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Traveling with Multiple Sclerosis: Tips for Your Trips

We all need a break from the day-to-day now and then, but if you have MS, you may think even a weekend trip is too much of a hassle. Think again! With proper planning and preparation, you may discover a getaway - short or long - is just what you need! Dr. Rosalind C. Kalb, vice president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Professional Resource Center offers this advice to make your journeys enjoyable.

Talk To a Travel Agent

But not just any travel agent. Find an agent who specializes in travel for people with disabilities for accurate answers to your questions, ideas and suggestions you might not think of on your own, and for making your travel arrangements - particularly where wheelchair travel is concerned. You can certainly plan to take a trip on your own, but if something goes wrong (ex. you get to your hotel only to find they don't have the accessible room they promised you) you're on your own. In this and other unpredictable instances, a call to your travel agent should resolve the situation quickly and in your favor.

Confirm Accessibility

Accessibility Confirmed!

You've probably already discovered that "handicap accessible" means different things to different people. If you're planning your own trip, contact hotels, the cruise line, train, bus, resorts, restaurants, and any attractions on your itinerary to confirm what they mean by "accessible". If you're traveling by train or bus, call in advance to make sure there's room to store your mobility device on board.

Label Your Personal Belongings

Not only your clothes. Dr. Kalb recommends you label every part of your wheelchair or scooter in case it comes apart in the care of an airline or cruise ship. After you've done that, make a list of names and addresses of businesses in your path of travel that can repair or replace your wheelchair or scooter, if necessary.

Pack Your Medications Carefully

Packed and ready to go!

Especially if you're traveling by air, keep your medications in their prescription bottles. Besides having proof for security personnel, the bottles have your pharmacy's phone number, and you have all the relevant information you need in case one or more meds needs to be replaced while on your trip. Take along a note from your doctor explaining your condition, as well as a list of your medicines and dosages--and keep everything in your carry-on luggage. Make sure you know before leaving that you'll have a way to properly store your medications--particularly those that need refrigeration. Since ice is not usually readily available, take an ice pack. It's better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have one.

Conserve Your Energy

Travel can be exhausting for anyone, so it makes sense for you to find ways to get from place to place without expending unnecessary energy. Many attractions span acres, so even if you don't normally use a wheelchair or scooter, it's nice to have one available. Call ahead to learn if the sites you plan to see (botanical gardens, museums, amusement parks, event venues, etc.) have wheelchairs, either free or for rent. Make a reservation for a wheelchair if the location only has a "limited supply." If you travel with a wheelchair, you might consider renting a wheelchair van in locations you'll be visiting for an extended time to go wherever you please.

Take Regular Rest Breaks

Stop. Stretch. Take regular breaks whether you think you need one or not. Request an aisle seat near a bathroom on the airplane. Ask for similar accommodations on trains and buses. If it's difficult for you to get up and go to the bathroom, ask your doctor how to manage bowel and bladder function while on your trip.

Hold Off the Heat

For some, MS causes sensitivity to heat that aggravates the symptoms, but that doesn't necessarily mean the tropics or other hot destinations can't be on your itinerary. You simply need to follow guidelines for hot weather--stay well-hydrated and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Oh, and do make sure your sleeping accommodations have air-conditioning.

Listen To Your Body

Itineraries are not etched in stone. If, during your trip, you're not feeling up to hours of adventure, stay behind and rest. Tell your travel partner(s) to go ahead and enjoy the day. A day, or even just an evening of rest can make a world of difference.

Though Dr. Kalb's tips focus on individuals with MS, most of these travel suggestions should be helpful for almost anyone whose condition includes limited mobility.
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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$44,995 $45,995


  • Stock #: 558698
  • Mileage: 19 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2010 Used 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$22,499 $23,999


  • Stock #: 463351A
  • Mileage: 121,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2008 Used 2008 Honda Odyssey Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey Touring
USED VMI Northstar Conversion

$27,999 $28,999


  • Stock #: 044178
  • Mileage: 120,098 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, DVD Player, Leather, Parking Sensors, Navigation System, Sunroof, Heated Seats, Driver Pwr. Seat Base

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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