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Old 05-04-2016, 07:54 PM   #11
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Could I suggest to the OP that a more effective way to get answers is to post smaller amounts of questions. Break up the request into different types of equipment etc. It's a rare forum member that will systematically answer every single question in such a large batch.

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Well, I dunno about that! Others have asked multiple questions in one initial post (I know I did when I first joined!) and between various replies, I think most of the questions get answered. I'd much rather see everything in one post, unless it's super specific, such as "ack, my hot water tank isn't heating up and now what do I do?" sort of question.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:03 PM   #12
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Well, I dunno about that! Others have asked multiple questions in one initial post (I know I did when I first joined!) and between various replies, I think most of the questions get answered. I'd much rather see everything in one post, unless it's super specific, such as "ack, my hot water tank isn't heating up and now what do I do?" sort of question.
OK, to each their own. I'm a fairly helpful person and if I see a few questions I'll try and answer those I'm familiar with. But when I see a long, long list of questions I'm less likely to wade into them. But, hey, maybe that's just me.

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Old 05-04-2016, 08:09 PM   #13
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I will share my perspective as an Occupational Therapist working in home health. Your "home" on wheels presents the same mobility challenges as any home. My first question is can you negotiate the "stairs" to get into the unit? The extra handles will help on entering but the most dangerous and difficult action will be going down the stairs as the handles which were positioned correctly for you when you enter, are now behind you as you leave. If you are concerned about your abilities here, I suggest you have your spouse "guard" you from the outside as you descend the steps, placing his hands on your hips to help you keep your balance. He should NOT hold your arm to assist your balance as any correction he makes will just cause you to twist as you fall, increasing the chances of injury. The next concern is can you get on and off the toilet ok? If not, two suction cup bars on each side of the toilet may help. Thirdly, can you get on and off the bed ok? Not sure you will have enough room to use the walker in the 19. You will have to get by with the cane and by holding onto furniture as you move about the trailer. The optimal intervention here might be to employ an OT or a PT to conduct a safety assessment of you and your trailer. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:43 PM   #14
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Lots of things to ponder

Thanks everyone one for the myriad of replies and thoughts. Let me fully read each post and reply after I give each much more thought, or try to understand some of the points .

A response to the question about the word "frugal". I guess what I'm trying to say is we don't want anything fancy or unnecessary. Because of where we live (cold/damp) as well as being in South Florida ( Extreme heat) for several months, insulation as well as AC would be necessities. Especially for my health condition.

As I mentioned, we won't watch much TV if at all. Also, I don't need a third burner on the stove or a larger refrigerator, etc. So I hope that helps when people respond about our build sheet, and what would be generally considered to be necessities versus "would love to have." Ditto for the pedestal table. The maneuverability of the table helps someone with limited mobility. So I hope that sheds some more light on being frugal, or us trying to keep costs of extras at a minimum

I appreciate the insight from the occupational therapist. Thank you! Yes, although gravity assists while descending the steps, it can also pose a dangerous issue if I fall. What would be helpful is to have a little banister or railing of some sort to hold onto. Got to figure that one out!
The Point about "too much information" or too many questions is well taken. If necessary, I shall repost my questions in smaller chunks.

I really appreciate everyone's help!

Thanks a lot to those who have replied so far... Lots of information to digest.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:03 PM   #15
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One suggestion from my side: maybe you will be interested in having the benches raised. They are quite low to sit on, and there is the option to get them raised during build.
I know it wasn't one of your questions but I thought to bring this up. It would be nice you get a chance to try the standard ones out, and see for yourself if possible.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:12 PM   #16
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Yes, although gravity assists while descending the steps, it can also pose a dangerous issue if I fall. What would be helpful is to have a little banister or railing of some sort to hold onto.
I'm sure you could have ETI install something similar to this:

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:21 PM   #17
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I think you seem to have a very well-thought out build sheet from ur comments. The only thing, and I might have missed a comment about it, is why the cot?
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:39 PM   #18
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I gave up reading the response in the red type because my eyes were starting to bleed. Suggest black type and maybe use italic or bold face the first word in the answer.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:47 PM   #19
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I'm sure you could have ETI install something similar to this:

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We wanted that same folding handle when we were doing our build and told no by Escape . Maybe they might now . Pat
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We wanted that same folding handle when we were doing our build and told no by Escape .
Curious. It seems like an obvious alternative to a standard grab handle.
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