At that point, we recognize that we need to have a rental car. Accessible vans are available from companies like Wheelchair Getaways and Wheelchair Van Rentals but the cost...with mileage, tax, gas added...can come up to around $200 a day. That's a big budget buster.
In our case, we decide before we leave if the local transportation at our destination will be friendly for a power chair. If it is not, or we have any doubt at all, we'll leave the power chair at home and take Tim's manual chair. When we do that and we need a car, we'll rent a standard car, put the manual chair in the trunk, and Tim will ride in the front seat.
(Edited to add that Tim has since acquired a lightweight, folding power chair so he can now have some of that independence back - Ed)
The video above demonstrates how we do this on a trip. I'm not saying it'll work for all disabled people, but this is how we solve the problem.
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