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He Built His Own Wheelchair-Accessible Van

Loren was in a baseball accident in his 20s that left him with paralyzed legs and limited arm mobility — but that didn’t stop him from converting a power wheelchair-accessible van with a fellow friend who uses a wheelchair! Now Loren and his wife, Karla, can take trips in the van, get into the wilderness and hopefully eventually move in full-time.

The van includes an arm lift to carry his wheelchair into the van, hand controls, and another zip-line-like lift to take him from the elevator bed to the driver’s seat. Everything is designed to allow him to turn his wheelchair inside the van and open/close things easily. This is one remarkable conversion! Enjoy the tour below.

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Accessible Van Conversion for Quadriplegic Man & His Wife

He has a lift seat to take him from the bed to the driver’s seat.

There’s an arm lift to take his wheelchair into the van.

VIDEO: #Wheelchairvanlife – accessible van built by disabled owner w/ problem solving & innovation!


  • He was disabled in a baseball accident in his 20s
  • He has no use of his legs and reduced arm mobility
  • There are hand-controls to drive the van
  • An arm-style lift gets the wheelchair inside
  • He can turn the wheelchair in the van
  • Elevator bed allows storage for his hand-control bike
  • Future plans to build a bathroom

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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