Northstar E Manual In-Floor Ramp Wheelchair Vans

VMI’s One-of-a-Kind In-Floor Manual Conversion

The Northstar E wheelchair-accessible minivan is the only caregiver-centered conversion to offer front-seat wheelchair access and an in-floor, slide-out ramp. With all of the core elements of a functional mobility vehicle, the Northstar E offers practicality, ease of use, and other side-entry benefits at an affordable price. The patent-pending manual in-floor ramp of the Northstar E is easier to stow and deploy than a manual fold-out ramp and allows for more room for wheelchair maneuverability inside the van. By providing optional mid-row seats and a removable front passenger seat, the Northstar E fits up to seven passengers and offers caregivers more flexibility.

Northstar E Features:

  • Obstruction-free doorway allows easy entry/exit for able-bodied passengers
  • Front and mid-row wheelchair access allowing the caregiver to sit next to the wheelchair user, whether the caregiver is driving or sitting in the middle row
  • Ramp stowed safely under floor in the event of a collision
  • Full use of removable front passenger seat
  • No squeaking or rattling from ramp
  • Clean, uncluttered vehicle interior
  • Less dirt and debris inside the van
  • Wider usable ramp surface
  • Optional single and double flip-up mid-row seats that provide seating options for multiple wheelchairs

VMI manufactures the manual in-floor ramp conversion on the Dodge & Toyota chassis’:


Dodge Grand Caravan Northstar E

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Features Overview

Dodge Grand Caravan Northstar E

The Northstar E is VMI’s most affordable wheelchair van and the first VMI vehicle tailored specifically to the needs of wheelchair users with caregivers. It is the only caregiver vehicle to offer front-seat wheelchair access, a manual in-floor ramp that requires no bending or lifting, and seating for up to seven passengers.

Ramp System

VMI’s patent-pending Northstar E conversion comes with an easy-to-use, manual in-floor ramp that requires little to no maintenance. The ramp is stowed under the floor, creating more interior room, a quieter ride and less dirt and debris in the interior.

Interior Space

The Northstar E offers the practicality of an unconverted minivan to meet the needs of caregivers, even when traveling without a wheelchair user. With unobstructed cargo areas and seating for up to seven, the Northstar E provides space and flexibility to accommodate multiple passengers and seating arrangements.

Headroom

Our Northstar E provides enough door height to accommodate manual wheelchairs and small-to-medium power chairs. The doorway is clear of obstructions for easy entry and exit and has a dropped floor to give wheelchair users a clear line of sight.

Comfort & Style

Our Northstar E offers a clean, uncluttered interior and a quiet, comfortable ride with noise-reduction engineering.

Other Features

Our Northstar E wheelchair-accessible minivans come with additional features for extra durability and ease of use. For example, the VMI Northstar reduces the likelihood of under-vehicle damage by providing up to 1.5 inches of additional ground clearance over other mobility vans.

  • Wheelbase: 121 inches
  • Overall Length: 201 inches
  • Overall Height: 73
  • Overall Width: 77 inches
  • Maximum Floor Drop: 11 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (ground effects): 5.5 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (exhaust): 6.5 inches
  • Door Opening Height: 55.1 inches
  • Door Opening Width: 30.8 inches
  • Ramp Length (angle ramp and transition plate): 59.4 inches
  • Usable Ramp Width: 30 inches
  • Ramp Capacity: 800 pounds
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel on (curb weight): N/A
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel off (curb weight): 11.5 degrees
  • Overall Floor Length: 86 inches
  • Length from Back of Seat Bases to Kickplate: 58.25 inches
  • Floor Width at B Pillar: 60 inches
  • Floor Width Mid Row Seat Folded Up: 49 inches
  • Floor Width Mid Row Seat Folded Down: 37 inches single; 22.5 inches double
  • Floor Width Without Mid Row Seat: 66.5 inches
  • Weight of Mid Row Seat: 77 LBS single; 108 LBS double
  • Interior Height at Center Position: 57.63 inches
  • Interior Height at Driver Position: 58 inches w/o sunroof; 55.5 inches w/ sunroof
  • Interior Height at Passenger Position: 58 inches (w/o sunroof)
  • Cargo Area/Seat Up: 11.5 cubic feet
  • Average Payload (Northstar E on Dodge SE): 1225 LBS no seat; 1153 LBS single; 1117 LBS double

