David Sherrer doesn’t let the fact that he’s in a wheelchair stop him from enjoying RV travel. Now he’s dedicating the next few years of his life to show others with disabilities that they too can hit the road on a cross-country adventure.

“I want to help people enjoy life,” Sherrer said.

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune reported that Sherrer, a paraplegic and executive director of Qchair Traveler, will spend at least the next four years traveling around North America to advance travel accessibility for people with disabilities. Qchair Traveler is a nonprofit that works to bring awareness of disability issues in the travel industry. Sherrer said he will spend winters in the South and plans to eventually make it up to Canada and possibly Alaska.

And Sherrer’s trip is going to be easier thanks to the help of two northern Indiana suppliers — Lippert Components Inc. and Furrion LLC. Sherrer already had his toy hauler equipped with some upgrades like a pulley system and altered interior to accommodate his wheelchair, but the two companies took his ease of travel to the next level.

Sherrer was given upgrades like keyless locks, power stabilizers, a power awning and a backup camera, among comfort additions like a new mattress and TV. Many of the things, the 52-year-old explained, not only make travel easier, but considerably safer as well.

Sherrer, currently living in North Carolina, was in the Michiana area last week to have the new upgrades installed on his RV. He ended his stay at the South Bend/Elkhart KOA Campground in Granger where he got to test out the upgrades before embarking on his trip.

Loving to travel, bringing awareness to the difficulties people with disabilities can face has been a cause for Sherrer for almost 26 years. He said he started his first advocacy group just nine months after he was shot and paralyzed in 1989.

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