VMI Wheelchair Accessible Minivans

VMI History

As a pioneer in the mobility industry, VMI’s history dates back to the late 1970′s, when the original founders were challenged to build a suitable accessible vehicle for a close family friend. They envisioned a new concept that would eliminate the need for the traditional lift, mounted on the side of a full-sized van.

With the use of simple manufacturing tools and techniques, the three individuals converted an Oldsmobile Toronado, one of the first front-wheel drive cars at that time. The new vehicle, called the FAMCAR, used a ramp rather than a wheelchair lift, and was an immediate success.

In 1984, an automotive engineer in Phoenix, Arizona, suggested that the three apply their lowered-floor technology to the new front-wheel drive Chrysler minivan. They introduced the first conversion based on the Chrysler minivan with great success and in 1987 incorporated as Vantage Mini Vans, later to be renamed VMI (Vantage Mobility International), in Phoenix, AZ.

Today VMI manufactures, markets and services a complete line of high-quality wheelchair accessible vans with 2 conversions to choose from on a variety of different chassis:


The Honda Northstar wheelchair-accessible minivan delivers both space and style with generous headroom, more floor length and a top-rated design. The ramp is stowed below the floor, offering a clean, obstacle-free interior and greater safety in the event of a collision. Features of these new and used conversion vans include:

  • Most headroom of any Honda mobility van
  • Greater usable floor length for maneuverability
  • Easy entry for wide power chairs on 30” ramp
  • Sleek design fully integrates with factory styling

VMI’s Honda Odyssey Northstar is a premium wheelchair conversion van providing industry-best flexibility, ease of use and functional aesthetics. The VMI Honda Northstar in-floor ramp conversion is a perfect blend of performance, safety and style, making it an excellent option for both manual and power chair users.

Ramp System

All VMI Northstar conversions come with a patented, ultra-low, in-floor power ramp that allows for safe entry and exit for even the largest power chairs. The ramp is stowed under the floor, creating more interior room for maneuverability and minimizing dirt and debris in the interior.

Interior Space

Our Honda Odyssey Northstar offers an obstacle-free front row and innovative seat-base design to create more space for wheelchair rotation. Both front-row seats can be removed to accommodate wide power chairs and provide multiple seating options.

Headroom

Our Honda Odyssey Northstar provides the most headroom of any Honda conversion on the market. The doorway is clear of obstructions for easy entry and exit. Once inside the van, the dropped floor gives wheelchair users a clear line of sight.

Comfort & Style

Our Honda Odyssey Northstar’s style, fit and finish are consistently rated best in the industry by customers and dealers. The sophisticated interior and exterior designs seamlessly integrate with Honda’s top-selling minivan.

  • Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
  • Overall Length: 202.9 inches
  • Overall Height: 73.5
  • Overall Width: 79.2 inches
  • Maximum Floor Drop: 12.75 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (ground effects): 5.5 ± 0.25 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (exhaust): 5.5 ± 0.25 inches
  • Door Opening Height: 55 ± 0.25 inches
  • Door Opening Width: 30.75 ± 0.25 inches
  • Ramp Length (angle ramp and transition plate): 59.75 inches
  • Usable Ramp Width: 30 inches
  • Ramp Capacity: 800 pounds
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel on (curb weight): 8 ± 0.2 degrees
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel off (curb weight): 11 ± 0.2 degrees
  • Overall Floor Length: 91.5 ± 0.25 inches
  • Length from Back of Seat Bases to Kickplate: 61.75 ± 0.25 inches
  • Floor Width at B Pillar: 60 ± 0.25 inches
  • Floor Width at Front Doors: 60 ± 0.25 inches
  • Interior Height at Center Position: 60 ± 0.25 inches
  • Interior Height at Entertainment Console (in Touring Elite): 56.0 ± 0.25 inches
  • Interior Height at Driver Position: 57.25 inches w/o sunroof; 56.25 inches w/ sunroof
  • Interior Height at Passenger Position: 57.25 inches w/o sunroof; 56.25 inches w/ sunroof
  • Cargo Area/Seat Up: 19 cubic feet w/o tire; 12.5 cubic feet w/ tire

 

View the VMI Honda Brochure here

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The Summit accessible fold-out ramp van conversion on a Honda Odyssey is a basic, economical alternative to VMI’s best-selling Northstar in-floor ramp system. Fold-out wheelchair ramps sit inside the handicapped vehicle cabin and extend outward when deployed. Summit fold-out ramp conversions do include 2” ramp siderails, which are ideal for those customers who sometimes have difficulty navigating their handicap ramps.

