Old 08-05-2015, 02:16 PM #1 (permalink)
starente15's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Northern
State: NJ
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 802
starente15 has a spectacular aura aboutstarente15 has a spectacular aura about
starente15 starente15 is offline
Senior Member
starente15's Avatar
Join Date: 2014
City: Northern
State: NJ
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 802
starente15 has a spectacular aura aboutstarente15 has a spectacular aura about
Default Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Hi there. I just started looking into this and am not having luck finding a place that sells used wheelchair accessible vans near my parents. Does anyone know if there's a website where you can search by zip to see if anyone is selling one? Thanks as always!
starente15 is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 02:43 PM #2 (permalink)
gooseberry's Avatar
Extremely Helpful Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Pit of hot
State: FL
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 3,439
gooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to behold
gooseberry gooseberry is offline
Extremely Helpful Member
gooseberry's Avatar
Join Date: 2014
City: Pit of hot
State: FL
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 3,439
gooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to beholdgooseberry is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

I searched using wheelchair vans. Most va hospitals have groups they recommend. We used mobility express.
gooseberry is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 03:08 PM #3 (permalink)
JimInVA's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Poquoson
State: VA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 04/2014
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 700
JimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to all
JimInVA JimInVA is offline
Senior Member

JimInVA's Avatar
Join Date: 2014
City: Poquoson
State: VA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 04/2014
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 700
JimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to allJimInVA is a name known to all
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

I researched them online for some time. Ultimately, I decided on the BraunAbility for us. I then went to a local dealer and priced them out. Phew! No way was I going to spend that kind of money for a vehicle that she might not even fit in. I was going to have to find one of the model I wanted (Honda Odyssey) somewhere first so that I could personally verify my ability to drive her up and into it without any problems. And so I began searching with Google looking for "BraunAbility Odyssey". Fortunately for us, a van shop some 30 miles away had just taken in a used model (2013 rather than 2014 new) and had posted it on the internet. We drove there on Monday, put Darcey in her PWC and drove her into the van with no issues. It was the exact model I wanted... same color, same package... just a year earlier. But its price was over $25,000 less than a new one. And to make it even sweeter, this used van only had 450 miles on it... it hadn't even finished its 2nd tank of gas. So look around. Call some of the mobility companies and see if they can help you locate something. And it never hurts to look on Craigslist.

I will say that having this van has made all the difference in the world. Because of it, Darcey is still coming into work with me each day. Because we can still do things, we're able to plan adventures that do much for maintaining Quality of Life as high as we can. It has been worth the cost... tenfold! Good luck in finding yours...

Jim
JimInVA is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 04:11 PM #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Bridgetown
State: Western Australia
Country: Aus
Diagnosed: 10/2014
Interest: I am a family member of someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 592
Gembead is on a very distinguished road
Gembead Gembead is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2014
City: Bridgetown
State: Western Australia
Country: Aus
Diagnosed: 10/2014
Interest: I am a family member of someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 592
Gembead is on a very distinguished road
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Try eBay,
Love Gem
Gembead is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 04:15 PM #5 (permalink)
Nikki J's Avatar
Extremely Helpful Member
Forum Moderator
 
Join Date: 2012
City: Boston
State: MA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 04/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 6,265
Nikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond repute
Nikki J Nikki J is offline
Extremely Helpful Member
Forum Moderator

Nikki J's Avatar
Join Date: 2012
City: Boston
State: MA
Country: US
Diagnosed: 04/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 6,265
Nikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond reputeNikki J has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Or check with the local ALSA branch sometimes CALS will try to sell through their chapter because they particularly want another PALS to have the van. My sister got a van that way. Also try MDA if case someone is selling through them
Nikki J is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 04:31 PM #6 (permalink)
John1's Avatar
Very Helpful Member
 
