A wheelchair-accessible vehicle may be one of the most important investments an individual makes, and so the durability and longevity of that vehicle must be assured. The MV-1 is of a quality unmatched by converted competitors like the converted Chrysler Town & Country.
The MV-1 is more durable and more cost-effective to own and operate than a converted van. The MV-1 was purpose-built with the comfort and accessibility desired by customers with disabilities, and so it was also constructed with built-in safety features that avoid the inevitable dangers of after-market conversions.
When trying to maneuver a wheelchair inside a vehicle, every extra inch helps. The MV-1 offers more space in all dimensions than the converted Chrysler Town & Country. The MV-1’s wheelbase is 122-in. to the converted Chrysler Town & Country’s 121-in. The MV-1 has a length of 205-in., a height of 75-in., and a width of 79.4-in. The converted Town & Country is smaller in every respect, at 201-in. in length, 73-in. in height, and 77-in. in width.
The MV-1 is a half-inch higher off the ground than the Town & Country, as well. The loading and unloading side door is no comparison. The MV-1’s 36-by-56-inch space dwarfs the converted Town & Country’s 30.8-by-55.1-inch door, with nearly six more inches of width. The MV-1’s ramp is also wider, coming in at 30-in. to the converted Town & Country’s 29.25-in.
The angle of the MV-1’s ramp is less than one degree higher than the angle of the converted Chrysler Town & Country’s ramp, but this slight edge comes at a cost. The floor of the Town & Country has to be lowered in the conversion process in order to achieve the lower angle. This compromises the quality of the vehicle’s structure.
The MV-1, on the other hand, is built in the factory with its already-low floor. Thus, the structure of the MV-1 is stronger and more durable. Despite the low floor, the Town & Country has more than an inch less interior headroom than the MV-1. Plus, the MV-1’s power ramp deploys at two different aspect ratios, allowing for different vehicle entry and exit scenarios.
The MV-1 is the safer and more efficient choice for accessible transportation when compared to converted vans like the Chrysler Town & Country. You won’t find these vans everywhere, however, so talk to the experts at MV-1 of Connecticut in Meriden, CT to learn more about features and how to get one.