MILWAUKEE, WI—Wheeled Coach, part of REV Group (REVG), the largest manufacturer of ambulances in the U.S., is debuting a new Type II Transit Van. Designed and developed after a year of research and significant voice-of-customer (VOC) input from dealers around the country, the new Wheeled Coach Type II Transit Van will replace the existing configuration.
The new Wheeled Coach Ford Transit features several key differentiators, resulting from customer input, including significantly more cabin space than comparable vans on the market.
Emergency providers who use Type II Transit Vans generally sit in their trucks up to 12 hours a day, so the cab wall has been moved back 4 to 6 inches which allows the cab seats to recline and give added comfort.
To further maximize space, the van features aluminum constructed interior and cabinetry, instead of the standard ¾” plywood. Not only is this easier to clean and disinfect, it widens the aisle space to 41”, and gives the emergency provider more access to the patient.
A move from ducted AC to free-flow AC has increased the headroom for more height, now at 69”. The free-flow AC system is also more effective in hotter climates as well as ensuring greater airflow throughout the entire cab.
In addition, the oxygen system has been relocated to the rear of the truck, to allow for ease of access to the oxygen cylinders, as well as the ability to conveniently exchange tanks at the rear of the ambulance.
The attendant chair has a flip seat to lift when not in use, providing more space in the aisle.
Other enhancements include a durable diamond plate bumper at the vehicle’s rear, not typically found in Transit Vans, that provides a better stepping service for emergency providers. For added convenience when families are being transported, a child’s seat can be flipped down on the Attendant Chair. And for added safety, the exclusive and innovative Per4Max seat belt system is included on the seat bench, which allows emergency providers the flexibility to move about, while staying safely restrained in case of a collision.
“We have listened to our customers’ needs , and have designed a new Transit Van which is crew-centric, designed from front to back to give more room in width, headroom and cab room for a more comfortable and safer environment,” said Anoop Prakash, president of the Ambulance Division at REV Group. “We are sure this new model will delight the end user and look forward to feedback at AAA.”
For more information, visit www.wheeledcoach.com.