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Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby PowerHungry » 04 May 2016, 05:39

Cheap power ramp can fit on suv for wheelchair access without lowered floor conversion, saving thousands of pounds! Think they do shipping to.

http://www.rollaramp.com/van-ramps
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby Burgerman » 04 May 2016, 09:21

But the reason the floor is lowered 10 inches is to give 57 inches headroom. Without that you still cant get in or drive?
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby PowerHungry » 04 May 2016, 16:17

Burgerman wrote:But the reason the floor is lowered 10 inches is to give 57 inches headroom. Without that you still cant get in or drive?


Not sure as it claims that you can? Maybe you have to duck down a bit going in?
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby Burgerman » 04 May 2016, 16:59

Well its much more than that. Even if you were to get in, recline the rear or something, my head is curently just a few inches from the ceiling.

EG typical chair. Take a look at his head clearance, and when at the wheel. Imagine if the floor was 10 to 11 inches higher!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvsarIXqkKg

Might be better in a full sized van. Or a low scooter as they show it.
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby PowerHungry » 04 May 2016, 17:30

Looks like its a chrysler grand voyager they attach it to for side access. Surely they wouldn't just sell it if it doesn't work? They insist lowering of van is not required??
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby Burgerman » 04 May 2016, 19:48

Well watch the vid! I bang my head on the door too. And thats with a 10 inch dropped floor.

On the vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvsarIXqkKg look at the block/plate on the back/side of the passenger seat. Thats where the stock floor would be!

If my van had not had the usual 10 inch floor drop, (and my chair is quite low), I wouldnt be able to get in the door at all without head removal. To be fair that picture shows a low scooter, and with a little old lady you might get in. But you will bump your head on the roof once inside anyway. They actually do a 13 inch dropped floor for taller people.

Also the ramp will be really steep. With a rise of 10 inches less, and with lowering suspension that drops another 8 inches, I already get problems with tyre spinning if its wet. So I am not sure its really practical even if you are a midget!
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Re: Cheap alternative to lowered floor side ramps

Postby john b » 06 May 2016, 21:10

PowerHungry wrote:Looks like its a chrysler grand voyager they attach it to for side access. Surely they wouldn't just sell it if it doesn't work? They insist lowering of van is not required??


lowering of the floor isn't needed to fit the ramp, or to use it to just get a chair or scooter in. so that part of the claim is right.
lowering of the floor is for the user once inside the van.

you ever notice the ads/brochures for wheelchair access vans, they nearly always use a kid or small woman in a chair to give an impression of lots of headroom https://www.lewisreedgroup.co.uk/
http://www.brotherwood.com/wheelchair-a ... oCPHTw_wcB
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