September 19, 2013

Three Features To Rear Entry Wheel Chair Vans

When it comes to vehicles for handicapped individuals, ramps can be installed on various parts of the vehicle, from the side to the back of the vehicle. However, some of those positions don’t work for every person. Specifically, side-entry options don’t always work for certain lifestyles. They also can present parking issues. In this case, many will consider going with an accessible vehicle that has back or rear ramp positioning. Back/rear-entry vehicles present a valid solution to some of the issues with side-entry ramps. They eliminate any worries over narrow aisles or other side-entry limitations. They are tasked with making this type of transportation as barrier free as possible. If you think this ramp style might be right for you or you are unsure if it would work, here are a few features to back and rear-entry vehicles.

The option is not featured on every type of vehicle.

When you go shopping for accessible vans, you might first assume that you can get any type of ramp and lift on any type of vehicle. However, back and rear-entry ramps do not come on all modes of transportation. The feature is often only available on certain types of vans. The good news is that this option is generally featured on popular vans, like the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country.

Rear-entry ramps are spring loaded.

You might want to know exactly how a rear and back-entry ramp on a van works before you purchase one. Rear-entry ramps tend to be spring loaded. The feature to this mobility option makes it easy to raise and lower the wheel chair ramp. As a result of being spring loaded, this type of ramp is less expensive than some other options. The rear-entry option comes with a more simplistic design than many other types of mobility-friendly entry points.

They don’t always take up the whole backseat of the vehicle.

Many people believe that equipping wheel chair vans takes up a considerable amount of interior space. You can purchase different types of wheel chair lifts that are more compact and don’t take up interior seating space. One of those types is the back and rear-entry option. You might assume that it takes up all of the backseat, due to the fact that the ramp might appear wide on the outside, so it is assumed to be wide when stored inside. However, these forms of entry are not always space hogging. Many times, they will leave at least two passenger seats in the back of the vehicle. In addition, you will have space to act as the wheel chair secured area. Just because there is a ramp involved, doesn’t mean it is going to take up the whole back end of the vehicle.

Be sure you test drive or look at the different vehicles and styles and consider your options before committing to one. It will pay off in the long run to take the time to research and find the best van for your lifestyle and needs.

Ethan takes care of his grandmother, who is in a wheel chair, and has therefore become an expert on choosing the right accessible vehicles for all manner of needs. He hopes his advice will help others in the search for appropriate vans for themselves or their loved ones.

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