Winnebago debuts new wheelchair-friendly RV collection

Published: January 16, 2019  |  Source: curbed.com
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The campers boast wheelchair lifts, roll-in showers, and wider hallways

With a goal of bringing greater comfort to people traveling in wheelchairs, Winnebago just announced that they are launching three new accessibility-enhanced motorhomes. The new wheelchair-friendly models will be available in three standardized floorplans and will debut this weekend at the Florida RV Supershow. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.

According to the the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 report, there are about 3.6 million people over the age of 15 who use a wheelchair, and about 11.6 million people using a cane, crutches or walker to get around. Travel can often be difficult thanks to cramped RVs, the lack of wheelchair lifts, and beds that don’t allow for easy access.

To combat these problems, Winnebago is offering a slew of wheelchair customization options, including a platform wheelchair lift with an 800-pound lifting capacity, and a powered roll-up lift door for wheelchair entry and exit. Other features include expanded hallways, a roll-in shower with an assist bar and folding bench seat, a raised toilet with assist bars, and a roll under sink.

Sleep will be easier thanks to an electric adjustable queen bed, while wall-mounted lights and an optional lower microwave make day-to-day activities more manageable. All of the options will be available in three different Winnebago models, including the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE.

“Our accessibility-enhanced customers are looking for the same freedom from home that many RV owners seek and in many cases the ability to travel is much more meaningful. Over the past four decades, we’ve optimized our accessibility enhancements to take them beyond simple add-ons, to developing them into design features founded in countless real-world experiences and with Winnebago’s legendary construction standards,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Specialty Vehicles.

“RV dealers across North America count on Winnebago for superior quality and innovation, and we look forward to making these options easier to stock and obtain as we understand options for accessibility that are available to drive off the lot are hard to find in the broader industry.”

For more information on Winnebago’s accessibility-enhanced vehicles, head over here.

By Megan Barber