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Updated:  07-Dec-09

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2. VEHICLE ONLY:
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MY OWN VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan


VW Caravelle VR6

MY HOME BUILT ULTIMATE POWERCHAIRS:
My SLIGHTLY Modified Improved Powerchair

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

My VERY Modified Off Road & All terrain DO ALL Powerchair!
Part 1 | 2 | 3


MISCELLANEOUS POWERCHAIR RELATED:
What Goes Wrong Power Wheelchairs

Powerchair Tyres

Drive your Powerchair by Radio Control

Powerchairs & Range


Off Road DO ALL Indoor & Outdoor Powerchairs

Off Road ONLY Outdoor Powerchairs & 4x4
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Manual or Electric Wheelchair?

Why ALL Powerchairs NEED  to be Off Road Capable!

Choosing  a Suitable Powerchair

Wheelchair Width


BATTERY AND ELECTRICAL (POWERCHAIRS & SCOOTERS + MOTOR VEHICLES):
Batteries for Both Vans & Power Wheelchairs


Inverters & Chargers

Very flexible charger!


Charging Batteries

Fast Charge Your Power Wheelchair

Which batteries to buy


"DRIVE FROM A WHEELCHAIR" VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan 1

Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Dodge Grand Caravan 4

Latest 2008 2009 2010 Disabled Converted Dodge Chrysler And Voyager Minivans
 
Chrysler Voyager Entervan Diesel

Suzuki Wagon R

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Mercedes Vito - soon!
Kia Sedona - soon!


INSURANCE:
Modified Disabled Vehicle Insurance

Breakdown Cover

USED VEHICLES & OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Disabled Adapted Cars

WHEELCHAIR TRANSPORT
& DRIVE BY TRANSFERRING:


VW Caravelle

Dodge Grand Caravan can be used to transport up to 4 Wheelchair Seated Occupants

Fiat Doblo

Renault Kangoo - soon!
Citroen Berlingo
- soon!
Citroen Dispatch
- soon!
Kia Sedona
- soon!
Volkswagen Sharan
Mercedes Vaneos
Toyota Hiace
Fiat Multiplas
(Wheelchair
passenger travels in the front)

Kangoo ASSIST
(wheelchair
passenger transfers & drives)


ESSENTIAL DISABLED
EQUIPMENT STUFF:

Understanding


Grabbers

Puncture proof tyres

Run Flat tyres

Tyre Weld Aerosol

Fuses!

Spare Key


Wheelchair Ramps

Small Generator

Tools!


VEHICLE ADAPTATIONS:
Control Systems etc
Hand Controls Manual
Hand Controls Electronic
Van / Car Door openers
Van / Car Wheelchair Tie Downs

 


OTHER STUFF:
Used Disabled Equipment for sale


How to lose weight  FAST!

Email about modifying powerchairs

Keep it looking new 1 2

My Accident!


Climate Change

Electric Cars are a Joke!

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John Williamson


VW Caravelle LOWERED FLOOR "Drive from Wheelchair" conversion.  Or ride up front. You choose!

This is the van I have been waiting for!  Much better "VW" build quality, than my own Chrysler Drive from Wheelchair vehicle.

This Vehicle is now available with a lowered floor so it can be driven from a powered wheelchair. Not a specially low chair, but almost any normal powerchair including my own off road capable one here

eurovan liftI used to own a VW Caravelle (GL8 VR6) Van 3 years ago.

I used it for 9 years and it was as shiny and new and as smooth and quiet the day I sold it as it was on day one.

Panel fit and paint finish as well as the plastics and the engineering is simply much better than anything to come from the USA where my present Chrysler van was built!   If you are young, active and need a drive from wheelchair vehicle this is the one!

I only sold that van because I needed a van to drive from a wheelchair as transferring became too difficult and was holding me back from going out or wanting to drive. So I bought my Chrysler van.  What I really wanted was this one! But they didn't make a lowered floor version then.

There are a few van conversions out there that are a bit deceiving. While they do allow you to drive from a wheelchair it usually has to be a special "low" wheelchair. Some of those conversions include the VW vans as well as the Mercedes Vito vans.

But those special wheelchairs are long, low, non too manoeuvrable and very short on range and speed. No use to me! I want to use my everyday powerchair that has some real ability!

This new "Colorado" Conversion from GM Coachworks allows me to drive straight up to the steering wheel without difficulty. All that would be needed then would be simple (cheap) hand controls, and an electronic powerchair tie down like the one in my existing Rollx van. 

This would pretty much work with almost any powerchair or user as headroom, and room to turn inside is generous. 

Drive from wheelchair VW caravelle

Drive from wheelchair VW medium  Drive from wheelchair VW large

It uses a quiet reliable under floor alloy hydraulic operated lift, to get you up to the lowered interior floor level and so leaves the doorway completely clear for any passengers to use. It takes less space than a ramp does (compared to my own van).

But this van desperately needs a set of bigger alloy wheels! No problem, I do that to all my vans.

 

But this is the jack of\ all trades version as its the hard working well used demonstrator. It has a few scuffs and marks and had just driven hundreds of miles on our wet salty winter roads.  Yours will be new, neater and better than this.  And I want one!

Drive from wheelchair eurovan

Drive from powerchair VW medium  Drive from powerchair VW large

The interior can be in hard wearing smooth material or carpeted like the original van. Again I would prefer carpet.

T5 vw wheelchair driver

Drive from a powered wheelchair VW medium  Drive from a powered wheelchair VW large

The lift can be on either side, the front seats can be removed easily too. So the wheelchair user can sit up front or drive as preferred. And there is an all leather, 174bhp executive diesel version with big wheels...  That would be my choice.

inside the caravelle

Drive from wheelchair inside Eurovan medium   Drive from wheelchair inside Eurovan large

The only minor concern is the bit below the foot pedals. My wheelchairs footplate misses this. Some may not. Its under 7 inches high. Worth checking or testing before you decide to order one though! And with a wide wheelchair the steering wheel will not be quite central. Although there is plenty of room. Don't let that worry you though because it seldom is on any car.

VW Van

Disabled converted VW Transporter drive from wheel chair  Medium

Disabled converted VW Transporter drive from wheel chair Large

The tailgate is heavy. Unlike the US based cars (Chrysler etc) there is lots of metal, paint, and sound deadening and rust proofing in this van. Its built to last forever. As is the engine and transmission.  Of course it would look much nicer without all the salt and stickers! (and in silver or black!)

Front. There is a newer version in January. A facelift model. That will replace this van but the important part of the conversion stays the same. Now I start saving!

 

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