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Latest 2008 2009 2010 Disabled Converted Dodge Chrysler And Voyager Minivans
 
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Mercedes Vito - soon!
Kia Sedona - soon!


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USED VEHICLES & OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Disabled Adapted Cars

WHEELCHAIR TRANSPORT
& DRIVE BY TRANSFERRING:


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

Fiat Doblo

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

Kangoo ASSIST
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passenger transfers & drives)


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VEHICLE ADAPTATIONS:
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Van / Car Door openers
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Click image for a larger view of the Volkwagon Caravelle GL8 adapted vanI used to own this VW Caravelle VR6 modified and adapted as a wheelchair carrying and transfer to drive vehicle. Drive from wheelchair version

A Caravelle is based on the VW Transporter T4 Van but is more of a "corporate" MPV than a modified van. 

This one has a Ricon Clearway lift fitted in the side door allowing me to get in while sat in a large Powerchair.  And from there transfer to the driving seat

The same modifications can be carried out on the cheaper VW Transporter as well if your budget is a little lower as basically they are the same vehicle.               Click image above for a slightly larger view!  Or click here for an even bigger image.

From here I used to transfer to the drivers seat with the help of a 6 way Ricon Electric seat (base) that moves next to my wheelchair electrically ready for me to transfer.

And of course it is also fitted with hand controls so I can drive. Its Automatic obviously to make things easier. If you really prefer manual gears there is a semi automatic clutch that can be fitted by a company called Gueido Simplex. 

I will have a page about these manual gearbox conversion on here soon.

There are many vehicles that allow this provided you are able and strong enough to transfer from your wheelchair to the drivers seat.

All takes a little time but unlike transferring to a car seat be it via a transfer board or a rotating car seat you don't get wet when it rains and you don't have an audience watching you.


And you don't have to struggle to get your wheelchair past you and into the passenger seat as you do when trying to drive an ordinary car.

John Williamson

I suggest buying new from the same company that supplies the adaptations to it. Because you can do a good deal on price for a new vehicle and because if it is sold to you already converted the whole vehicle is VAT free. You save an additional 17.5 percent... There are rear door entry conversions as well if this is preferable to you. The only problems are transferring. It was a beautifully built and finished vehicle but after 8 years transferring became too difficult for me so it had to go to make way for this drive from wheelchair Dodge.

Why is the Caravelle better than the Transporter? Well its built and finished to the same standard as a luxury car, is quieter and smoother and a lot more expensive...  It sounds the same at 110 as it does at 30 mph on the inside and has such things as:

  • A smooth powerful V6 2.8 litre petrol engine option (also a diesel turbo in case that kind of thing floats your boat...)

  • Fuzzy logic controlled "learning" automatic gearbox

  • Decent interior trim, carpeting and soundproofing all fully finished like a luxury car

  • Heated and electrically adjustable mirrors

  • Traction control

  • Disc brakes on all four corners and abs

  • Alloys (although mine are aftermarket League Integrale 17 x 8.5 with 235/50/17 Avon tyres)

  • Climate control - front and rear

  • Power steering

  • Cruise control - an option - but a damned good idea if you use hand controls!

  • Colour coded bumpers/mirrors/grill etc

  • Tinted Glass

  • Heated rear screen and variable intermittent wipers etc.

  • Passive rear wheel steering and improved lowered suspension

  • Lots of other toys which I forget...

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These VW Caravelle vans and the slightly cheaper Transporter version can be modified to have a lift in the side door as shown here or in the rear door.

In the case of the rear door a ramp version can also be obtained - the suspension lowers at the rear to reduce the angle.

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This is Jenny, one of my two part time carers. She hates my vans!

Here she is cleaning the brake dust off from the wheels!  I like them clean! She isn't paid to do this but does it anyway. I think I made her as OCD as I am...

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Look at the large image. Closely. The photos do not do the standard of finish justice. This is a nine year old vehicle. It would stand any comparison to a brand new van. Its absolutely in the same condition as it was when I bought it!  How? See here

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Reverse your wheelchair inside behind the drivers seat.  Turn the powered 6 way Ricon electric seat left ninety degrees to face the same way as your wheelchair. Then push a button and it moves rearwards to your wheelchair so that transferring to the drivers seat is easy.  Then turn the seat to face the don't and move it forwards so you can drive using simple or complex hand controls as required.

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The lift can be remotely controlled, or by a simple rocker switch in several places making it easy for a wheelchair user to reach. Obviously it can reach the ground and folds out of the way when stowed so people can use the side door normally.

An electric door opener/closer can also be fitted if needed.

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No sign of it being a disabled vehicle from the outside just a plush limo!

Alternative wheelchair passenger vehicle: Peugeot E7 van

Or VW Caravelle DRIVE FROM WHEELCHAIR

 


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