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Wheelchair Vans: Fold-Out Ramp vs In-Floor Ramp


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For those with disabilities, wheelchair minivans offer either a ramp or lift to get the chair into its proper place. While the lift has its fans, the ramp has the edge in popularity due to its price and convenience.

Ramps can be deployed manually or electronically from a passenger side door. They can be a fold-out or in-floor style. (In-floor ramps slide in and out from beneath the floor.)

Each has its drawbacks and advantages, so weigh the options against your situation.

Fold-out ramp

  • The installation is less extensive and therefore less expensive than the in-floor ramp.
  • It easily deploys on tall sidewalk curbs, a big plus where parking is limited.
  • Since it stows in the entryway, the ramp blocks the doorway, so it must be deployed when the door opens, unless the van has doors on both sides of the compartment.
  • Because it stows in the passenger compartment, it is less apt to corrode or freeze up in colder climates.

In-floor ramp

  • There is usually no manual option; if the van loses power, the ramp won’t operate unless there is a backup system or a hand crank.
  • An in-floor ramp is roomier as it doesn’t block the doorway – it rests in a pocket under the floor. Passengers enter and exit without having to deploy the ramp – an important consideration if you have passengers.
  • High sidewalk curbs may prevent the in-floor ramp from deploying.
  • When pocketed, the ramp cannot be seen from inside or outside the van, making it look more attractive.

Both ramp styles have their benefits; and your individual needs will determine which is best for you. Discuss the pros and cons of each with a therapist or Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.

Agor Enterprises provides and designs vehicle and in home mobility solutions making the world accessible for people with disabilities. Agor Enterprises is a member of NMEDA and is QAP certified. Agor Enterprises is committed to providing the highest standard of safety and service in the industry. Built on the principal that dedication, service to the customer, and quality are paramount in running a successful business, Agor Enterprises continues to be a leader in customized solutions for the physically challenged. Agor Enterprises has also equipped golf carts, lawn mowers, tractors, and houses with various adaptive devices. We continue to welcome challenges to provide solutions that enable independence.


I just presented this to the service folks: "I currently drive a Chrysler van with an in-floor ramp. My doctor advises that I have a fold-out ramp to ease the load on my shoulders (been pushing 30 + years). 
My insurance company wants to know the feasibility of converting the Chrysler to a fold-out ramp. Personally, I'd just buy a new van, but they hold the purse strings. 
What would it cost to convert the 2005 Chrysler to a fold-out ramp?" 
I am anxiously awaiting a reply.
Posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:58 PM by Ron
awaiting a response.
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 6:51 PM by Ron
Seems like this product will help a lot of people!
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:13 PM by Profound Medical Equipment Stairlifts
Hi, I've just bought a Suzuki APV van and I wanted to know if your product can fit this car. I live in Lima, Peru so would like to know if you sell the system so I could upgrade my car here in Lima. Is that a possibility?
Posted @ Sunday, October 13, 2013 5:44 PM by Renato Vargas Venegas
I want to buy a foldout electric ramp for mini van 
Posted @ Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:46 PM by ben baron
Hi,Any idea for Suzuki apv?seem no one do it in Malaysia!
Posted @ Friday, April 04, 2014 12:56 PM by Euvin
thank you for his info, good afternoon all
Posted @ Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:29 AM by Obat Benjolan pada selangkangan
thank you for his info, good afternoon all
Posted @ Tuesday, April 08, 2014 2:45 AM by Obat Benjolan pada selangkangan
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