Is a Side Entry or Rear Entry Ramp Better for a Wheelchair Van?

Before purchasing a wheelchair accessible van, there are several things that you must take into consideration. One is whether a side entry or rear entry ramp for a van would work better for you. Here are the pros and cons of each.

Side Entry Ramp
Side entry ramps are the most popular conversion option available. In fact, over 75% of non-commercial vehicles use side entry ramps. When installed, the floor of the vehicle is lowered, creating enough headspace for passengers. Additional benefits include:

  • Easy curbside access
  • Seats can be removed, allowing for wheelchair occupant to operate or sit in the passenger seat
  • Ramps can either be a foldout style or in-floor

The only drawback of side entry ramps is:

  • Less room for passengers as the middle row of seats is removed

Rear Entry
Rear entry ramps fold out from the rear of the vehicle, creating a smooth incline for the wheelchair to easily enter and exit the vehicle. Some of the benefits of rear entry ramps include:

  • Does not fold into the interior of the van, which creates more interior room
  • Side and middle seats stay in place, allowing more seating for passengers
  • Less customization required

Drawbacks of rear entry ramps include:

  • Because the ramp extends off the back of the vehicle, parking can be limited, especially in the busy city
  • Wheelchair occupant typically cannot access the passenger seat

Rear entry ramps are great if you need the extra interior space. But, they are not ideal if you plan on operating your wheelchair van yourself.

To learn more about the best ramp for your wheelchair accessible vehicle, contact a mobility specialist at Bussani Mobility.  

How Often Does My Accessible Vehicle Need Maintenance?

Owning a wheelchair accessible van helps to give you mobility and independence. In order to protect that ability to move about freely, it’s so important to have regular inspections and maintenance done on your vehicle. That way, you can drive with confidence, knowing that your vehicle is secure and you are safe.

A lot of our customers ask how often they should have their accessible vehicle serviced. The answer is every six months, by a certified mobility technician. Most standard auto shops do not understand the intricacies of conversion equipment.

By scheduling regular maintenance appointments with your local mobility dealer, you’ll do a lot to prolong the lifespan of your vehicle. Regular six-month checkups can detect any small issues that you might not notice on a daily basis, before they become a problem.  

If something needs to be repaired, our certified mobility service technicians are trained to determine if it’s the original parts of your vehicle or the conversion kit that needs to be tweaked. And they can tell you if you’re still under warranty.

No matter what comes up, our technicians know how to take care of your vehicle and get you safely back on the road as quickly as possible. We understand how important your accessible vehicle is to your daily life.  

Bussani Mobility can help you find the right mobility vehicle, and protect your investment by handling all of your vehicle service needs. You can call us or schedule your service appointment online any time.