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Old 07-01-2019, 06:37 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting a Roadtrek SIMPLICITY for some light road trips but also has a another transportation option for our special needs son (7 years old). He is a quadriplegic and we currently have a minivan but the real issue is we need to do things while driving like suctioning him and occasional oxygen treatments and having some space to be in front of him and extra storage would make things allot easier for us. If I didn't need any of the mechanical operational in winter like the toilet or sinks could I drive this in the winter (Chicago) for taking my son to the hospitals and occasional outings? Also can you swivel the front passenger seat towards the rear and be belted in during driving or do you need to be front facing? Thanks in advance!
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The seatbelt attaches to the B-pillar and to the left side of the seat, so it wouldn’t work when turned backward. It would also prevent proper deployment of airbags in a crash.

Side-by-side in the middle area might be a better arrangement for safety.

Seems like you’d have to take a lot out to fit a wheelchair mount alongside a passenger seat. Might make more sense to upfit a full-size accessibility van than to tear down a full motorhome. I’m thinking you might need a wheelchair lift as your son grows, too. There are custom van camper upfitters that might be able to work with you.

I get how you’re thinking and I hope you find some way to make it work!
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This reply is not on point for the Simplicity, but a few months ago I happened across a sales posting for an Airstream Interstate that had been modified to allow for handicapped access via the slider door. This model has kitchen and bathroom tucked all the way in the rear, so that the handicap equipment could be placed amidships. Here is a pic, just in case it shows anything that could be useful as a point of reference in your situation:

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Hi Everybody,
Thinking of getting a Roadtrek SIMPLICITY for some light road trips but also has a another transportation option for our special needs son (7 years old). He is a quadriplegic and we currently have a minivan but the real issue is we need to do things while driving like suctioning him and occasional oxygen treatments and having some space to be in front of him and extra storage would make things allot easier for us. If I didn't need any of the mechanical operational in winter like the toilet or sinks could I drive this in the winter (Chicago) for taking my son to the hospitals and occasional outings? Also can you swivel the front passenger seat towards the rear and be belted in during driving or do you need to be front facing? Thanks in advance!
Hi. Interesting dilemma. I've been in a chair [C6 quadriplegia] since 1987. I don't require suctioning but need lifts or ramps for all my vehicles. In the past couple of years I've been the "search" manager for an RV dealership and a dealer of accessible vehicles.
A small class B RV with generator is a good idea - just so expensive.
The option of a conversion van that AX brought up might be better. My full size Ford E150 has an inverter so you could plug in the suction machine [or my CPAP]. Adrian
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Hi. Interesting dilemma. I've been in a chair [C6 quadriplegia] since 1987. I don't require suctioning but need lifts or ramps for all my vehicles. In the past couple of years I've been the "search" manager for an RV dealership and a dealer of accessible vehicles.
A small class B RV with generator is a good idea - just so expensive.
The option of a conversion van that AX brought up might be better. My full size Ford E150 has an inverter so you could plug in the suction machine [or my CPAP]. Adrian
A guy from AZ suggested a van
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You may also want to contact the local independent living center in your area. The other two replies seem like good options. The ILC in your area may be able to hook you up with some people to see their modifications and help you to think through considerations as your son ages. Just do a Google search. Good luck.
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