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Is the Entervan XT Right for Everyone?

Last week, BraunAbility Vehicle Engineer Chris Wegner and I put together a video with the help of his father-in-law Tim Alexander. We were looking to show the differences between the Entervan and the new Entervan XT wheelchair vans in a “real world” setting. For those of you who missed it, here’s the short video:

After we posted this, a dealer asked me this question on AbilityVoice: “If the dimensions of the standard Entervan are so limiting, why offer both? Why not build just the XT, a van that everyone will fit in?” I have to admit it’s a great question, and the answer is really not very evident until you actually get in these two vehicles and see the difference for yourself.

In the video above, you can see how the Entervan XT wheelchair van is the right vehicle for someone who sits taller in the wheelchair. On the other side of the coin, the Entervan XT is not the best option for someone who sits shorter in their chair. I asked Burnie Blackmon to help me illustrate this, and we shot the video below yesterday afternoon. As you’ll see, it’s pretty telling evidence!

Until we shot these videos, it was hard for me to appreciate the huge difference that a mere 4″ can make! At BraunAbility, we’ve always maximized the space inside our vans, because the smallest increase in the door height, the floor width or the floor length can make all the difference in the world to our customers. And that’s the reason we offer the standard Entervan for the 80% of our customers who are best served by this conversion’s dimensions. For the 20% of customers who need the extra clearance, the Entervan XT is for you!

Which one will work best for you? The best place to find the answer to that question is at your local BraunAbility dealer. Though we try to show you all we can on this blog and our website – and we hope you can get a pretty good idea from this information – there is still no substitute for getting into a handicap van and “kicking the tires” a bit. For those of you who have had a chance to try out the new Entervan XT, we’d love to hear what you think!