Recreational vehicles have allowed numerous outdoor enthusiasts, who have special needs to recuperate their mobility. They can now enjoy the thrill of the road while enjoying the comforts of home. Apart from providing convenience while in the open road, travel trailers offer comfort and style to the disabled RV owners. According to the US Census Bureau, around one-fifth of the American population is suffering from some kind of physical disability. Thus, a number of RV manufacturers and suppliers are now offering special recreational vehicles to address the specific needs of such travelers. These RVs come with advance features to make travel comfortable and safe for people with health and mobility concerns.
In addition to the standard RV features, these motor homes include:
- Lower kitchen cabinetsÂ and counters
- Wheelchair lifts or ramps
- Longer faucet handles
- Conveniently located controls
- Brighter lighting
- Widened entrances
- Roll-under sinks
- Roll-in showers
Moreover, the major RV manufacturers and suppliers offer various accessories and options for customizing RVs for disabled travelers, making the journey stress-free and suitable for people with severe or minor disabilities. Gayle Martinelli, Handicapped Travel Club member, RVing advocate, and a certified therapeutic recreation specialist says, “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 traveling ‘home-away-from-home’ that can be thoroughly customized or modified.”
Moreover, many RV campsites adapted facilities to help disabled RV owners to meet their needs. Several RV campgrounds are offering wide and paved sites, electric scooters, and walkers for disabled travelers. Some of the campsite operators have gone as far as offering medical support and food services to meet the nutritional and physical requirements of such RV owners. You may even find specialized health and fitness classes for the disabled.