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Old 08-02-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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several questions please

My wife and I are looking at buying a 1997 Winnebago Adventurer 34WA. She had a stroke and now has weakness and limited use of her left side. She uses a walker for getting around.
Several questions we have as the MH is not close enough to go look at
Is the mattress attached to the frame for putting a bed/side rail underneath. Will this cause a problem for raising the mattress for getting to the storage underneath.
Does anyone know how much room there is in the bathroom for using a commode over the toilet or would it be better to use a raised seat with built in rails, or attaching support rails to the wall behind the toilet, how solid is that wall?
Any idea if/how to install floor to ceiling poles by couch or driverrs seat for assisting sitting down and getting up? Likely can't use a push/spreader type pole as used in houses as by turning the screw to tighten would likely push the roof off the MH, but any other ideas.
The extended handle on the outside by the door for assisting getting in is already on the list.

Any other thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Both my mother and mother in law used walkers late in life , I think another consideration would have to be interior door width.
I know that getting through the interior pocket doors while using a walker would not be possible in my Newmar.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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My wife has Parkinson's. She functions pretty well inside the unit but the entry stairs give her the most problems. I don't think there is much room around the toilet to add helper equipment. Best wishes in adjustments you make. On the upbeat area, we used to travel by air a lot but RV travel has given us much better access across the country.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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I feel your pain as we are in the same situation. I found that the comode chair in my rig did stradle the toilet which gave her arms to help her get up. In the past I had put a riser under the toilet as it must have been installed for small children. As far as the matt is concerned it just lies on top of a plywood platform which is hinged for ease of lifting, should not be a problem. As for a pole, I had a"U" shaped pipe bent and anchored to the floor that she could grab onto, sorry I don't do photos, but I bet if you looked at what would work it could be fabricated. I looked at Coachlift, located in Phoenix for a power lift. Seems like they had a handle on how to do it right.

The walls & ceiling in the motorhome are made of foam covered with paneling so not the stongest anchor point. The floor is 1/2 inch plywood with a metal under pan so you can't go all the way through it.

Along with her othert problems she now has to get dialysis which really put the rig up on blocks.

Good luck and ask all the questions you want, there is a wealth of info on this web site.

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Old 08-03-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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That particular floor plan makes it very difficult to do any thing with the toilet. The bed access is also very difficult. Almost any of the other 34 or longer floor plans will work fairly well. We have a completely handicap equipped 1999 Brave 35C. The door and wall adjacent to the toilet were removed. We have a riser on the toilet. We have a hospital bed in back with a floor mounted Hoyer lift. We have a SuperArm wheel chair lift. You can bolt things through the floor if you have access through the basement doors. That is how we mounted every thing including the Hoyer lift. I can take pictures of our toilet area if wanted.
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