Nor-Cal Vans Blog

New Ergonomic and Tech Options Enhance 2017 Ford Transit Lineup
Ford, America’s commercial van leader, is introducing enhancements across its van lineup for the 2017 model year that are designed to make the vehicles trusted by fleet and small business customers even more flexible.
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Transit—A Better Shuttle
Cutaway shuttles have long dominated the small bus market, but with rising fuel costs and rapidly evolving technology, the new European-styled vans, such as the new Ford Transit, have soared in popularity. Low operating costs and driving ease of the new Ford Transit makes it ideal for shuttles, especially over traditional cutaway buses. The NCV Transit Bus on the Ford Transit Wagon provides dealers with an economically priced shuttle package they can present to their commercial shuttle fleet accounts.
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Transit Development Challenges
Since the introduction of the Ford Transit to the US market, Nor-Cal Vans has been working diligently to research and develop a new wheelchair accessible van that takes advantage of the Transit’s fantastic fuel economy and impressive driving experience. Throughout the development, complications with the new chassis have allowed Nor-Cal Vans to implement innovative new designs and technologies to meet the rigorous quality and safety standards Nor-Cal Vans strives for in every product.
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NCV Transit Wheelchair Securement FMVSS Tested
The Nor-Cal Vans Ford Transit successfully passed FMVSS wheelchair securement system and occupant restraint system anchorage tests. Passing these tests prove that the Nor-Cal Vans Transit provides an unequaled level of safety for your wheelchair passenger
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A Transit Connect for Macy
We received a wonderful letter from one of our customers! It's so great to hear how much the Transit Connect Adaptive Van is improving her and her family's lives!
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Nor-Cal Vans Assisting in Bus Donation to El Salvador
Nor-Cal Vans will be assisting Project S.A.V.E and Joe Hughes by preparing and servicing a bus to be donated to King's Castle Ministries in El Salvador.
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Nor-Cal Vans Offering Upfits for the Ford Transit
For over 40 years the Ford Transit has been a leader in the European van marketplace. Now available and manufactured in the US, the Transit van combines superior people moving capabilities with low operating costs. Nor-Cal Vans is now offering innovative new configurations and leading versatility in a new expanding vehicle market.
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Transit Connect Adaptive Van Video
Nor-Cal Vans has an great new video featuring the wheelchair accessible Transit Connect Adaptive Van!
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Wheelchair Accessible Transit Connect in Production
FordPros Summer 2014 Nor-Cal Vans, a California-based company specializing in Ford mobility van conversions, has begun production on the new 2014 Transit Connect Adaptive Van—a versatile, ADA-compliant vehicle equipped with an innovative ramp that folds flat to allow storage of luggage, cargo, and more.
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Van for disabled transport big project for local firms
Two unrelated Chico manufacturers are involved in a nationwide project creating a vehicle that could redefine what transportation is for van users.
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2015 Ford Transits Have Been Released!
It’s the middle of June 2014 and Transits are starting to arrive at Ford dealers. The cargo vans shipped out first, and Wagons will ship out in August 2014.
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All New Ford Transit
Better Gas Milage than E-Series; Best in class gas engine torque, cargo capaity
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2014 Transit Connect Adaptive Van- Crash Tested!
Nor-Cal Vans, in conjunction with the Mobility Alliance, has successfully crash-tested the new 2014 Transit Connect with the Nor-Cal Vans Adaptive Van conversion. The crash test was conducted by MGA Research in April 2014.
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The New 2014 Transit Connects are Here!
We recently received a shipment of the new 2014 Ford Transit Connects and everyone at Nor-Cal Vans is excited about them!
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NEW 2014 Vehicles are Arriving!
Chassis are already being sold before they even arrive. Reserve yours today!
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Van Modifications for Veterans with Non-Service Injuries
Did you know veterans with nonservice-connected injuries are eligible for a one-time van modification?
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Bus Project for Orphanage in El Salvador Update
I want to report that the progress in delivering our wheelchair accessible bus that is being donated to the Children of the Hogar Guirola orphanage in El Salvador with its 80 + handicapped children ages 6 months to 18 years old is well under way!
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Combine these Deals for BIG Savings!
We're offering TWO discounts on three new 2012 RV Converters. Combine those with rebates from Ford and you've got BIG savings you don't want to miss out on!
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The New Nor-CalVans.com
Nor-CalVans.com is new and improved! And we couldn't be happier with the results!
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Slim-line Engine Cover Console
A little known secret of the E-Series van is the slim-line engine cover console. The slim-line engine cover console replaces the larger stock deluxe engine cover console, and provides more clearance in the driver and passenger area.
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What's Happening with the new Ford Transit?
The Ford Transit has been a hot topic these days. Here's what we've heard so far.
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Nor-Cal Vans MAX 9" has more Weight Capacity!
With hundreds of pounds more available load carrying capacity than a minivan, our full sized Ford conversions are able to accommodate even the heaviest of wheelchair users. More weight capacity is essential when considering the continuing trend toward heavier power wheelchairs and heavier wheelchair users. Plus, there’s enough weight capacity left over to accommodate family and friends!
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Important Update on our Ford Van Conversions
What you need to know about 2008 and older Ford E-Series Vans and why we can no longer offer our lowered floor van conversions on them.
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Coming Full Circle: One Small Story from El Salvador
Ken Karasinski, the owner of Nor-Cal Vans, has begun a special journey to get an accessible bus to an orphanage in El Salvador to help the 80 disabled children who live there. Ken's niece and nephew, were both adopted from the Hogar Guirola Orphanage in 1980.
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2013 E-Vans Are Just Around the Corner!
We’ll see our first ones in just a few weeks! While there are no major changes in the 2013 chassis over the 2012 chassis, there is one minor change worth noting.
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Ford SYNC
All Ford Vans ordered by Nor-Cal Vans are ordered with the Ford SYNC system. Learn more about what you'll get with Ford SYNC.
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Veterans Affairs Allows for In-Vehicle Emergency Response Systems
The most current version of the "Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program" hand book (VHA Handbook 1173.4, dated 10/2000) has an allowance for "communication devices" for veterans in receipt of the 4502 Automotive Grant.
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What's the Difference Between a Ford Wagon and RV Converter?
Here at Nor-Cal Vans, I’m often asked what the difference is between our Ford Wagon and our Ford RV Converter vans.
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Introduction Letter from Greg Hollis
My name is Greg Hollis, and I’d like to introduce myself as the new manager for Nor-Cal Vans. I am replacing Steve Bennett, who after 10 years, is pursuing personal ventures.
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