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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, [...]

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 [...]

When it comes to wheelchair van conversions, there are several questions that do come up when looking at your different options. For example, someone might ask what colour the wheelchair accessible van may come in. Others will ask about power options for the side entry models. Others will ask if it is possible for the driver’s seat to turn so the person in the wheelchair can easily transfer to the driver’s seat.

To make things simple for you, we have compiled the top 8 questions we get asked on a regular basis. Knowing the answer to these questions will make shopping for your wheelchair van a lot easier and hopefully alleviate some of the confusion.

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Conclusion

Buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle or van is not an easy task. Having the information you need to make [...]

Ride in Style! 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey Side Entry Minivan

 

The new 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey side entry minivan is now available from Vantage Mobility. The wheelchair van offers the same level of comfort as the 2015. New additions have been made by both Honda and Vantage Mobility in 2016.

 

Honda Odyssey Overview

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The 2016 Honda Odyssey side entry wheelchair accessible minivan provides comfort and safety. The Odyssey boasts best-in-class fuel economy for an 8-passenger minivan. All models of the Honda Odyssey comes with a six speed V6 248 horsepower engine. For driver safety anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist and electronic brake-force distribution comes standard. Depending on the model, 18″ aluminum alloy wheels are available.

 

New Features

The new changes to the 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey Side Entry Minivan Models include:

  • Simplified diagnostics with VMIQ
  • Standard rear view camera and expanded driver mirror
  • HondaVAC (standard on Touring Elite and [...]
Get The Answers You Need About Our Wheelchair Van Conversions

Chances are if you have been thinking about getting a wheelchair van conversion you have questions you would like to have answered. We get asked a lot of questions at MoveMobility about our wheelchair van conversion very everyday. There are 10 common questions our customers ask. Here are the answers to those burning questions.

#1 – What type of wheelchair van conversions do you sell?

There are two types of wheelchair van conversions to choose from. You have the choice between rear entry or side entry for your wheelchair van conversion. Depending on how many passengers you need to transport or the size of your chair, sometimes a full-size wheelchair van may be needed.

#2 – What brands of wheelchair van conversions do you carry?

We sell two brands of wheelchair van conversions. The first is a side entry conversion done by Vantage Mobility. You [...]

Unparalleled Value Comes Standard With The Ram Promaster

 

When it comes to full-size wheelchair accessible vans, Ram has done a very good job to compete with the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Nissan NV. The new 2016 RAM Promaster 2500 vans are now becoming available. They are just as awesome as the 2015 models.

 

Overall Review

The Ram Promaster 2500 comes as a 159” wheelbase. There are extended models available. The model I will be reviewing is the high roof window van model. This is the model used for our mobility full-sized wheelchair van. The wheelchair van handles well, offers a lot of cargo space and has a sleek but simple euro design. The Ram Promaster was modeled after the Fiat Ducato. This wheelchair accessible model has been driven in Europe for a long time. The Ram Promaster makes for the ideal mobility vehicle as it offers a lot of space. It gives [...]

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