Winnebago program to help improve RV access for mobility impaired

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The following is based on a press release.
(September 23, 2019) — Winnebago Industries, Inc., has announced its alignment with the RVing Accessibility Group and its Co-Founder Mark Douglass. Winnebago and Douglass will work together to provide improved RV access opportunities for the mobility impaired.

“I am thrilled to be working closely with the Winnebago Industries Specialty Vehicles Division to bring further awareness to accessibility and RV travel,” said Douglass. “I have a passion for providing travelers and their caregivers with relevant and accurate information about RVing and this partnership will help bring this messaging to an even wider audience.”


Douglass, a professional accessibility specialist, has more than 20 years of hands-on experience as a disabled RV traveler. He has received classroom and hands-on accessibility training from the National Center on Accessibility at the University of Indiana, U.S. Access Board, ADA National Symposiums, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We look forward to combining Mark’s real-world experience with Winnebago’s commitment to providing world-class AE [accessibility-enhanced] innovations,” explained Robert Kim, Director, Winnebago Industries Specialty Vehicles. “And as our brand ambassador, Mark will continue to raise awareness for inclusive and accessible recreational facilities through education, example, and experience.”

On the heels of the debut of its updated 2020 Accessibility-Enhanced motorhomes, Winnebago will continue to grow its AE lineup for both purchase and rental opportunities. Current retail dealers include  Stoltzfus RV, US Adventure RV, and Lazydays RV. Rental opportunities are available with Brambillas, Inc. in Shakopee, MN, and Fraserway RV, with multiple locations in Canada.

“We are always looking for new and creative ways to serve this important customer base,” says Winnebago Industries Specialty Vehicle Division Sales Manager Jennifer Butters. “The goal of formalizing this product line is to normalize the process of having an accessibility-enhanced RV in stock for dealers. We want to make the purchase experience less mysterious and more commonplace for both the dealer and potential customer. Partnerships with well-known industry leaders like Douglass create great opportunities to drive market awareness for accessibility RVing.”

For more information about Winnebago’s accessibility-enhanced vehicles, visit https://winnebagoind.com/product-classes/accessibilty-enhanced.

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Einar

THAT’S GREAT! My wife is a Occupational Therapist and works with kids and some of them are multi handicapped. And when she tells them some of the places we go and things we have done camping there eye’s light up. One of them asked if any of the campers have a door wide enough for a wheelchair and can you put a lift on them? It would be great to see maybe happen soon. Then all you might need will be some of the campgrounds to look into future to help out.
We have a seasonal site and the family next to us have a daughter who is confined to a wheelchair. They had come from a Campgrounds where they had a seasonal site for a year. I asked them why they left there? They told me that campgrounds would not let them build a ramp for her wheelchair!