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Old 07-20-2018, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hi all,
This is my first post here and I'm a new Dutchman owner. The dealer is installing a handicap lift for my wife; then, finish the paper stage of the purchase; we have to take care of the $$$; then, we can take ownership of an almost new 2018 Coleman Lite 1805BR travel trailer; and finally, we take it on a maiden voyage.
Our TV is a 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the Max Tow Package and it should pull this trailer just as easy as it did with the FFunFinder.
I'll update my signature pic (Currently our FunFinder Xtra XT190) when we take delivery of our "New" trailer.
Looking forward to great conversations here and hoping to pick up all I can from your Dutchman experiences...
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:43 PM   #2
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Hello John_C, congratulations on your new camper. Don't forget to use one of the pre-delivery checklists. again, congrats and Happy Camping...

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Old 07-20-2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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And remember we love pics especially of new rigs.
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Welcome... and I'm interested in the lift they're installing.

I've got a brother with cerebral palsy, and a good friend who is confined to a chair due to having his legs amputated. I've always wanted them to be able to visit and/or travel with me occasionally, but knew the logistics of getting them in & out of the rig somewhat easily would make a trip frustrating for all involved.

If you have the time once you get the rig, I'd love to see photos and get details of the lift... and see exactly what other modifications are being done to accommodate her.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:08 AM   #5
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Hello John_C, congratulations on your new camper. Don't forget to use one of the pre-delivery checklists. again, congrats and Happy Camping...

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Hi Frank,
Thank you for the information and the welcome!
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:11 AM   #6
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And remember we love pics especially of new rigs.
Hi Chris and Donna,
Thank you for the welcome and we'll be sure to include pics as they are taken (After delivery, of course)!
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:33 AM   #7
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Welcome... and I'm interested in the lift they're installing.

I've got a brother with cerebral palsy, and a good friend who is confined to a chair due to having his legs amputated. I've always wanted them to be able to visit and/or travel with me occasionally, but knew the logistics of getting them in & out of the rig somewhat easily would make a trip frustrating for all involved.

If you have the time once you get the rig, I'd love to see photos and get details of the lift... and see exactly what other modifications are being done to accommodate her.
Hi Tom,
Thank you for the welcome and I will visiting the lift manufacturer Monday to see exactly what they have in mind. The Coleman 1805RB presents some difficulty for them, as the 1805BR has a sealed wall and floor system for winter camping, that disallows drilling holes in the walls or floors;

I am told that they will connect to the frame above and behind the stairs and the platform, and when not in use, will fold parallel to the trailer wall... I will get you more info and pics as I find out what is what. However, being a retired engineer, weld inspector, and having written welding procedures, I become a bit jumpy when they talk about welding to the frame

Here is the link to the lift manufacturer (I believe) that Camping World contacted and sent them trailer details to assist the install:
Burr Mobile Wheelchair & Scooter Lift Burr Handy Lift
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:44 AM   #8
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Welcome... and I'm interested in the lift they're installing.

I've got a brother with cerebral palsy, and a good friend who is confined to a chair due to having his legs amputated. I've always wanted them to be able to visit and/or travel with me occasionally, but knew the logistics of getting them in & out of the rig somewhat easily would make a trip frustrating for all involved.

If you have the time once you get the rig, I'd love to see photos and get details of the lift... and see exactly what other modifications are being done to accommodate her.
Hmmm, The 1st response went into a dark hole.
Hi Tom,
I'll be sure to keep you posted on what happens with the install. The Coleman 1805RB has sealed walls and floor for freeze protection and presents an attachment issue. I'll keep you informed; however, there are several manufactures of Mobility Lifts for Vans, RV's, Trailers, etc. They can be installed for wheelchairs, standing, sitting, slings, and even chairs. I guess like most everything else, it only costs money
Here is one manufacturer that we are looking at:
https://www.mobile-lifts.com/motorhome-and-rv-lifts/
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:52 AM   #9
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Welcome... and I'm interested in the lift they're installing.

I've got a brother with cerebral palsy, and a good friend who is confined to a chair due to having his legs amputated. I've always wanted them to be able to visit and/or travel with me occasionally, but knew the logistics of getting them in & out of the rig somewhat easily would make a trip frustrating for all involved.

If you have the time once you get the rig, I'd love to see photos and get details of the lift... and see exactly what other modifications are being done to accommodate her.
Hi Tom,
Thank you for the welcome and I will keep you in the loop as to what we do and find out. There are several Lift manufacturers for different challenges, from wheelchairs, standing, sitting, chairs, and even the vehicle seats. I tried to post a link but, I think the link I put in the first two responses caused a hang-up;
just to get you started, try Googgling on:
Burr Mobility Lifts
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:35 PM   #10
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Welcome... and I'm interested in the lift they're installing.

I've got a brother with cerebral palsy, and a good friend who is confined to a chair due to having his legs amputated. I've always wanted them to be able to visit and/or travel with me occasionally, but knew the logistics of getting them in & out of the rig somewhat easily would make a trip frustrating for all involved.

If you have the time once you get the rig, I'd love to see photos and get details of the lift... and see exactly what other modifications are being done to accommodate her.
Hi Tom,
Here's where we are at with this... today anyway. We picked up the trailer yesterday as it was manufactured. We went to "Cummings Mobility", not too far from us, a few days ago and talked with the folks. On our trailer, due to the sealed walls and undercarriage, they need to tie to both frame members with a plate across the bottom. The cost is really spendy at $3,800 - $5,000 Because the wife can still climb the stairs, with help, and if she is not too tired, we are going to hold off for now. We are going to take a couple trips and see how she does. Even though the trailer is only 22.75 feet, it has has a nice open floor plan with the single slide, and accommodates the smaller transfer wheelchair well enough... we'll see how it goes.
Burr Lifts can be outfitted with the standing plate, a hanging chair, wheelchair plate, or one of several other means suited to one;s needs.
Good luck and I hope you can find something that works for you and your brother.
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