The seat and the hand controls are installed at the dealer level. Some folks, depending on their level of disability, may drive from a wheelchair and may require much more sophisticated hand controls. I have heard of conversions for quadriplegic drivers that needed a joystick set up to drive, brake, and turn the van. Those conversions can cost Ferrari money.


Since we knew this purchase was inevitable, we had been putting money aside for years, the goal being to make enough of a down payment for the monthly cost to be reasonable. But not everyone has that luxury, and we are fortunate to be able to do that. We are happy with the new van, and the kids like being able to cram more of their beach gear in the back.

The next time you see one of these vans in a parking lot I hope you’ll remember not only the interesting engineering that it takes to make one of these but the substantially increased cost of buying it.

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