For those who love to travel cross country, nothing beats the all-purpose, fully-loaded recreational vehicle or just “RV” as it is commonly called. These vehicles offer the modern conveniences of home and transportation for the whole family all in one. For some wheelchair users and their families, dreams of vacationing cross-country in an RV are becoming a reality. Today, a few RV manufacturers and secondary market providers can supply rear door kits that allow for the addition of a lift. This is most often achieved with a “cut-out” in the passenger side rear bedroom area.
Wheelchair Lifts : Capacities and Specifications
It’s important to talk to a mobility dealer to discuss what options are available for your type of wheelchair and the total weight before making any commitments for either the RV cut-out door or the lift. Some lifts may require 40” or more of door opening space to be installed. If a heavier, commercial-style lift is necessary, a specially ordered door kit for wider applications may need to be built by the RV manufacturer.
If you have an RV and want to know about wheelchair lifts and styles, drop us a note with some details and we’ll provide you with additional information – or find a nearby mobility dealer that can. Talk to your RV dealer as well about cut-out door availability and whether they can install them for you. Now is the time to start planning that special cross-country vacation you’ve always wanted to make happen.
We are excited to announce that Performance Vans, Inc., of Woodbury, NJ, is now VCI Mobility. The acquisition will enable us to provide a full breadth of mobility products and services to the Southern New Jersey marketplace.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to become a part of the Gloucester County (NJ) community. As a local resident, it is especially significant for me to be in a position to service this area. Adding the Woodbury location to our family of mobility locations powerfully enhances our ability to successfully service all of our clients,” notes Susan Locklear, General Manager of both the Woodbury and Cinnaminson VCI Mobility locations.
In order to enhance the existing Woodbury location, we plan to remodel the facility to include a new indoor showroom and waiting room. The Woodbury location will now also offer wheelchair accessible van rentals, as well routine vehicle maintenance services including oil changes, brake service, and more.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be sharing more information on the transformation and renovation of the Woodbury location. In the interim, the location is open, and ready to service you!
Filmed in Cleveland Ohio, The Avengers movie will soon be hitting theaters throughout the country, but the real “Superheroes” recently descended on Indianapolis.
This past week, MobilityWorks attended the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual convention in Indiana. The event drew more than 5,000 attendees from all over the country and about 300 vendors. Occupational therapists are the heroes that work with our clients after suffering a debilitating event, such as a stroke or spinal cord injury, in order to regain the ability to do many of the physical tasks necessary to be independent. They transform lives for millions of Americans needing therapy services. Being an OT means having a lot of post-graduate training in many different medical areas – ranging from youth to elderly care. It also requires having a lot of patience and a strong desire to help people with physical needs at every stage of their recovery. Their goal is the same as ours, to allow people to live active lives again and to regain their independence as much as possible.
The AOTA convention vendors offered a wide array of different products and services to help clients with their rehabilitation process, such as improving motor skills, balance and hand-eye coordination. Academia was also well represented, as many colleges and universities were there to represent post-graduate curriculum. Many assisted living facilities were also there with displays looking to hire OT professionals. Even the Navy was on hand to recruit OTs. There were also driving simulators for training someone to drive again and wheelchair accessible vans made by BraunAbility.
While our mission was to connect with leaders in the occupational therapy world, the event was inspirational in that many of the younger graduates showed exceptional interest in our products and the SureGrip hand controls demonstration that we brought to the exhibit hall. Working alongside other organizations such as the Adaptive Driving Alliance, the National Mobility Dealers Association (NMEDA) and The Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (ADED), our secondary mission was to educate new OTs attending on the importance of mobility products and the vast array of transportation options that are available. Soon they will be OT influencers guiding clients to our stores for adaptive quipment solutions.
MobilityWorks Expands into New Jersey with Monmouth Vans Access & Mobility
It’s not reality TV – but it is reality! MobilityWorks announced earlier this month that it had acquired the assets of Monmouth Vans Access & Mobility located in Farmingdale, NJ. Located just north of Wall Township and close to the Garden State Parkway, our new “Jersey Shores” location is only 7 miles from the coastline and less than an hour from Staten Island and New York City. Monmouth Vans will become part of the MobilityWorks family of accessible van showroom and service centers, now reaching 15 locations in 8 states!
