Buying a Handicap Accessible RV

Dec 17 2015

For someone who is physically challenged, the RV lifestyle can be a freeing way to travel and gain mobility. Imagine no more having to deal with hotels, or not having the comfort of your home while you travel. With an accessible RV, you can easily keep on traveling the open roads without having to worry. Whether you are buying an RV with modifications to fit you or a family member, there are a few things you should know when you go to buy.

Every RV can be modified to fit your needs. Depending on mobility, there is a range of possible add-ons to make the inside of your RV is comfortable. In addition to the basic living features of an RV, you can buy a rig that has handicap accessible features like:

  • Wheelchair lifts or ramps

  • Widened pathways and entrances

  • Easy-to-reach counters, cabinets and controls

  • Roll-in showers

  • Roll-under sinks

If you are looking to make all of these modifications to a used RV, you can do that, too. RV dealerships with shops like Good Life can make modifications on a used RV so that it works for your individual needs.  Everyone can be accommodated.  Another option is to specify the modifications you would like to make, and place a factory pre-order through the dealership. This way, when you get your RV, you are ready to travel, and you don’t have to spend the time and money to make modifications.

If you are interested in making modifications, know that almost every type of RV can be modified to fit your needs. It might take some custom work, but nothing is out of the question. If you are modifying an existing ride, the first thing you will have to do is widen the entrance door. An average RV entry door is only 24”- 28”, so widening the door frame will be an important modification. After that, the lift is the most important part. You can choose to have any average wheelchair lift installed as long as it fits with your door frame width.

After these modifications, there are simple steps you can take to make your RV a little more comfortable to get around in. One of these steps would be to install grab bars throughout the rig. While you can get a more customized RV when you order new, note that a lot of aspects of an RV are already scaled down and easily accessible. The fridge kitchen appliances are often in an area that is within reach even while seated. Also, note that an RV floorplan that is all one level, as opposed to having a living space that you must go up or down stairs, is a good idea. A one level floorplan will make it much easier to move around in if you have a wheelchair.

We hope these tips help you if you are considering buying a handicap accessible RV. Remember to search for certain floor plans and makes that would be more conducive to mobility. Now get out there and hit the open road!