Ramp Van Conversions

Written by Norene Anderson
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Ramp van conversions will open the way for you to enjoy traveling or just getting out and about town. The floor is lowered for about 10 inches to allow plenty of headroom for wheelchair mobility. Entry is easy from the side or the rear of the van. For side entry, the back passenger seats can remain in place. The front passenger or driver seat may be removed depending on if the option to drive from the wheelchair is needed.

The NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) sets modification standards for all ramp van conversions. These standards cover the welding, electrical, and general safety of the redesign. Although most states do not have modification standards, there are federal agencies with requirements for all vehicles.

Different Ramp Van Conversions

Ramps can be a bi-fold design that unfolds with either power or manual control options. Ramps can be a low-angle extended design. Many are configured to require minimal storage space inside the vehicle. This allows for better visibility and interior access. Some ramps store on the flooring and others store on the interior wall of the vehicle.

Whether it is a rear entry or a side entry, ramp van conversions require the flooring to be lowered or the roof to be raised. Lowering the floor gives easier access with the ramp. The angle of ascent is minimal with the floor nearing ground level. Safety is always an issue and the ramp must be non-skid material. Power controls make it possible for independence and less need for a caretaker or traveling assistant.

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