A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible RVs
Article originally featured on Wheelchair Travel
If you have a week or two (or preferably longer) to vacation, a road trip might be just what you’re looking for. Road trips offer a chance to set your own pace while relaxing, enjoying time with friends and family and exploring so much more of the world around. Road-tripping in a personal car or wheelchair accessible van is certainly possible, but it’s much more enjoyable in a wheelchair accessible RV, motorhome or camper van.
In this guide to wheelchair accessible RVs, I’ll introduce you to the different options for purchasing an accessible motorhome or camper van, opportunities to rent a wheelchair accessible RV, and some important things to consider before hitting the road.
Wheelchair Accessible Motorhomes for Sale
Two major manufacturers of motorhomes produce include wheelchair accessible RV models in their product lines — they are not aftermarket adaptations, but rather feature direct-from-the-factory accessibility features. Streamlined manufacturing helps to reduce cost and the prevalence of accessible motorhomes on the market. Below, we take a closer look at the accessible RV models that are currently in production.
Winnebago Accessibility Enhanced RVs
Winnebago introduced its Accessibility Enhanced (AE) model line of wheelchair accessible RVs featuring wheelchair lifts and roll-in showers in 2019, and it has continued to develop the line since that time. The 2021 line-up includes the Winnebago Adventurer and Winnebago Inspire.
Winnebago Adventurer 30T AE Wheelchair Accessible RV
Starting at $269,421, the Winnebago Adventurer 30T AE motorhome is 31 feet in length and can comfortably sleep 5. The RV features a high-powered Braun wheelchair lift, a 54″ x 25″ roll-in shower with grab bar and a roll-under sink.
The Adventurer is described as Winnebago’s top-of-the-line gas coach, and it boasts a host of features that the company typically reserves for its diesel-powered motorhomes. For more information about this RV, its features and to see more photos, video and a 360-degree tour, visit the Winnebago website.
Winnebago Inspire Wheelchair Accessible RV
Starting at $299,000, the Winnebago Inspire is the company’s biggest and most luxurious wheelchair accessible motorhome. With a length of almost 36 feet, the Inspire features a queen size bed, a roll-in shower with a full wrap-around curtain, and lots of extra space with slideouts on both sides.
A mid-entry diesel-powered coach, the Inspire is outfitted with an impressive 340-hp Freightliner® XCS chassis, delivering a smooth and powerful ride. For more information about the wheelchair accessible Inspire RV and to see a 360-degree tour, visit the Winnebago website.
Newmar Mobility Lineup of Wheelchair Accessible RVs
Newmar Corporation produces high-quality, luxury motorhomes and was acquired by Winnebago Industries in 2020. The company includes wheelchair accessible floor plans across five of its models. Each of the mobility accessible Newmar recreational vehicles features a roll-in shower with built-in shower seat, roll-under sinks, wide hallways and a premium wheelchair lift. The floor plans, starting prices and additional information is provided below.
Newmar Dutch Star 4311 Wheelchair Accessible RV
Floorplan 4311 on the 2021 Dutch Star is Newmar’s top-of-the-line wheelchair accessible recreational vehicle. With a price starting at $404,971, it may be out of reach for many, but it’s loaded with features and boasts a level of wheelchair accessibility that many would say is unmatched.
The RV features a queen size bed, a roll-in shower up to hotel specifications, a roll-under sink and a sofa that doubles as a bed. The wide hallways and Braun wheelchair lift make this motorhome score an excellent accessibility rating. For more information on the Dutch Star 4311 RV, visit the Newmar website.
Newmar Ventana 4311 Wheelchair Accessible RV
Starting at $313,795, the 2021 Newmar Ventana 4311 offers all of the accessibility features of the slightly larger Dutch Star at a discount of nearly $100,000. It’s a popular RV, with an easy-to-navigate floorplan and lots to love.
To take a look inside a real-life Ventana 4311, check out this video walk-through of a 2019 model that was shared by Mount Comfort RV in Greenfield, Indiana.
As you can see, the Newmar Ventana wheelchair accessible RV is an impressive motorhome with lots of space, an incredible roll-in shower and tons of features! For more information on the Ventana 4311 RV, visit the Newmar website.
Newmar Kountry Star 4011 Wheelchair Accessible RV
Country with a “K” may look suspicious, but Newmar’s Kountry Star 4011 RV delivers on accessibility. With a starting price of $279,434, the 2021 model sleeps four, with a queen size bed and a 74″ hide-a-bed sofa onboard. The rig’s shorter length requires some minor concessions — the roll-in shower is 4 feet wide instead of 5, but still offers fantastic accessibility and an L-shaped shower seat.
For more information on the Kountry Star 4011 RV, visit the Newmar website.
Newmar Canyon Star 3911 Wheelchair Accessible RV
Starting at $238,434, the 2021 Canyon Star 3911 is a popular wheelchair accessible motorhome at a mid-range price point. Due to its shorter length, the Canyon Star has a narrower sofa bed, but still features a queen size in the bedroom area.
To take a look inside a 2020 model of the Canyon Star wheelchair accessible RV, check out this video shared by North Trail RV Center in Fort Myers, Florida.
Note that the 2020 model had a gasoline-powered engine, but starting in 2021 the Country Star features a diesel engine at the front of the motorhome. For more information on the Canyon Star 3911 RV, visit the Newmar website.
Newmar Bay Star 3811 Wheelchair Accessible RV
Starting at $158,816, the 2021 Bay Star 3811 is the most affordable of Newmar’s wheelchair accessible RV options. As of 2021, it is Newmar’s only accessible RV that runs on gasoline. Although it has a shorter length than the brand’s other coaches, the Bay Star still delivers the accessibility features that wheelchair users need.