Wheelchair Van Conversions Made Simple: 6 Steps in the Adapted Mobility Process

Discover the expertise, experience, and effort invested in the AMS Vans wheelchair van conversion process — from preparation to inspection — and, learn why you shouldn't trust your mobility freedom to anyone else.

AMS Vans utilizes industry-leading technology, best practices in safety, and an advanced assembly process  to ensure that every wheelchair van conversion we build exceeds standards. And while the conversion process is detailed, breaking it down to its basic components is a fascinating look into how we make mobility freedom possible for persons with disabilities.

The Wheelchair Van Conversion Process

Here are the steps we take to convert a van into an adapted mobility vehicle:

Step 1: Interior/Exterior Preparation. During the initial phase, we prepare the van — inside and out — for the transformation process, that includes:

  • Removing the existing seating from the chassis
  • Removing interior panels
  • Covering of all exposed surfaces

Step 2: Floor and Panel Transformation. This labor-intensive phase of the conversion focuses on the flooring and the paneling — two of the more critical components — that includes:

  • Lowering the floor up to 10” from rear axle to firewall
  • Installing custom-molded panels below original panels
  • Ensuring a seamless fit of all components

Step 3: Ramp Installation. Whether automatic retraction or manual fold-out, the ramp phase involves both the ramp itself and the operational hardware, that includes:

  • Installation of sturdy, lightweight aluminum ramp
  • Ramp options include fold-out or in-floor models
  • Automatic models offer manual operation option

Step 4: Seating Installation. The seating phase involves customizing the floor-plan to meet the needs of our customers, that includes:

  • Re-installation of rear bench
  • Mounting of driver and front passenger seats
  • Raised platform mounting for easier removal

Step 5: Exterior Customization. The exterior customization phase is critical in disguising the wheelchair van and softening the conversion additions, that includes:

  • Adding custom-molded ground effects
  • Painting of ground effects to match van exterior
  • Installation of carpet pads and carpet

Step 6: 134-Point Inspection. The final phase includes what might be the most meticulous inspection in the industry — the AMS Vans 134-point inspection, that includes:

  • Checking of all critical components
  • Conducting a functional test of all systems
  • Completing a quality control inspection

As you can see, nothing protects the investment you make in your mobility freedom quite like the AMS Vans’ advantage — especially with respect to the wheelchair van conversion process.

134-Point, Bumper-to Bumper Inspection

Imagine buying a vehicle that is in nearly better than new condition

The 'AMS Vans Advantage' includes a methodical, 134-point conversion inspection that checks and invigorates everything — from every major system right down to the every bolt in the chassis. Ready to see us in action? This time-lapsed video just might take your breath away — and, leave you the ultimate confidence that you're buying the very best.

For more information on the wheelchair van conversion process, contact one of our knowledgeable compassionate mobility specialists — either by phone at 800-391-1518 or with our convenient web form — and, we'll be happy to answer all of your questions.