Join Date: 2006
City: Newfoundland
State: NL
Country: CA
Diagnosed: 10/2000
Interest: ALS dx in 2000; changed to UMN-dominant in 2012
Posts: 1,034
John1 is on a distinguished road
John1 John1 is offline
Very Helpful Member
John1's Avatar
Join Date: 2006
City: Newfoundland
State: NL
Country: CA
Diagnosed: 10/2000
Interest: ALS dx in 2000; changed to UMN-dominant in 2012
Posts: 1,034
John1 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Hi Starente,

I had good luck using http://disableddealer.com/item.asp . You can sort vans by price or state. There are both private and dealers selling there. You don't need to feel restricted to buying locally. Ironically, I live in northeastern Canada and the van I bought was in San Diego where you live. I paid to have it checked out by a dealer before purchasing. The seller had just bought a new van. It was in 2005, the price was $16 000 and it was a 1999 Chrysler Town and Country with 48 000 miles. I had it shipped to Boston where I flew down and drove it home. It served me very well until I bought a new one in 2012 and I gave mine to the ALS Society.

The trick is to be patient. I waited for a month before finding mine. I had one false start in Florida where a Chrysler dealer gave me a negative inspection report on a van. Money well spent.

John
John1 is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 07:05 PM #7 (permalink)
starente15's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Northern
State: NJ
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 802
starente15 has a spectacular aura aboutstarente15 has a spectacular aura about
starente15 starente15 is offline
Senior Member
starente15's Avatar
Join Date: 2014
City: Northern
State: NJ
Country: US
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 802
starente15 has a spectacular aura aboutstarente15 has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Thanks everyone! Very helpful! You guys and gals are so awesome. I can't even begin to express how much this forum, your knowledge and wisdom has helped to navigate these waters.
starente15 is offline  
Old 08-05-2015, 11:58 PM #8 (permalink)
swalker's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Vail
State: Colorado
Country: US
Diagnosed: 07/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with another Motor Neuron Disease.
Posts: 926
swalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to behold
swalker swalker is offline
Senior Member
swalker's Avatar
Join Date: 2014
City: Vail
State: Colorado
Country: US
Diagnosed: 07/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with another Motor Neuron Disease.
Posts: 926
swalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to beholdswalker is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

I got my wheelchair first and then started looking for a van. Like you, I discovered the price of new conversion vans and said "no way".

I also discovered that very few vans could accommodate my wheelchair. I was able to identify a few vans that would work and started my search. I used many online resources and finally found my van on craigslist in a city about 3 hours away.

Overall, it took about 2 months of serious searching to find the van. That van is a compromise from what I really wanted, but it has worked out well.

I am an optimist, and consider this my starter van I hope to replace it with another chair hauler someday that satisfies some of my more unusual desires (4 wheel driver, high ground clearance, able to tow a trailer).

I found that in my area, wheelchair vans go very quickly. I stacked the deck in my favor by having cash ready and searching daily. When I found the fan on craigslist, I moved on it instantly. Had a waited a day or two, it would have certainly been gone.

Good luck, and post pictures of what you wind up with!

Steve
swalker is offline  
Old 08-08-2015, 10:02 AM #9 (permalink)
chally's Avatar
Very Helpful Member
 
Join Date: 2015
City: renick
State: wv.
Country: US
Diagnosed: 02/2015
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 1,108
chally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud of
chally chally is offline
Very Helpful Member
chally's Avatar
Join Date: 2015
City: renick
State: wv.
Country: US
Diagnosed: 02/2015
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 1,108
chally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud ofchally has much to be proud of
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

yea thanks all, i too am looking as the va just gave me the finally GO later chally
chally is offline  
Old 08-08-2015, 02:08 PM #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2013
City: Small town
State: Midwest
Country: US
Diagnosed: 08/2012
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 977
cheerleader is on a distinguished road
cheerleader cheerleader is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2013
City: Small town
State: Midwest
Country: US
Diagnosed: 08/2012
Interest: I lost a loved one to ALS/MND.
Posts: 977
cheerleader is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

