GORV - Digital Magazine Issue #65 - Page 33


Touring Australia should be possible by everyone . Over the years , some caravan manufacturers have customised wheelchair-friendly vans , allowing people in wheelchairs to enjoy the same lifestyle ablebodied people take for granted .
Regal Caravans has also stepped up to the mark , building for a customer this impressive van . Based on its top-end Sahara range , this new Regal Access Van appears to be cleverly thought-out – it makes good use of technology to take the ‘ manual labour ’ out of various tasks , from unhitching to closing the internal ventilation hatches when it rains .
A principal obstacle to overcome is , of course , physical entry of the caravan for someone in a wheelchair . Some vans have used ramps ; however , the Regal uses a 12V AMF BRUNS K90 wheelchair lift – one of the best on the market , according to Regal . This clever lift retracts or extends from underneath the van at the push of a button , then lowers to ground level . Another button push and the lift will raise in line with the floor of the van . The lift can also pair with a smartphone app .
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