The Summit mobility van conversion on the Honda Odyssey is VMI’s most advanced fold-out conversion to date. In fact the Summit conversion shares many new features with the all-new VMI Northstar conversion. While other manufacturers offer fold-out accessible ramps, none can offer the reliability or ease-of-use of the VMI Summit on a Honda Odyssey minivan.

  • 2” siderails help wheelchair users stay on the accessible ramp when entering/exiting mobility vehicle
  • With a simple push outward, ramp can be deployed manually for a quick exit in the event of a power or mechanical failure
  • Perforated handicapped ramp surface allows debris to fall through before it is brought into accessible vehicle interior
  • Handicap ramp equipped with anti-rattle mechanism for a quiet vehicle cabin
  • 600lb. wheelchair ramp load capacity
  • Full-power mobility ramp and conversion
  • 12.75” drop FLEX Floor maximizes headroom and interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • Patented independent rear suspension designed to preserve Honda Odyssey ride quality and performance
  • E-coated floor for maximum corrosion resistance
  • NEW, ultra-reliable hydraulic PowerKneel system lowers the minivan to reduce ramp angle
  • Seamless integration with Honda vehicle electronics prevents damage to vehicle/conversion
  • Mobility van conversion control through Honda keyfob and interior sliding-door switches
  • Halo-lit, one-touch interior conversion button
  • Ramp ON/OFF switch allows users to disable all conversion features for guest drivers, valets, car wash attendants, etc., and  open sliding doors for able-bodied passengers without deploying the ramp
  • NEW lightweight, removable front seats are easier to install or remove from handicap vehicle
  • NEW quick-release straps allow users to remove front seats in seconds without removing plastic covers or searching for handles/pedals beneath the seat
  • Non-skid accessible ramp surface
  • Fully crash-tested and compliant with all government safety standards
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty

Standard in every Honda Odyssey with the VMI Summit Minivan Conversion:

  • FLEX Floor – E-coated for Corrosion Resistance
  • 12.75″ Lowered Floor Drop
  • Most Floor Length of Any VMI handicap van conversion
  • Most Floor Width of Any VMI wheelchair conversion van
  • Power Kneel Optimized for Reliability and Noise Reduction
  • Patented Independent Rear Suspension
  • FMVSS 301R Compliant
  • Power Folding Handicap Ramp with Non-skid Surface
  • Power Door with Easy Manual Operation
  • Removable Front Seat Bases
  • Mobility Conversion Warranty
  • Manual Wheelchair Tie-down System
  • Fully Crash Tested
  • Remote Control Entry
  • 600 Pound Load Rating for Mobility Ramp
  • 10 Degree Wheelchair Ramp Angle
  • Optional Durafloor (rubberized flooring) available

Toyota Sienna with VMI Northstar or Summit Conversion

Toyota In-Floor Ramp Vans

The all new Toyota Sienna with a VMI Northstar wheelchair van conversion is vehicular perfection for people living with disability. The Toyota Sienna handicap accessible van with a power in-floor ramp offers the most wheelchair access in a flexible package. And like everything from Toyota, the quality and value are unmatched.

The VMI Northstar handicap van engineers put together the Access360 performance package through years of research and experience that have accumulated into the most versatile mobility van on the market. There is more entry space, more interior height, and better aesthetics. It all adds up to Toyota Sienna wheelchair vans that offers flexibility, ease of use, and safety.

