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Old 05-06-2016, 12:08 PM   #41
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Brian and Pat, I really appreciated the link to the Torklift handrail and step system, as well as the Telescoping rail mate system . It looks like they are great viable options, if no other permanent accommodations can be made by ETI. Great ideas that can really make my use of the trailer much safer!

ETI may want to consider some of these changes to accommodate a significant portion of their clients.

Also Pat, I appreciate your input about the mattress. What brand of air mattress do you have? It seems like that plus the foam latex topper would be adequate for my needs, and not too high in profile.
Regarding the dinette, I didn't consider my short stature and not seeing the view out of the window. So, that could be another reason to raise the dinette! Thank you so much for your insight and advice!
I learned so much from everyone here, thank you all for your time and thoughtful replies. Very much appreciated!
Hi Artlady .the air mattress we have is no longer available actually we have had it for a long time , bought for previous RV. I would suggest finding the shortest in height air mattress or you could use 2 camping mattresses . Hopefully no more then. 5-6 in in height . Then purchase a latex topper 2 in if your air bed is 6 in , 3 in if you can find 5 in . You want to end up with no higher then 8 in total . Really you will love the platform at the dinette to see out , we are 5 6 in and 5 5 in and we were sitting too low . You would definely want your walls reenforced for any grab handles and for hanging things . They do not add much weight and don't cover the whole wall . About 1 sheet of 3/8 ply total when all your walls are done . I will find it but especially for bath a nice teak grab handle not much money . I had one put right as going out door for my camper to hold on going out the door . Amazon has them for a good price .don't be afraid to ask for any help or questions you have . Pat
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:39 PM   #42
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ETI may want to consider some of these changes to accommodate a significant portion of their clients.
You're right, we are an aging population and already a percentage of RV users have mobility issues and the number will increase. RV's may start to go the way of housing where accessibility is given more consideration.

I've made a number of devices to allow seniors, who love kayaking and don't want to give it up, the ability to still get in and out unassisted. Maybe one day soon I'll even need to use one of them.

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Old 05-06-2016, 01:13 PM   #43
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Hi Artlady .the air mattress we have is no longer available actually we have had it for a long time , bought for previous RV. I would suggest finding the shortest in height air mattress or you could use 2 camping mattresses . Hopefully no more then. 5-6 in in height . Then purchase a latex topper 2 in if your air bed is 6 in , 3 in if you can find 5 in . You want to end up with no higher then 8 in total . Really you will love the platform at the dinette to see out , we are 5 6 in and 5 5 in and we were sitting too low . You would definely want your walls reenforced for any grab handles and for hanging things . They do not add much weight and don't cover the whole wall . About 1 sheet of 3/8 ply total when all your walls are done . I will find it but especially for bath a nice teak grab handle not much money . I had one put right as going out door for my camper to hold on going out the door . Amazon has them for a good price .don't be afraid to ask for any help or questions you have . Pat
Not sure how to grab pictures from Amazon but here is the information on handrail especially for bath Whitecap 60101 13 solid teak handrail 16.12 . 13 in long X 2 3/8 in h X 1 in d .model item number NA-CWR-50803 . As I mentioned had installed one at doorway going out of my camper . I will be getting another one myself . Pat
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If I recall, one of the Escapees parks in TX is equipped with an Assisted Living section. You can get one of the spots in that section when needed, setup and nursing care, etc. comes to your trailer.
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We are pretty picky about mattresses and have found that the Escape 19 mattress is just fine for us without adding anything to it.
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If I recall, one of the Escapees parks in TX is equipped with an Assisted Living section. You can get one of the spots in that section when needed, setup and nursing care, etc. comes to your trailer.
It's the Escapees Care Center in Livingston, TX
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:40 PM   #47
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We got an extra grab bar on the other side of the door, as you are planning. After having both hips replaced, Kathy finds it helpful for entering the trailer.

You didn't mention grab bars in the bathroom. We decided to get an 18" (45 cm) one that screws firmly to the wall, which we had reinforced for that purpose. We thought of the suction cup type that would be easier to install anywhere on fiberglass, but found the idea of a suction cup breaking free of the wall when we had our full weight on it a terrifying thought!