Chalky, with VA approval, you can buy new- making your search so much easier. We got a new toyota sienna- and basically drove it across the street to a Braun conversion dealer! The VA paid for the entire conversion and about $20,000 of the new van. But it takes 6-8 weeks for the conversion unless you buy an already converted new van.
cheerleader is offline  
Old 08-08-2015, 06:29 PM #11 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: 2014
City: Gilbert
State: AZ
Country: US
Diagnosed: 02/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 237
krnNdug is on a distinguished road
krnNdug krnNdug is offline
Member
Join Date: 2014
City: Gilbert
State: AZ
Country: US
Diagnosed: 02/2014
Interest: I have been diagnosed with ALS.
Posts: 237
krnNdug is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

I would stay with Braun or VMI conversions...get your chair first...I got a van from my late grandfather but when I got my chair I couldn't fit since I am 6'5" and the chair back was tall...drive a few vans and make sure you get on a highway, especially in SD, with the hills and turns...some are higher than others and more subject to crosswind...in-floor looks better, but have a few more issues if it breaks, the folding type can just be pulled down...there is also rear entry, but I hit my head getting into them and the seating options aren't as many, I like sitting next to my wife and not behind her...drive, drive and drive them...Craigslist had a lot when I looked, but no tall ones so I got mine from The Ability Center

Doug
krnNdug is offline  
Old 08-10-2015, 06:06 AM #12 (permalink)
maryhahnward's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: 2009
City: Wilmington
State: NC
Country: US
Diagnosed: 06/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 440
maryhahnward is on a very distinguished road
maryhahnward maryhahnward is online now
Member
maryhahnward's Avatar
Join Date: 2009
City: Wilmington
State: NC
Country: US
Diagnosed: 06/2010
Interest: I am a caregiver for someone with ALS/MND.
Posts: 440
maryhahnward is on a very distinguished road
Default Re: Anyone purchased a wheelchair van?

You said your dad is a veteran in earlier posts. He will, and can, and should, get all his equipment through the VA. There is absolutely no cost out of pocket for equipment through the VA. Ask his primary care or neurologist to order a power wheelchair for him. Someone from PT will measure him for the correct chair for a person with ALS.

You can contact the social worker at the VA where he attends and ask to be in the caregiver support program. You'll need your dad's permission and they will verify that he gives it to you. The caregiver support program has a caregiver to caregiver mentor/mentee program. You can ask to have a caregiver mentor who is familiar with ALS and vets and navigating the VA. It would be well worth your while.
maryhahnward is online now  
Closed Thread

Tags
van, vans, website, wheelchair, wheelchair van


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
wheelchair down davbo49 Other 28 01-07-2015 02:15 PM
All day in a wheelchair stumble People With ALS - "PALS" 7 09-22-2014 10:44 PM
New Wheelchair! Barbie General Discussion About ALS/MND 71 08-01-2014 02:58 PM
wheelchair van marypat Used ALS Equipment for Sale! 1 04-04-2014 12:55 PM
Wheelchair jennifer79 Newly Diagnosed 6 03-01-2013 07:48 AM
ALS Wheelchair ljacobs1987 General Discussion About ALS/MND 6 11-20-2011 10:23 PM
Which Wheelchair Van? KissJ Tips, Tricks, and Gadgets 17 11-09-2011 06:42 PM
Wheelchair day! Phil M People With ALS - "PALS" 16 11-01-2010 12:01 AM
Wheelchair Tip GlenBrittle Tips, Tricks, and Gadgets 7 11-19-2009 12:08 AM
100% wheelchair, now what? T802177 Current Caregivers (CALS) 2 06-04-2006 11:29 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 AM.

 

Who we are

"We are a volunteer-driven online community that originated in 2003. We are a resource for anyone affected by ALS and MND. We are a community of like-minded and compassionate individuals. Together we are the ALS Forum and together we build this online resource and online community."

 

Want to help?

Have you found our website helpful? Do you enjoy having a place to talk to people that are knowledgeable about ALS and MND? If you have found it helpful to chat with people at different stages of the ALS/MND journey we encourage you to get involved.

Copyright © 2016