Toyota Sienna with VMI Northstar only

  • Ultra-low 8.0° accessible ramp angle
  • 750lb. wheelchair ramp capacity
  • Sure Deploy backup system allows users to stow or deploy the mobility ramp van conversion even in the event of complete power failure
  • Manual secondary backup system for additional peace of mind

Toyota Sienna with Northstar AND Summit

  • Full-power ramp and conversion
  • 12.75” drop FLEX Floor maximizes headroom and interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • Patented independent rear suspension designed to preserve Honda ride quality and performance
  • E-coated floor for maximum corrosion resistance
  • NEW, ultra-reliable hydraulic PowerKneel system lowers the minivan to reduce ramp angle
  • Seamless integration with Honda Odyssey electronics prevents damage to vehicle/conversion
  • Conversion control through Honda  keyfob and interior sliding-door switches
  • Halo-lit, one-touch interior conversion button
  • Ramp ON/OFF switch allows users to disable all conversion features for guest drivers, valets, car wash attendants, etc., and  open sliding doors for able-bodied passengers without deploying the ramp
  • NEW lightweight, removable front seats are easier to install or remove
  • NEW quick-release straps allow users to remove front seats in seconds without removing plastic covers or searching for handles/pedals beneath the seat
  • Non-skid handicapped ramp surface
  • Fully crash-tested and compliant with all government safety standards
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty

Description:

  • NEW – Access360 design with more space to enter and maneuver inside the mobility van
  • NEW – Access360 design allows for more flexibility and ease of use
  • Obstruction-free doorway allows easy entry/exit for able-bodied passengers
  • Clean, uncluttered handicapped vehicle interior
  • Greater safety in the event of a collision
  • Less dirt and debris from in-floor ramp into wheelchair accessible vehicle interior
  • Wider usable accessible wheelchair ramp surface
  • No interference with factory seats or controls
  • Full use of front passenger seat
  • Obstacle-free front row floor
  • Ramp stowed safely under floor in the event of a collision
  • 9″ more floor length than any other Toyota Sienna conversion on the market today

View the VMI Toyota Brochure here

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Northstar (2008 and Newer Chrysler/Dodge)

 

VMI first developed the Northstar handicap van conversion in the early 1990′s to meet customer preferences for increased interior space. To this day, the VMI Northstar on the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan remains one of the best mobility ramp vans in America.

By sliding out of a space below the floor, the Northstar mobility ramp maximizes space inside the accessible vehicle. There are so many benefits of an in-floor wheelchair ramp, it is easily understood why its so popular.

Dodge Grand Caravan with VMI Northstar

  • Interior handles, and switches, buttons are easily accessed
  • Front passenger seat retains regular functions
  • No additional noise from handicap ramp
  • In the event of an accident, the accessible ramp is under the floor-not inside the mobility van
  • Works on curbs up to 10 inches tall
  • Increased maneuverability due to greater space inside the accessible van
  • Ramp-free doorway allows easy entry/exit for ambulatory passengers
  • Minimized handicapped van conversion wear and tear (fewer wheelchair ramp cycles to load/unload additional passengers)
  • Uncluttered and clean wheelchair vehicle interior
  • Mobility vehicle interior gets less dirt inside
  • Increased handicapped ramp width

Standard Features:

  • Extremely-low 8.0° handicapped ramp angle
  • Sure Deploy backup system leaves accessible van conversion usable even with power failure
  • Manual secondary backup system for additional peace of mind
  • 600lb. handicap ramp weight capacity
  • Fully-powered accessible van ramp
  • 11” drop FLEX Floor maximizes interior space and headroom for better maneuverability
  • Complete undercoating and rust proofing
  • PowerKneel system lowers the minivan to reduce ramp angle
  • Seamless integration with Dodge Grand Caravan vehicle electronics
  • Complete control through Dodge keyfob and interior switches
  • Removable front passenger and driver seat bases
  • No-skid wheelchair ramp surfacing
  • Complete crash testing and compliance with all government safety standards
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
  • Optional Durafloor (rubberized flooring) to match Dodge Grand Caravan interiors available

View the VMI Dodge Grand Caravan Brochure here

 

