Retrofit Wheelchair Enhancement for Vans: The Benefits

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by Ajay Arora


A retrofit wheelchair enhancement can save you from having a buy a wheelchair van.

 If you’re confined to a wheelchair for the long-term, you might be thinking about doing a retrofit wheelchair enhancement for a lift instead of buying a van. When it comes to wheelchair lifts in vehicles, you have two choices.
You can purchase a van that already has a wheelchair installed or you can retrofit an
already existing vehicle. Not every vehicle comes installed with a wheelchair lift, so
there are a number of reasons you may want to opt for the second method. Here are a
few reasons you might want to retrofit.

Vehicle Choice

Everybody out there has their favorite vehicle, and the manufacturer may not
manufacture a model that comes with a wheelchair lift option. This means either you
select an automobile that you might not be completely happy with, or you retrofit a
vehicle you already have or want with some automotive automation. Everyone has certain brand loyalties and preferences,
so the easiest way to get the lift you want in the vehicle you want is to retrofit.

Tailor-made Wheelchair Lift

If you’ve been searching around for wheelchair accessible vans, you might find they
just don’t offer the requirements you’re looking for. When you retrofit a vehicle, you
can pick and choose how you want the system to look, function and feel.

Temporary Disability

Maybe you won’t be confined to a wheelchair for the foreseeable future, but you
might still need a vehicle that gets you around until you can walk on your own. It
doesn’t make much sense to purchase a vehicle already installed with a wheelchair
lift, since you might not be getting the vehicle you want, and you might not be able to
easily reverse the installation. By retrofitting your vehicle, the automation system can be installed and then removed when you no longer have need of it.

The Choice is Yours

Depending on your situation, you might opt for the retrofit or the already installed
wheelchair lift. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and by performing
the proper research, you’ll be in a better position to make an informed decision.


If you’ve decided to go with a retrofit, we carry an entire line of automation products,
such as electric linear actuators and motion control systems, that will suit your retrofit
perfectly. We carry heavy-duty electric actuators that are safe, reliable and able to
hold up to 2,000lbs of weight. These products are easily mounted onto any project,
and we offer our warranty with each and every product that we sell. If you’d like to
learn more about our linear actuators, look through our product pages or get in contact
with us. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions about our automation products.

If you'd like to learn more about the role of linear actuators in aiding the disabled,
check out our sponsorship of UNC Biomedical.

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