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Which suppliers sell wheelchair ramps for recreational vehicles?

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Wheelchair ramps for recreational vehicles are available at Roll-a-Ramp and Accessible Design & Consulting. Accessible Design ramps require special consideration for each situation but increase the safety of moving a person in a wheelchair into the RV. If purchasing a new RV, several manufacturers offer special customization for accessibility.

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Ideally, the ramp provides 1 foot of length for every inch in rise. While this means the ramp for an RV must be long, it provides easier accessibility. Toe rails along the edge of the ramp provide additional safety by preventing the wheelchair from rolling off the side. A handrail improves safety for people who walk up the ramp to enter the RV. A lift provides another option when ramps are impractical.

Modifying an RV to meet special needs is often more difficult than modifying the typical home. Many RVs have limited space for the modifications the wheelchair requires. If the individual can move inside the RV without a wheelchair, adding grab bars at interior steps into the bedroom and to provide help getting out of chairs is a possibility. If the person requires the wheelchair inside the RV, the best option is often modification of the RV before delivery. Options include roll-under sinks and lower counters, special controls for driving the vehicle, and wider entries and hallways.

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