1998  Chevy is perfect for large families & folks  with very active lifestyles
Miles: 79,000
Current Price:
$15,900 $14,900
THIS CERTIFIED VEHICLE INCLUDES: 12 MO/12,000 MILE WARRANTY 
BONUS: 8 months/8,000 miles additional warranty
Note: warranty is valid in each of the United States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

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Highlights of This Van:

  apx. $2,250 of new and very recent care/service: details below (extensive investment in "R.U.E. Project" is in addition to this $2,250)   

Please read extensive details below and in photo captions. This is an amazing van.  It is as wonderful as it appears to be in these photos.

Very rare: tall roof, window model, extended body wheelchair vans that have capacity for this many folks (9) plus 1 or 2 wheelchairs are nearly non-existent. And now, after our major R.U.E. process, this is one heck of a nice van. 

 

Options and Equipment

THE VAN: Prior to being converted into a wheelchair van, this began as a  fancy, upgraded, "LS" model.  This trim level is fairly common on a standard length passenger van, but is VERY rare on a tall roof, extended body model. Some of the items on the long list of features this van has are: power windows, locks and mirrors; intermittent wipers; tilt wheel and cruise control; stereo with 4 speakers; high back captains chairs in front with armrests;  upgraded interior and exterior trim features for better appearance, comfort and function; factory tow package; gauge package; upgraded headlights and misc lighting; miscellaneous convenience and comfort features; etc, etc.

GOODIES:  Tow hitch and wiring system. During the very substantial R.U.E. process this project #348 van has received, there are several quality elements which have been added: modern factory alloy wheels; quality Toyo tires; NEW custom two-tone paint; NEW custom graphic and striping package; NEW Sony CD with accessory jack; NEW dark window tint for UV light blockage, thermal insulation benefits and better appearance 

MOBILITY:  When the family I acquired this from bought it at one year old, they took it directly to a mobility conversion specialist for a wonderful package of changes.  And during the R.U.E. process there were some extras added. Here is the list of what this van now offers as a mobility van:

* Moderately tall, contoured roof: This creates super headroom when inside, yet due to its moderate height and being contoured, it gets respectable MPG, and does not have notable wind noise or buffeting.

* Heavy Duty rear ventilation system: there are several vents in the ceiling area and a separate temp and fan control in the rear as well. Many families with a person in a wheelchair find that having this level of rear ventilation is a big plus, as was the case with the folks I acquired this from.

* Tall side entry slider door: these all steel (some vans use plastic or fiberglass) upper door extensions contributes greatly to the entry clearance, which is a "must" for some users. And even if its not a must, it makes entry and exit a more pleasant experience for anyone going in and out. (NOTE: wheelchair vans with this slider door have a wider opening, and thus a larger size lift capability, than vans with two "barn doors") 

* Braun lift with split-folding platform: made by the worlds largest manufacturer and innovator of lifts, this is a super mechanism. Its rated at 600 pounds and has a platform large enough for most users and their wheelchairs. The split platform allows for easy passage of able-bodied folks in and out when lift is stowed. This is a SUPER feature that is rarely found on extended length, tall roof vans. It has controls on the lift and on a cord/cable. It would be easy and not costly to add operating switches in other locations if desired. 

* EZ-Lock electronic wheelchair anchoring device: if you always want to park your wheelchair in the same location, this device is the cats pajamas!  During the major floor improvement project (details below) this was uninstalled and is now ready for reinstallation in the specific location of your choosing. Control unit is mounted on the dash at this time.   

* Manual anchor strips: included with this van are steel anchor strips that can be installed in location of your choice, if you need or want to use manual anchor straps.

* NEW FLOOR IS A SUPER ENHANCEMENT: My greatest wonderment in the six years I have specialized in rejuvenating and improving wheelchair vans, is that I wonder why more wheelchair van creators and owners don't have such a feature as has now been added to this van. Although most folks tend to think of a floor in a van as being flat and solid from the factory, it is actually far from it, and that results in a terrible surface to move a wheelchair van on. You see, under the factory carpet in a stock van, there is a thick carpet pad and under that is, to one degree or another, a lumpy, bumpy, uneven metal floor surface. And in the case of most vans that are turned into a wheelchair van, there are also remnants from seats being removed, such as holes, tracks, mounting plates, etc.  All of what I describe here results in a surface that is not nice to maneuver a wheelchair on. And there are misc unpleasant elements to live with. The diameter of wheels on most wheelchairs help to overcome these facts, but the usual floors are far from ideal. And so we solve that here.  In the area which the chair will be moving, a specialist removes whatever materials which are above the metal floor surface.  And then they install 3/4 inch marine grade plywood over the metal, to create a smooth, solid, level surface. (plus the floor becomes quieter) And then a nice material is put over the wood for cosmetic benefit.  In this van, we used high-grade vinyl flooring material. And then there are metal transaction strips at the borders to make movement in the van easy for able-bodied folks. Once you have maneuvered your wheelchair on a floor like this, you would never want anything less.  

