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RV Property is glad to support and encourage RVing for the
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.
most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
Better than motels. Designed for your
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.
to the standard RV features, these motor homes include:
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.”
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.
information about RVing for Disabled see
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.
More information on
services for the disabled traveler is available through the Handicapped Travel
Club, 5929 Our Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610. The phone is 916-966-7090. 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
Play-Mor in Westphalia, Missouri is currently the only RV manufacturer that
builds travel trailers for the physically impaired during the vehicle's actual
production. This is compared to when working with businesses and dealers, and
even with manufacturers in the post-production stage, where all conversions are
made after the vehicle has been completely constructed.
Travelin' Talk Network, P. O. Box 3534, Clarksville, TN 37043-3534;
615/552-6670. Send SASE for membership requirements, information about the
member directory and a free copy of the quarterly newsletter. The 550-page
membership directory lists more than 800 members and types of resources and
services for the disabled traveler. The directory costs $35.
Foretravel of Texas, Inc., 811 N.W. Stallings Dr., Nacogdoches TX 75964;
Honorbuilt Industries, Inc., 1200 W. 10th St., Minneapolis KS 67467;
Kustom Car Creations, 23350 Harborview Rd., Charlotte Harbor FL 33980;
Play-Mor Trailers, Inc.,
Hwy. 63 S., Westphalia MO 65085; 314/455-2322.
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
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 . . .
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.
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.
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