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    One of the things on my to-do list is a cross-country drive (though mostly west of the Mississippi drive). In a perfect world it would be traveling with an Airstream, which due to many reasons, isn't feasible (not that this idea is either). I ran into some YouTube videos of "van-life" travel, and figured I'd google "minivan camper van". I was honestly surprised by all the videos there were, which got my mind to thinking. Not that I'd likely ever be adventurous enough to do so...but I wonder how possible (and practical) it'd be to do so as a quadriplegic, using a modified minivan? Given my height the bed would have to face front to rear, and needing to use a lift to transfer complicates things even further. There wouldn't be enough headroom to use the lift inside, but I suppose you could open the side door, and transfer in/out of the chair next to the van door, wheeling the lift legs under the van, and the arms of the lift inside the door opening. I imagine there would be much more to it then that, and it likely wouldn't be something I'd want to stay in for the full journey, but I imagine for an adventurous spirit, it might be possible!

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    You could use the overhead luggage rack for your lift.
    https://nwbus.com/inventory/shuttle-...le-bus-s04744/

    Here is one in yellow...https://nwbus.com/inventory/shuttle-...ol-bus-b71944/

    I like this style. Put the lift where the staired entry is.
    https://www.lasvegasbussales.com/inv...le-bus-sp2167/
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    You need something like this! I use my Molift to transfer back and forth form my wheelchair and bed. https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/tro...056508844.html

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    I've pondered this as well as a paraplegic. The restrictions of a minivan are pretty tough, though basically anything is possible if you've got enough time and money and are willing to make some crazy sacrifices (I suppose if you had a reclining electric chair you could just sleep in the chair for example).

    Getting a chair into the van means you've got very little space left to work with.

    I've watched a couple of this guy's videos

    He manages to fit a fat tired bicycle into the minivan with him, but there's precious little space after that.

    A minivan basically eliminates the possibility of having any sort of lavatorial facilities, so you'd have to rely on finding an accessible bathroom when you need it which definitely might be easier said than done (though I have hauled my toilet seat into a highway rest stop and taken a two hour dump in the past).

    If you're willing to go a little bigger, something like a sportsmobile might be possible. They built a one off WAVE (stands for something like wheelchair accessible vehicle... E-something) that had a lift and a passable amount of room inside a Ford E series full size van. That was years ago though and they mostly build stuff out of Mercedes Sprinters and the like. That would seem a little more feasible than a minivan and you'd still be able to park in a regular parking space (which I'm assuming is the reason you are thinking about a minivan?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
    You need something like this! I use my Molift to transfer back and forth form my wheelchair and bed. https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/tro...056508844.html
    I'm afraid the gas bill alone on that would be jaw-dropping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook98006 View Post
    You could use the overhead luggage rack for your lift.
    https://nwbus.com/inventory/shuttle-...le-bus-s04744/

    Here is one in yellow...https://nwbus.com/inventory/shuttle-...ol-bus-b71944/

    I like this style. Put the lift where the staired entry is.
    https://www.lasvegasbussales.com/inv...le-bus-sp2167/
    That last one is sharp. I'd again worry about gas mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    I've pondered this as well as a paraplegic. The restrictions of a minivan are pretty tough, though basically anything is possible if you've got enough time and money and are willing to make some crazy sacrifices (I suppose if you had a reclining electric chair you could just sleep in the chair for example).

    Getting a chair into the van means you've got very little space left to work with.

    I've watched a couple of this guy's videos

    He manages to fit a fat tired bicycle into the minivan with him, but there's precious little space after that.

    A minivan basically eliminates the possibility of having any sort of lavatorial facilities, so you'd have to rely on finding an accessible bathroom when you need it which definitely might be easier said than done (though I have hauled my toilet seat into a highway rest stop and taken a two hour dump in the past).

    If you're willing to go a little bigger, something like a sportsmobile might be possible. They built a one off WAVE (stands for something like wheelchair accessible vehicle... E-something) that had a lift and a passable amount of room inside a Ford E series full size van. That was years ago though and they mostly build stuff out of Mercedes Sprinters and the like. That would seem a little more feasible than a minivan and you'd still be able to park in a regular parking space (which I'm assuming is the reason you are thinking about a minivan?).
    I'd imagine I'd have to keep the chair outside due to space.

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    I've been keen on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans.

    https://www.masano.mercedesdealer.co...19e86d9a8b.htm

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    Considering the added weight of carrying all the stuff needed for travel, a full size van might work better. Like the MB Sprinter, you'll have lots of room for bed and other mods. Gas costs will suck no matter which one you get. Weight = more fuel needed.
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    get a toy hauler a gal I know went to moab with 1 they camped fr a week out there I think mcduff had a coach amber a para rodeo with here lq trailer with horses

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