Handicap lorries come in full-sized wagons, often loaded with features, and mini-vans that manage to meet the wants of the individual. Selecting between these 2 options can be a very important call and there are several things to keep in mind when selecting the handicap wagon for you.
There are many sound excuses to choose a full-sized converted handicap wagon. First there's more headroom in a full-sized van. Many folks in a wheelchair will feel cramped in a mini-van and people who are either taller or sit in a taller chair may even find themselves bending their neck awkwardly to avoid hitting their head. Additionally if the van will be used for long distance travel or simply used a lot in general a full-sized lorry will be more comfortable. It will also offer more storage, great features, a lot of space, and even more stability. The full-sized van can also carry more weight. They are also ideal if you will be transporting 2 wheelchairs, a wheelchair and a mobility scooter, or perhaps a larger family.
On the other hand, there are also great reasons to purchase a mini-van converted handicap wagon. One of the largest reasons folk select a mini-van over a full sized lorry is the better fuel efficiency. Gas costs are dear and getting more miles per gallon is often awfully beneficial. Mini-vans can also be better to park, simpler to maneuver and drive, and take up less space in the drive. In addition there are is a larger choice of mini-vans available and regularly mini-vans can be purchased at a cheaper rate.
A full-sized wagon is better to convert into a handicap wagon. The reason is because the size of the lorry aids in the conversion. To provide more space within the full-sized wagon the floor can be dropped or the roof raised. On the other hand, the floor of the mini-van must be lowered. This forces the gas tank to be relocated, which is sometimes time intensive and dear. For both conversions, the ramp or lift should be added, as does the tie downs and the roll bar.
To buy a converted handicap lorry in either size you will want to go to a mobility dealer. These dealerships sell only converted vans and mobility apparatus. If you want to purchase a truck, it is important that you buy from dealers that are members of the NMEDA and ADA to make sure you are getting quality care, service and products. Top quality equipment brands include Braun, VMI and El Dorado. Quality should always be considered when purchasing handicap trucks.
There are several things to consider when buying a converted truck. You will need to decide how much you'll use it, for what, and what features have you got to have. Also consider gas mileage and the original cost of the van and conversion.
At Go Wheelchairs, we have a full selection of used handicapped vans to choose from. It's easy to shop online and see what's avaiilable. We also have information about customizing your regular van to make it into a handicap accessible wheelchair van.