 

Dimensions, capacity and specifications:

Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.

History of Ownership

Other than the first year of its life, this van has been owned by one family.  I purchased it directly from that family. This use by a family is very desirable for a long, high-capacity van such as this, as nearly all such vans have had harsh commercial, institutional, or business use. Family use results in a much nicer used van. 

Certified

This vehicle is 'CERTIFIED': There are a combined 76 mechanical and cosmetic aspects  included in the Wheelchair Van Oasis "Certification" process.   A foundational step of the rejuvenation process is when each vehicle receives an extensive inspection by an objective, independent  third- party service and repair facility.  Suggested service, repairs and improvements are then performed by various professional specialists.   The  result is your assurance  that each of the 76 aspects  meets  or exceeds the condition level of good, or satisfactory

For details regarding list of 76 cosmetic and mechanical aspects, please click here.

Each van does of course have various elements which exceed the promised level of good, or
satisfactory, which the "Certified" program assures.  Some are brand new improvements performed during rejuvenation.  And others are obvious service or repairs performed recently, prior to my ownership.  As for those, I only list here those positives which are certain, based on my either having a receipt, and/or due to being obvious to the inspecting-mechanic.  I refer to these as  "NEW OR RECENTLY SERVICED ASPECTS".  As for this vehicle:

New: HD battery; power locks service and repair; power window service and repair; transmission service and flush; cooling system service and flush; oil and lube; coolant thermostat; primary hinge system on slider door replaced (makes it smooth and easy to operate, like when new); lift service and adjustment  

Recent: Quality Toyo tires have about 75% tread

Approximate retail value/cost of above-listed items: $2,250

 ( investment of thousands of dollars during the R.U.E. project is in addition to this $2,250)

 

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

Nothing derogatory, no accidents, no glitches.

 

You Might Like To Know...

* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

* There are very few tall roof, extended body wheelchair vans that have not had commercial, government, service agency or some sort of non-private use history. And so the fact that this has had a family using it, results in a van that has had much easier use than those other vans. And when you combine this fact, with the fact that this van is much more nicely equipped than vans with those others histories, makes this a very special and hard to find wheelchair van. 

* To create a new Chevy van with similar features would now cost apx. $60,000. 

Summary of this Gem

I am happy to offer this van.  If you are one of those seekers who needs to carry many passengers, but doesn't want a big ugly van with sparse amenities, and you want such a van for well under $20k, this is the van for you. This one is ...very sweet.

This platform us pretty large and can accommodate most wheelchairs.
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Enormous empty space for two wheelchairs if needed.  And this has had the new floor project which creates the very nice, solid, smooth and level floor.  This is a super benefit, not only for the person in wheelchair because its so nice to roll on, but it also makes it easier for all users to move around in the van than a cushy, lumpy, padded floor.
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Nice view of the two rear seats, which hold 7
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Platform folds which allows easy passage of folks in and out when lift is stowed.  This is a super feature because it makes flow and logistics so much better than if door is blocked, as on many vans.
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 This is called "floor level", ready to load or unload in and out of the van
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Drivers side
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Left side rear
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 Rear view
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Passenger side rear
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Direct passenger side view
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Passenger side front
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Front view
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These are the dash controls for the EX-Lock electronic floor anchoring system
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Clean as can be...easy access to important fluids and such
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Rear ventilation system has two separate control panels, as seen here in front area for driver to use , and another set is located in rear area
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 Simple ventilation controls and new Sony stereo
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New Sony CD stereo with accessory jack
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Excellent tire life remains, and these modern factory alloys have been added, during our R.U.E. process. 
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Passenger front
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Plenty of space of most wheelchairs.  Controls are on the arm of the lift, as well as elsewhere
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Lift platform in unfolded position
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This is the EZ-Lock electronic docking system  for the floor.   It is ready to be mounted anywhere on the floor a new owner chooses to do so.
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Tall doors and corresponding roof notch create generous entry/exit clearance. This is very helpful not only for  some wheelchair bound folks, but also makes going in and out much easier for all others as well 
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Enormous interior headroom. 
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The interior of this van is cavernous, with seating for 7 in the rear and enough space to park 2 typical wheelchairs in the middle.
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Vents and controls for rear ventilation system
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Super space provides an abundance of freedom movement, for two wheelchairs if needed.
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This is the forward storage bin. The photo does not do it justice, as it is actually about 2 feet deep and 5 feet wide.
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This is the rear storage bin. The photo does not do it justice, as it is actually about 2 feet deep and 5 feet wide.
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Additional lighting in rear area
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 Plenty of space for most folks to transit past forward most seat to get into the far rear seat
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The feel, fit and controls in this van are simple, yet capable...and comfortable.  The design is the same in this van as newer Chevy or GMC vans until 2003.
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.