Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day

    There is more than one way to celebrate your father this father’s day. The following are some handicap-accessible, wheelchair-friendly ideas to try around North Carolina.

    For more information about handicap accessible vehicles, contact Van Products today!


    #1 – Take Dad Somewhere Fun to Eat.

    There are TONS of great, handicap accessible restaurants right here in the Triangle. Whether you’re in the mood for Mediterranean food or American – Southern comfort food or dessert, this list has you covered!


    #2 – Hit the Trails.

    Just because you’re wheelchair bound doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors just like everyone else. North Carolina is filled with beautiful nature trails, walkways, paths, and more.

    Find an easy, short wheelchair accessible trail or challenge yourself with a longer trail. No matter what sort of challenge you're up for, this site gives you plenty of information on wheelchair accessible trail descriptions, maps, photos and reviews.


    #3 – Hit the Slopes.

    Did you know that North Carolina offers adaptive ski clinics and programs for people with physical disabilities?

    Some offer adaptive ski clinics and programs include: Beech Mountain Ski Resort in Banner Elk and Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock.


    #4 – Go Horseback Riding.

    Get on a horse and enjoy the outdoors! The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes therapies for individuals with special needs. Simply visit www.pathintl.org to find the nearest horseback riding center to where you live.


    #5 – Take Dad Hunting/Fishing.

    North Carolina is known for its outdoors! This Father’s Day, take Dad hunting or fishing. N.C. Accessible Outdoors offers great opportunities for people with disabilities, includes assisting access to favorable game and fish areas and allowing the use of equipment designed for specific disabilities. Find out more by visiting www.ncwildlife.org.



  • 5 Tips for Traveling Memorial Day Weekend by Vehicle

    In this blog post, we share some helpful tips and information for wheelchair users who plan to travel by vehicle this Memorial Day.

    #1 - Consider Wheelchair Van Rental.

    Thinking of heading out of town for a Memorial Day weekend trip with the family or friends? Consider renting a wheelchair van instead of driving your own. Renting a wheelchair van can save you from putting additional wear and tear on your own personal vehicle, plus it can be a nice way to enjoy some newer, upgraded features that you may have not yet seen in newer makes/models of wheelchair vans.

    Learn more about wheelchair van rental from Van Products.


    #2 - Know Where Accessible Pick-up/Drop-Off Locations Are.

    Especially if you’re traveling to a new place for the first time by wheelchair van – it’s helpful to know where all of the accessible pick-up and drop-off locations are. Be sure to research this information ahead of time, and call ahead if you are unsure or have questions.

    You’ll want to make sure that the handicap accessible pick-up and drop-off locations are able to accept different types of wheelchair vans, such as rear-entry wheelchair vans as well as side-entry wheelchair vans.

    Learn more about rear entry wheelchair vans and side entry wheelchair vans.


    #3 - Put Your Name On Wheelchair & Related Mobility Items.

    The same way you would label your luggage before flying or traveling somewhere – so should you do the same with your wheelchair, scooter or other separate mobility equipment.

    It may also be helpful to take inventory of the mobility equipment and accessories that you’ll need to bring with you prior to leaving on your Memorial Day trip.


    #4 - Bring Extra Gear/Equipment with You.

    There’s a popular saying that “you can never be too prepared”. It’s true! Within reason, bring any extra mobility gear or equipment that you think you may need. The last thing you want to have happen is for something to break, get lost or stolen and not have an easily accessible backup close at hand.


    #5 - Research & Plan Ahead of Time.

    It's always helpful to do your research and planning ahead of time, including researching places to get your wheelchair (or other mobility equipment) repaired if you're out and about in another city/state.

    In the event that something happens to your wheelchair, wheelchair van or other mobility equipment, you can save yourself precious vacation time doing research and more time seeing the sights.


    It's always better to be safe than sorry!




  • Van Products: Your Trusted BraunAbility Dealer

    When it comes to purchasing a wheelchair accessible van, Van Products knows that there is more to it than just selling a handicap van. Instead, our team of mobility specialists also strives to educate each of our customers, letting them know what their options are and providing the resources and support they need before, during, and after the sale.

    Partnering with a Dealership That Puts You First

    Our customers are at the forefront of everything that we do - from offering in-home demonstrations to scheduling appointments to offering personalized mobility options and more. Therefore, when it's time to make the decision to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle, we want you to feel comfortable partnering with a wheelchair van dealership that will be with you long after that initial transaction has taken place.

