The ability to take an excursion to one of America’s many campgrounds in an RV is something many people take for granted. But for the physically challenged, there are serious obstacles to embarking upon such a trip starting with the fact that there are few RVs for rent that can meet the needs of this group.
But, according to the Akron Legal News, a unique partnership between Fairlawn, Ohio-based RVShare and the nonprofit organization RVing Accessibility Group Inc. (RVAG) is offering a solution to this problem by connecting owners of accessible RVs with renters.
RVShare made its debut on the Internet in December 2013. Its goal is to provide a platform for RV owners and renters. Pagosa Springs, Colorado-based RVing Accessibility Group focuses on educating its RV and campground industry members about current compliance standards for people with disabilities.
The two have different objectives, but they have one important thing in common, a love and appreciation for RVing. It was during a November 2014 trade show in Las Vegas that RVShare owners Mark Jenney, Joel Clark and Patrick Couch got their first glimpse of the uphill battle facing physically challenged individuals who want to take their vacations on the road.
“We stopped by RVing Accessibility Group’s booth and started talking about how a large portion of the country has accessibility needs and how there are few accessible RVs available for rent,” said Clark. “It really struck a chord with us since we aggregate all the RV rentals in the country.”
“Our group has been working hard to help make campgrounds accessible,” said Sabrina Thompson, an outdoor accessibility advocate and volunteer for RVing Accessibility Group. “While there are manufacturers that make accessible RVs, they are privately owned. Most people are not going to invest in buying an expensive vehicle without first deciding how they feel about RVing so we are trying to make it easier for people to find rentals so they can have the same chance to fall in love with RVing as those without physical challenges.”
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