John Whitbread has been a wheelchair user for 33 years, and for much of that time he has been looking for the perfect vehicle to go camping in with his wife, who also uses a wheelchair. He looked at RVs, but couldn’t find a good one that wasn’t cost-prohibitive. He looked at trailers and toy haulers, but the ramps were too steep and they didn’t seem convenient. Finally, he settled on something a little more unique — a bus. “I decided I’d get a bus that came with a wheelchair lift and make the insides the way I want them,” he says.
After years of looking, he found his ideal bus — one with a side lift instead of a rear entry — on eBay. In January 2017 he bought it, flew to Atlanta to pick it up, and drove it home. Once he got the bus home, he got to work. “I stripped down all the seats and took out all the nails, took everything off the floor, cleaned it as much as possible, coa