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Old 03-23-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Adding a Superarm wheelchair lift

Has anyone put a Superarm Wheelchair lift into their coach. We are planning to have our lift moved from our old Winnebago to our new '07 40 MDTS. We will have to have a few modifications done. Would sure appreciate any advice if any of you have already done this.

At this point it looks like we will need to move the table down 10- 12" to fit the lift in by the door. It would be great if there was a way to make the table flip down for ease of loading our daughters wheel chair. Any ideas? I love this coach, and I hate to make any "ugly" modifications.

The switches will also need to be moved from that area, perhaps moved to above the door?

I also need a platform to cover stair well for loading/unloading. I wish it was something that could slide out, but was also thinking maybe something to flip down.

The door will also need to be able to open all the way, which means a bit more modifying.

The tie downs will be the easy part. Anyway I did a search to see if I could find anything and nothing came up. It looks like a few of you have made some modifications and maybe can offer some advice. I sure appreciate all the help you have all already offered.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:33 PM   #2
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Infinity Coach is a great local company. It's just a few miles over the hill in Sumner. They're familiar with Alpine Coach, and if they don't have the answers and where-with-all they can point you in the right direction. Infinity Coach | Your Expert Luxury Motorcoach Specialist
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:41 PM   #3
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Infinity Coach is who we have made an appointment with to make the changes. They seem like super people and we are looking forward to what they come up with. Hoping someone else has made these changes so we have no regrets. It's kind of scary dismantling a beautiful coach, not knowing what the end result is going to look like.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:17 PM   #4
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We put a full size lift in a '98 36FDS but had the advantage that the early coaches had a separate dining room window that could be replaced with a large side door. We also took out doors and made the bathroom accessible with a roll-in shower. Luckily we now have a purpose built handicap unit. Good luck with all the work you have ahead of you.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:24 PM   #5
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Hi John

Nice to see you back on this forum. It looks strange to see the Newmar logo in your avatar! How do you like your new coach?

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Old 03-25-2015, 07:07 AM   #6
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Hi Geoff,
I do check the forum occasionally but you can always PM me if you have questions. I do have a new wax valve and a new pressure relief valve for the hydraulic pump if anyone is looking for spares. Each of these can take 8 weeks to get from the UK.

At 44' the Ventana takes up a lot of space compared to the Alpine. It is nice to have the latest technology but we have some issues, including half the LED ceiling lights aren't working, but Newmar is very good at responding to my questions. The Comfort Drive system makes driving very relaxing which wasn't always the case with the Alpine. We get 8mpg with the ISL 400 which is less than the Alpine but not too bad for a coach this size. Here is a picture to make you jealous
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Beautiful and I am jealous!!

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John, we looked at the Ventana, it was beautiful, but it was above our price range. Our daughters handicap is pretty severe and she is unable to get herself around or help out. So she wouldn't use everything in the fully accessible coach (our reasoning to make ourselves feel better, since we couldn't get it, lol). We really wanted a diesel so we could pull our wheelchair accessible van, the biggest obstacle we had was finding one with a mid entry. No dealers were helpful in telling us which ones to look for. We are so excited about this Alpine...and we saved some dollars by not having to buy a new lift! We took her shower chair out yesterday and found that it fit in the shower. So that conversion is going to wait until we get to old to lift her. Bob is dropping the old motorhome off today to get the lift removed. I can't wait to get traveling. BUT, When you get ready to sell the Ventana...drop us a line!
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Hi Geoff,
I do check the forum occasionally but you can always PM me if you have questions. I do have a new wax valve and a new pressure relief valve for the hydraulic pump if anyone is looking for spares. Each of these can take 8 weeks to get from the UK.

At 44' the Ventana takes up a lot of space compared to the Alpine. It is nice to have the latest technology but we have some issues, including half the LED ceiling lights aren't working, but Newmar is very good at responding to my questions. The Comfort Drive system makes driving very relaxing which wasn't always the case with the Alpine. We get 8mpg with the ISL 400 which is less than the Alpine but not too bad for a coach this size. Here is a picture to make you jealous
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