We are a family that loves to camp. We spend a week in provincial parks every year, and we live every minute of it. When the week is over were sad and actually would love to stay longer.
My son, Devlin, lives the idea of camping, but with his disability which has left him with limited mobility, he’s in a wheel chair. While he is able to communicate with those closest to him, he is also non verbal. So he is left out of the camping activities my family engages in, like hikes over rough terrain, playing cards in the evening and chatting around the campfire are not things that he can do with us. We read to him, we play with him, but after a few hours he wants his TV. Also, he doesn’t have a great muscle mass and very little body fat, which makes him get cold quickly. He also gets tired of being confined to his wheelchair. He wants a place to stretch out and ‘wiggle’ around. Something he can’t do on a dirty tent floor or the ground.
This year while we were camping at Chutes Provincial Park in Massey, Ontario, we got a campsite with electrical power, which made some things easier for us in taking care of Devlin. We hooked up a heater, I was able to puree his food. The only thing missing was a TV, but Dad solved that by bringing a lap top and loading it with Devlin’s favorite movies.
But Devlin woke up in the middle of the night and wanted to watch some of his movies right then. Which is something he does at home on nights when he can’t sleep.
But in the tent, with two large dogs inside with us, and four grown adults and a fourteen year old boy, we just didn’t have a safe way to set up a laptop safely.
Because my family loves camping so much, it’s the vacation of choice for my kids, and we really want Devlin to be able to enjoy it as much as we do. My husband and I started discussing getting a trailer but with so much customizing needing to be done to accommodate my son, it was a very overwhelming.
Then this morning I found this
site and I realized that if we built this’ caravan’ ourselves, we could customize it from the ground up and make it fit my families needs perfectly.
Now I just have to figure out where to build and store it.