WHEELCHAIR VAN INFORMATION

VMi New England Mobility Center
Your Preferred Dodge Wheelchair Van Dealer

VMi New England Mobility Center

1000 Main Street Bridgewater, MA 02324

508-697-6006

 

Key Features:


  1. VMI Northstar

  2. 10" Lowered Floor

  3. 3 years or 36,000 Mile Warranty

Conversion Options:


•Power Kneeling

•10 Inch Lowered Floor

•Fully Automatic In-Floor Lift

•Removable Driver Seat

•Fully Automatic Lift

•Keychain Remote Activation

Power Sliding passenger Door

Available Options:


•Air Conditioning

•3.3L V6 Flex-Fuel engine

•Automatic transmission

•Up to 17 cty/24 hwy mpg

•MP3 Player

•Stability Control

•Third row seats 

  1. Power Door Locks

  2. Power Windows


This 2010 Dodge Caravan wheelchair accessible van comes with a power folding handicap ramp that provides disability access through a power sliding door. Additional features like a lowered floor are incorporated into these mobility vehicles to provide unprecedented wheelchair access for those who are disabled.


17 City                        25 Hyw

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT VMI Northstar

                   VMI Mobility Vehicle Dealer

The mission of Automotive Innovations a family owned mobility dealer located in Bridgewater, MA for more than 20 years is to offer you the best adaptive mobility equipment, accessible vans, mobility products and high tech mobility solutions on the market at the lowest possible price in the New England Area. We are a certified Vantage Mobility International (VMI) mobility vehicle dealer, so we can offer you a wide range of mobility products that will cater to your needs. We are also a proud member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and were the first Adaptive Mobility Equipment Dealer in Massachusetts to meet the highest industries standards required to become accredited by the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) for high tech driving systems installer, adaptive mobility equipment installer and structural vehicle modifier, so you know you'll get the absolute best customer service at Automotive Innovations in Bridgewater, MA.

We Take Trades


Trade in your used van, car, truck or SUV for a new or used handicap van.


Yes, we take used Braun Entervans, BraunAbility vans, BraunAbility Toyota vans, BraunAbility Dodge and Chrysler wheelchair minivans, BraunAbility Entervan XT, Braun Companionvan SE, Braun Companionvan RE, Honda Odyssey Entervan Wheelchair Minivan, Toyota Sienna Rampvan XT Wheelchair Minivan, as a convenience to you we take all BraunAbility vehicles in trade, pre-owned VMI Summit and Northstar conversion vans, Rollx vans, AMS vans, IMS vans, Ride Away vans, Adaptive Mobility Equipment handicapped vans, New England Wheels handicap vans, Wheelchair Getaways van, Advanced Wheels of Technology vans, Drive Master vans or any other accessible or non accessible vehicle on trade.

More Dodge Wheelchair Van Features


Wheelchair Ramp

Most Grand Caravan wheelchair vans use ramps to facilitate entry and exit to and from the vehicle. Ramps are used on all side-entry wheelchair vans and on many rear-entry modifications. In most cases, users opt for a powered ramp that can be deployed and retracted with a single push of a button. These ramps stow under the vehicle, out of sight, when not in use.



Automatic Folding Ramp

Most Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair vans use an auto ramp. Some rear-entry variations use a lift and some people opt for manual ramps, but the great majority of conversions feature an auto ramp. These foldout wheelchair ramp deploy and retract with the push of a button and stow away under the vehicle when not in use.



Hitch Mounted Vehicle Ramp

Those who opt for a rear-entry conversion of a Grand Caravan wheelchair van can either use a ramp or a lift for entry. Lifts can be cost-prohibitive and there are many ramp options to choose from. A hitch-mounted vehicle ramp is one option. They aren’t used as often as powered ramps that stow under the vehicle, but the fact that they are easily accessible might make them interesting to some Grand Caravan owners.



Wheelchair Lift

Some Dodge Grand Caravans use a wheelchair lift to facilitate entry into the vehicle. These motorized platforms are a powerful and reliable way to increase access. They’re also rather large. That’s why the only Grand Caravans with lifts are rear-entry models and they feature collapsible lifts that can fold up against the back of the minivan when not in use.



Rear Lift

The Dodge Grand Caravan’s rear lift gate provides access to the rear cargo area. It’s also the point of entry for wheelchair vans configured for rear-entry. Most rear-entry Grand Caravans feature a lowered floor and a vehicle kneel system, but they rarely require substantial physical modification of the lift gate itself.



Scooter Lift

Scooters and power chairs are heavier than traditional wheelchairs, so it requires some muscle to lift them and to move them into the minivan. There are lifts available that are more than up to the task and many are used in rear-entry Grand Caravan wheelchair vans. The Grand Caravan can’t support side entry lifts, but those who want a lift and who use a scooter do have options available to them.



Access Entry Space
Space is a key consideration regarding wheelchair van accessibility. The Grand Caravan supplies more than enough cabin floor space and impressive vertical space, as well.



Lowered Floor

The lowered floor gives plenty of room to move in a Dodge Caravan wheelchair van. Customer have two options, they can choose a half-drop or full-drop floor modification. The adjustment will increase overall clearance by as much as ten full inches.



Roof Height

Many wheelchair vans are modified by raising the roof and/or the doors of the vehicle. That’s unnecessary when one is working with a Dodge Grand Caravan. It’s possible to create the necessary space without taking those actions.



Power Door

A power door can make a huge difference in the accessibility of a Grand Caravan wheelchair van. Many wheelchair users struggle with manual doors and discover that their handles are placed in anticipation of use by standing drivers. Providing an automatic way to enter and exit the vehicle can really empower a wheelchair user. As such, power door modifications are a key part of many wheelchair van conversions.



