RVing is a popular pastime for many Americans, offering the freedom and flexibility to explore new places while enjoying the comforts of home. RVing allows you to travel comfortably, independently and at your own pace, while still having all the amenities of home. For those reasons, it has become an appealing way to travel for people with disabilities. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and considerations for RVing for people with disabilities.
1. Choose the Right RV
There are many types of RVs available on the market, but not all of them are suitable for people with disabilities. When selecting an RV, it's important to consider your specific needs and limitations. Look for features like wheelchair lifts, accessible toilets, grab bars, and wider doorways to make your RV as accessible as possible. Some RVs also come equipped with adjustable beds and showers, as well as other accessibility features. Class A motorhomes are often the best option for wheelchair users because they offer more space and better maneuverability.
2. Plan Ahead
Before hitting the road, do some research to ensure that the campsites, rest stops, and attractions you plan to visit are accessible. Look for sites with paved paths and level ground, as well as accessible bathrooms and showers. Many campgrounds also offer accessible picnic tables and fire pits, as well as other amenities like swimming pools and playgrounds.
3. Pack Wisely
When packing for your trip, be sure to bring essential equipment and supplies with you, as well as any mobility aids like wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. You may also want to bring a portable ramp to make it easier to get in and out of your RV or navigate uneven terrain. Lynx Levelers and Stop ‘N Chocks will be especially important to have in this case, as they’ll level and secure your RV, enabling you to use your ramp safely.
4. Stay Connected
While RVing can offer a sense of freedom and independence, it's important to stay connected with your support system in case of an emergency. Along with the usual emergency must-haves (like a first aid kit and fire extinguisher), also consider investing in a personal emergency response system (PERS) that can alert emergency services if you need help.
5. Join a Community
RVing can be a social activity, and joining a community of other RVers with disabilities can offer a sense of support and camaraderie. Look for groups like the National RV Association or RVing Accessibility Group, which offer resources and support for disabled RVers. Additionally, you can also join various groups on Facebook specifically dedicated to RVing with disabilities.
In conclusion, RVing can be a great way to explore the world, even if you have a disability. RVing with disabilities can present its own unique set of challenges, but with the right planning and resources, it can also be an incredibly rewarding and empowering way to travel. Whether you're a seasoned RV veteran or a first-time traveler, don't let your disability hold you back from experiencing all the beauty and wonder that the open road has to offer.