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Old 10-18-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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We are new to the forum. As the title suggests, we are looking here to get ideas for the best rv setup for us. We are trying to decide which way to go, truck & 5th wheel or class A or class C. Mimi is disabled due an auto accident and uses a scooter for longer distances. So we have to think about how easy the entry would be for her and the scooter. We are open to suggestions and as we come closer to a decision, we will need help with pros and cons of the different makers and models.

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to a great forum!
Placing myself in your situation, I think I would definitely consider a motor home so that Mimi has access to a restroom on board without getting out of the truck. I'm sure someone will be along who has experience in accessibility.

Enjoy the search!

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #3
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Thanks

That's a good suggestion that we really hadn't thought about. But it could be a great help.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:47 PM   #4
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as far as 5th wheels go, a couple of higher end builders will customize for handicapped accessability. new horizons for sure and maybe excel or nuwa.
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Can mimi handle the 4-5 stairs up into the average motorhome (or fifth wheel)?

Also, most fifth wheels have 3-4 steps up from the lounge/kitchen to the bed/bath level.

Agree about the niceness of having it all there all the time, course we have a class A so could be biased.

I'm sure there are devices that plug into a hitch reciever and can lift and hold the scooter.
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Welcome Carl and Nancy to the forum. I too would suggest a C or A so that your wife can access restroom and also lie down if needed. We have a class C and enjoy being able to stop and make lunch or take a short nap. We also travel with a cat and dog. If we need to stop at the store in the heat of summer, we can leave them in the RV and turn on the generator to power the A/C without worry. I am sure there will be people with more experience in this area to help you. Good luck in your search and hope you can get on the road soon.
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You might also consider a Toy Hauler. That way Mimi could just ride her scooter in and out using the ramp. This is just one example of what's out there.

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See Winnebago Ability Equipped motorhomes. Motorhomes can be used when weather is bad because you don't have to leave the vehicle and go back to another. Stopping to move around in the motorhome is better than while moving. We have friends that have a sling setup for lowering the electric wheelchair from a regular motorhome but check out the Winnebago Specialty motorhomes. Call or email Tiffin, Newmar or others that may have special situation vehicles.

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We are new to the forum. As the title suggests, we are looking here to get ideas for the best rv setup for us. We are trying to decide which way to go, truck & 5th wheel or class A or class C. Mimi is disabled due an auto accident and uses a scooter for longer distances. So we have to think about how easy the entry would be for her and the scooter. We are open to suggestions and as we come closer to a decision, we will need help with pros and cons of the different makers and models.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Will look into the special equipment.
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I just saw an ad for a motorhome that was built for handicapped users. The interior was set up for them, with entrance design also. Just google around. It was in Motorhome mag i believe.
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