Automatic Door

Automatic doors are a common feature in Grand Caravans. All but the entry-level models come standard with automatic power sliding doors and remote entry. That’s a nice feature to have when converting a vehicle for use as a wheelchair van. Manual doors can be a challenge for some wheelchair users and pushbutton use is a welcome relief.



Dual Sliding Doors

The Dodge Grand Caravan comes standard with dual sliding doors. The doors are manually operated in the base trim package, but higher trim models have fully automatic sliding doors with remote entry. Sliding doors are integral to converting the Grand Caravan for use as a side-entry wheelchair vehicle. The provide enough room to provide easy entrance and exit to and from the vehicle.

 

Power Seat Bases

You can use a power seat base to make the transition from wheelchair to driver’s seat easier once you’re within your Dodge. These powered options allow for easy maneuvering with very little effort. They’re a popular adaptation and are not difficult to install.



Transfer Seats

Getting in and out of a Dodge wheelchair van isn’t that difficult. A good conversion will make it just as easy to move from your wheelchair to the driver’s seat once you’re within the vehicle. Transfer seats are designed to facilitate that maneuver with minimal efforts. Using them is much easier than trying to make the move from chair to driver’s seat without modification.


Removable Seating

In order to convert a stock Dodge into a functional wheelchair van, the owner will need to reconfigure the base seating plan. Side entry wheelchair van users will want to change the center row of seating. Those who use the less common rear entry plan will need to eliminate the third row. Luckily, removable seating is part of the Dodge’s design. It’s easy to jettison unwanted seats.

 


Rear Bench Seat

The Dodge comes with a rear bench seat, although it is possible to explore alternatives for that area. Those who decide to convert the Dodge for use as a rear-entry wheelchair van will find it necessary to remove the bench seat to create adequate space. Those who use a side entry arrangement will usually leave the bench seat in place to serve as a passenger option.

 


Removable Passenger Seat

If a wheelchair user plans to sit in the passenger are, he or she may want to remove the stock passenger seat. That’s also true if the driver of a dodge knows that he or she will regular transport another wheelchair user. Removing the passenger seat is a relatively simple proposition and any reputable conversion company should be able to do the job.



Removable Driver’s Seat

Some wheelchair-bound drivers will use transfer seats to get from their chairs into the driver’s seat. Others will prefer to drive from their wheelchair. That’s made possible by removing the stock driver’s seat. It’s a simple modification that any conversion manufacturer should be able to perform quickly and easily.



Center Passenger Seat

Dodge wheelchair van users can set up their vehicles for side or rear entry. Most opt for side entry and that requires adjusting the center passenger seat configuration. Those second row seats can interfere with wheelchair access and can block wheelchair-bound drivers from moving from their chairs to the driver’s seat.



Electric Tie Downs

Once a wheelchair is within a Dodge wheelchair van, it’s important to properly secure it. One way to do that is by using electric tie downs. These motorized options are easier to use and require less physical strength than do traditional, manual tie downs. They’re a nice compromise between the manual tie downs and the more expensive docking systems.



Manual Tie Down

Dodge wheelchair van drivers often use manual tie downs as a means of keeping their chair in place inside the vehicle. They’re not complicated and they’ve been used as a means of keeping wheelchairs safely in place for decades. They’re also the cheapest way to handle the situation.

 


Four-Point Tie Downs with Seat Belts

Four point tie downs with seat belts serve two important functions within many Dodge wheelchair vans. First, the serve to secure and immobilizes the wheelchair once it’s inside the vehicle. Second, they provide additional restraint for the wheelchair user. Safety conscious Dodge wheelchair van users may be interested in making them a part of their conversion processes.

 


EZ Lock

The EZ Lock system is the most effective and simple way to anchor your wheelchair inside your Dodge. Instead of tying the wheelchair down, a bracket placed on its underside is directed into a high-strength docking mechanism that will lock the chair into place until it is intentionally released. These systems are more expensive than tie downs, but their convenience and power are unrivaled.



Auto Kneel

Auto kneel systems are an integral part of many wheelchair van conversions. They allow the vehicle to set low to the ground when not in use. That decreases the slope of the wheelchair ramp, providing easier access and reducing the risk of accident. Most Grand Caravan wheelchair van conversions use an auto kneel system.



Steering Devices

Are you worried about being able to successfully steer your Dodge wheelchair van? If so, you might want to consider any of the many steering devices available as adaptations. Hand controls are one popular choice. Low-effort and zero-effort steering are also available for those who can use the standard steering wheel with assistance.



Hand Controls

Are you unable to use the standard pedals in a Dodge wheelchair van? If so, you do have a viable alternative. Hand controls can replace the “stock” pedals. You’ll be able to safely accelerate and brake using hand controls. They’re easy to use with a little training and practice and are a popular conversion.



Reduced Effort Steering

Grand Caravan wheelchair vans are created with the unique needs of their owners in mind. Some wheelchair users can’t safely or effectively use traditional steering systems. In those cases, a reduced effort steering package may be in order. The power steering system of the Grand Caravan is enhanced, allowing operation of the steering wheel with far less physical exertion.



Reduced Effort Braking

Some disabled drivers find it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to use the standard brakes of the Grand Caravan. In many cases, this is because it requires too much force to depress the pedal. A reduced effort braking system solves the problem, making it possible to engage the antilock brakes with the application of very little pressure.


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VMi New England Mobility Center Automotive Innovations, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that our information on this website is accurate and true. However, Automotive Innovations, Inc. cannot be held responsible for inaccurate information provided by outside sources. Please verify all equipment, price and options before purchase. Vehicle availability is subject to prior sale.