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Prisoner Transport

Learn more about Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions. If you do not see your question below, please contact sales through our Contact Us form.



What is different about the new 2015 Havis Prisoner Transport Inserts?

The basic design introduced in 2007 has been very successful and is not changing for 2015. The primary changes are the introduction of inserts for new vans and a revised part numbering system.


What size prisoner transport inserts will Havis be offering for 2015?

The current (2007-2015) 50" and 60" high inserts have proven to be successful. After evaluating various height, length and compartment configurations, we determined it is best to offer the following sizes of old and new prisoner transport inserts:

  • 50" high by 80", 100" and 120" long
  • 60" high by 80", 100" and 120" long
  • 80" long inserts will only be offered in single and dual compartment
  • 100" and 120" long inserts will be offered in single, dual and triple compartment

What compartment configurations are available?

Three basic models will be available:

  • Single compartment with single rear door
  • Dual compartment with full length center divider and double rear doors
  • Triple compartment with full length center divider, double rear doors and small side entry compartment

Did you discontinue any old model inserts and why?

Yes. Due to lack of sales, we discontinued the least popular inserts. This will help with production efforts to support the promoted models and the new 60" high models.


What model inserts are discontinued?

The following models have been discontinued:

  • KK-100-03, KK-100-04, KK-100-05, KK-100-07, KK-100-08 and KK-100-09
  • KK-120-03, KK-120-04 and KK-120-05

What if a customer insists that they must have a discontinued model insert?

The customer must communicate the request through the Havis Sales Team. If the sales person cannot convince the customer to choose a promoted model, then it is up to the Sales Team to gather facts and submit a New Product Request to Sales Management and Engineering for approval. Not all requests will be approved.


Why were the old Kwik-Kit part numbers changed?

The name "Kwik-Kit" and part numbers with the "KK" prefix have been changed to Prisoner Transport (PT) for improved product recognition and category selection. This name and number change is also a good way to benchmark the various revisions to the product line.


Can you explain what the new part numbers mean?

The new number system for the main inserts will now include a vehicle specific code to differentiate and simplify what parts are included for different model vehicles. The length and compartment configurations are also described in the new part number.

Example: PT-F03-120-3

  • Product family = PT
  • Vehicle description (Ford Transit/extended wheel base/low roof) = F03
  • Length (in inches) of insert = 120
  • Number of compartments in configuration = 3

** See web site for vehicle specific description and part number code **

Old options and accessories have not changed except for part numbers. The new number system is based off of other Havis product lines with multiple sub-categories. This allows each category to expand more easily when new parts are added.

Options and Accessories categories are as follows:

  • PT-A-100 = Rear Step
  • PT-A-200 = Side Step
  • PT-A-300 = Trim Kit
  • PT-A-400 = Rear Air Conditioning /Heat System
  • PT-A-500 = Rear Vent adaptor Kit
  • PT-A-600 = Video Systems
  • PT-A-700 = (not used at this time)
  • PT-A-800 = (not used at this time)
  • PT-A-900 = Miscellaneous Accessories

** See web site for product descriptions and specific part numbers **


What do I need to know when purchasing a van for prisoner transport application?

Vans with the following features and options are recommended:

  • Van chassis with the highest GVWR available (see next FAQ)
  • OEM optional rear air conditioning/heat system or OEM optional rear AC/heat prep package
    • Rear climate control is very important for the safety of the passengers. Depending on the vehicle and what OEM system is ordered, Havis offers various solutions to cool and heat the rear compartments. You should check the Havis HVAC options prior to ordering your specific van.
  • White or light exterior body color
    • A white color van can be up to 20° cooler inside. This will greatly help with the rear climate control.
  • Window glass in rear and side doors
    • It has been proven that when transporting people in the rear compartments, having windows in the van doors only will minimize the possibility of individuals vomiting. The windows also provide visibility for the officer prior to opening doors.
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Trim level packages and other options are up to the customer

What does GVWR mean and is it important?

GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

The higher the GVWR, the more weight carrying capacity (payload) the vehicle will have. It is important not exceed the OEM maximum payload. If the vehicle is overloaded, it could affect the handling, braking and/or cause premature need for repairs. Van chassis with the highest GVWR are always recommended.