View the Dodge Northstar E brochure here

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Toyota Sienna Northstar E360

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The Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 is the ultimate solution for caregivers of power wheelchair users. The Northstar E360 combines VMI’s one-of-a-kind, manual in-floor ramp with industry-best interior space and legendary Toyota reliability to deliver unbeatable value for caregivers. It includes a manual in-floor side entry ramp, maximum door height to accommodate wheelchairs of all sizes, and an obstruction-free interior. Features of these new and used conversion vans include:

  • 12″ -longer floor allows for interior maneuverability
  • Manual, in-floor, slide out ramp
  • Side-entry benefits at the most economical price
  • Industry- best headroom

Features Overview

Our Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 is the paramount wheelchair van conversion for caregivers, offering an incredibly-simplified, manual, in-floor ramp and flexible seating, which allows caregivers to sit next to the wheelchair user. Like VMI’s full-power Access360 conversions, the Northstar E360 offers more interior space and headroom than any other caregiver-centric wheelchair-accessible vehicle, making it ideal for large wheelchair maneuverability.

Ramp System

VMI’s patent-pending Northstar E360 conversion comes with an easy-to-use, manual in-floor ramp that requires no bending or lifting and little to no maintenance. The ramp is stowed under the floor, creating more interior room, a quieter ride and less dirt and debris in the interior.

Interior Space

Our Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 offers more interior space for a greater range of movement. With a floor 12 inches longer than any Toyota conversion on the market, the Northstar E360 allows complete rotation for almost any wheelchair without scraping or scratching interior panels.

Headroom

Our Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 offers industry-leading door and interior height to accommodate wheelchairs of nearly any size. With more headroom than other mobility vans, the Northstar E360 conversion ensures caregivers and their loved ones can enter and exit their vehicle with absolute ease.

Comfort & Style

Transport never felt so good. Our Toyota Northstar E360 offers a pristine interior and pleasant ride for all of your passengers. The VMI design seamlessly integrates the interior and exterior conversion with the factory vehicle, increasing functionality and form.

Other Features

Our Northstar E360 wheelchair-accessible minivans have been designed for maximum durability and functionality. Every feature promotes ease of use and vehicle longevity at an economical price.

  • Wheelbase: 119.3 inches
  • Overall Length: 200.2 inches
  • Overall Height: 77.6 inches
  • Overall Width: 78.1 inches
  • Maximum Floor Drop: 14.875 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (ground effects): 6.2 inches
  • Min. Vehicle Ground Clearance (exhaust): 5.6 inches
  • Door Opening Height: 57 inches
  • Door Opening Width: 30.5 inches
  • Ramp Length (angle ramp and transition plate): 59.4 inches
  • Usable Ramp Width: 30 inches
  • Ramp Capacity: 800 pounds
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel on (curb weight): N/A
  • Ramp Angle with PowerKneel off (curb weight): 12 degrees
  • Overall Floor Length: 95 inches
  • Length from Back of Seat Bases to Kickplate: 65.5 inches
  • Floor Width at B Pillar: 61.5 inches
  • Floor Width Mid Row Seat Folded Up: 53 inches
  • Floor Width Mid Row Seat Folded Down: 39.5 inches single
  • Floor Width Without Mid Row Seat: 64.5 inches
  • Weight of Mid Row Seat: 77 LBS single
  • Interior Height at Center Position: 61.8 inches
  • Interior Height at Driver Position: 60.5 inches w/o sunroof; 58.25 inches w/ sunroof
  • Interior Height at Passenger Position: 60.5 inches w/o sunroof; 58.25 inches w/ sunroof
  • Cargo Area/Seat Up: 26 cubic feet
  • Average Payload (Northstar E360 on Toyota LE): 1059 LBS no seat; 983 LBS single

View the Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 brochure here

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