What conversion style measures up to your needs?

Posted On: 03/30/2017

You’ve done your research and know that you need a new side entry wheelchair van, but still don’t know what ramp style works best for you between an in-floor ramp and a bifold ramp. Which do you choose? We at the BLVD have put together a list of some features and drawbacks of each style to help you decide what will fit best for your needs.

In-floor Ramps

  • Tend to be the widest ramps available for a power side entry minivan
  • Have the ability to open the passenger side sliding door to allow ambulatory passengers to enter and exit onto the curb
  • Can be operated manually
  • If the in-floor ramp malfunctions or the vehicle loses power and independent wheelchair user will need assistance to get the ramp deployed
  • In-floor ramps require a more individual maintenance in between maintenance checks with a local mobility dealer, more debris can get into the door track

Bifold Ramps

  • Have a larger edge to help prevent a wheelchair or scooter from driving off the ramp
  • It is unlikely that an independent wheelchair user will get stuck in the vehicle if the ramp malfunctions or the vehicle loses power, the ramp can be pushed out from the inside and gravity will help deploy it
  • Debris tends to fall off the ramp onto the ground outside the vehicle and out of the door track
  • Can be operated manually
  • There are more manufacturers that sell this conversion, leading to more diversity in choice
  • The bifold ramp must be deployed in order to use the passenger sliding door

Both ramp deployment options are better for certain circumstances, however the only way to really know what is best for your situation is to experience both. To learn more about handicap accessible side entry ramp vans find a mobility dealer near you.

Author Information

Katie Cummings
Mobility Blogger

My professional background stems from non-profit marketing and fundraising for a large children’s cancer hospital. Every day I was able to make connections and relationships for kids and their families going through devastating times. From securing small donations to large corporate support, it was all about providing hope that one day doctors and researchers would find a cure. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so important.

Just this past year, I came to work alongside my family for BLVD.com, a website dedicated to offering the latest information and resources for people needing mobility products. This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to combine more time with my family while still helping others. Our family has been in the mobility industry for over 35 years with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility issues. This is the spirit behind BLVD and what I am most excited about sharing in my blog.

I love meeting new people and have found that volunteering is the best way to learn more about others and myself. Coffee keeps me going as do walks my pup "Kirby" and most of all being with family and friends. I invite you to check out my blog to learn more about how "together we can move through life better!"

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