Prisoner Transport Inserts and Estimated Payload Facts

100" long Prisoner Transport Insert (based on model PT-F01-100-3 with standard accessories )

10 passengers / 2 officers (200 lbs each person)

  • 12 x 200 = 2400 lbs
  • PT sheet metal and accessories = 900 lbs
  • Total Estimated Payload = 3300 lbs

120" long Prisoner Transport Insert (based on model PT-F01-120-3 with standard accessories )

12 passengers / 2 officers (200 lbs each person)

  • 14 x 200 = 2800 lbs
  • PT sheet metal and accessories = 1000 lbs
  • Total Estimated Payload = 4200 lbs

How long does it take to install Havis Prisoner Transport Inserts?

Depending on your particular job requirements, installation should take about 10 hours for the smaller jobs and up to 26 hours for a very large, complex installation. Plan for additional hours for optional equipment. See product pages for estimated install times. We recommend that installers preview instructions found on the website.


How are Havis Prisoner Transport Inserts shipped?

Inserts are shipped partially pre-assembled on one or two pallets. This ensures that all parts are included, and that they fit properly. It also ensures the product arrives undamaged. Freight costs will vary, depending on the size of the unit purchased and its destination. (Note: Assembly is required for installation into your van.)


Does my van need rear windows?

Windows are recommended in the rear doors. If using the passenger side entrance for prisoners, we also recommend windows the side doors. This allows the officer to see the prisoners prior to opening the doors and minimizes the possibility of someone getting sick in the back.


Will the Prisoner Transport Rear Step work with the OEM step bumper?

The rear step provided with the prisoner transport inserts will work with OEM regular bumpers and rear step bumpers.


Will the Prisoner Transport Side Step work with the OEM optional side step?

The OEM side step or running board must be removed in order to mount the Prisoner Transport Side Slide Out Step.


Will the Prisoner Transport Rear Step work with a trailer hitch?

The trailer hitch must be removed in order to mount the Prisoner Transport Standard Rear Step.


Who can install the prisoner transport equipment?

You have 2 installation options. If you have your own installation facility, you can follow our step-by-step instructions to assemble the insert yourself. You can also contact a Havis reseller to install your prisoner transport insert.


Our van is older than 2007. Can we install a prisoner transport insert into it?

Current 50" high inserts will fit into 2004-2014 Ford Econoline or 2004-2015 Chevy Express vans. Depending on what OEM air conditioning system the vehicle has, some fittings may be difficult to locate.


What consoles do you recommend for Prisoner Transport vans?

2007-2015 Chevy Express G-Series 1500, 2500, 3500 Van

  • Gas Engine: C-VS-1800-SAV 
  • Diesel Engine: C-VS-1800-SAV-D
  • Note: The Chevy vans are the only vans that have a different console for gas or diesel engine.

2007-2014 Ford E-Series van

2015 Ford Transit Van

2014-2015 Dodge Ram ProMaster Full Size Van

2007-2014 Sprinter Van

2012-2015 Nissan NV


Can we still get inserts for the 2015 Chevy Express or GMC Savanna Vans?

Yes. The most popular inserts are still available; however, the least popular models for all vans have been discontinued (as noted in answers for previous questions).


Will the transport insert work with the Chevrolet Express CNG fuel system?

The inserts will only work in a Chevy van with a three fuel cell CNG system. Inserts will NOT work in a Chevy van with a four fuel cell CNG system.


What are the suggested Ford Transit cargo vans for prisoner transport applications?

  • Regular van with 130" wheel base, low roof (83.6"), 9000 lb GVWR and 3620-4000 lb maximum payload
  • Regular van with 130" wheel base, medium roof (100.8"), 9000 lb GVWR and 3500-3940 lb maximum payload
  • Long van with 148" wheel base (not extended), low roof (83.2"), 9000 - 9500 lb GVWR and 3460-4390 lb maximum payload
  • Long van with 148" wheel base (not extended), medium roof (100.7"), 9000 - 9500 lb GVWR and 3390-4340 lb maximum payload

Note: Ford offers the Transit van in long length (148" wheel base) and long length (148" wheel base) with extended body length. Havis does NOT offer or recommend inserts for the Transit (148" wheel base) long extended body length vans (jumbo).


What size insert is recommended for what size Transit van?

  • Ford Transit low roof maximum cargo height = 56.9" (uses 50" high insert)
  • Ford Transit medium roof maximum cargo height = 72" (uses 60" high insert)
  • 130" long wheel base van will use 80" and 100" long inserts
  • 148" long wheel base van will use 80", 100" and 120" long inserts

Does Havis offer a special insert for the high roof Transit van?

The 60" high insert for the medium roof van will fit into the high roof Transit van. Havis will not be offering a taller insert. Low and medium roof vans are recommended.


