The RV has an extra wide door (70cm). It is equipped with a double bed, an accessible shower stall, and a ceiling lift between bed, shower and toilet (photo 2). The RV also has a kitchen (photo 4) and dining area (photo 3), see associated tip. The dining area converts to a large bed for the children. The assistant gets an extra mattress.
The RV has a 45-liter water tank and a water heater. The water and the RV are heated with electricity or with liquefied petroleum gas. There is also a gasoline-powered spare generator.
The RV also has 2 TV sets that run on electricity and 12-volt battery.
Model: Polar 590-2,5CTH
Helena and her husband began to look for a used RV, but couldn’t find one that met their needs. Then they checked the different brands and chose Polarvagn, since it is made in Sweden and it was easy to talk to the factory.
Polarvagn makes individual modifications for wheelchair users, but that solution was too expensive for Helena and her family. Instead they ordered a standard configuration RV with a 70 cm wide door and Helena’s husband made all of the other custom modifications:
– removal of existing shower walls and cabinets next to toilet to make room in the shower
– shower curtains sewn
– plastic floor covering welded to floor by shower
– ceiling lift installed
– roof reinforced with aluminum beams on top of RV for ceiling lift
– wooden ramp (photo 1)
– cabinet by entrance redesigned to allow for a larger turning radius (photo 5).
The goal was to make everything as convenient as possible. For detailed information, contact the user through firstname.lastname@example.org
Polarvagn, www.polarvagnen.se (last checked february 2017) and user’s husband
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User and her husband
The user and her husband’s
Another company that builds adapted RVs for people with disabilities is SMV, www.smvhusvagnar.se/Specialvagnar.html (in Swedish) (last checked Febr. 2011).
This tip is from 2009