Full Size Lift Vans
- Increased Space and Accommodations in Midship Area
- Lift has a Flat Platform requiring very little exertion for caregivers when pushing a wheelchair in
- Lift accommodations accommodate larger individuals and wheelchairs (up to 33” wide, 54” long wheelchairs and scooters).
- The vehicle will be driven in rough or bumpy terrain. These vans have markedly increased ground clearance.
- The wheelchair is longer than 54”, especially if the person in the chair wants to tilt
- Those in a manual wheelchair who want the freedom to bring themselves in.
- Those who get assistance from someone with average or less than average strength.
- Instances where added height is required , over 56”.
- Those that need midship space for added personal needs
- Those who want added passenger space and comfort
CHASSIS CONSIDERATION - NOWADAYS A BIGGER BANG FOR THE BUCK
For those not familiar with the term, the chassis is the vehicle before it has any adaptive equipment installed . It is the vehicle coming right from the manufacturer.
When it comes to larger vehicles, the Ford Transit, the Ram Promaster and the Mercedes Sprinter Are all large vans that have tall door heights and spacious interiors. Interior height that gives a feeling of ease and comfort from the entrance, to the ride, to the exit. With all their space, they provide more than enough room without having to do modifications to the chassis. This lowers the conversion cost tremendously. Some think a Mercedes Sprinter will be too expensive to convert. In reality its low conversion cost makes it quite competitive in the mobility market.
CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE A FULL SIZE IS MAY NOT BE RECOMMENDED
- The driver is uncomfortable driving a full size van.
- The parking garage/area at the home has space limitations, particularly with a garage that will not accommodate the van.
- The person in a wheelchair wants to self drive. While it is possible to upfit for this, the costs run at least 3 x’s as much as they do on a Minivan
OTHER FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED
- The following are features may need to be added:
- A power reclining sofa on the rear bench seat – this will be expensive and you will want to make sure it can be done before moving forward with a Chassis Purchase
- Running Boards, do not come with the Chassis, they will need to be added