Top 10 Questions About Wheelchair Van Conversions

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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 conversions 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 provide multiple brands of wheelchair van conversions. For rear entry vans, MoveMobility has its own rear entry conversion. We do the conversion at our head office in Winnipeg. Side entry van conversions are done by Vantage Mobility (VMI). You can learn more about their conversion options here. We are also a certified dealer for BraunAbility.

#3 – What brands of vans do you sell?

There are two brands of wheelchair vans that are set up the best to do a mobility type conversion. The Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Pacifica can be converted for rear entry or side entry. The Toyota Sienna (Hybrid since 2021) is available with a side entry powered ramp. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the most popular van as it has a more attractive price point and is available for both side and rear entry.

#4 – What type of wheelchair van conversion is right for me?

Choosing the right conversion is unique to each person’s or organization’s needs. In most cases, a rear entry conversion works well. The rear entry option is anywhere from $20,000 – $30,000 or more less expensive than a side entry van. Generally, a side entry van is needed when the person who is riding in the wheelchair van wants to drive the vehicle. When this is the case, there are added costs like a power-sliding seat and hand controls.

The rear entry ramp is manual which means less moving parts, and less things go wrong with the ramp. Power ramps can wear out over time and infloor ramps can get filled with gravel if a lot of off-pavement driving happens. Side entry bifold ramps can take up a lot of room inside the cabin. This makes entry into the vehicle difficult for those sitting in the back row. As well, it can be difficult for the wheelchair user to maneuver around the ramp.

#5 – Do you do convert existing or used vehicles?

Yes. Pre-owned Dodge Grand Caravans can be converted for rear entry. There are certain requirements the vehicle needs to meet. The van should be no older than 3-4 years old, and it shouldn’t have more than 70,000 KMs.

Side entry conversions can no longer be done to customer-provided vans or used vans.

#6 – How much do your wheelchair van conversions cost?

The rear entry van conversion for the Dodge Grand Caravan typically ranges around $25,000 (at time of writing, updated 2022). However, this can change based on seating options.

#7 – Do you ship your wheelchair vans across Canada?

Yes – we ship your vehicle to you when the conversion is completed. We deliver vehicles to every province and territory in Canada.

#8 – How long is your rear entry wheelchair van conversion?

The rear entry van conversion is done right in our plant, conveniently located in Winnipeg, allowing us to ship the wheelchair van across the country. The ramp provides easy access with 56″ of height clearance, 91″ pan length, 31″ pan width and 23.5″ clearance between the mid row seating. An optional third row seat is available for the Dodge Grand Caravan as well as flip and fold seats for the mid row if a bit of extra space is needed for the chair.

#9 – Are you certified to making changes to vehicles and what type of qualifications do you have?

MoveMobility is certified by Transport Canada to make modifications to vehicles. We have our National Safety Mark as well as all of our vehicles are D409 compliant. The National Safety Mark is required to make modifications to vehicles. D409 certification is needed for selling vehicles that are used to transport people with physical disabilities. To learn more about D409 compliance, click here. As well, in the flexible flooring offered for full-sized vans, the floor is CMVSS/FMVSS tested and certified.

#10 – How long does it typically take for a rear entry conversion to be made?

A rear entry conversion typically takes around 3-4 weeks to complete. Since conversions are done inhouse, we save time in not having to ship the wheelchair accessible vehicle away to another plant to be modified or wait on another manufacturer to have the vehicle ready.

There you have it. These are the Top 10 Questions we get asked every day about wheelchair van conversions. If you have questions of your own or would like help in finding the right vehicle for you, contact us. We want to help you find the right solution for your mobility needs.

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