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Old 08-01-2007, 07:16 PM   #15
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Ken-Your's is the conversion that I had been looking at. The metal "frame" that would be under the dinette seat is higher on our Love Bug, about 5" so I have to make sure that the PP is not overly tall for her to sit on.

We were talking about steps and handles at the supper table tonight as a first step before getting the dinette in. She wants to make sure that she can get in and out before spending the money on the PP.

I am really encouraged that she brougth this up on her own. I have tried not to push her into doing things that she isn't ready for. I gave God a silent prayer of thanks when she brought it up.

The oldest daughter (Sarah)wanting her kids to experience camping had alot to do with the wife's timing I am sure. I called Sarah and told her about this development and we both almost cried.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:10 AM   #16
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It's great to see your wife wanting to try camping again. My wife has MS and we just make do with what her handicap schedule dictates. We have extra handles in our Casita, bath room door sill cut down and when she says to stop, we do. We have a bed slider in the back of the pickup to carry her scooter(break apart) and working on modifying a bike rack to carry her walker on the back of the trailer. If we can help, please let us know.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:17 PM   #17
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You might also check the regulations to see if she qualifies for whatever the federal system calls the old Golden Access Card for the federal CGs like NP, NF, BLM, etc. Not only gives her free admission and half-price on the campsite, but allows use of the handicap sites so the walk to the facilities is much shorter.

http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/access.shtml
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:17 PM   #18
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This may seem simplistic, but I don't see that others have mentioned it: In all of the Oregon and California State Parks I've visited so far with the trailer, there have been 'handicapped only' sites. They've had paved/smoothed areas for easy maneuverability and raised firepits for easy and safe use, with the tables easy to get to.

I assume this is true for other states, and such a campsite might make for an easier first couple of trips as she gets her feet under her again.

Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:26 AM   #19
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Good luck in your wife`s venture back to camping....hope it all works out well....you`re both in our thoughts and prayers for the future....Benny & Alice
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:52 PM   #20
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We were in a British Columbia provincial park campground this year which had one handicapped site, and it was indeed paved, with a entirely paved path possible to the (very nearby) washroom. It was also one of few sites in the campground with power (30A).

It was, unfortunately, terribly laid out: a trailer when backed in ended up with the door opposite the picnic table, and a large unit would have the door on the adjacent gravel. Going in forward wouldn't work with a trailer: it looks like the designer assumed that any user would have a motorhome, and would pull in forward.

Dave has a good point: this type of site does exist, and is worth checking for.
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Old 08-03-2007, 05:47 PM   #21
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And I will add this for the non-disabled campers -- Many CGs with Handicap sites will, when the occupancy rate is high, allow these sites to be occupied for one night by the non-disabled, rather than have the site vacant overnight when the rest of the CG is full. If local policy allows it, the time is often 6pm.
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:14 PM   #22
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I have stayed in many ADA sites (I have a placecard) when there is nothing else available.

You most times have to ask. I have been told nothing was available, and asked about ADA and then was told "yes" we have one (Or more) empty.

This is good to remember when showing up without ressies and you have credentials for them.

Unfortunately, most USFS ones are NOT reserve able, at least that I have run into anyway, and this makes it hard for those that REALLY need one.. they show up after 6, and there is a group of kids in it.

Seems a shame. State parks reserve them, as do some county parks I have gone to.

I try to leave them open, however, as.. I can get by nicely without one, AND, they put them near the bathrooms and it's high traffic.

But if you are in a chair etc. by the johns is a good thing.
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Old 08-04-2007, 06:54 PM   #23
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Hi Bob
I noticed on Ken's cabinet conversion, that once the cushion/lid are lifted to use the PP, one has to sit on the bare plywood cut-out. On cool days or especially nights, when heat may not be on in the trailer, the initial contact of skin on plywood can be a bit of a shock.
Here's a little secret I learned years ago about beating that man-meets-cold-toilet-seat shock,and which you and other RV members may already have heard: Just before "settling" down,place a small sheet of 1" blue, or pink styrofoam over the bench of the toilet seat, from which you have cut out/sanded smooth an opening which matches the outline of the hole thru' the bench. The change in sensation will amaze you...even at -30 degrees in the winter, sitting on that styrofoam pad will make you think you are sitting on a heating pad.The pad could be stowed alongside the PP inside the cabinet, if space allows; if not, it could even be hidden under the seat cushion 'til needed.We still have an outhouse at our cottage up at the lake, and for about the last 20 years, there has always been a styrofoam pad handyin the "biffy" when needed on those cold morning or evening treks "up the hill" !!
Try it...you won't believe it !!!
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:41 PM   #24
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Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Dawn will not attempt to get a disabled sticker for the cars because to her it means that her diability is permanent. I love the lady and hope that this will work out. I know that it would really help her overall condition and attitude about life.
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Yes, we addressed the "cold butte" soon after we made our mod. Di took an old towel and cut a hole in it to fit thus protecting the delicate portions of the anatomy when threatened with cold plywood on a chilly night. It makes a huge difference. I had occasion to avoid the green apple quick-step one night and I proved it!
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Yes, we addressed the "cold butte" soon after we made our mod. Di took an old towel and cut a hole in it to fit thus protecting the delicate portions of the anatomy when threatened with cold plywood on a chilly night. It makes a huge difference. I had occasion to avoid the green apple quick-step one night and I proved it!

Hi Bob, Dee and I took a cue from Ken's mod and changed it a little in our Lil Bigfoot. I built a riser for the pp to sit on which brought it up to cushion level. Then we put hinges on the top plywood andwere able to use pp seat as is. Please see photo. Keith

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Maybe these porta pottie posts should be under the "show us your little stinkers thread"



OK I'll go to my room now..
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Here's a gummint roadside potty on Top of the World Highway in Alaska in Spring one year...
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