Chrysler Town & Country with VMI Northstar

  • Handicap vehicle interior left clean and more like the original minivan
  • Reduced debris carried into the accessible vehicle carpet
  • Width of wheelchair ramp increased for wider wheelchairs
  • All interior switches, buttons, and handles are within reach
  • Keep full functionality of front passenger seat
  • No rattling or squeking from mobility ramp
  • Handicapped ramp will not become a dangerous obstruction in the event of an emergency
  • Deployable on curbs up to 10” in height
  • Maximized space inside these handicapped vehicles for maneuvering a wheelchair
  • Simple exit/entry for additional passengers due to unblocked doorway (no folding mobility ramp in the way)
  • Do not have to activate handicap ramp for ambulatory people to enter/leave vehicle (less wear and tear on the wheelchair accessible van)
  • Ultra-low 8.0° wheelchair ramp angle
  • 600lb. mobility ramp weight limit
  • Sure Deploy backup makes these handicapped accessible vans reliable even when power fails
  • Manual secondary backup system for additional peace of mind
  • All-electric conversion and handicapped ramp
  • 11” drop FLEX Floor maximizes headroom and interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • Complete rust proofing and undercoating
  • PowerKneel system lowers the minivan for a reduction in the angle of the ramp
  • Seamless integration with Chrysler Town & Country electronic systems
  • Controlled via Chrysler keyfob and switches located inside the mobility van
  • Removable front driver and passenger seat bases
  • Skid-resistant handicap ramp
  • Compliant with all government safety standards and fully-crash tested
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
Standard Features:
  • Ultra-low 8.0° wheelchair ramp angle
  • Manual secondary backup system for additional peace of mind
  • 600lb. mobility ramp weight limit
  • Sure Deploy backup makes these handicapped accessible vans reliable even when power fails
  • All-electric conversion and handicapped ramp
  • 11” drop FLEX Floor maximizes headroom and interior space for wheelchair maneuverability
  • Complete rust proofing and undercoating
  • PowerKneel system lowers the minivan for a reduction in the angle of the ramp
  • Seamless integration with Chrysler Town & Country electronic systems
  • Controlled via Chrysler keyfob and switches located inside the mobility van
  • Removable front driver and passenger seat bases
  • Skid-resistant handicap ramp
  • Compliant with all government safety standards and fully-crash tested
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
  • Optional Durafloor (rubberized flooring) to match Chrysler Town & Country interior available

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Summit (2008 and Newer Chrysler/Dodge)

 

Dodge Grand Caravan with VMI Summit

The Summit folding wheelchair ramp van conversion on a Dodge Grand Caravan is an economical choice compared to the popular Northstar in-floor handicapped ramp conversion from VMI. Summit mobility ramps utilize siderails that are 2 inches tall. This is especially important for those with a hard time navigating an incline. VMI Summit handicapped accessible van on the Dodge Grand Caravan also includes an industry best access ramp length of only 48”.

The short handicap ramp provides two key advantages to VMI customers. First, passengers can easily use the Dodge handle for the sliding door and switches because the handicapped ramp is not covering them. Second, users in wheelchairs have more room to move on and off the ramp when other vehicles park too close.

  • 2” siderails help people with a disabilities stay on the ramp when coming in and out of the handicapped vehicle
  • When other vehicles park too close, 48” wheelchair ramp leaves wheelchair users more room to maneuver
  • By simply pushing outward on the handicapped ramp, it can be deployed for a safe exit in the event of a mechanical or power failure
  • Handicap ramp surface allows debris to fall through so it doesn’t end up inside the wheelchair vehicle
  • Mobility ramp has a quiet cabin dut to an anti-rattle device
  • 600lb. handicapped ramp rating
  • Fully-powered accessible ramp
  • 11” drop FLEX Floor maximizes head clearance and interior space for maneuvering a wheelchair
  • Complete undercoating and rust proofing
  • PowerKneel system lowers the minivan to reduce wheelchair ramp angle
  • Total integration with Dodge systems prevents damage to vehicle/ conversion
  • Accessible van conversion is controlled through and interior sliding-door switches and Dodge keychain
  • Easy-out passenger and front driver seat stands
  • No-slip handicapped ramp
  • Total crash-testing and compliance with all government standards for safety
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
Standard Features:
  • Power Folding Wheelchair Ramp with Non-Skid Surface
  • Power Sliding Door with Easy Manual Operation
  • Maximum Interior Headroom
  • Undercoating and Complete Rust Proofing
  • Manual Backup Ramp Operation
  • Warranty – Mobiltiy Conversion Van
  • Fully Crash Tested
  • Remote Control Activation
  • 600 Pound Load Rating for Handicap Ramp
  • 9.7 Degree Handicap Ramp Angle
  • Optional Rubberized Flooring Available

