MONTHLY ARCHIVES: OCTOBER 2016

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 Camping Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA
 
It maybe hard to distinguish the difference between a Conversion Van and a Class B motor home when you see them driving down the street. Both of them can fit and ‘live’ on a standard driveway or garage, and you don’t need any extra storage space to keep either. They can have taller roofs, and that may be a give-away that there might be something special inside. That raise expands the interior volume allowing passengers to comfortably stand inside – but still retain that compact footprint.
 
A Conversion is easy to maneuver, fits in your garage, driveway or on the street, parks in the normal sized parking spots, can be serviced by pretty much any mechanic and gets gas mileage similar to a family van depending on make and model, engine size, vehicle weight, city or highway miles and speed driven. Consumers often use the term Conversion Van and camper van interchangeably.
 
Conversion Vans and Class B motor homes are both commonly used as vacation vehicles because they are fitted out with amenities that are not found in typical daily-drivers. Both share a few similarities, but the differences are important to understand if you are looking for a smaller travel vehicle.
 
Conversion Vans make great vacation vehicles and can include some of the same accommodations of a motor home: seats that transform into group seating and sleeping areas, fantastic entertainment systems and tables that fold out when needed. And the Conversion can still be utilized fairly seamlessly as the family car.
 
There’s no question you’ll also save a lot on fuel over a Class B motor home as well as saving on maintenance. Although Class B motor homes are gorgeous creatures, they can be expensive to maintain even when they are working properly.
 
Both Conversion Vans and Class B motor homes start life with an average to longer-sized van frame. The Conversion Van is assembled pretty much as a regular transport van but with a luxurious interior that can be customized in thousands of ways – either at the factory or by a customizer shop. The Class B motor home is constructed on the van frame specifically as a recreational class vehicle in the factory, an RV.
 
Since Conversion Vans are ordinary vans that have modified interiors, they can be used the same way a mini-van would be used in daily traffic. Even though the Class B motor homes are easier to drive and park than larger RVs, they are not really designed to be driven as commuter or city vehicles. They’re great for weekends but it doesn’t make sense to be searching for a parking space in a high profile camper at the mall!

Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.    


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 Camping Conversion Van - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA

 
With many consumers looking for comfortable, less-expensive alternatives to the larger, gas-guzzling Class B motorhomes, the Camper Conversion Van has become a very popular option.
 
Camper Conversion Vans typically look like regular vans outside, but inside you’ll find something very different. The front seats usually swivel around to become part of the living area; there will generally be a food prep space - a propane stovetop, mini-fridge and sink. There’s a group sitting/dining area that can convert into a bed. A Camper Conversion Van generally sleeps two comfortably; some sleep up to four, and if it’s two kids and two adults, all should be well!
 
Both Camper Conversion Vans and Class B motor homes are built upon a conventional sized or longer van frame. The Class B motor home is assembled specifically as a recreational vehicle (RV) at the factory; it is a van-sized RV, with a small kitchen, sleeping area, and usually a small bathroom. The Camper Conversion Van will be fabricated as a transport van with a more luxurious interior; or, a customizing shop can take the transport vehicle and create the camper magic that you are looking for if you want to do your own design.
 
Imagine adding an interior dining table with chairs that can seat 4-6 travellers, a fridge with a dedicated battery, a kitchen unit with sink, storage for cooking and dining equipment as well as all your luggage and gear.
 
Camper Conversion Vans are challenged to maximize space but, at the same time, be spacious and comfortable. That's where art and ingenuity come in. Camper vans are micro-habitations and the advances in design and technology are incredible.
 
The entertainment options for Camper Conversion Vans are truly mind blowing.  Audio options, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD players and game consoles. And not only that they are available, the quality is amazing; surround sound audio made available through the cabin or wireless headphones, HDMI power stations built throughout the interior for cell phone or laptop charging, built-in hotspots for Wi-Fi and on and on. You want to be out there with nature, but having those options will surely make the drive enjoyable, and those features will be fantastic when you want to use your Camper Conversion Van for tailgating!
 
Depending on how your customization was configured, you won't need electrical or water hookup sites for Camper Conversion Van camping.  Everything powers off the Conversion, but you can always reserve a site with electrical hookups to plug your camper in for some ease of use, but it won't be necessary.  You’ll also be able to function well without an immediate source of water.
 
Camper Conversions are completely self-contained, which makes them great for any campground. You can avoid having to pitch a tent in the dark, you can settle right in upon arrival in the big woods. Any camper or RV can do the same (though some require special parking), but the benefits and convenience of a van-sized vehicle can’t be overemphasized!
 
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.   

This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 11:17 PM

 Handicap Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA

 
If there is a member of your family with mobility issues, a conversion van is really the best way to accommodate your loved one. The latest technology provides much improved methods for getting in and out of a properly converted van.
 
There are many different mobility challenges out there and finding the perfect fit will depend on many factors. If your loved ones’ condition is going to be changing, perhaps they are afflicted with MS, you will need to keep in mind updating that may be required within a few years.
 
There are people trained in this field called Certified Mobility Consultant specialists. There is nothing more important than precisely identifying your needs and planning for the customization. Your loved one should be involved in the process wherever possible. The guidance a professional can provide is hard to overstate.
 
Make sure you are informed as to all the options out there there are new innovations all the time; this is going to make a huge impact on your life. It is essential that the whole family will be comfortable and satisfied with all the functions of the vehicle, from the drivability to the ease of use. The Certified Mobility Consultant can really help you out here.
 
We’re very fortunate to live in a time where there are a lot of options in the vehicle mobility marketplace. If your needs include the use of a wheelchair, there are variations in how extensive the accommodation needs to be. If your loved one has no upper body mobility, a different kind of accommodation will be necessary as compared to someone who has full upper body strength and motion.
 
