The Dodge Grand Caravan, CompanionVan Plus®, and CompanionVan Plus® XT (Extra Tall) wheelchair vans are two of the newest conversions from BraunAbility® and are designed to be economical while offering additional conveniences with caregivers in mind.
Unlike the standard BraunAbility® CompanionVan®, which features a center-cut lowered floor and power ramp, the CompanionVan Plus® and CompanionVan Plus® XT, Dodge Caravan wheelchair vans feature a full-cut lowered floor with removable front seats. This alternative design creates additional interior space accessible to the wheelchair user. Having removable front seats allows the wheelchair user the option to ride up-front as a passenger.
Another big difference between the BraunAbility® CompanionVan Plus® and the Plus XT wheelchair van conversion is the door opening & interior height. The door opening height on the CompanionVan Plus® is 52.5 inches versus the CompanionVan Plus® XT at 56.5 inches. Click here for additional buying tips.
The wheelchair ramp on the CompanionVan conversion is 29.25 inches wide and is made from a lightweight aluminum alloy. It has a load capacity of up to 1000 pounds. The ramp’s surface is powder-coated with a durable, non-skid finish and slotted to remove debris. The ramp is also 52 inches long and has a ramp angle of 11 degrees, so it is designed for use with a caregiver and not for independent use.
As part of the wheelchair conversion process, the floor of the BraunAbility® CompanionVan Plus® and CompanionVan Plus® XT Dodge Caravan wheelchair-accessible van is lowered from behind the firewall to the rear seat. The conversion is 87.5 inches from front to back.
During the conversion process, the lowering of the floor does two things: First, it creates a taller door entry to make enough room for wheelchair users to enter without hitting their heads. Second, it provides wheelchair users with a direct line of sight while seated in their chairs, making transportation enjoyable.
|Usable Door Opening Width||A||31.5″||31.5″|
|Usable Door Opening Height||B||52.5″||56.5″|
|Inside Center Height||C||57.25″||61″|
|Inside Center Height – Front||D||56.25″||60″|
|Length of Ramp||E||52″||52″|
|Usable Ramp Width||F||29.25″||29.25″|
|Angle of Ramp||G||12.2 Degrees||11 Degrees|
|Length of Floor||H||87.5″||87.5″|
|Ramp Load Capacity||1000 lbs.||1000 lbs.|