Mini Vans With Ramps

Written by Norene Anderson
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Mini vans with ramps make mobility possible for thousands of physically challenged individuals. When you combine the accessible van conversion features with a top-of-the-line van, you will have comfort and class wrapped up in one great vehicle. Many people prefer the side entry ramp to the rear entry ramp because of the easy access to the curb. It is sometimes difficult to find a long enough parking space curbside to have adequate room to extend a ramp from the rear entry.

Mini vans with ramps have been redesigned by lowering the floor by 10 inches. This gets the ramp close enough to the ground that the angle is not too steep for a caretaker to push the wheelchair into the van. It is also easier for a powered wheelchair to make the incline. The option of outside entry controls makes it easy for unassisted entry.

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Many of the mini vans with ramps have a front passenger seat with transfer assistance from the wheelchair to the vehicle seat. If the wheelchair occupant is the driver, the same options for transfer are available. Wheelchair lockdowns are crucial to safety. It is important that the lockdown be positioned so the wheelchair can be facing the front of the vehicle. Seat belts must be redesigned to secure the occupant of the wheelchair.

In order to accommodate the change in design, the suspension system requires reinforcement. Most models require the restructuring of all components underneath the van. This accounts for the major expense of as much as $12,000 or more for conversion. The type of ramp chosen has a lot to do with the cost. Power ramps are on the high end and manual ramps are on the low end. The material is also a factor in price.

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