One of the greatest advantages of a wheelchair accessible vehicle is that the person no longer needs to be conveyed out of the chair and into a passenger seat. Your loved one can be transported directly into the vehicle via a ramp or lift. this can end worries about falls and injuries to both the wheelchair bound and the assistant, and no more folding and packing the wheelchair,
 
Many of the latches, buttons and controls are remote controlled; often allowing the wheelchair bound to access the vehicle by themself. The chair can wheel right into position for lock down.
 
Another design aspect to consider carefully is whether to have the wheelchair entry on the side or in the rear.
 
For rear entry, the wheelchair will be seated in a channel installed in the middle of the floor, usually from the second row to the rear of the vehicle. But there can be variations based on the size of the wheel chair and other factors. The rear entry offers more ground clearance as the rear is generally more elevated than the sides. If your driveway is narrow or if the van will be parked in a garage, this is probably the most convenient way to go. The rear entry configuration is generally less costly as well.
 
A side entry configuration can provide extra room for maneuverability because the entire, or a portion, of the vehicle’s floor can be lowered. If your loved one is able to drive, this would be the best alternative. Side entry wheelchair accessible vehicles also maintain the rear cargo storage space behind the third row seating, so that may be a big consideration especially if it is the primary family vehicle.
 
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  
 
 

This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 11:12 PM

 Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA
 
While we all love our Conversion Vans, but there’s no escaping that there are some higher costs relating to ownership. One of those areas is fuel mileage, while mileage has been improving from the manufacturer’s side for several years now on many vehicles, there are some things we as owners can do:
 
A lighter vehicle uses less fuel. One more reason to keep your van clean and organized. If you use clever storage, such as bins and trunk dividers, it’s easy to unload and load equipment on an as-needed basis. Work tools can be kept in a tool box (or boxes), sporting equipment in portable bags and camping gear in crates or specialty plastic containers. Toys and car seats can also be removed and replaced easily if there are places to store them regularly.
 
Carrying around a hundred or more pounds that aren’t needed at the moment will drag down fuel economy. So, keep it empty whenever possible.
 
Remember to drive the vehicle a bit more carefully, slow acceleration is recommended for your vehicle. Don’t think of it as a sedan, and more particularly don’t think of it as a sports car. Gas mileage improves on consistent, slow acceleration, avoid gunning unless you’re in a specific situation such as passing or faced with an emergency maneuver.
 
Of course it goes without saying that keeping your van well maintained will contribute to better gas mileage and will protect your investment. To maintain your van, make sure to comply with the manufacturers suggested maintenance schedule. You can perform some tasks yourself if you’re a do-it-yourselfer. For example, oil changes - you may like to do them more frequently than recommended if you live in a very cold or very hot area, or tend to put a lot of miles on your vehicle. Spark plugs and air filters can usually be done yourself too. Again, you may like to change them more often if you live in an area with a harsher climate.
 
Another area you can monitor on your own is your tires. Very often we drive on tires that are not properly inflated; have an expert at Wright Conversions show you how to measure and keep your inflation at the correct levels. This is one quick and relatively painless way to maximize gas mileage. There are safety concerns as well for having under-inflated tires.
 

Another important driving habit that should be considered is the short trip. Even though a Conversion Van is the perfect family car, gas mileage improves when longer trips are taken. Try to schedule all your errands in a bunch so you can get them all done on a single, longer trip rather than several short trips. It’s normal wear and tear of ownership, but just be sure to get your Conversion Van out on the road for those get away weekends you bought the vehicle for! It’s good for the engine and good for you! 

Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  


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 Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA

 
When looking at a van type of transportation from the perspective of gas mileage, obviously a minivan will get you the best mileage. They are the lightest and are built upon modified passenger vehicle frameworks.
 
After that would be a Full-size van along the lines of a GMC Savana or Chevy Express; you'll get 13-14 MPG around town and 17-18 MPG on the highway. You will get better MPG with a small block V6 or V8 engine choice.
 
Moving into the Camper or/and Conversion Van area, a fully modified vehicle on a full size van chassis is much heavier than a regular, lightly modified full size van. With more weight comes more fuel consumption. These vehicles usually get around 10 MPG in the city and 15 MPG on the highway. 
 
The vehicles at the top of the fuel consuming hierarchy are the RV or Motor home class. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the fuel bill. You may get in the range of 7-8 mpg in the city with a hike to 10 mpg once you’re out on the highway. If you will be driving a lot you'll need to be calculate those costs into your travel budget.
 
You may find some relief with vehicles that use alternative fuels such as diesel and bio-diesel. There is a lot of talk of new technology diesel and bio-diesel engines. If you are buying a new technology vehicle you will probably see some savings, but his could depend on the area of the country you live in, for some this might be something not quite feasible yet. The same could be said for propane alternatives.
 
Traditional diesels may get better gas mileage but there are many factors to consider such as higher operational costs.  When you’re shopping for your Conversion, pay attention to the EPA estimates. There are even websites where you can plug in those numbers along with your estimated miles driven and get a pretty good estimate of your yearly costs.
 
Some people have played with the idea of going with a more fuel efficient SUV or station wagon and going with a trailer for their traveling. It’s an interesting idea but towing anything does use a lot of gas and with all the operational issues, tow packages, trailer storage, parking, hooking and unhooking, it may not be worth the trouble. A single vehicle van is much easier to own and travel with.
 
And of course, buying used can cut out some of the up front expenditure which you can calculate into your fuel savings. Research before you buy, come in and consult with one of our Conversion experts at Wright Conversions!
 
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  

This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 10:42 PM

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