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Buy or Modify? Wheelchair Minvan Conversions

There are many decisions to be made when determining accessible transportation.  We’ve discussed side entry vs. rear entry as well as adaptive seating.

Van conversions, as the name implies, means taking a van like you’d find in a car dealer’s showroom and either modifying the vehicle with add-on equipment or re-manufacturing it all together. BraunAbility has put together a great video on how a minivan is converted for wheelchair accessibility. Read more

Is there a difference between adaptive & accessible vehicles?

Adaptive Vehicles

Also known as adapted vehicles, these are vehicles that modified to allow for operation of a vehicle by a person with limited mobility. The industry’s terminology can be confusing. Adaptive vehicles may also refer to a converted vehicle or one that has been re-manufactured for highway safety and full independent access for entering/exiting the vehicle in the wheelchair independently.

Kansas Truck Mobility has three major adaptive services that it offers:  Adaptive Seating, Wheelchair Lifts, and Hand Controls and Driving Aids. Read more

2017 XL Passenger Wagon

If you are considering upgrading transportation options for 2018, The Ford Transit Wagon XL 350 is available at Kansas Truck Equipment.

We offer a variety of passenger floor plans, so contact us with your specific needs and we can find you the passenger van that meets your unique needs. Read more

Turning Automotive Seating

We see many people searching for turning automotive seating, and previously we wrote about Bruno Stow-Away seating for pickups, as well as side vs. rear entry options. However, you might be looking for a passenger entry option that combines the convenience of side or rear entry with the minimal impact of stow away seating. Bruno offers the Bruno Valet Plus, the most versatile of the Valet Signature Seating line.

Versatility is the key to this mobility solution because everyone has different needs such as height. Each package is individually dealer pre-programmed to a customized setting. Read more

The Evolution of Mobility: Wheelchair lift options for Trucks

In our previous articles, we discussed the expansion of options for mobility vehicles in recent years , as well as which entry option is suitable, rear or side entry. Today, we are going to discuss lift options that apply to pickup trucks, which have not always been the best option for mobility, but products like stow-away packages allow for easy entry into a truck without affecting the interior of the cab.

A popular mobility solution for which many people search is wheelchair lifts for trucks. Read more

The Evolution of Mobility: Entry

Our previous article discussed how adaptive vehicle options are growing to include SUV’s and take the comfort of the entire family into consideration. From VMI to BraunAbility, there are more options than ever to customize your vehicle to your unique accessibility needs. Many of these options can be overwhelming, so it is always a good idea to visit a dealer who is QAP-certified by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.  That way, you can discuss how different packages affect your day-to-day transportation.  One such discussion might include what type of entry is right for you. The two most common options are side entry & rear entry.  If you drive a pick-up, then the STOW-AWAY™ package from Bruno could be a viable option to allow for adaptive driver access to the vehicle while keeping the interior of the pick-up the same, an important consideration for vehicles that don’t have large interior floor plans. Read more

The Evolution of Mobility: Vehicles

The term “wheelchair van” gets used quite often, because for many years, there were very few accessible family transportation options, mostly based on one reliable model of conversion van.  The style remained for many years, because those vans offered freedom & flexibility needed by many families with wheelchair transportation requirements. The entire family could go to the same place at the same time, and what a wonderful gift that is! That also meant, however, that the entire family had the same transportation experience. There was a balance between comfort and mobility, and the comfort was almost always the sacrifice that was made. Read more