RVing Accessibility Group (RVAG), an IRS approved educational nonprofit, has launched strategic partnerships with two reputable RV dealers as resources for requests for accessible RVs.
According to a press release, Alliance Coach in Wildwood, Fla., and Guaranty RV Super Center in Junction City, Ore., provide and service accessible RVs for people of all abilities.
An accessible RV is one that can be independently accessed by a wheelchair user, offers open floorplans, and can have hand controls installed to provide freedom on the road for RVers with disabilities, regardless of age, injury or illness.
Alan Shapiro, owner of Alliance Coach, noted, “The RVing Accessibility Group works to ensure that campgrounds and parks are accessible for RVers with limited mobility. Our service center can help by customizing the RVs to be more user-friendly. We are pleased to have this opportunity and look forward to a long lasting relationship.”
RVAG recently attended the Abilities Expo in Houston, Texas, which is dedicated to providing services and solutions for the disabled looking to improve their quality of life. “Of all the shows and expos I have been to or presented at, this one was by far the most rewarding,” said Mark Douglass, co-founder and CEO of RVAG. “The demand for knowing where to get a wheelchair accessible RV to either buy or rent was phenomenal. In fact all the RV brochures from Guaranty RV and Alliance were taken, and by the third day, we were out of literature.
“We were approached by individuals with disabilities, families with disabled children, couples, and even groups wanting to travel together in accessible RVs.”
Approximately 20% of the RVing community has some sort of mobility issue affecting their RVing experience, the release stated. Statistics also show that persons with disabilities have a collective annual discretionary spending power of $220 billion and are likely to upgrade to the newest models and when it comes to recreation. It is also projected that one in four Baby Boomers will have at least one disability.
Douglass believes there needs to be more collaboration between RVAG, RVDA, RVIA and dealers/manufactures regarding wheelchair accessible RVs. “One of our goals is to get more people into the RVing experience, regardless of their ability,” he said.
For more information on the National Accessible RV Dealership program, contact RVAG at [email protected] The program is currently limited to a handful of exclusive dealers who can manage large geographical demand.