View the VMI Dodge Grand Caravan Brochure here

Chrysler Town & Country with VMI Summit

The Summit fold-out ramp handicap van conversion on a Chrysler Town & Country is an affordable and simpler substitute to the top-of-the-line VMI Northstar. Folding mobility ramps stretch outwards when in use, and stow inside the handicap vehicle when not in use. Summit ramps work well for individuals who experience difficulty getting up an accessible ramp because they include 2″ siderails.

The VMI Summit wheelchair van conversion on the Chrysler Town & Country ramp is only 48″ long. That’s the shortest in the industry. Passengers have full access to the Chrysler switches and sliding door handle because the wheelchair ramp does not block them. Wheelchair users also have more space to maneuver get in and out of the mobility vehicle when others park too close.

  • When entering/exiting the handicap vehicle, 2″ siderails keep disabled individuals on the wheelchair ramp
  • 48” handicap ramp means more room to move around when other vehicles park too close
  • Ramp can be deployed manually for a quick exit with a simple push outward
  • Accessible ramp with slats in it lets dirt fall through before it is carried into the interior of the mobility vehicle
  • Ramp is fitted with a mechanism to reduce rattling
  • 600lb. ramp weight limit
  • All-electric conversion (including the ramp)
  • 11” lowered FLEX Floor increases maneuverability of a wheelchair due to increased interior space and headroom
  • Total rust proofing and undercoating
  • To reduce the incline of the handicap ramp, PowerKneel system lowers the minivan closer to the ground
  • Complete integration with Chrysler computer systems reduces hiccups
  • Handicapped van conversion is activated through interior sliding-door switches and Chrysler keyfob and
  • Quick-out front driver and passenger seat bases
  • Anti-skid wheelchair ramp
  • Compliant with all government safety standards and completely crash-tested
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
Standard Features:
  • Power Folding Mobility Ramp with Non-Skid Surface
  • Power Sliding Door with Easy Manual Operation
  • Maximum Interior Headroom
  • Manual Backup Ramp Operation
  • Undercoating and Complete Rust Proofing
  • Fully Crash Tested
  • Remote Control Activation
  • Warranty – Mobiltiy Conversion Van
  • 600 Pound Load Rating for Handicap Ramp
  • 9.7 Degree Mobility Ramp Angle
  • Optional Rubberized Flooring Available

View the VMI Chrysler Town & Country brochure here

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Northstar & Summit (2007 and Older)

Standard in every 2007 & Older Chrysler/Dodge Minivan with the VMI Northstar Conversion:

  • 10″ lowered floor
  • Maximum interior headroom
  • Power in-floor ramp with non-skid surface
  • Power door with easy manual operation
  • Complete undercoating and rust proofing
  • Emergency ramp release
  • Automotive quality interior
  • Removable front seat base
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
  • Manual wheelchair tie-down system
  • Fully crash tested
  • Fully carpeted seat bases
  • Ample floor space (more maneuverability than ever before)

Standard in every 2007 & Older Chrysler/Dodge Minivan with the VMI Summit Conversion:

  • 10″ lowered floor
  • Maximum interior headroom
  • Power fold-out ramp with non-skid surface
  • Power door with easy manual operation
  • Complete undercoating and rust proofing
  • Emergency ramp release
  • Automotive quality interior
  • Removable front seat base
  • 3-year/36,000-mile warranty
  • Manual wheelchair tie-down system
  • Fully crash tested
  • Fully carpeted seat bases
  • Ample floor space (more maneuverability than ever before)

Northstar and Summit Conversion is available on:

2007 & Older Chrysler Town & Country (Pictured Above- Left w/ Northstar Conversion)

2007 & Older Dodge Caravan (Pictured Above- Right w/ Summit Conversion)

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