We found the costs of shipping to Canada considerably higher, than within the US, plus the duty that was charged to ETI and eventually to us. The grab bar was the one owner-supplied item for which we succeeded in locating a Canadian vendor (Grab Bars Canada) who shipped directly to ETI at a low cost.

Incidentally, we found the standard toilet to be near ADA height and easy for us to use.
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You mentioned you had hip surgery and you like sleeping on air and foam . The Escape mattress even with our new Latex topper went right down and made pressure points , Could not sleep at all .I am going by what you have liked and needs . Some people can sleep on hard mattresses . I haven't had hip surgery but I need my mattress to conform and be soft . We sold ours after trying out all kinds of fixes and wish we hadn't bought it . Luckily got 100. for it . It seemed ok and we went for it but there is not a spring mattress I can sleep on . I used to sleep on the floor when I was young but because of the damage from work and old age ,it does not work for me . Most important You need to get your needs met and they may be different from mine or anyone else's . Just my take . Pat
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You didn't mention grab bars in the bathroom. We decided to get an 18" (45 cm) one that screws firmly to the wall, which we had reinforced for that purpose.

The grab bar was the one owner-supplied item for which we succeeded in locating a Canadian vendor (Grab Bars Canada) who shipped directly to ETI at a low cost.

Incidentally, we found the standard toilet to be near ADA height and easy for us to use.
So, ETI installed it for you? Interesting! I had asked about this back in Sept when we first went there and we were told they would not do this. Interesting! I'll have to research this some more, as I'm interested in having some sort of grab bar in the bathroom. And that wall is getting reinforced, so that's not a worry.

Re: the toilet - if you're thinking of getting a different one and having ETI install it - forget that thought! I was exploring the idea of an elongated toilet but they won't install it. So, if I want it (and if I feel there's still enough room to take a shower), I have to chuck the old one and install a new one. What a waste! Unless someone is willing to buy a slightly used RV toilet.

Re: the bed - only you will know if the bed won't work for you. Our reasoning is that it's hard for me to sleep on other beds. Yeah, if I'm tired enough, but even then I can wake up with a very sore back, hip, shoulder, whatever. Dirk felt it was worth the cost to get the full size Select Comfort bed. After all, I'll be doing most of the driving and I really don't want to drive when I've gotten crap for sleep. Dangerous! Yeah, not doing that.

Yeah, those beds are expensive. Yeah, you can fiddle fart around with foam toppers, egg carton toppers, this and that type of mattress for months on end. Meanwhile, you're getting crummy sleep and your body feels worse (which is probably not the greatest idea with your disease). And then you'll realize - shoulda got it in the first place.

Of course, this is just MY opinion - yours and others may vary. When I had a motorhome rental last year I used a memory foam topper and I hated it! I could not get comfortable in it, compared to what I was used to. That's why there wasn't any "discussion" about getting the Select Comfort for The Trailer.

Are you guys coming back to get the trailer or will you have it delivered? If you're picking up, you could always pick up a foam topper after you get it and try it out. It just might work for ya. If not, order the Select Comfort when you get home. You just won't get the credit from ETI for not getting their mattress, but at least you'll have something to sleep on while you drive it back. Other option would be to have it shipped to ETI (expensive and customs added on) or to a shipping/receiving place in Sumas or nearby.

Lots to think about!
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Old 05-06-2016, 03:20 PM   #50
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You didn't mention grab bars in the bathroom. We decided to get an 18" (45 cm) one that screws firmly to the wall, which we had reinforced for that purpose.
I should have mentioned that we have a 21', and reinforced the wall between the bath and bed. This provides some 'meat' for the screws to grab into. So far it feels secure.

I'm not sure that a grab bar can be installed in a 19' bathroom. Can't do it on an outside wall. Possibly could reinforce wall opposite toilet and install bar beside sink, but that might be too long a reach. The most convenient location appears to me to be bolted through the door; but you would have to convince yourself that the door hinges are strong enough to withstand the forces (iffy), and that it wouldn't matter if the door unlatched while you were pulling on the grab bar.
You're pulling it shut so maybe that's ok?
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