Nothing makes your camping or RV adventure accessible like being able to accommodate your bike or wheelchair. Our customers enjoy biking as much as they do exploring, and new technology opens these opportunities to those with disabilities. Many camping spaces now offer paved trails and accessible fishing docks that accommodate wheelchairs. You just need to prepare your RV. Here is what you ought to know about wheelchair lifts and bike racks when shopping for RV accessories in Eugene, OR.
Choosing a wheelchair lift
It can be argued that a bicycle is not a “must-have” while out trekking, but a wheelchair is essential to those who need one. Fortunately, you are no longer stuck at home just because you use a wheelchair. Accessories for RVs and camp trailers increase accessibility. This includes equipping them with wheelchair lifts. Many models require a certain amount of door clearance, often 40 inches or more. The design depends specifically on you and the type of chair you use, so specifications are often customized. If a heavier commercial-grade lift is required, you will likely need a door kit in addition to the lift.
Basically, your wheelchair lift is designed just for you. Many RVs include options that create back doors or additional space if needed. So, while you may need to address more than the lift, these efforts will make accessible exploration a reality for you.
The best bike rack for your trailer or RV
There are many designs of bike racks, and there is likely one that meets your preferences. The rack that works best for your trailer or RV depends on the features it offers.
For example, you may have an RV equipped with both a hitch and a ladder. Many customers like the hitch mounting because the bicycles are at a level where they are easy to load and unload. Hitch racks also offer the most options. However, a rack that attaches to the ladder has advantages, too. They may work better for certain bike designs and secure at the frame, which reassures many bicyclists. If you use a camper rather than an RV, the ladder mount is likely your only option.
Racks also depend on where you prefer your bikes secured. Both frame and tire mounts offer security, but the tire mount is easier for some customers to handle. The wheel mount also has a larger capacity, which is perfect if you take RV adventures with the entire family.
While wheelchair lifts are generally customized, you have many options with bike racks. Take your time to see how each type works. Try them out in the shop to see if you can handle them, too. If you find certain locking functions too difficult to manipulate, or you cannot reach a ladder rack comfortably, ask about alternatives.
Ron’s Hitch N Tow offers a full inventory of RV accessories in Eugene, OR, including wheelchair lifts and bike racks. If you are looking for a fun and accessible summer, visit us today to start upgrades on your RV.