Winnebago Reveals New Wheelchair Friendly Motorhomes

Mobility-challenged people always faced huge obstacles when it comes to the RV lifestyle – until now. Winnebago Industries just rolled out their gorgeous new wheelchair friendly motorhomes, the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE.

Totally Customizable Wheelchair Friendly Motorhomes

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Winnebago’s Accessibility-Enhanced (AE) line, includes the Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE.

The freedom to roam with your home is something most RVers take for granted – except for those people who rely on a mobility device to get around in the world. The 15 million people in the U.S. who need a wheelchair, walker or cane usually have few options for RV travel. Starting in 2019, the innovative RV designers at Winnebago Industries changed all that. The company’s specialty RV division just launched three new RVs made exclusively for mobility-challenged campers. Each rig can be ordered from RV dealers around the country.

“Before our accessibility-enhanced Winnebago, the thought of going on vacation was more stressful than just staying at home,” said Mike Freeman, Winnebago Forza 34T owner. In a Winnebago press release, Freeman explained the travel challenges other travelers don’t experience.

“Most people take for granted the ability to hop in a car, plane, train at will to take a vacation, visit friends and family, or explore a new destination. Our accessibility-enhanced RV has opened up a wider and richer world for our whole family and even makes day trips easier. We can leave the house with confidence, and excitement, rather than anxiety and stress. I hope more people like us will discover their freedom and adventure with Winnebago’s new offerings.”

Meet Winnebago’s New Accessibility-Enhanced RV Features

The Winnebago Accessibility-Enhanced RV Lineup features the most popular requests from physically challenged people, such as:

  • Platform wheelchair lift with an 800-pound lifting capacity
  • Powered roll-up lift door, with wall-mount and key-fob remote controls for wheelchair entry and exit
  • Expanded hallway and bathroom areas for greater accessibility featuring:
  • Large roll-in shower with an assist bar and available folding bench seat, with extended lever faucet controls and adjustable shower head
  • Raised toilet with assist bars
  • Roll under sink
  • Electric adjustable queen bed
  • Thermostatically or remote-control roof vents
  • Wall-mounted light and generator switches
  • Lower installation of the systems monitor panel
  • Optional 6-way power transfer seat
  • Optional lower microwave placement

Three standardized floor plans are available for the wheelchair friendly motorhomes. The lineup is made up of the Intent 30R AE, the Adventurer 30T AE, and the Forza 34T AE, a diesel pusher. The mid-sized rigs are exclusively for RVers with wheelchairs and walkers. Each model can be further customized depending on a buyer’s needs.

For example, a buyer can request a specific heights for the beds and toilets. Need more handrails? Not a problem, Winnebago will add them into the rig. And there’s even an optional ceiling track system installation for mobility without a wheelchair. Even more customization is offered with specific furniture requests, cabinetry, and aesthetic changes to the rig.

Easier RV Travel for the Whole Family

The new wheelchair friendly motorhomes make travel easier for physically challenged people and service animals alike. The Winnebago accessibility-enhanced RVs open up a whole new kind of adventure for the entire family. And with RV trip planning help through the many online resources for RVers with mobility challenges, owners of the Intent, Adventurer and the Forza can more easily experience North America’s greatest wheelchair friendly destinations and beyond.

For more information about Winnebago’s accessibility-enhanced vehicles, visit https://winnebagoind.com/product-classes/accessibilty-enhanced.



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Wheelchair Friendly State Park In Colorado: New Track Chair Program

For those who have mobility issues, taking a hike down a wooded trail may sound like a distant dream. In Colorado’s Staunton State Park, a newly launched Track Chair Program now allows trail access to those who cannot explore under their own power.

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Track chairs can take you off the beaten path (Photo by TC Wait)

Staunton State Park is Colorado’s newest State Park (opening in May 2013) encompassing over 3,800 acres of dramatic mountains, historic cabins, mountain meadows filled with wildflowers, and breath-taking waterfalls.

It lies about 40 miles southwest of Denver in the Elk Creek Valley between 8,000 and 10,000 feet elevation. Staunton boasts an extensive trail system for riding horses, hiking, or biking, areas designated for rock climbing, and ponds for fishing.

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Enjoy scenic natural views at Staunton State Park (Photo by TC Wait)

The Staunton family, who donated the initial 1,700-acre parcel of land to become a State Park, have a healing history in the local community dating back to the 1900s. Dr. Rachael Staunton treated everyone from local ranchers to those with tuberculosis and shared healing strategies with Ute tribe members who taught her about using local herbal remedies.

From this history, Staunton State Park now offers the use of donated Track Chairs so that everyone can experience the healing magic of the trails and woods of the area.

In 2017, Staunton State Park initiated its Track Chair Program. Over 150 people participated in the program in its first season. The program relies on donated Track Chairs and volunteers. People can sign up on a first-come basis to use a chair (free of charge) to explore the park in one of the three chairs. The chair units were made available through donations to the Mark Madsen Accessibility Fund, managed by the Friends of Staunton non-profit organization.

The chairs are easy to maneuver and also have controls that the volunteer can use in the event you are not able to on your own or grow tired during your trip. The program volunteer will provide you with instructions on how to operate the chair and travel with you to ensure you have a successful adventure.

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Use one of these Track Chairs free of charge at Staunton State Park (Photo by TC Wait)

Mike, one of the program volunteers, is a former LA firefighter whose wife has Multiple Sclerosis. He is enthusiastic about the success of the program and the freedom it allows people to explore or just BE in a natural area.

He says that some of the people he has accompanied in the Track Chair want to go over every rock and bump in the trail, while others want to enjoy getting out to sit in a quiet place and listen to the birds sing.

He has taken people of all ages and abilities out and each person has their own unique and beautiful experience. He says one person got caught in a brief Rocky Mountain rainstorm and laughed about getting soaked while out on a “hike.”

To reserve a Track Chair, you visit the Staunton Track Chair page. You will need to answer the questionnaire to ensure your needs can adequately be met. You will also need to have a caregiver to accompany you on your hike, in addition to the Track Chair program volunteer. A $7.00/car park entry fee is charged to all visitors.

Be sure that you bring with you what you may need to be comfortable during your hike. Water, sun protection, medical supplies, layers for inclement weather, and of course a camera are recommended.

See also: Resources For RVers With Mobility Challenges



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