Whatever your disability, chances are your needs are unique — here is how two different RV travelers, one para (Consider Airstream RV Travel) and one quad, went about finding their homes on wheels.

Finding Athena

accessible RVFramed by the bright blue Sonora Desert sky, Picacho Peak gazes down upon my wife and me as we walk and roll along the expansive desert landscape around Tucson, Arizona. We look downslope from the road toward the campground and see our motorhome with her sun, rain, and wind-weathered exterior sitting among the saguaro cacti. After a three-month journey in which she has taken us more than 2,000 miles from our Pacific Northwest home through countless scenic places, we agree that this is the motorhome for us.

The purchase and the decision to go on the road was the result of considerable thought and research, mostly online. We wondered if it was practical to invest in a motorhome and travel for several months, given the additional considerations of my having a spinal cord injury and using a wheelchair. Eventually, after talking with other motorhome owners and learning about their travel experiences, we got a sense of the features that might make our travels easier and decided to go through with purchasing.

The Setup

We searched for an RV with capabilities that met our specialized requirements for the daily tasks that needed to be accomplished. To maximize resources and limit the number of modifications required, we focused on finding a used RV that already included most of the accessibility features we wanted. Our short list included one level floor with wheelchair access from the front of the motorhome to the back, roll-in shower, bed with a height that worked well for transfers, secure upfront passenger seating for a