On the Road
Friendly Wheels, Issue 51
There are many ways to make travel accessible for those with limited mobility, but for those who travel often, accessible RVing may be the perfect solution.
RV travel allows you to meet all of your needs in advance without having to rely on the availability of accessible hotels or rental vehicles once you reach your destination. RV travel allows the spontaneity that air travel doesn’t, allowing you to change your course on a whim.
An RV can be fully customized to meet your needs and abilities. Some common accessible adaptations include:
- wheelchair and POV lifts/ramps
- low countertops and cabinets
- accessible shower with grab bars and a hand-held shower head
- raised toilet seats
- roll-under sinks
- bright lighting
- extra storage space for necessary supplies and equipment
- built-in handicap accessible driving controls
“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 ‘home-away-from-home’,” said Gayle Martinelli, a member of theHandicapped Travel Club.