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    So I've been looking and watching different trailers, RVs and campers go by for a while. Regardless of the ultimate size, whether it's just a pop up or a full on trailer, the base issue is always door width. I'm 27-28" wide. Because of the natural design motivation to fit as much as possible in the smallest space the door openings almost always have something right up against the jam making them un-modifiable. Anyone have any base advice or knowledge of models that have either a door to fit my width requirements or space to widen without too much destruction? N
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    "...the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril..." Herman Melville: Moby Dick

  • #2
    Not an issue with a toy hauler.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      We had a Playmor specifically made to be accessible but they dropped their accessible model. A company in Pennsylvania, I believe Sunliner, made a very nice conversion but they went out of business in the recession. I wonder if googling wheelchair accessible travel trailers might reveal other companies doing conversions. You also might consider getting a used diesel transportation van (large size w lift) and finding a mobility conversion company willing to make it into a camper. This would be costly but those diesels run forever. Winnebago does custom conversions of RV's.

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      • #4
        I've always been concerned that after you get through the door, can you move with any amount of ease. They all seem narrow and getting from point A to point B is equally difficult.
        I refuse to tip toe through life, only to arrive safely at death.

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        • #5
          there are a few trailers harborveiw by bridgeport I have the 33' it has a lift roll under sink and roll in shower but it is heavy 10500 pounds there is also a company called freedomtraveler that has a built in ramp it has all the roll under stuff.

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          • #6
            Used accessible RVs:

            http://www.rvproperty.com/handicapped-rvs-for-sale/

            https://www.rvtrader.com/HANDICAP-AC...sc&radius=150&

            http://www.handicappedtravelclub.com...se-categories/

            Here are some companies that make accessible RVs (certainly not inexpensive!!) which can include significant customization:

            https://www.ride-away.com/research/m...le-motor-home/

            https://winnebagoind.com/products/sp...pped/overview/

            http://www.dickgoresrvworld.com/prod...4311-608124-10

            http://www.newmarcorp.com/motor-coac...ir-accessible/

            http://www.dodgenmobiletech.com/mobility-rvs

            http://www.bornfreerv.com/mobility-rv

            http://www.startracks.org/index.html

            Here are some wheelchair accessible toy haulers:

            https://dunesport.com/toy-hauler/wheelchair-accessible

            http://rvsandcargotrailers.com/wheel...e-towable-rvs/

            https://weekendwarriortoyhauler.com/...toyhauler.html

            Occasionally used accessible RVs are posted on www.disableddealer.com and eBay as well.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eds View Post
              there is also a company called freedomtraveler that has a built in ramp it has all the roll under stuff.
              Freedom Traveler has been out of business for at least 3 years.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bigtop1 View Post
                I've always been concerned that after you get through the door, can you move with any amount of ease. They all seem narrow and getting from point A to point B is equally difficult.
                My wife and I are both chair users. We eliminated the dinette table that converted to a bed so we would have one point in the trailer where we could pass each other.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the response, I have some stuff to look through. The toy haulers look good but the ramp angle and required space to effectively drop the ramp are an issue. Just for the sake of narrowing down the options, does anyone know of actual models or even styles that will tend too have the larger door opening?
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                  • #10
                    Even more than door openings, which probably could be enlarged, my main concern is the bathroom. I mean if I have to use the campgrounds bathroom then I'll just bring a tent.

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                    • #11
                      The Sunliner (not the trailer we had) had the toilet in the shower area and i believe a small sink in there as well. All enclosed with a privacy curtain. The door on the Sunliner was just wide enough for a chair and the lift was an under vehicle lift, a good application for a trailer because they have a lot of ground clearance. Unfortunately, the Pa company went out of business during the recession. The guy I knew who had this used a big Permobile power chair and lived in it full time.

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                      • #12




                        Sportsmobile wave 4x4 van can get you wherever you want to go. Door looks wide enough.

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                        • #13
                          It depends a lot on what you want to do and how strong you are.
                          I'm a T6 70 years old, 35 years in the chair. I have a Fleetwood Flair. I crawl in (on a J Protector) haul my chair in and get back in the chair. Like someone else said, the outside door is the least of the problem. Getting to the bathroom and in the shower are more important. I've had the Flair for 26 years, because I can't find a replacement. Split, bathroom, counter tops that go across the aisle, etc. all suck. If you have a pile of money, someone will build you whatever you want. But then its usually something that's 40 feet long, that you can't park anywhere.
                          Don't get a pop up camper, they suck even for able bodied people. Class A's are the best, because you don't have to get out to use the bathroom. Pull outs (the extensions on the sides), suck. Add width, so harder to find a place to park, and some you have to open the pull out, if you stop to eat lunch of want to use the bathroom.
                          Look at floor plans and then go look at the real thing.

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                          • #14
                            The Sportmobile is certainly at the top of the list. It's perfect for our environment and since i don't drive a ton it would also be a great day driver. Issue is kids and space camping. By kids (baldfatdad) i mean the constant necessity of getting things. Can't be hoisting myself every 20 minutes and a ramp, manufactured or improvised, is a lot faster. There are a lot of issues that will affect the final decision. Mostly the nexus of cost and fit but aimless hunting is exhausting.
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                            "...the most reliable and useful courage was that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril..." Herman Melville: Moby Dick

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