What is a Handicap Van Conversion?

BraunAbility Engineers an Accessible Handicap Van Conversion Design on the Most Popular Vehicles

A handicap conversion van (alternatively called a mobility van or wheelchair van) is the name given to a specially engineered adaptation of a vehicle to make it accessible for wheelchair users. While that may sound simple enough, converting a vehicle safely is an intensive, complex process and not all van conversion companies build their products to the same standards of quality and safety.

Keep reading to learn more about the van conversion process and how to ensure you’re placing your trust with a handicap van conversion company with a proven history of quality and safety mobility products.

How is a Handicap Van Conversion Built?

At BraunAbility, every handicap van conversion is built using an assembly line method, both by machine and by hand, designed to ensure duplicable quality for a best-in-class ownership experience for every customer. So how does a traditional vehicle become a BraunAbility accessible vehicle?

  1. The first step of the wheelchair van conversion is to remove the existing seating from the vehicle, as well as the interior panels. Any exposed surfaces leftover are completely covered for protection from scrapes and heat during the handicap conversion van process. 
  2. Once the seats are removed, the vehicle’s floor is lowered and custom interior paneling is installed for a seamless blend between the original vehicle and BraunAbility wheelchair van conversion.
  3. A high-strength ramp is installed, either in the rear or the passenger slide door area. These ramps are available as either a foldout or infloor option on most models of vehicle.
  4. In a side-entry conversion, the rear bench seat is reinstalled, and in most models of conversion vans, the driver and front passenger seats are mounted on raised platforms. Both seats are easily removable by the vehicle owner, allowing for floor plan flexibility from one side to another. In a rear-entry conversion, only the back portion of the vehicle has a lowered floor so the front row seats remain original and are not able to be removed.
  5. To disguise the lowered floor extension on the exterior of the vehicle, custom-molded ground effect panels are added to both the driver and passenger sides, integrating the design.
  6. No matter what handicap van conversion or wheelchair conversion van you select (Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Toyota or Honda), your best-in-class BraunAbility product is manufactured to uncompromised standards to deliver the best customer experience in the industry.

BraunAbility Is the #1 Rated Brand in the Mobility Industry

In a 2016 survey of mobility service technicians, BraunAbility was voted Most Trusted Brand in Mobility and the brand they were most likely to recommend to friends and family. Why? Because service technicians know wheelchair conversion vans from the inside out, and they see firsthand that not all handicap van conversions are built with a priority on quality and safety. When it comes to reliability, you deserve the best. 

Straight Talk About Van Conversions

Our Straight Talk video series takes an honest, under-the-hood look at what sets BraunAbility products apart from other van conversions.

An Introduction to Wheelchair Accessible Vans

Quality features mean the difference between a great accessible driving experience and a stressful one. Making an informed decision on your purchase is one of the most important and responsible things you could do. 

Wheelchair Van Braking Systems

You won't get an in-depth look at our braking systems in a dealership showroom. So here, see first-hand how BraunAbility’s brake lines are routed, suspended and secured compared to other mobility brands.

Wheelchair Van Exhaust Systems

Compare BraunAbility’s fully stainless steel, tier-one supplied exhaust system to other mobility manufacturing brands, and you’ll see how far we go to secure and reinforce our exhaust system.

Wheelchair Van Fuel Systems

It goes without saying, there is no room for compromise when it comes to your fuel system. See the measures BraunAbility takes to design, build, and secure a fuel system that goes the distance.

Wheelchair Van Sliding Doors

An accessible van doesn’t live up to its name if you don’t have a reliable way to get in and out of it! The design of BraunAbility’s sliding door system is another example of how we go the extra mile to ensure the greatest reliability and usability.

Wheelchair Van Suspension

Accessible vans need to be designed to manage a heavier weight capacity, especially the suspension system. We make sure our suspension not only handles extra weight, but makes the ride as comfortable as possible.

Wheelchair Van Wiring

BraunAbility designs an integrated electrical system that is not only reliable, but also easy to service, saving you time, money, and frustration.

Wheelchair Van Undercarriage Construction

The way in which an accessible vehicle manufacturer chooses to join the new lowered floor to the main vehicle frame during the handicap conversion process is a strong indicator of quality in the handicap van conversion. 

Conversion Van: Making the Right  Choice

Your mobility freedom is precious, and it's important to work with a company that believes this, too. Stop into your local dealer to ask questions and to see these wheelchair conversion vans in person.