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    Ideal vehicle for manual wheelchair plus dog

    How do you travel with your service dog? Regardless of how big a car is, big dogs can't lay down comfortably. I know the back of a truck would be perfect for a dog. But trucks are not so friendly for the wheelchair.

    Of course a van is one option. But I prefer to avoid lifts/ramps. I am thinking that the Mini Clubman may be a good choice. I like how it has two hatchback doors that are hinged on the sides rather than the standard single hatchback door that is hinged on the top.

    Ideally, I would like a vehicle that I can transfer my wheelchair in one piece (rather than break it down) and that has a bed for my dog.

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    We are seriously looking into the new Golf (Mk7), with a 2 door. I saw one today and it looks very doable, also with dogs. The boot is reasonable enough for groceries, dogs, and what not. We have 2 small Jack Russles, but they are very big in many ways.

    N.B. The Mini Clubman is also interesting for us, but harder for repairs and resale, at least in Holland.
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    I have the Toyota Venza. My chair fits in the cargo area without taking it apart. I can also fit 5 dogs in there at the same time. Luckily the I only do that when I take them to the vet because it's not fun fitting a 100 pound lab, 50 pound boxer, 45 pound Aussie, 10 pound yorkie poo and an 8 pound poodle in with my chair.....

    Great car though. Plenty of space.
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    I should add that I have to sit in the driver seat while putting the wheelchair in the vehicle. I do not have the option to put the wheelchair in the cargo area and then walk over to the driver seat.

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    Got ya....I don't either. I thought you meant just in general. Not sure of a car that would fit it in without breaking it down, other than a van. I break mine down but when my husband and I go places together then he puts it in the cargo space. Hope you find something that works for you.
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    I have a full size Ford E-250 van with a lift. (Love the Ford; hate the lift). It makes it easy for me and my dog (Labrador) to get in and out and I don't have to break down my chair. My dog lays on the floor right behind the front seats. I think the cold air from the AC settles there. I have no "middle seat". Disadvantage with van - van parking only.
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    Could look at a Mazda 5. The new ones are very ugly, but the 2007-2011 aren't too bad. It's like a mini minivan with sliding rear passenger doors. I drive an 07. With the driver side 2nd row seat removed (4 bolts) it is possible to pull in a manual chair (without removing the wheels) into that spot after transferring into the driver seat. You just need to slide the door shut, I bent a brass rod into a hook I use. With the 3rd row "seats" (not suitable for actual people) folded down there is a large flat area that most large dogs would fit.

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    I like it. Van function without the ugly van look. Thanks.

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    The mini clubman has its single rear door on the right hand side. I think this has to do with the location of the gas tank. It means on rhd cars you can pull in a chair behind you through the suicide door, not lhd.

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    yeah, you're not going to get a chair in a Mini w/o removing the wheels.

    you could put lowering springs on a Honda Odyssey:


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