Disability access

Discussion in 'Motorhomes for the Disabled' started by Robert Cornes, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Robert Cornes

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    Hi,
    Can anyone help with advice about access to a motorhome when you can only stand on one leg! To be more precise my wife who already suffers from severe arthritis has broken her hip and after surgery has been told she cannot put weight on her right foot for 6 weeks.
    We have been searching the internet for devices which might help and the only practical one seems to be the Powerstep portable steplift at a hefty price. Does anyone have a used example for sale or can you recommend an alternative.
    Best wishes,
    Bob.
     
  2. Tootles

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    Welcome to *FUN* Bob.
    You find that some motorhomes have had especially wide access habitation doors fitted to cater for disabled people. Some even have a ramp, or lift, fitted. You can either search the net for one, or specify what you wish if considering a new van. :)
     
  3. Robert Cornes

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    Thank you for the swift response. The irony is that we only changed our van a couple of months ago from a van conversion to a coachbuilt for beds which are easier to access etc. I am sure we shall overcome this but the layout of the motorhome makes it a bit difficult. We though we had considered everything when choosing our new m/h but have been proved wrong.
     
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    carry her over the threshold once inside she can hop around with the furniture as support
     
  5. Robert Cornes

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    Good idea - why didn't I think of that. I can see I shall enjoy this forum!
     
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    How awful for her. I wish her a speedy recovery,
    How about a bottom shuffle?
     
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    I use a wheelchair & crutches and have for 8 years. We have a wide door motorhome and the wheelchair goes in the garage. I can't use my left leg so use bars & crutches in the Moho.
     
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    My husband is an above knee amputee, his method of entering and exiting the van is to get his wheelchair as near to the door as needed. Stand up, turn round sit down on the top step ( which in our van is the floor of the MH. Shuffle backwards on his bum to the bench area where he hauls himself into a sitting position. To get around the van he uses a wheeled stool ( purchased on line as a beauticians stool). Saves all the expense of alterations to the van. It does for now.
     
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    I admire mr cats resourcefulness. You really can't keep a good man down.
     
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    Hi Robert are you sorted on access to your MH. If not, try Ebay for a Milford hoist by Autochair. We bought one for £350 and it's brilliant. It's given us 4 years so far.
     
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