Disabled access to standard van

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  1. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

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    I've put this into chat to try and get ideas from those that might not read the Motorhomes for the Disabled section.

    I have a 2004 coachbuilt with a 20" wide hab door and standard Ducato cab.

    My wife is becoming increasingly disabled, can only stand and walk a few steps with help.

    She is slim and less than 70kgs.

    I am looking at possible options, winch or lift to help her get into the van, through either the hab door or cab door

    Would be grateful of any ideas:thumb:



     
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    Burstner,

    I'm sure you've considered the Powerstep Lift. I've been looking for ages for a secondhand one, with no luck. I'm reluctant to shell out the extortionate price for a new one, but I will probably have to relent soon. If I come across any new solutions I'll let you know and post on the 'MH for Disabled' section.

    Good luck in your search. If you find anything please share the info'

    Mike
     
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    I think the most discreet would probably a baby version on a tail-lift that you see on backs of vans. Your step is only wooden anyway, so a couple of openings could be made for a worm drive, would only need to be short. Then a small platform to go to the ground, so she could stand on and then get lifted to floor height. - the platform can then fold up against the door, like they do an the back of vans - which also acts as security too!

    Set halfway, you would have the sturdiest on motor home steps!

    May need a little manufacturing for the platform, but they are only driven by wiper motors anyway and the runner/lift mechanism could be shorten from a van one?

    May look less intrusive than a lift.
     
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    They look ideal - but I guess as you say, they come at a price! I wonder if their are grants or similar available to help?
     
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    The Community Transport Association (CTA) is the national body for accessible transport groups,if you contact them they should be able to help and maybe put you in touch with a local operator or converter. http://www.ctauk.org/

    Unwins make the powerstep http://www.unwin-safety.com/

    I did see one that was built on a trolley jack base with tracking to take a wheelchair,maybe a bit of 'Scrapheap Challenge' type bodging may work out.
     
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    Unwin Quiklift

    The model describe in my previous posting,similar to a trolley jack is called a Quiklift,but it is now discontinued. You may be able to source a s/h one or find pictures to copy it.

    These were carried by welfare transport operators as an emergency if the installed lift failed. Maybe the local Social Services or Ambulance service has one lurking somewhere.
     
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