Wheelchair Accessible Mobile Facilities
"We go where no one else does.
Helping those who need it most!"
RPG Bus exterior walk around: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_ZHipoctpI
RPG Bus and RPG Trailer Getting ready for Great Western USA RPG Tour 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIjxhFrws08
Interview Wheelchair Access RPG Bus, RPG Trailer, RPG Research, RPG Therapy, SpoCon Game Day!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBNbfWGLFmA
RPG Bus & RPG Trailer on RPG Tour 2018 Drone Flyover video Role-playing games on wheels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vmPxob49c
RPG Trailer, RPG Bus, RPG Tour, RPG Research, RPG Therapeutics Drone shot rough 1 095003: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vmPxob49c
NOTE THIS PAGE IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP COMPLETE IT,
History of the RPG Mobile Accessible Fleet, Founding & Progression.
The seeds leading to the research.
The problem with Game stores
The problem with Libraries
The problem with Schools
The problem with Community Centers
The problem with hospitals
The problem with rehabilitation centers
The problem with the VA
The problem at long-term care and senior care centers
The problem specifically at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation Center
The problem with being on the road (expensive) (hotels)
Raising Awareness through very visible physical symbol
The Solution: Accessible Mobile Facilities
The problem with RVs
The problem with car haulers
The problem with mobile office/contractor units
The Problem with lifts (versus ramps)
The challenges with ramps (but best option for groups)
The Solution: Customized Toy Hauler RV Trailer
The WA state challenge with perfect custom-built Trailer (donate!)
Early design diagrams, mockups, and computer models
The first RPG Trailer - destroyed by thieves/vandals
Superlite 2007 - Was asking $30,000 but owner, due to purpose I was buying for, sold to me at just $13,000!
Unfortunately while it was on the lot getting cleaned up and prepared (they needed about 2 weeks for it to be ready for me), someone came on to the Clickit RV lot and stole the wiring and metal out of the trailer, ruining it. Clickit refunded all my money, but it meant after 2+ years of searching I had to start over searching for the right match. It would be 4 years before I would find another like it!
The second RPG Trailer - Expensive, but learned a lot.
After several months of searching, and realizing the custom build option was going to lead to 1 to 2 years of delay due to Washington state bureaucratic red tape, I made the mistake of settling on a newer trailer that was very expensive, around $50,000 USD. The up side is I began to learn the whole RV trailer life and all of the additional improvements that need to be made for a more ideal trailer. The down side is that 4 years later I am only halfway finished paying it down (still owe about $24,000 as of 2020).
The RPG Bus - Pros and Cons of Bus versus Trailer
LImited space (width)
Lift is much slower than ramp
Too tall for ramp
Turns out insurance is 10-20 times more expensive than trailer.
Can run into drivers license issues if not careful
After a couple of years of use, now know that better to have an SUV or pickup truck pulling a trailer than to have a bus or RV camper vehicles due to insurance and other challenges. Trailer model is most affordable model.
The third RPG Trailer - Almost There!
In wonderful condition. Bought on consignment. Clickit RV sold to me for just a little over $11,000 USD!
After 4 years of searching finally found another trailer that was closer to ideal. Lower ride height for less steep ramp, larger and flatter garage area for the activity space. Comes with built in quiet run generator, etc.
The only things that would make it closer to the ideal trailer (see donation options) are:
Slideouts on each side to make wider to allow more people in wheelchairs.
Hydraulic lift system to lower and raise the ride height as needed to make ramp even less steep, but raise up on the road, and even higher when in offroad/dirtroad locations to prevent dragging on the ground and runing stabilizers
Automated tongue jack
Wheelchair accessible bathroom doorway
Wheelchair accessible roll-in shower.
The rest of the checklist this trailer meets though, so it is the closest we have come without the custom built trailer. We still hope some day to have the funding to build the ideal perfect trailer with all of the features to make it the most comfortable, accessible, and welcoming mobile facilities ever!
Building the Ideal "Perfect" Accessible RPG Trailer (Donate to help build!)