Wheelchair Van Conversions Made Simple

Wheelchair Van Conversions Made Simple

AMS Vans has been in the wheelchair van industry since 1999, and in that time, we've taken note of some issues other handicap van manufacturers encounter with their conversions. Our observations have shown us how we can improve the operation of a conversion van by avoiding historically common mechanical failures through more reliable engineering designs. Ultimately, the AMS difference benefits our customers in several ways.

Through research and testing, AMS has eliminated 20% of the mechanisms that cause 80% of the problems for other handicap van conversions. Removing these elements from AMS handicap accessible vehicles saves you frustration, hassle, and of course repair costs. Our goal is to provide genuinely affordable wheelchair transportation, and to help your van stay on the road!

How Simple is the AMS Wheelchair Van Conversion?

The AMS handicap accessible van conversion is so simple that it's frequently possible for some do-it-yourself enthusiasts to perform repairs on their AMS wheelchair van themselves! In fact, if you are mechanically inclined and prefer to maintain or repair approved warranty items, we welcome you to do so in most cases. (It's essential that you call us before you attempt any repairs yourself to protect your warranty. Larger repairs may require a professional mechanic.) If you choose to have your repairs done professionally, we'll identify a local certified mechanic as close to your home as possible to do the work.

How We Build the AMS Brand Wheelchair Van with Simplicity:

1. The AMS wheelchair van conversion does not include a kneeling system.
Kneeling systems are expensive (typically over $4,000), and are known to malfunction frequently. They typically play a big part in the 20% of conversion van components that can cause 80% of the problems on other handicap vehicles. AMS extends its non-slip ramps an additional 4", which decreases the incline to make it easier for the wheelchair user to enter and exit the van, avoiding the need for a kneeling system and simplifying the design of our affordable inventory of mobility van conversions.

2. We run our wheelchair ramp off the car battery.
This elementary design aspect of our handicap vans makes the conversion easier to repair, and, therefore, usually unnecessary to go to a costly mobility van service center. In bypassing the van's original computer and running directly off the battery, AMS removes the need to interface with the original manufacturer's electronics.

3. The remote system used by AMS does not modify the electronics of the vehicle.
Avoiding the van's onboard electronics keeps the design simple and, in turn, causes fewer issues down the road. Our conversion minivans come with a back-up manual operation mode for the wheelchair ramp. With manual back-up, you and your loved ones should never be stranded in case of power failure, a van computer-module failure or other problems.

AMS also doesn't modify the interface between the van and its computer, like other mobility companies do. Common sense indicates modifying that part of the vehicle could cause problems with the van's electronics over time.

4. AMS conversions feature a cable-driven wheelchair ramp system.
The AMS accessibility system is designed with a minimum of moving parts. The ramp operates by a simple cable system that enables it to be easily fixed, and which requires minimal upkeep. We offer both manually operated and powered ramp systems, and our powered ramps have a manual override, so you'll never be stuck inside or outside the van.

5. AMS conversions are engineered for strength and safety.
At AMS Vans, we keep in mind that the most important part of our business is our customers. The AMS new and used handicap minivan conversions are accessible to wheelchair users without adding all the extra bells and whistles, and we do everything in our power to provide a vehicle that is as safe, strong and easy to use as possible, including a free set of highly rated wheelchair tiedowns. And that's not all.

The 10" lowered-floor wheelchair van modification is constructed of heavy-gauge carbon steel, an ideal metal floor pan construction because it provides maximum structural strength and durability. The entire floor pan unit is dipped for rust prevention. We also include a heavy-duty, multi-leaf, rear-spring suspension to handle heavy cargo loads without sagging.

Each of our handicap vans must pass a 125-point inspection before, during, and after the accessibility conversion process, before we will add it to our inventory. We're proud to say our all our conversion styles are crash-test certified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA).

6. Our wheelchair van conversion keeps as much of the vehicle's structure as possible.
The B pillar, a vertical post on the driver's side that aids the support of the roof of the van, is not cut or altered in any way during the handicap van modification as it is in other manufacturers' accessibility conversion designs. By keeping the B Pillar, the van maintains much of its original structure. This should help increase the stability of your accessible van.

Also, AMS leaves the Original Equipment Manufacturers' (OEM) rocker panel box on the driver's side in place during the van conversion. The rocker panel is a piece of metal that runs along the bottom of the vehicle directly underneath the doors. It can provide protection for the door panel from tar, dirt, and other debris from the road, as well as support the structure of the vehicle to better withstand impact in case of an accident.

Simply Superior...

Whether you're looking for a fully converted vehicle or would like to get your personal minivan modified for handicap accessibility, we're here to help. AMS Vans provides incomparable customer service. One of our experienced mobility consultants can provide specific details and work with you to determine which of our road-ready vans will best suit you, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Easy to use, remarkably affordable, and as safe and reliable--if not more--as any other wheelchair van on the road today. That's the AMS difference!