RVing is a super fun way to get out and see the country. It offers opportunities to explore places off the beaten path, gives budget travelers a way to save money, and allows you to carry the comforts of home with you wherever you go. Another benefit of RV travel is the fact that it makes regular travel easier for those in wheelchairs through the use of wheelchair accessible RV motorhomes and travel trailers.
By seeking out a wheelchair accessible RV (or retrofitting one to suit their needs), people in wheelchairs can travel when they want, where they want, and with everything they need. They will have access to an accessible restroom wherever they go, even if public restrooms are less than accommodating, and they won’t have to worry about whether the hotel room they booked will actually work for them.
Clearly, RV travel is the way to go, and can even be considered a key to freedom for wanderlusters in wheelchairs. The trick is finding the right rig. Let’s discuss how to go about this.
What Makes an RV Wheelchair Accessible?
The first thing to know is what exactly to look for in a wheel accessible rig. Can you even expect to find a fully accessible rig? What features might it include?
Yes, full accessible RVs do exist. However, the included features will vary from one motorhome or trailer to the next. For this reason, it’s good to carefully consider which options are most important to you and how you go about living your day-to-day life, and which ones you can either live without or put into the RV at a later date.
Some of the accessible features found in RVs made for those in wheelchairs include the following:
- A ramp or lift allows the wheelchair user to get into the vehicle.
- Wider doorways give plenty of space for a wheelchair to pass through.
- Open floor plans make it possible to move the wheelchair everywhere within an RV.
- Lower countertops and tables mean the wheelchair user can reach to prepare meals, dine, and more.
- Extendable dinettes and recessed sink cabinets help when using the table or sink.
- Accessible showers make it possible for wheelchair users to bathe in their rigs.
Once you have a good idea of which features you absolutely must have, you can start the hunt for the perfect RV. Wheelchair accessible RVs are available in all shapes and sizes. There are accessible motorhomes and trailers, and some companies will even make custom campervans that can accommodate a wheelchair.
The Best Wheelchair Accessible Class A RVs
Let’s start with the class A category. Our very favorite accessible RVs fall into this group. We like them because they are well-made and well-thought-out, meaning they will last and remain comfortable for years to come.
Newmar Accessible RVs
Newmar has a few great wheelchair accessible class A RV options:
Winnebago Accessible RVs
Winnebago also has some class A RVs that are wheelchair accessible:
The Best Wheelchair Accessible Class C RVs
We haven’t been able to find any current stock class C RVs that are wheelchair accessible. That said, there are many companies that offer custom rigs, and some have features available that would make the RV comfortable for a traveler in a wheelchair. We recommend using this option or searching for a used class C that suits your needs.
To find the perfect wheelchair accessible class C made for you, we recommend checking out the following options:
- Born Free — This company is no longer producing RVs. That said, they did make wheelchair accessible RVs, and some might be available in the used RV market.
- Showhauler Custom Motorhomes — This company will make a custom class C motorhome that will accommodate your wheelchair and keep you comfy.
The Best Wheelchair Accessible Class B RVs
As mentioned before, there are even some class B campervan options out there. Like class C motorhomes, these are not accessible as stock vehicles. In fact, the campervan companies listed below don’t even put out stock vehicles. Instead, they build campervans from scratch, meaning you can design your own wheelchair accessible class B RV and they will build it for you.
We recommend contacting one of the following companies to get the perfect class B made:
The Best Wheelchair Accessible Trailers
Lastly, there are accessible towable RVs. These include both bumper-pull trailers and fifth wheels, and they come in a variety of floorplans. Some of these accessible trailers are available as stock RVs, and others must be custom made. No matter which way you go, you’re sure to be thrilled to have a camper trailer that allows you to camp in comfort.
- All Harbor View Trailers — Harbor View prides themselves on producing only wheelchair accessible units. Anything you purchase from this manufacturer should work with a wheelchair.
- Weekend Warrior Luxe Toy Hauler — The Weekend Warrior Luxe Toy Hauler can have options added at the factory that make it a great wheelchair accessible rig.
- Dune Sport Custom Toy Haulers — This is a custom toy hauler manufacturer that offers some wheelchair accessible features, meaning you can build an RV that works for you.
- Some North American RV Trailers — This company makes wheelchair accessible trailers, but doesn’t offer much information online. We recommend reaching out to them for more information.
Upfitting an RV to be Wheelchair Accessible
Don’t see an RV that you love here? Maybe you already have an RV that you’d prefer to keep? If this is the case, we recommend looking into upfitting an RV to suit your needs.
In some cases, some DIY projects will do the trick. However, those who don’t have the skills or time for DIY projects and those who want more extensive overhauls might want to leave the job to a professional. In this case, companies such as Access Unlimited, BURR Mobility Products, Star Tracks Custom Seat Lifts, and Creative Mobile Interiors should be able to help you out.
Renting a Wheelchair Accessible RV
Want to try before you buy? Those who aren’t quite ready to bite the bullet and purchase a wheelchair accessible RV of their own can always rent one to see if RVing is for them and get a feel for what they might want in an RV.
Check out our blog on how to rent a wheelchair accessible motorhome or trailer, so you can be sure you find a rig that suits your specific set of needs and wants.