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Open House – South Bend, IN

Open House & Customer Appreciation Event!

Join us for our annual event where you’ll enjoy great food, drinks, giveaways, incredible deals, and the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts & driving aids. Industry partners will be on site showcasing products and services in the community.

Open House – Fishers, IN

Open House & Customer Appreciation Event!

Join us for our annual event where you’ll enjoy great food, drinks, giveaways, incredible deals, and the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts & driving aids. Industry partners will be on site showcasing products and services in the community.

Open House-Indianapolis, IN

Open House & Customer Appreciation Event!

Join us for our annual event where you’ll enjoy great food, drinks, giveaways, incredible deals, and the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts & driving aids. Industry partners will be on site showcasing products and services in the community.

Open House – Baton Rouge, LA

Open House & Customer Appreciation Event!

Join us for our annual event where you’ll enjoy great food, drinks, giveaways, incredible deals, and the latest wheelchair accessible vehicles, lifts & driving aids. Industry partners will be on site showcasing products and services in the community.

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BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica Power XT


 

Test Drive – BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica Power XT Wheelchair Van

By Paul Erway, Superior Van & Mobility

BraunAbility 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Wheelchair Van

Conversion: BraunAbility Power XT Fold-Out with carpet

Added Options:  B&D 6 way driver seat base, and SureGrip Feather Light push-rock hand-controls

I recently had the honor of driving one of the first BraunAbility Pacifica’s that came off the line. I drove it on vacation and was really blown away at all the new features this vehicle brings to the wheelchair van market. I now drive this vehicle daily for work and personal business, and wanted to share some of the awesome new features and benefits that people may not be aware of.

First, the exterior redesign of the Pacifica incorporates smoother lines much like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey vans. This is very different from the boxy look of the Dodge vans.

Second, the user-friendly remote control will open any door without hitting any of the buttons on the key fob as long as it is with me. Even the back hatch door is designed so that when you grab the handle, the rear power door engages and opens for you without lifting it as you had to do in the past.

BraunAbility Pacifica handicap van rampTo engage the sliding side ramp door, and deploy the ramp and engage the kneeling cycle, you simply press the key fob two times. Once the ramp is deployed, the kneeling system continues to pull down towards the ground to make the incline as low as possible. I tend to be a little impatient at times and ready to wheel up the ramp as soon as possible, but I was assured by BraunAbility that as long as the ramp is fully deployed, there should not be any issues that affect the full kneeling process, and it is recommended and best to wait so that the incline is as small as possible. Another huge feature of the ramp in the BraunAbility Pacifica is that the weight capacity of the ramp is now 1,000 pounds. Further, if you get the In-Floor Ramp conversion model, the ramp width is 32” wide! For some folks that thought a full size van was their only option, you may want to visit a Superior showroom to see if the new Pacifica will work for you! This is a big difference compared to previous models!

Once inside, you immediately notice the larger interior space. The rear bench seems to be forward a slight bit, but you have ample room for your back chair tires and a large turning radius. The interior changes also allow for a little more back storage space. For me, I often carry my racing wheelchair with me, and it definitely fits in a little easier. The other nice thing about the rear bench is the comfort of the seat. In the past, the seats were square shaped so that they could fold into the floor for Stow-N-Go seating. They are now more ergonomically correct, and have a flip down foot rest, which provides a much more comfortable ride for passengers.

The front seat has also been improved. They feel better, and you can now adjust the angle of the headrest. This was a help to me on the long spans of driving during vacation. I sometimes like to recline the seat back a little more than usual, and can now move the head rest forward to still give me a clear view of the road. Finally, if you need to remove either of the front Pacifica seats in order to remain in your wheelchair as a passenger or driver, the seat base has also been redesigned for easier pop-out/pop-in use.

Here are some other small features that make this vehicle very user friendly. You can start the vehicle with a simple touch of a button as long as you have the key fob inside the vehicle, and the brake is engaged. With key fob placed in my bag and under my chair, I just apply the brake and press the start button. The gear shift is now just a turn dial as well. Once you have the brake engaged, anyone with limited function of the hand or arthritis will find this to be a blessing.

Most of the dash controls are touch screen, allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road. When in park, the touch screen acts very much like a computer and can be a handy tool to have when in a new city. Touch features are also available through the steering wheel. For example, if the dash light comes on to indicate a low tire, I can use my left hand to touch a button on the steering wheel and it shows exactly how much pressure is in each tire.

The cruise control on the steering wheel has also been improved. When setting the speed, there is a read out on the dash that tells you what the set speed is, and it holds that speed even when going up and down hills.

The electronic improvements overall seem to help get better gas mileage as well. For example, on the previous models of vans that I have driven, MPG hovers around 20 to 21 for my style of driving. The window sticker of this model of Pacifica reads 18 MPG for city and 28 MPG for highway. While on vacation, I actually had an average of 28.2 MPG, and upon returning, I am averaging around 24 MPG (with air conditioning on)! Finally, the system will automatically shut down when you come to an extended stop, like a red light. When you let off the brake and apply the gas, it automatically restarts the vehicle and off you go, thus saving on gas even more. So, even though purchasing a newer vehicle is a larger investment at first, you are going to save in the long run on gas costs alone, while enjoying a more pleasurable ride.