    At Van Products, Inc. we have an experienced and knowledgeable staff that is always available to answer any questions you may have in order to help you make the best choice to suit your specific mobility needs.

    A Reputation for Quality & Safety

    Van Products offers 24-hour emergency service, along with our guarantee that you will never be left alone in the event of an emergency. Our experienced service department has all the tools and resources necessary to get you back on the road in no time.

    As your trusted BraunAbility dealer, we understand that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mobility. Our team will work side-by-side with you to find the an accessible vehicle for you and your family that best suits your unique mobility needs. Perhaps most importantly, we provide the service support that you need should anything come up. For more information, about being a BraunAbility dealer, view the video below.

    Interested in speaking with one of our mobility specialists or stopping by one of our showrooms? Contact us here.

  • Handicap Accessible Ford Transit Connect Conversion

    As one of the leaders of new and used handicap vans and other wheelchair accessible vehicles in the Southeast United States, Van Products is proud to sell a newly converted Ford Transit Connect Van.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    About the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van

    Built by Ford, we took the Ford Transit Connect Van and converted it to make it wheelchair accessible for our customers who have mobility challenges.

    Though the Ford Transit Connect Van was initially built for commercial use, it also works well for handicap passengers. Our Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van features:

    • Rear entry
    • Lowered floor conversion
    • 800 lb. ramp capacity
    • Roomy interior
    • Rear liftgate swing up (for easy entry)
    • Meets ADA, FMVSS vehicle requirements
    • Comes with warranty
    • And more!

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Style, Comfort, & Safety

    At Van Products, the safety of our customers is our top priority. This is why we've equipped the Ford Transit Connect with all of the mobility features needed. Additionally, if there are other types of conversion features that you require, we will make sure you have them!

    The newly converted Ford Transit Connect is a great option for nursing homes, seniors with limited mobility, those who are temporarily disabled due to an accident, veterans, and others. Best of all, the Ford Transit Connect has plenty of space for wheelchair users and additional passengers. It will hold up to 6 adult passengers (including one wheelchair)!

    Whatever mobility features you can dream of, we're already two steps ahead! With the Transit Connect, there is no need to move the 2nd row of seating to add a wheelchair position. One of the key features of this conversion van is its convenient fold-up ramp system, which folds flat and stows away when not in use.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Ford Transit Connect for Personal or Commercial Use

    One of the great things that we love about the Ford Transit Connect is its versatility. With our recent conversion, the Ford Transit Connect is even more versatile than ever, making it convenient for wheelchair users and families or for commercial use.

    Now, you can experience even more freedom of mobility with a wheelchair accessible vehicle that offers you ease of access, good gas mileage, plenty of room for family and friends, and other mobility features that make getting around town easier than ever.

    Stop by our Raleigh location today to experience the features in person, or request a demo of the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by filling out our simple, online form here.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Contact Us Today!

    For additional information about the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van, contact one of our mobility specialists today by calling: (919) 209-6133. Our mobility specialists will be able to provide you with answers to any questions you have regarding availability, cost, financing options, and delivery information for your area.

  • BraunAbility Debuts All New Mobility Crossover Vehicle

    BraunAbility, the worldwide leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles, recently announced the debut of its all new Mobility Crossover Vehicle (MXV).

    MDX = Better Handicap Accessibility; Improved Mobility Options

    Built on the 2015 Ford Explorer, this new addition from BraunAbility changes everything. The MXV will fit thirty of the most commonly prescribed power chairs, has multiple configurations (passenger or driver or both) and will be sold at an affordable price point. Check out the video below for an in-depth view of this awesome, handicap accessible vehicle.

    Features & Specs of the MXV

    Some of the features of BraunAbility's all new MXV include:

    • Power Glide Door integrated w/factory key fob
    • 28" in-floor ramp width
    • 54 1/4" door entry height
    • Integrated LED ramp lighting system
    • Adjustable sliding gear lever
    • Cantilever seat bases for easy removal (and/or additional interior room)
    • Integrated towing package

    The MXV will also incorporate a lowered floor design to increase interior height, automatic power doors, an electric actuated kneeling system to reduce ramp angle and an in-floor power ramp system for the deployment of the in-floor wheelchair ramp. The new MXV will soon be available at Van Products and BraunAbility dealers nationwide.

    Leave us a comment to let us know if you are interested in learning more!

    Mobility Crossover Vehicle (MXV)

    [photo credit: NMEDA]

  • Wheelchair Van Straight Talk - Brake Systems

    When choosing a wheelchair van conversion, safety is the most important factor to consider.  There is probably nothing more important than being able to stop you wheelchair van in an emergency situation.  Yet, some conversion companies actually cut corners during the conversion process, compromising safety.

