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Thinking About An Accessible Van Conversion?

Two popular options exist when it comes to choosing a wheelchair accessible van conversion. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It is important to ask questions about the conversion process and type of conversion before making a final decision. Not taking the time to ask these questions can lead to major headaches and frustrations down the road.

Reach out any time for more information about purchasing a  wheelchair accessible vehicle in Winnipeg. We are here to help you make the best choice possible for your specific needs.

Popular Option #1 – Purchasing a Vehicle from a Dealer Before Doing The Conversion

Some people prefer to buy their soon-to-be wheelchair accessible van ahead of time prior to doing the conversion. This method can work, however, there definitely are questions that need to be answered prior to making the purchase. The last thing you want is to end up with a [...]

Top 7 Tips To Winterize Your Wheelchair Vehicle

Stay On Top Of Your Driving This Winter
Is Your Wheelchair Vehicle Ready For Winter?

 

In the past 24 hours here in Winnipeg, over 15 cm of snow has fallen. The balmy -2 Degrees Celsius we have had for the past few weeks has been quite nice. Everyone was starting to gear up for a “Brown Christmas” but it looks like we will have a “White Christmas” after all.

Winter brings new challenges to Canadian drivers with the cold, ice and snow, especially if you live in parts of the country with lots of snow or extremely cold temperatures. For those of us in the prairies where winter seems to go on for endless months at a time, driving can become a chore. It’s super important to keep your wheelchair accessible vehicle in good working order to keep you, your family and those around you safe. These challenges can be even more difficult for someone who uses a wheelchair vehicle. As snow builds [...]

Comparison of the Vantage Mobility Honda Odyssey & Toyota Sienna Side Entry Vans

 

When it comes to side entry vans, finding the right option to suit your needs can be a bit of challenge. Each wheelchair accessible van has it’s own advantages and drawbacks. Each conversion offers different features or the van offers something a bit different. Vantage Mobility offers conversions to the four top selling van models. The Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. Most of these models come with the option of a manual or power ramp.

Today I am going to look at the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Both vans compete in the Top 5 selling minivans in Canada. Both being imports, it makes for a nice comparison on features and quality. The Sienna and the Odyssey sit behind the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the number [...]

Adapting Your Rear Entry Dodge Grand Caravan To Be More Flexible

 

The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most popular vans to convert into a rear entry or side entry wheelchair van. A lot of people like them because they are affordable, quality and offer a variety of options to meet people’s budgets and needs. In a typical rear entry wheelchair van conversion on a Dodge Grand Caravan, you are able to have the driver, front passenger, and the two mid row captain’s seats plus a single position for a wheelchair. This works most of the time, however, for some who purchase a rear entry Dodge Grand Caravan, they need more options than this wheelchair van offers.

There are six seating options now available for the rear entry Dodge Grand Caravan. Depending on how many wheelchairs need to be carried or who is traveling in the wheelchair van, there is a seating configuration [...]

rear entry vans vs side entry vansWhen it comes to purchasing a wheelchair van, there are several models and conversion styles to choose from. Rear entry wheelchair vans and side entry vans each have their own advantages and disadvantages. As the end user of the vehicle, it is important to know the differences between the types of conversions available and which conversion works best in your situation.

I have compiled a list of pros and cons for each conversion type to help make the decision process easier for you. If you are ready to choose your wheelchair van in Winnipeg, talk to us today. Click here to check out our wheelchair van options.

Rear Entry – Pros

1. Easy Entry & Exit

Rear entry wheelchair vans offer easy entry and exit with the manual bi-fold ramp. The advantage to you [...]

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is now available.

 

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is now available in Canada. The van has been on the road now for the past couple of months and is just as nice as the 2015 models. Dodge didn’t make any major changes to the 2016’s. The design has kept fairly consistent since the van’s revamp in 2010. The interior changed in 2011 where Dodge increased the appearance of quality in the interior trim.

After doing some research and reading a variety of automotive review websites like www.car-buying-strategies.com and Edmunds.com, these are the top 9 reasons why people choose the Dodge Grand Caravan over other vans like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

If you are ready to learn more about how to convert your van into the perfect wheelchair van for your needs, talk to our team today. Use the form at the bottom of the page to get more information.

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The Van

If you are looking for a wheelchair van with style, class and comfort, look no further than the 2015 VMI side entry Toyota Sienna. According to MoneySense.ca, the Toyota Sienna is in the top three best minivans in Canada. The Sienna is rated #2 just below the Honda Odyssey and is followed by Dodge’s Grand Caravan. The van comes standard with several features such as Bluetooth capability, cruise control, air conditioning, a backup camera, power windows & locks as well as Toyota’s Star Safety System.

For power, the van comes with a 3.5L V6 266 horse power engine and standard seating for seven with the option of eight seats. Please keep in mind, in a wheelchair configuration for either side entry or rear entry, the seating capacity does change. The van offers 13L/100km for city driving and 9.5L/100 km on the highway. Overall, the Toyota Sienna offers a nice, quiet, [...]

The Van

If you are looking for a van with style, class and comfort, look no further than the 2015 VMI side entry Toyota Sienna. According to MoneySense.ca, the Toyota Sienna is in the top three best minivans in Canada. The Sienna is rated #2 just below the Honda Odyssey and is followed by Dodge’s Grand Caravan. The van comes standard with several features such as Bluetooth capability, cruise control, air conditioning, backup camera, power windows & locks as well as Toyota’s Star Safety System.

For power the van comes with a 3.5L V6 266 horse power engine and standard seating for seven with the option of eight seats. Please keep in mind, in a wheelchair configuration for either side entry or rear entry, the seating capacity does change. The van offer 13L/100 km for city driving and 9.5L/100 km on the highway. Overall, the Toyota Sienna offers a nice, quite comfortable

4 to 1 Occupancy: Expanded Safety Requirements For Passenger Vehicles

An end to the confusion surrounding the 4 to 1 occupant debate

4 to 1 occupancy debate

The 4 to 1 occupancy debate can finally come to an end! There has been a lot of confusion the past year-and-a-half about how many occupants you are allowed in certain types of vehicles when you have a wheelchair involved. Is it considered one chair or four chairs, which types of vehicles does it apply to, and whom does it apply to?

Recently, the Province of Manitoba released a document which helps provide the much needed clarity in the 4 to 1 occupancy debate. Basically, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) is putting Highway Traffic Act (HTA) amendments in place. This will expand the Safety Fitness Council program. The expansion applies to additional passenger vehicles designed for seating with 11 or more seats (including the driver.) If a vehicle [...]

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