Just picked up a 2021 Traverse Braunability side-entry wheelchair conversion. Anyone else on here with one? It would be good to share experiences with the quirks!
Nice!Our 2017 traverse has been converted to a passager mobility vehicle. I had the option to buy a Grand Caravan that can be converted to the one pictured above but we decided to go with the Bruno seat instead. This seat is totally powered to turn and go totally outside the vehicle and lowered to the same height as the wheelchair seat. All the system is programmed and it is a matter of a few minutes to do the transfer. The wheel chair can be put in the rear of the Traverse trunk. The second row seat can stay as it is.
From what I can see...I've always been curious about those Braun conversions. Is the front drivers seat totally removed and then the wheelchair slides and locks in place where the driver's seat normally goes? And do you lose the center console?
They do not drop the engine. Front wheel drive is a requirement so they don't have this drive train problem.From what I can see...
- they lift the whole vehicle about 5 inches
- they cut out the floor and drop it about a foot from firewall to just under the front of the 3rd row seat
- they drop the engine so drivetrain stays in line
- a ramp is in floor, and out of the way
- the rear corner can kneel to lower the ramp angle
- the side door with the ramp is converted to a power sliding door
- both rear door are extended to be taller to cover the new opening space
- center console is removed from floor, and a much smaller one is attached to the dash for the shifter and controls
- each front seat gets installed on a base that brings them back up to regular height (including foot space)
- each front seat platform has a quick disconnect for wiring (power seats and airbags)
- each front seat platform has a quick release foot pedal that disconnects the seat from the floor and lowers wheels on it
- you just roll the seat down the ramp and out when not in use
- there are l-track mount points for standard wheelchair tie down available once the seat is out
It's pretty intense. But you could have a wheelchair driver, passenger, or in the left or right mid position. Or various combinations thereof. As long as not everyone was in a big heavy powerchair, I can see there being space for 4 wheelchairs, and still be able to put 3 kids in the back row bench. Not comfortably for a long trip, but still...