Are you and your family looking for a handicap van?
A lot of choices are available on looking for the right handicap van. They come full sized and often loaded with features and mini-vans that adapt to the needs of an individual. Selecting one that suits your needs may be an important decision for you and there are a couple of things to keep in mind in selecting the right handicap van for you.
There are several good reasons why you should go for a full-sized handicap van. First is that since it is full-sized, you wont be having problems with regards to space. Full-sized handicap vans have lowered floors or raised roofs to maximize space. Taller people wont have problems in sitting in a full-sized handicap van unlike in a mini-van where they might have problems fitting. If you normally travel or if you go in long trips, a full-sized handicap van will definitely be more comfortable. Storage is also not an issue with full-sized handicap vans, these types have several storage space to keep your things. It is also more stable compared to a mini-van, it can carry more weight and can even carry two wheelchairs or a combination of a wheelchair and a mobility scooter.
On the other hand, there are also great reasons to buy a mini-van converted handicap van. One of the biggest reasons people choose a mini-van over a full sized van is the better fuel efficiency. Gas prices are expensive and getting more miles per gallon is often very helpful. Mini-vans can also be easier to park, easier to maneuver and drive, and take up less space in the driveway. Additionally there are is a greater selection of mini-vans available and often mini-vans can be purchased at a cheaper rate.
Full-sized vans are easier to convert into a handicap van. This is primarily because it's size, which makes it a lot easier to install parts that is vital for a handicap van. To provide maximum space, the van's floor is lowered or it's roof is raised. Due to this alterations, the gas tank is often relocated which may be time consuming and expensive. For both conversions, the ramp or lift is a standard. Additionally, tie downs and rolls bars are added as well.
In deciding which handicap van best suits you, I strongly suggest that you go and see the nearest mobility dealership. They specialize in mobility vehicles and can definitely answer all of your handicap van questions. One tip I can give you is that you have to make sure that the dealership is a member of NMEDA and ADA so that you can rest assured that the handicap van you'll get is safe and secured. Good quality brands include Braun, VMI and El Dorado. Quality should always be the first priority in choosing your handicap van.
There are several things to consider when buying a converted van. You will want to decide how much you will use it, for what, and what features do you have to have. Also consider gas mileage and the original cost of the van and conversion.
Tired of searching for the right handicap van? We may be able to assist you. Please take a look at the choices for wheelchair vans available right on our site. If you don't like those, perhaps one of our partner vendors may be able to help you.