Disabled passenger

Bob McNair replied on 03/09/2019 17:27

Posted on 03/09/2019 17:27

Hello All,

We have just bought a 2008 Merc Sprinter LWB with coachbuilt living quarters. Jess (my wife) has to use an electric wheelchair all the time and we were wondering if anyone has solved the problem of getting to the roadway from the hard standing on gravel. We were thinking about rubber matting as a pathway or asking if we can park sideways, which would not be possible on all sites. Any help appreciated.

I'd also like to ask if anyone knows of the best wheel clamp for twin wheels on the rear, or if it would be better if I clamp the front wheels. Both front and back have stainless drums/caps fitted for bling. I'm also getting a Disklok and ignition lock.

Thank you for reading this.

Tinwheeler replied on 03/09/2019 17:41

Posted on 03/09/2019 17:41

I can’t really help with the problem of moving the wheelchair across the chippings but the mat idea sounds good. It'll be a rare event to find a pitch on a club site where you’re able to pitch sideways in view of the fire gap that needs to be maintained, especially as your van is a LWB model.

Not many people use wheel clamps on MHs, particularly on site as they impede the 'get up and go' nature of MHs and eat into the payload. It’s a good idea, in my opinion, to fit a steering lock and your Sprinter should have an immobiliser as standard. Unless your insurance demands it, or you park in doubtful areas, I’d not bother with a wheel clamp but it’s ultimately your choice.

Enjoy your van.

 

 

 

EasyT replied on 03/09/2019 18:16

Posted on 03/09/2019 18:16

All I can suggest is to buy an awning ground sheet (say) 3.9m by 2.5m, cut in half, heat seal edges if necessary, eyelet the cut edge and peg down to make 4 feet wide runway. 

I saw a similar solution for an active wheel chair user a few years back ....... he also had a hand cranked recumbent cycle and his wife would try to keep up!

Wherenext replied on 03/09/2019 18:18

Posted on 03/09/2019 18:18

Several Caravanners and Motorhomers use long plastic strips to help them move on waterlogged or snowy/icy conditions. If you were able to get 2 long ones of these it may act as a driveway for the chair.

I'm using my android which is useless for attaching a photo but I'm sure some kind hearted CT member will oblige.

Milothedog replied on 03/09/2019 19:19

Posted on 03/09/2019 17:27 by Bob McNair

Hello All,

We have just bought a 2008 Merc Sprinter LWB with coachbuilt living quarters. Jess (my wife) has to use an electric wheelchair all the time and we were wondering if anyone has solved the problem of getting to the roadway from the hard standing on gravel. We were thinking about rubber matting as a pathway or asking if we can park sideways, which would not be possible on all sites. Any help appreciated.

I'd also like to ask if anyone knows of the best wheel clamp for twin wheels on the rear, or if it would be better if I clamp the front wheels. Both front and back have stainless drums/caps fitted for bling. I'm also getting a Disklok and ignition lock.

Thank you for reading this.

Posted on 03/09/2019 19:19

I fully understand your question, My Wife is disabled and has spent sometime in a wheel chair on and off, and my mother in law who lives with us, is a full time wheelchair user. 

The gravel used on club pitches and pathways is very difficult to roll a wheelchair over, as we have found out in the past and have given our feedback to the club.

I have no recommendations how to overcome the issue but I would suggest when booking you phone the site. They will do their very best to reserve you a pitch which will minimize the issue you raise in my experience. 

Re your wheel clamp question, a decent steering wheel clamp, the type that covers the whole steering wheel is much easier to use, and as our friends have discovered is an excellent security device and satisfies their insurance requirements for their £55K Burstner

Enjoy your Van cool 

Navigateur replied on 03/09/2019 19:55

Posted on 03/09/2019 19:55

There is a type of matting that comes in 2' square interlocking sections.  The version available from Aldi/Lidl is quite thick and soft and is great for children playing, but there is another thinner and stiffer type that would better suit your needs.  I got mine from Costco, but I have also seen in splaces such as Toolstation and Machine Mart.

Bob McNair replied on 05/09/2019 14:58

Posted on 05/09/2019 14:58

Thank you all for your helpful answers. I think I might try the matting, as the company said it would be adequate for the job.

I am buying a Disklok, which seems to be the consensus of opinion here and is Thatcham approved. Thanks again.

PS - How do you follow a thread so that you get an email if there is an answer? TIA.

huskydog replied on 05/09/2019 15:05

Posted on 05/09/2019 14:58 by Bob McNair

Thank you all for your helpful answers. I think I might try the matting, as the company said it would be adequate for the job.

I am buying a Disklok, which seems to be the consensus of opinion here and is Thatcham approved. Thanks again.

PS - How do you follow a thread so that you get an email if there is an answer? TIA.

Posted on 05/09/2019 15:05

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