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Thread: Has anyone recently converted a full-size van with a dropped floor?

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    A para friend of mine bought a new Honda Oddesy with ramp/kneel and she seems to have a bit of a struggle getting up the ramp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianm View Post
    It has been a few years since I have tried a kneeling van. I do drive. I also sit tall in my chair and the ramps I have tried not only would be hard to push up, I could easily go over backwards. Maybe some of the newer one are lower.
    It is amazing that at C5/6 complete you have been pushing a manual wheelchair for 35 years. I am C6/7 complete, 35 years post injury and I haven't pushed a manual chair in 15 years. My shoulder just won't do that any more. I'm 6'3" and sit tall too, and even in my power chair, I have good line of sight out the windshield with my Honda Odyssey.

    When I did use my manual chair with my kneel van, I always went up the ramp backwards, I never tried to go up the ramp going forward. I would be worried about going up forward in a manual chair, especially without anti tippers. Even in my power chair, I go up the ramp backwards. It just makes it easier to get into position once inside the van. By the by, I don't drive. My wife is my Chauffeuse.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    I'm a strong c5-6 and could not push up the mini van ramps consistently inside the dealership in perfect conditions. love my full size van
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulea View Post
    . No one here is focused on developing optimal solutions for solo drivers.
    So true!
    What do you drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    So true!
    What do you drive?
    I currently drive a 95 E150 with dropped floor, Braun swing lift, and transfer drivers seat. It was a custom build, back when shops did that sort of thing.
    C-6/7 incomplete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulea View Post
    I currently drive a 95 E150 with dropped floor, Braun swing lift, and transfer drivers seat. It was a custom build, back when shops did that sort of thing.
    Is that a "swing away" lift that nobody will install anymore? It was our favorite lift, allowing easy parking access, as someone mentioned here.

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    Originally Posted by Kulea
    . No one here is focused on developing optimal solutions for solo drivers.
    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    So true!
    What do you drive?
    Many of the new full size vans can't have the floor lowered in a easy or practical manner.
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    This has no lowered floor and isn't something that can be driven from most wheelchairs.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    Is that a "swing away" lift that nobody will install anymore? It was our favorite lift, allowing easy parking access, as someone mentioned here.

    I can't remember the year they stopped building them might have been around 2004.

    fwiw: We have a used one in storage we took out of a van quite a while ago.

    We've been saving it for a cool one off custom vehicle build.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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