Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Mobile Donation Units
US Adventure RV's partnership with the MVRBC began several years ago with USARV providing service and maintenance for the blood center's 'bloodmobile'. In 2017, when MVRBC began looking at the possibility of a new type of mobile donation unit, USARV was there to provide expertise.
CAD model of the new mobile donation units
Along with his team, Lead Engineer and Co-Owner Ben Kirby designed and built two custom fifth-wheel donation units. These custom floorplans that include two screening rooms, four donor beds, a refreshment area and solar panels.
“We decided that it would be beneficial to create fifth-wheel trailers because they typically require less maintenance that motorhomes or buses. The less time these units are in the shop, the more blood donations can be taken. The solar panels also allow for less reliability on the generator when the weather cooperates,” said Kirby.
These new units have produced positive effects for the blood center, including more frequent blood drive and higher volumes of donations. Staff aboard the new units have also expressed that it is easier to perform job functions in this new space.
"It really is for us about giving us that flexibility in our operations, and to be able to go places and hold blood drives that might not have a room or conference facility or gymnasium or space we can move in with our donor beds," said Kirby Winn, Public Relations Manager at MVRBC. "With a unit like this we bring the blood center to the blood drive folks."