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Choosing the Most Suitable Handicap Van Ramps

Are you someone in the market for one of the latest handicap vans? Are you excited about the independence that such a vehicle can provide? After all, they come with an amazing range of options that make them your passport to adventure, or simply a way of heading for a day of shopping at the mall. One decision you will need to make is regarding which handicap van ramp is most suitable for you and your mobility needs. 

Side-Entry Handicap Van Ramps

Side-entry handicap van ramps are an excellent option for those with mobility needs. They provide the user with accessible entry into the vehicle and can be customized to fit the individual's needs. The two most common side-entry handicap van ramp options are fold-out models and power in-floor models. Fold-out ramps are simple and lightweight, they conveniently fold up and out of the way when not in use. They are easy to deploy and can be ordered with a larger width to accommodate larger wheelchairs and scooters. Power in-floor models, on the other hand, offer a modern feel with the convenience of a power deployment button. With the push of a button the ramp easily lowers into place, and for added convenience they can also be folded up automatically. Both of these ramp options provide a safe and accessible entry into vehicles, allowing those with mobility needs to have greater freedom and independence.

Rear-Entry Handicap Van Ramps

Rear-entry handicap van ramps come in a variety of options to make wheelchair access easier. The fold-out option is designed to be able to be used without the help of extra tools and can be retracted and folded into the van when not in use. This makes it easier to store and hide the ramp when it isn’t in use, as well as making it easier to get the wheelchair in and out of the vehicle. For those who need more ease of access, power in-floor ramps can be installed in the van. This type of ramp is motorized and can be raised or lowered electronically with the press of a button. This type of ramp is much safer and easier to use as it eliminates the need to manually pull out and stow away a ramp. Both types of handicap van ramps provide a safe and convenient way for wheelchair users to get in and out of a vehicle.

Manual Handicap Van Ramps

Manual handicap van ramps help people with disabilities travel conveniently and safely. They are a great solution for those with limited mobility who need extra access when entering or exiting a vehicle. The ramp folds up and down with easy-to-use manual operation, creating a bridge between the van and the ground. Generally they are made from lightweight aluminum and are very durable. Manual handicap van ramps are an ideal solution for short-term transportation needs. They can provide wheelchair access to the front door of a home or to a wheeled-chair accessible public transportation. Additionally, they are designed to be easy to install and remove, making it an ideal situation for those requiring temporary accessibility solutions.

Considerations for Selecting a Handicap Van Ramp

When selecting a handicap ramp for a vehicle, there are a few important options to consider.

  • First, you need to decide what type of ramp you need. Do you want a manual ramp that you have to physically pull out or one that can be electrically deployed and retracted with the press of a button?
  • Second, you should consider the weight capacity of the ramp. Many ramps can support up to 600 pounds, but make sure to confirm the mounted weight capacity before you make a purchase.
  • Third, you should consider the length of the ramp. Longer ramps can be helpful for getting wheelchairs up higher but may not be necessary if your vehicle has a low door sill.
  • Finally, take into account the width of the ramp. The wider the ramp, the easier it will be for a wheelchair to access the vehicle. 

Consider all of these factors when choosing a handicap ramp for your vehicle.  

At United Access, we understand that selecting the right handicap van ramp can seem like a daunting process, as there are so many different options available. To make this easier, we can provide you with a mobility needs assessment that takes into account your mobility needs, your journeys, your budget, and any other pertinent information. From there, we can make the best recommendation on what handicap van ramp will be most suitable for you. Contact us today to learn more.f

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