Ramp or steps

Discussion in 'Camping for the Medically/Physically Challenged' started by Daddy Rabbit, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Daddy Rabbit

    Daddy Rabbit Member

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    My wife has a hard time accessing our pup. I'm building a ramp, how did you folks address this problem?
     
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    I built a transition with a piece 1" x 4" for the ramp to bolt on. I use pony clamps and PVC tubing for the makeshift handrail.
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  3. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Nice job ! That should make is easier for her. I am thinking of something similar for three of ur Chihuahuas that are long in the tooth and have problems doing steps /stairs.
     
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    I like your ramps, did you make those or buy them?
     
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    I'm not sure what the exact issue for her is so I'd be hard for me to make a recommendation. I have a prolapsed L4 L5 with fairly severe sciatica and more often than not I don't have full ability to have my left leg CO operate with what my brain is telling it to do. For me I can navigate steps if I have a good strong handhold on the left side. Barring that I need a ramp.

    Mind you, the ADA calls for a 1:12 ratio for a ramp, which might be very difficult for you to achieve in a campground just simply due to distances allowed. And let's face it, let's assume you have a 24" threshold to your camper, that means you would need 24 feet of ramp to be ADA compliant. And that brings us to the other issue, rarely, if ever, are RV doors wide enough to be ADA compliant. So if she needs a mobility scooter, or wheelchair, that isn't happening without some serious reconstruction of the camper...

    Now assuming she can navigate a short ramp without trouble, and doesn't need the wide door for assistive devices, a ramp like what @swordfish showed would be perfect. My only concern there would be the stability of the makeshift handrail...
     
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