Now Andrew had been a farm-boy and a mechanic his entire life in Missouri. He now found himself depending on others to help him get around which was a tough pill to swallow. Longing for independent living, he began searching for solutions to give him back some measure of freedom. The minivans that are widely available for wheel-chair bound drivers aren’t exactly suited for the Ozarks. After quickly growing tired of being driven around, and having micro switches on vans going out, he decided that what he needed and wanted was a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The downfall was that they designed it as a rear entry vehicle. In other words, he used a lift to get into the bed of the truck and then entered the cab via an entrance in the back of the cab. This was great until it snowed about 4 months a year. Back to the drawing board!
|Rocky Homestead Lifts|
Once converted, the vehicle gets you in or out in about 14-22 seconds! The modern SVM Truck takes almost a minute to cycle one way in comparison. Who wants to wait 45 seconds to load or unload?
|Non-Accessible Customized Truck|
Andrew provides the design to fit the wheelchair to the vehicle and these guys provide the magic. How imaginative you ask? One customer recently requested a wheelchair accessible truck that would also allow him to scissor-lift above the level of the cab in his wheel-chair so he could deer hunt right out of the truck! The sky and money is the limit…really!
|Another Custom Ride|
The conversion takes about six weeks to two months. Extra stuff like Easy-Lock systems, hand controls, etc. are all extra but can be installed on site. They do not mind working on older model trucks which may save you some money.
Although they are only located in Missouri at the time of this article, you can still get your conversion through them. For a reasonable fee, they can pick up your vehicle, convert it and then deliver it back to you. The fee depends on where you are located so just give them a call. As an example, it recently cost someone $1300 to have their vehicle picked up from Maryland round trip.
In the unfortunate event that a fix is necessary, all the parts can be replaced through their shop. Repairs can be done by your local mechanic shop with a call to Andrew’s guys, which is nice.
So there you have it! Good luck on your next vehicle. May it be a 4-wheel drive that can get you into the woods, lake or beach.