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RE: Modifications for Wheelchair Traveler

Apparently it can't be done.
DougE 03/27/20 02:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Modifications for Wheelchair Traveler

No response? Is there no "real world" experience applicable to this issue?
DougE 03/23/20 07:50am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Is a tandem axle cargo trailer worth the extra $ over single

If you tear up a wheel or if a hub craters you can chain up the offending wheel and limp home. For my single axle motorcycle trailer I carry a spare tire and hub assembly. (You can put brakes on a single axle as well. Plus I have had a tandem wheel where only one axle had brakes.) BTW make sure they don't give you a metric axle.
DougE 03/20/20 02:18pm Towing
Modifications for Wheelchair Traveler

Having recently experienced a gout incident I have become interested in outfitting my Class B Sprinter to accommodate travel by a solo (powered?) wheelchair user. Mine is the configuration that has a toilet compartment immediately behind the driver's seat. It appears that one of the Ricon lifts would work in the side door and would allow grabbing the side door from the interior to close it after the wheelchair occupant is lifted inside. It is unsure whether grab handles and room would then allow the person to get into the driver's seat. But, in general, do you have a successful T1N (or similar) modification that allows wheelchair travel? If so, please post pictures of your installation and explain your setup.
DougE 03/20/20 07:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sprinter Class B Wheelchair Accomodation (?)

Not insulted. My terse wording is not meant to offend. (And I'm not on the small side :>). If I back a wheelchair onto the ramp I think I can reach the manual side door frame to pull it closed. I think I can pretty well pull myself upright and hobble around. The armrest on the driver's seat allows easy entry. I'm a solo traveler so I could even remove the co-pilot's seat. My tape will tell me if I fit, but is it really practical? I don't have a wheelchair at the current time so can't experiment.
DougE 03/19/20 10:25am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Sprinter Class B Wheelchair Accomodation (?)

I'm an engineer so I can get out a tape measure and check fitment issues, but I was really trying to get some "real world" experiences from those that already deal with this issue.
DougE 03/19/20 08:29am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Sprinter Class B Wheelchair Accomodation (?)

Thanks, but my Sprinter Class B has a rear couch/bed arrangement and rear-mounted spare tire so a rear entry isn't feasible. Thus I'm trying to find out if my configuration is workable. In general, I think if I can get the wheelchair in, with grab handles I'd be able to make my way to the driver's seat. Hopefully I don't have to look at trading to a different floor plan.
DougE 03/17/20 09:43am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
Sprinter Class B Wheelchair Accomodation (?)

Having recently experienced a gout incident I have become interested in outfitting my Class B Sprinter to accommodate travel by a solo wheelchair user. Mine is the configuration that has a toilet compartment immediately behind the driver's seat. It appears that one of the Ricon lifts would work in the side door and would allow grabbing the side door from the interior to close it after the wheelchair occupant is lifted inside. It is unsure whether grab handles and room would then allow the person to get into the driver's seat. But, in general, do you have a successful T1N modification that allows wheelchair travel? If so, please post pictures of your installation and explain your setup.
DougE 03/17/20 08:23am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: coupler height

Typically about 18"
DougE 03/03/20 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Best route from Alpine Tx to Carlsbad NM

I just went up 285 from Fort Stockton and then through Pecos to Carlsbad. Particularly around the Pecos area it was a mess due to the oil field traffic and road construction.
DougE 02/13/20 02:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida to Texas

Generally take I10 all the way other than taking I12 across the top of Lake Pontchartrain to avoid New Orleans. West of Beaumont I would take 124 down to the coast (High Island) and use the ferry to get to Galveston.
DougE 01/26/20 09:27am Roads and Routes
RE: Rio Grande Village RV Campground in Big Bend NP

fitnj- Are you describing Study Butte rather than Terlingua?
DougE 01/13/20 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: El Paso Wally docking

I typically stay at the KOA on the west side of Las Cruces when traveling through there. For free, maybe the truck stops at the Texas/New Mexico line are an option. I worked in El Paso for two years and wouldn't consider overnighting in any shopping centers, Walmart or otherwise.
DougE 01/07/20 02:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stinger hitch too long, want to shorten it

Structurally, pigman1, is essentially correct.
DougE 01/07/20 08:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Big Bend National Park

Four campgrounds in the park: Cottonwood Campground: Water points, pit toilets. Rio Grande Campground: Water points, flush toilets. Chisos Basin Campground: Water points, flush toilets. Rio Grande Village RV Campground: Full hookups. Just google big bend camping.
DougE 01/03/20 08:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: senior pass

Yes, us old farts are getting in at free or reduced rates depending on which card we have and even getting a break on camping fees, but it's like going to the movies - we're spending tons of money in the parks on other things.
DougE 12/07/19 08:11am General RVing Issues
RE: 4-Corners

It's kind of one of those things you should do once. Eat some fry bread, buy a trinket or two. Then you can check it off your experience list.
DougE 12/03/19 08:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Dealing with pet passing while on the road

A local vet office will be able to advise you on local options.
DougE 12/02/19 02:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Space Heater

If you're a subscriber of KISS, this basic heater from Walmart is hard to beat. I have several.
DougE 11/14/19 03:15pm Travel Trailers
Cat Shelter

I had a couple of feral kittens show up in my yard. I've been feeding them regularly but they won't let me handle them. Our city has a "cat coalition" that will fix them but can't find enough homes for them so I'll have to take them back. Before I can get to that point they need winter shelter (not too bad here in Texas). I put together a shelter based on a 70 quart Coleman cooler. I cut a hole in one end and put in straw for bedding. Cats aren't too fond of being trapped in a space so I added a cat flap near the other end. It looses some insulation value but I think it works for the cats otherwise.https://i.imgur.com/2qnDS9ll.jpg
DougE 11/03/19 12:09pm RV Pet Stop
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