    This video, the first in a series, shows three different van conversions.  It documents unsafe conversion techniques used to save time and money by two of the companies involved.

    Click here to view the six minute video...

    Wheelchair Van Straight Talk - Brake Systems


  • Wheelchair Accessible Honda Odyssey

    Van Products is pleased to announce that we have added the completely redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey to our wheelchair accessible van lineup.  The Honda fills out our list of manufacturers which includes Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna.

    The redesign of the 2011 Honda Odyssey wheelchair van gives it bolder styling and makes it fun to drive! Even the 3.5L V6 engine is new and delivers great economy along with ample power.

    One improvement that is difficult to see, yet extremely important is structural strength.  The 2011 Odyssey is 35% stronger providing increased safety to all seating positions.  The Braun wheelchair conversion includes the new Step-and-Roll Seat design which makes the front seats even easier to remove and reinstall.  All Van Products handicap vans exceed all Federal Motor Vehicle Standards and of course the new Honda is no exception.

    Honda Odyssey

    The Braun wheelchair conversion features the same easy to use automatic factory door and folding ramp as all BraunAbility minivans.   All it takes is a single touch on the keyless remote, and the power door opens, the ramp folds down, and the van kneels (lowers down) to decrease the ramp angle and make entry or exit easier than ever.

    Both front seats of the Honda Odyssey wheelchair van can be removed (no tools needed) so that wheelchair passengers can either ride as a passenger up front, or can drive with hand controls which Van Products can add at the time of purchase.

    All hand controls are custom fit after a professional driver evaluation and Van Products will also install an E-Z Lock device that safely secures the wheelchair to the van floor.  This potentially makes wheelchair drivers completely independent, requiring no help to enter the van and drive away!

    As you can see in the photos, the 2011 Honda Odyssey Wheelchair Accessible van is just about the sharpest looking minivan on the road.  If you would like to see it firsthand, we invite you to visit us at Van Products, or call us for an in home demo.  Directions to Van Products are here.  We look forward to helping you gain a more independent lifestyle!

  • Wheelchair Accessibility for Your World

    Whether moving around one’s home or traveling the world, mobility should be a part of each person’s life no matter their circumstances.  At Van Products, our motto is “Life is a moving experience,” and our goal is to help those who are physically handicapped or in a wheelchair go anywhere, anytime.  Our company was started by a family, so our goal is to treat each customer like family as well, helping solve their mobility problems by guiding them through their wheelchair accessible van options.  We want to help each person find the handicap accessible van that fits their needs the best. Whether you are looking for a used wheelchair van made by Toyota or a new handicap van made by Honda, Van Products will help you find a solution. We also have the option to rent a wheelchair accessible van for any length of time. If you are recovering from an injury that has limited your mobility and need a wheelchair accessible vehicle, we can get you to and from your rehabilitation visits as long as you need us to. We know there are many people who need a wheelchair van in North Carolina, so we have offices in Raleigh and Wilmington. We also know it is a big decision to buy a wheelchair accessible van, so that is why we offer rental van options as well as used vans.  Someone from our Van Products team will be happy to show you an in-home demo as well as bring your van to you. We value our family of customers, so we want to treat them like it. For wheelchair accessible vans in North Carolina and other handicap accessible features in Raleigh or Wilmington, drop Van Products a note!

  • Welcome to the Van Products Blog

    Welcome to the Van Products blog, a place for the physically handicapped community to read about exciting events and activities happening in North Carolina’s mobility impaired community as well as learn about ways Van Products can help you be as mobile as possible!


    Helping You Be Mobile Everywhere

    At Van Products, our motto is “Life is a moving experience. Our products and services help you go anywhere, anytime,” and we are dedicated to bringing that to life, both on our blog and in our community.  We love to get involved in the community however we can- by sponsoring teams, filling the handicap seats at sporting events, supporting individuals who have achieved great things like Ms. Wheelchair America, or members of the U.S. Paracanoe national team.

    We also are committed to our customers and have made a promise to serve them the best way possible, by offering products that can mobilize their lives, providing customer service members who are knowledgeable and welcome questions, and bringing our products and services to you at home.

    We hope you’ll enjoy this blog as a place to learn about fun things going on in North Carolina, to share in exciting successes in the mobility impaired world, and to connect with other people of shared values and interests. Drop us a line or leave us a note if there is anything you want us to talk about in here, or check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We can’t wait to connect with you!

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