Speaking of gas, at the gas pumps you will notice that the fill hose has a small ring on the nozzle. The gas lid of the Pacifica is press-to-open, and I immediately noticed that there is NOT a gas cap. The hose nozzle fits right in, and is designed so that the ring on the hose clips in place, eliminating the chance of it slipping out and pouring gas everywhere. This also prevents evaporating fumes coming out as the tank fills.

Overall, the Pacifica was impressive enough to make a regular driver of wheelchair vans write a blog and share this story with everyone! Other things that caught my attention were the nice looking tires, the built-in vacuum cleaner, the parking sensors that allow for hands-free parallel parking and the Forward Collision Warning that can be programmed to warn you of any potential collisions. Should you have small children you may want to have the Surround View Camera System upgrade as well. You are able to see right up next to the vehicle, and all around it, to be clear of any toys or children that may be in harm’s way before you start to drive.

The reason vehicle manufacturers keep making vehicle model changes is to improve the vehicles safety, and convenience offerings, in an effort to provide a higher quality of life for people. The conversion companies have the same goal, and it really shows with the new BraunAbility Conversion.

Industry’s First Chrysler Pacifica Wheelchair Accessible Minivan

All New Chrysler Pacifica Handicap Van

VMI Introduces Industry’s First Chrysler Pacifica Wheelchair Accessible Minivan

 

VMI 2016 Pacifica
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) recently unveiled the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair accessible van conversion at the Dealer Council Executive Committee in Chicago, IL. In addition to exclusive guests from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), VMI’s dealer council and the VMI’s new spokesperson, TEAM USA wheelchair rugby player and Paralympian, Joe Delagrave, many dealers from around the country attended.

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica has been big news in the auto industry, and VMI wanted to be part of its success by being the first mobility conversion company to bring the wheelchair accessible version to market. The new conversion will begin full production the first week of September, with dealership around the country receiving their first shipments in October. Production will be limited at first, as inventories are built, so most dealers will only receive a small number in 2016.

VMI 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The new design from VMI will feature a power side-entry in-floor 30 inch wide, 800 lbs. capacity ramp, industry first interchangeable front seats, and a new third row footrest that increases the interior floor space by 2 additional inches. When coupled with the Pacifica’s 100 safety and security features, the VMI Pacifica wheelchair accessible conversion will surely be one of the top choices for consumers.

VMI Northstar Access360™ Features Include:

• A larger in-floor ramp that conveniently stows under the floor, creating more room for wheelchair maneuverability
• An obstruction-free doorway that allows able-bodied passengers to enter and exit the vehicle without deploying the ramp
• A full 30″ wide ramp with 800lb capacity accommodates large power chairs

Norton Hospital Neuroscience Institute

Neuroscience Expo – Louisville, KY

2016 Neuroscience Expo: Making Connections
Saturday, July 23, 2016 • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kentucky International Convention Center
221 S. Fourth St., Bridgeside lobby
Louisville, Kentucky
Complimentary valet parking will be available at the Fourth Street entrance.

Don’t miss the 2016 Neuroscience Expo, hosted by Norton Neuroscience Institute. This free event is your chance to hear the latest information about treatments and support for epilepsy, migraines, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Life skills workshops for coping with neurological conditions also will be offered.

6th Annual Summer Showdown Car Show – Louisville KY

The Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation is hosting the 6th Annual Summer Showdown Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show / Silent Auction on July 16, 2016.

Download Flyer with Pre-Registration
The 2016 Summer Showdown Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show / Silent Auction will be Saturday July 16, 2016 from 10am to 4pm. At Valor Traditional Academy “The Castle” 11501 Schlatter Road, Louisville, KY 40291 (off Bardstown Road, 2 Miles South of Gene Snyder) Get Directions

Vehicle Registration is $15 from 10am to 1pm. Open to all Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles. First 100 vehicles will receive a Dash Plaque and Goodie Bag.

Awards will start at 4pm. Trophies will be given to the Best of Show + $100, Best Motorcycle, People’s Choice Car/Truck, People’s Choice Motorcycle, President’s Choice, Kids’ Choice & Top 40.

We will also have a Silent Auction, 50/50, Raffles, lots of Door Prizes and free Face Painting. We have over 100 product sponsors supporting the car show and silent auction. There will be several local vendors there to checkout. Download Vendor Registration Form.

All proceeds benefit the Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Our mission is to help people effected by spinal cord injury and related diseases.

We greatly appreciate all your support and donations. Help change the life of someone living with a spinal cord injury!

Larosa Loop – Louisville, KY

The Larosa Loop is a non-competitive run/walk/wheel event at the Louisville Waterfront.

The 2016 Larosa Loop will raise funds to enhance and expand patient programs and services at Frazier Rehab Institute.

The Larosa Loop will take place at the Louisville Waterfront, 1301 River Road. Run/walk/roll participants can choose a 1-, 3-, or 5-mile route. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Run/walk/wheel starts at 9 a.m.

*The Larsoa Loop will also have music, games, snacks, raffles and booths for sponsors and vendors to showcase their products or services.