For our new clients and friends in New Jersey and New York – Welcome to the family!
MobilityWorks offers a wide selection of vehicles and alternative wheelchair transportation options. While our core products are modified minivans with automated ramps and full-size vans with lifts, the same as Monmouth, the company also offers wheelchair accessible motorcycles and pickup trucks, a robotic arm for wheelchair storing, turning/lift-up seats, scooter lifts and hi-tech driving systems. In addition to significant operational support coming from the company’s Akron Ohio headquarters in areas such as accounting, human resources and marketing, the New Jersey location will realize many other benefits in becoming a part of MobilityWorks. Visit our New Jersey showroom page.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the new team. They have an outstanding reputation in the industry” said Ray Morton, who has been named as the location’s General Manager.
“MobilityWorks has made significant investments in a new Client Care Center, training programs, and in their network systems… just to name a few examples. Those types of things will really help us with serving our clients.”
Monmouth Vans owner Gene Morton (Ray Morton’s father) will be retiring soon after a distinguished career in the wheelchair van and adaptive equipment industry. Enjoy your retirement Gene! We wish you all the best and expect to see you often.
If you’re new to MobilityWorks, our entire inventory of more than 340 vans is searchable online and shared across all showroom stores. Drivers transport vans from one store (such as Albany, NY) to another if a particular make, model or type of conversion is preferred by a client. The Monmouth inventory will get ramped up with several new and pre-owned vans arriving from MobilityWorks shortly.
About Monmouth Vans Access & Mobility
Monmouth Vans Access & Mobility began in 1975 as Monmouth Equipment and Service Co. Inc. They were later acquired in 1983 and changed names to better identify themselves with wheelchair transportation. They were also part of ‘Accessible Vans & Mobility’ (AVM) in Cinnaminson, NJ. With the acquisition, they will no longer be a part of the AVM organization. Monmouth Mobility provides modified, personal-use vans, scooter lifts and driving aids to New Jersey communities such as Lakewood, Hamilton, Toms River, Trenton and Wall Township. They have on-site adaptive vehicles ready for sale and for rent. Experienced certified mobility consultants are on hand to assist with vehicle and equipment selection.
Most people reading our blog or following us on Facebook know MobilityWorks for its consumer wheelchair van showrooms, service and rental centers. In the business world, however, we also lead the industry with commercial-use accessible vans used by our business clients throughout the country. Today, MobilityWorks announced the acquisition of Liberty USA of Michigan, a prominent reseller of rear-entry minivans to commercial fleet owners. We will also be selling a new minivan conversion under the Liberty brand name.
This opportunity to expand our offerings came about as demand for accessible vans in the taxi market has steadily increased over the last two years. New state and city government regulations have been pressing taxi fleet owners in certain areas to have a minimum percentage of their vehicles to be wheelchair accessible. This has been a long time coming for people who live in larger metro areas, such as New York City, and rely heavily on taxis for transportation. With the cost of fuel taking a larger bite out of their profits, these taxi companies are exploring van alternatives that can provide better gas mileage and lower maintenance costs. This announcement will also affect our consumer stores, as some of the Liberty minivans will also be made available for personal-use sales.
MobilityWorks isn’t new to converting minivans for rear-entry accessibility. In fact, MobilityWorks has been building Dodge, Chrysler and Toyota wheelchair minivans for three years, in addition to its well-known Ford Transit Connect conversion. The difference with Liberty is in the engineering details of the design and the experience they bring to our commercial division.
“Liberty is a well-respected name in the commercial fleet business” said Taylor Clark, President of MobilityWorks Commercial. “They give us the expertise we need to best serve and grow the minivan taxi market.”
With a new focus on minivans, and new innovative products like the Flex-Flat Ramp for rear-entry vans, MobilityWorks Commercial will provide the Taxi, Senior Care and Hospitality industries with a lower cost, lower maintenance vehicle needed to efficiently transport people in wheelchairs.