What an inspirational couple! When neurological issues forced Tanya to retire early, she started looking at #vanlife. Her husband, Derec, is in a wheelchair and didn’t think it would be possible to adjust to life on the road or get a vehicle that met his needs.
With the help of the VA, the couple got a wheelchair lift, a special driver’s seat, and hand controls for their van. They tow a bathroom cargo trailer behind the vehicle so Derec has plenty of space, and they lowered the bed inside the van for easier transfers. Now the couple is working on a foundation and grants for other people in wheelchairs wanting to get outside the “four walls” and experience nature. What do you think of their setup?
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Full-Time Van Travel with Disabilities
Here’s Derec’s special adjustable chair.
The wheelchair lift fits underneath the van, so it doesn’t take up room inside.
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- Tanya was a nurse and all was well until health complications forced her to retire early
- Derec was retired when they married and in a wheelchair
- Tanya wanted #vanlife! Derec didn’t think they could do it
- They did it!
- He has a separate bathroom cargo area they pull behind
- Lower bed for easier transfer
- Service dog
- Hand controls for the van
- Bathroom inside the van
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