Summit Bodyworks vs. AVAN Mobility: Comparing Mobile Medical Vehicle Manufacturers

In this article, we compare the differences between Summit Bodyworks and AVAN Mobility.

Looking for a mobile medical vehicle for your program or organization can be a daunting process. Each manufacturer has different options that are catered to specific purposes. This can sometimes lead to confusion when trying to decide on which one to purchase. On top of that, there are multiple mobile medical vehicle manufacturers to choose from. How do you pick the right one for your needs?

At AVAN Mobility, we’re all about reducing barriers to healthcare and making it accessible to everyone. As a trusted manufacturer of mobile medical vehicles, we have a history of innovation and a team of friendly and talented people. It’s because of this, that we understand that our services are not perfect for every person out there. We want to ensure that you are fully informed on what our services look like in comparison to other reputable manufacturers so you can make the absolute best choice for you. 

In this article, we’re going to compare Summit Bodyworks and AVAN Mobility as mobile medical vehicle manufacturers. By the end of the article, you’ll have a better idea of which manufacturer you might like to work with for your next mobile medical vehicle.


What is Summit Bodyworks?

Summit Bodyworks is a specialty vehicle and truck body manufacturer/upfitter. They’ve been in the industry for around 30 years and focus on quality, functionality, and innovation. The company is based out of Colorado and has a large facility where they do their work. Some of the things they do in the facility include:


      • Fabrication

      • Manufacturing

      • Installing

      • Assembly

      • Servicing


    What is AVAN Mobility?

    AVAN Mobility’s goal is to make transportation and healthcare accessible to all. We work with organizations, communities, and partners to achieve this goal. At AVAN Mobility, we have an in-house manufacturing facility where all of the vehicle designs and builds take place. Our facility is similar to Summit Bodyworks in that, our team also works on:


        • Servicing

        • Assembly

        • Installation

        • Manufacturing

        • Fabrication


      Some of the features you’ll see in our mobile medical vehicles include:


          • Custom medical equipment

          • Organized medical unit layouts with great accessibility

          • Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry


        Purchasing process comparison between Summit Bodyworks and AVAN Mobility

        Mobile medical van


        Summit Bodyworks and us at AVAN Mobility have similar purchasing processes. Let’s take a look at each.


        Summit Bodyworks purchase process

        Summit Bodyworks has a fairly basic purchasing process that consists of three steps. 

        1. To begin, all you need to do is give them a call or email and express your needs and any questions you might have. Their friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you promptly and provide expert guidance throughout the entire process.

        2. Summit Bodyworks then examines your needs and looks at possible solutions that fit your requirements. They aim to make the process streamlined so you can make informed decisions about what you want and need. With their extensive experience in custom vehicle solutions, they can suggest innovative ideas and tailor the project to perfectly align with your vision.

        3. Before you receive your vehicle, Summit Bodyworks will give the vehicle a full inspection before delivery. This is to ensure its quality and design are up to par with customer expectations. Their commitment to delivering excellence means that you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will not only meet but exceed industry standards for safety, functionality, and aesthetic appeal.


        AVAN Mobility purchase process

        At AVAN Mobility, we have a start-to-finish purchasing process for clients looking for mobile medical vehicles. Let’s take a closer look at the steps.

        1. Upon contacting us, you’ll be connected with an account executive. They’ll try to understand your program and what you need in your mobile medical vehicle. This initial discussion helps you figure out if we’re the right fit for you.

        2. After that, we’ll take a closer look at your program’s requirements. At this point, you can ask questions, and get a closer look at the vehicles either in person or through a remote meeting. You’ll be able to see the van’s features, medical equipment, ramps, doors, and possible floor plans. Your account executive will go through how each feature can help with your program’s requirements. You’ll work together to choose the best configuration, and then you’ll receive a quote.

        3. Once your van is ordered, we’ll start building your vehicle. Once it’s finished, you’ll make the final payment and the vehicle will be delivered to you. Someone from the customer care team will then follow up to provide resources and training material for the mobile medical vehicle.


        Mobile medical vehicle comparison

        One of the main differences between Summit Bodyworks and us at AVAN Mobility is the difference in the vehicles offered. At AVAN Mobility, we’re specifically focused on manufacturing mobile medical vehicles on a van chassis. Summit Bodyworks also focuses on mobile medical vehicles, but they’re often large RV-style units. They also manufacture a range of other vehicles, including:


            • Tool trucks

            • Dump trucks

            • Moving trucks

            • Specialty vehicles


          Let’s take a closer look at the type of mobile medical vehicles that each company offers.


          AVAN Mobility’s mobile medical vehicles

          We have four standardized types of mobile medical vehicles that can be customized.

          Mobile Outreach Van: The Mobile Outreach Van combines transportation and a clinic. Inside, you’ll find storage cabinets, a mobile office desk, and seats that can be adjusted to fit different needs. It even has a fridge and a sink. This van is designed to create a clean and organized environment, making it perfect for outreach programs that help people in need.

          Mobile Response Van: The Mobile Response Van is a van for helping people with non-urgent medical needs. It has cabinets made of aluminum, seats that can be adjusted, and space for a stretcher and an attendant. You can also store medical equipment in it. The van is clean and organized, but it’s important to know that it’s not meant for people who are very sick or need critical care.

          Mobile Medical Clinic Van: The Mobile Medical Clinic Van is made to bring healthcare services to remote areas. It’s a doctor’s office on wheels and has floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, an exam bed, storage, and options for a sink and fridge.

          Mobile Mitigation Van: Our Mobile Mitigation Van helps people with safe drug use and reducing harm. It has private spaces with desks and cabinets to keep things organized. The van promotes safe drug practices, prevents infections, and stops people from sharing needles. You can also choose to add extra power, a sink, or a divider for more privacy.


          Summit Bodyworks mobile medical vehicles

          Summit Bodyworks uses several different platforms to customize its mobile medical vehicles for healthcare specialties like dental, audiology, telemedicine, and ophthalmology.

          Vans: They have popular models like the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Ram Promaster.

          Cutaway van: These vans are 14 to 18 feet long and can be used in different ways for medical needs.

          Cab and chassis: Summit Bodyworks offers choices of 16 to 28 feet long vehicles for different purposes.

          Step van trucks: They have step van trucks that are 16 to 24 feet long and come in MT45 or MT55 models.

          Commercial RV platform: If you need a bigger vehicle for medical operations, they have commercial RV platforms that are either 33 or 45 feet long.

          Trailers: They even have trailers designed for medical use to make healthcare services more accessible and mobile.

          Summit Bodyworks offers a diverse selection of vehicles for various needs, while we at AVAN Mobility focus exclusively on expertise in mobile medical vans.


          Choosing the right mobile medical vehicle for your needs

          AVAN Mobility's Mobile Clinic Office Space

          You came to this article trying to figure out some of the differences between Summit Bodyworks and AVAN Mobility.

          As you can see, each mobile medical vehicle manufacturer has options that cater to different needs and purposes. To make an informed decision, consider the specific requirements of your program and the level of specialization you seek in a mobile medical vehicle manufacturer. Our focused expertise and comprehensive approach may be advantageous for those seeking dedicated solutions in the form of mobile medical vans, while Summit Bodyworks offers versatility and customization options beyond mobile medical vans.

          If you’re looking for something like a modified tool truck or storage truck, then Summit Bodyworks is your best choice. If you’re looking for a mobile medical van to reduce health disparities in vulnerable and remote populations, choose us at AVAN Mobility.

          Here are some more resources that will help you decide on which mobile medical vehicle manufacturer to go with:



            Quinn Springett

            Quinn Springett



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