor FL 33980; 813/625-9993.

Quality Vans, 1457 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225; 602/899-2088.

Red-E-Kamp, Inc., 811A Space Center, Mira Loma Space Center, Mira Loma CA 91752; 909/685-0151.

Teton Homes, P.O. Box 2349; Mills WY 82644; 307/235-1525.

Turtle Top, Inc., 67895 Industrial Dr., New Paris IN 46553; 219/533-4116.

The Van House, 1801 Cushman Dr., Lincoln NE 68512; 402/423-3600.

Waldoch Crafts, Inc., 13821 Lake Dr., Forest Lake MN 55025; 612/464-3215.

Winnebago Industries, Inc., Commercial Vehicle Department, P.O. Box 152, Forest City IA 50436; 515/582-3535.

Atwood Mobile Products, 57912 Charlotte Ave, Elkhart, IN 46514, P: 574-522-4625, F: 574-295-6195,
E-mail -
zambrano.J@atwoodmobile.com     

Check out these links . . .

http://www.boyerrv.com/boyerrvadvantage/handicaprv.shtml Startracks has long been a leader in manufacturing of custom wheelchair accessories and innovations. Their reputation and outstanding product has driven us to offer their product to our area. Startracks custom designs and builds Handicap Accessible RV's and motorhomes to suit your needs.
 
The Handicapped Travel Club, Inc. was formed in 1973 to encourage RV traveling for people with a wide range of disabilities.  The HTC encourages people with disabilities and their families to travel, to meet and to share information on making recreational vehicles accessible for the disabled. "Fun and fellowship" is our motto.

http://www.kdcustomcoach.com/

http://www.rvia.org/media/newsreleases/background/p0048.htm

http://www.woodalls.com/outactiv/enjoy/modified.html

 

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