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10-10-2017 08:19
peedee The best place to have a look at the variety of lifts available is the Mobility Road Show but the next show is not until mid 2018. I was impressed by one made by >Braun,< (there are other similar makes) and wanted one fitted to my motorhome but this was not possible and I had to settle for one by >Ratcliff Palfinger< My vehicle is rear wheel drive and it is quite likely the drive shaft got in the way. The one good thing about RP lifts is they are widely used and there is a good network of service agents both in the in the UK and on the Continent. They are also very reliable. I have a RUL35 fitted and it has performed faultlessly for 6 years now. You could try searching the internet for a secondhand one?

peedee
04-10-2017 20:13
stetheblue Hi Cabby, sorry for the late reply, I've been working fulltime on getting the work done, I've found a really helpful guy locally that is helping me source and complete everything.
So far we have completely gutted the whole interior, moved the boiler, water tanks, underfloor waste water tank, removed the secondary floors, repaired or replaced all damp areas (loads around the bottom of the wall panels and floor joint, nearly all the way round!!) refitted new plumbing, gas, water and waste, re-sited the electric fuse boxes. fibreglassed all holes left from moving water, boiler, cooker and vents.
Put in a new internal floor all on one level where it used to be on 3, fitted low profile unwin floor rails for the wheelchair and the most transforming Ive had the whole outside wrapped.


The bus looks brand new, last external work being done at the weekend and that's fitting the new custom made door for the wheelchair lift.


It's then on to the interior, profile bed is already in place, new kitchen cupboards are on order for low level hob & sink,


This is defo the most enjoyable project I've ever done but I'm glad I didn't know there would be this much involved as it would have put me off starting the journey.


I'll update and possible add pics once I have got it all done
01-09-2017 10:59
cabby We had to sell our motorhome due to the good lady wife being confined to a wheelchair now. I did a lot of trawling around the web, but I found that as you said, a standard layout is much too restrictive and an empty vehicle to start with is the best way forward and have units fitted to accommodate. I did consider an older vehicle and gutting all the units out, such as shower and dinette etc.But I would be unable now to do the work, so decided it was too expensive.
As an after thought, could you use a ramp and winch, there are vehicles out there already using this method to load wheelchairs.only they enter from the rear of vehicle.(taxis etc)

Do keep us posted as to your progress and thoughts.

The other problem that arises will be transfers within the vehicle.We laid out on the floor indoors the size of floor space available and attempted to complete basic tasks, regretfully this showed us that it would not be an enjoyable time for both of us, so we now consider alternatives, some of which were suggested on here for us.Disabled hotels etc.
29-08-2017 20:26
aldra I need to tell you

I'm so impressed ste

We worry about such unimportant things

Whilst you two just try to get away

Now I'm going to worry (in a good way)

That you will find the way

Keep us updated

And your wife's name? If it's ok to tell us

I want to meet this special person

Sandra
29-08-2017 18:38
stetheblue
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Originally Posted by javea View Post
I wonder if these people could help: https://www.coachbuiltgb.co.uk/
Hi Javea, these guys can defo help but the £11k quote for a lift and door scared the sh sh sh poo outta me!
We recently hired a converted Autotrail which had been done by these guys and the workmanship was superb, but it was too tight for a big electric chair as they had kept everything else in, our plan is to be very minimal with everything, even to the point of not putting a shower/wetroom in, we intend to use Campsite facilities for these as the standard for disabled is really good and getting better each year.


I did find a guy in Cumbria who mainly does VW buses that said he would do it for a couple of grand but his waiting list is until April next year,
29-08-2017 17:18
javea I wonder if these people could help: https://www.coachbuiltgb.co.uk/
29-08-2017 13:58
stetheblue
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Originally Posted by javea View Post
[U]is this kind of device any good - https://www.motorstep.net/
That would be ideal if the wife could still walk but now she's permanently in her wheelchair I need something more substantial.


Thanks for your help though much appreciated
29-08-2017 09:53
javea [U]is this kind of device any good - https://www.motorstep.net/
29-08-2017 09:41
stetheblue Thanks Sandra, fingers crossed
28-08-2017 17:10
aldra It's not an area of any knowledge I have Ste

So basically this is a useless response, but

As you will soon find out, I'm the expert on useless responses

But I really hope that someone on here has the experience and knowledge to help

I know many are overcoming disability problems to keep on travelling so fingers crossed

There isn't much, in all my years on this forum, that someone doesn't know the solution to

Sandra
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