RV show displays trailer built for the disabled

The recent Springfield RV and Camping Show held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Illinois, showcased the newest recreational vehicles on the market, including one designed for the disabled. The State-Journal Register reports the new RV by Harbor View is the first of its kind and will offer people confined to a wheelchair or those with other disabilities a chance to travel the open road without having to update their RVs themselves.

"I'm really excited about that [the Harbor View trailer]," Denny Johnston of Events Ltd., the show promoter told the publication. "Up until this year, people have always had to have those kinds of RVs custom manufactured. We've had hundreds of requests over the years, and now we can finally direct people to a fully functioning handicapped unit." 

Aside from the exciting new handicap-accessible trailer, the show also had more than 60 RV units, ranging from towables to trailers and fifth-wheel RVs. Visitors were also able to enter a raffle for a chance to win a tear-drop trailer, with all proceeds going to the Crittenton Crisis Center and Nursery.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, 2012 shipment projections are predicted to decline slightly, with the current economy still hurting. However, with RV travel becoming the most efficient way to see the country, experts are hopeful sales will grow steadily over the next few years.