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Dell Gressett

Dell Gressett

Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Dell Gressett, I am the wife of the co-owner of Wheelchair Lifts of Texas. I took polio at the ripe old age of 19 months. I have used braces and crutches to get around from that time. I was always told that I could not roller skate or ride a tricycle. But I did these things in my own way. In 2002 I had a heart attack; this put me in a wheelchair. I have always loved camping with my family, but there was no way to get my wheelchair up to the trailer door from the ground. But my wonderful husband and his ex- boss came up with the Dream Lift, and I am back to doing what I love to do, and that is RV camping. Thank you for checking us out, hope we can help you too.

Randy Gressett

I’m Randy Gressett, the above mentioned “wonderful husband” and co-owner of RV Wheelchair Lifts of Texas. I am a retired union welder, having spent 35 years in shops in and around Houston. I have devoted 49 years to helping my wife deal with her polio related issues, so when she had her heart attack and had to go to a wheel chair I retired to stay closer to home. She wanted to continue the family tradition of camping, so we started looking for a way to enable her to get into and out of an RV. There was nothing out there for tongue pull or fifth wheel trailers. I asked my ex-boss(best friend), who had just retired as a builder to help me come up with ideas. We started with some things we wanted to accomplish and after a lot of starts and stops, revisions, changes and dead ends (and about 4 years later), we have the Dream Lift. Once we saw how well the concept worked we decided to patent and market our product and here we are.

Randy Gressett
Roy Akin

Roy Akin

I’m Roy Akin, the above mentioned ex-boss and co-owner of RV Wheelchair Lifts of Texas. I spent my working career doing lots of interesting things. I figured out early on that I liked things that were a challenge, both physically and mentally. After retiring from the building business after 30 years I thought I’d just sit back and relax and maybe do some travelling - - - wrong. I was soon looking for things to do, so when Randy (who had worked for me for about 7 years after his retirement from welding) said we needed to find a way to allow Dell to enjoy camping once again, the game was on. After spending many hours on the internet trying to find the answer, we determined that it didn’t exist. We needed a way to lift a person - - in a wheelchair - - from the ground up to the door of a travel trailer. But, we didn’t want to give up the factory installed steps and we didn’t want to modify the RV or compromise its construction strength. We started brainstorming. I do my best thinking while I am asleep, having a vivid dream life which I can, strangely, manipulate. So as I slept I would come up with ways to improve on our original design, going over and over the problems in my dream. Eventually we had not only a workable product, but a name for it - - -The Dream Lift. Not only was much of it designed in my dreams, but was the answer to a dream of many people with disabilities; the ability to travel that they thought was lost. If we can help people all over the country live this dream then we will be living out our dream. Thank you for your interest in our product.