What rear air conditioning and heat options do I have in a Transit van?

Option 1:

Transit van with OEM optional rear AC/heat system. Order optional vent adaptor kit PT-A-503 to connect to the Ford Transit rear OEM system.

Notes:

  • The air conditioning evaporator/blower is located in the driver side rear of van. The heater core/blower is located under the passenger side front seat. PT-A-503 includes AC and heat blower hose adaptors, duct hose, AC ceiling vents, heat front wall vents, hose clamps and hardware.
  • Depending on what model insert you choose, we offer three different hose guard kits for the front heater hoses. These guards cover and protect the hoses that run along the floor from under the passenger seat to the front bulkhead. Optional hose guard kits are PT-A-504, PT-A-505 and PT-A-506.
  • Van with OEM rear AC/heat system is recommended for ease of installation. See web site for details.

Option 2:

Transit van with OEM Rear AC Fittings Prep Package 62C. Order optional rear AC/heat kit PT-A-403.

Notes:

  • The Ford 62C Prep Package includes OEM fittings connected under the hood with hoses that terminate under the vehicle (approximately under the driver seat area).
  • Air conditioning/heat mechanic with proper recovery and refrigerant equipment is necessary.
  • The air conditioning and heat blower is at the driver side rear corner. PT-5XX hose covers are not needed.

Option 3:

Transit van with front AC/heat only (no OEM rear AC/Heat system or prep package). Order optional rear AC/heat kit PT-A-404.

Notes:

  • Air conditioning/heat mechanic with proper recovery and refrigerant equipment is necessary.
  • The air conditioning and heat blower is at the driver side rear corner. PT-5XX hose covers are not needed.

Can I remove an old Havis Prisoner Transport Insert from an old Ford Econoline or Chevy Express van, and install it into a new Transit van?

Kits manufactured from 2007-2014 can be used in the Transit van with minor modifications for the rear AC/heat. A new rear step (PT-A-103) and/or side step (PT-A-203) must also be ordered in addition to one of the following AC/Heat options:

  • Ford OEM optional complete rear AC/heat system with Havis optional vent adaptor kit PT-A-503.
    • Driver side rear bulkhead will require a 1.5" wide x 10" high notch cutout for AC system rear blower.
    • Front Bulkhead will require 3" diameter holes cut for the vents and hoses that attach to the OEM heater blower.
  • Ford OEM optional rear AC/heat prep package (62C) with Havis optional aftermarket AC/heat system PT-A-403.
    • Driver side rear bulkhead will require a 1.5" wide x 10" high notch cutout for aftermarket AC/heat system
  • RE: No Ford OEM AC/heat system with Havis optional aftermarket AC/heat system PT-A-404.
    • Driver side rear bulkhead will require a 1.5" wide x 10" high notch cutout for aftermarket AC/heat system

Why does Havis not recommend the optional PT-A-902 (old part # KK-ST-FLIP) flip down step on the Ford Transit?

The OEM bumper includes backup sensors that work with the standard prisoner transport rear step, but the sensors detect the optional flip step when it is in the stowed/closed position. The flip step can be used; however, it will require the driver to push the OEM sensor deactivation switch every time the van is in reverse.


What are the suggested Dodge Ram ProMaster cargo vans for prisoner transport applications?

  • Regular van with 136" wheel base, low roof (90"), 8550 lb GVWR and 3852 lb maximum payload
  • Regular van with 136" wheel base, high roof (101"), 8900 lb GVWR and 4113 lb maximum payload
  • Long van with 159" wheel base, high roof (101"), 8900 lb GVWR and 3998 lb maximum payload
  • Long van with 159" wheel base, high roof (101"), 9350 lb GVWR and 4417 lb maximum payload

Note: Dodge offers the ProMaster van in long length (159" wheel base) and long length (159" wheel base) with extended length. Havis does NOT offer or recommend inserts for the ProMaster (159" wheel base) long extended length vans.


What size insert is recommended for what size ProMaster van?

  • Dodge Ram ProMaster low roof maximum cargo height = 65" (uses 60" high insert)
  • Dodge Ram ProMaster medium roof maximum cargo height = 76" (uses 60" high insert)
  • 136" long wheel base van will use 80" and 100" long inserts
  • 159" long wheel base van will use 80", 100" and 120" long inserts

What rear air conditioning and heat options do I have in a ProMaster van?

Option 1:

ProMaster van with OEM rear AC prep package without rear controls order code HDG. Order optional rear AC/heat kit PT-A-405.

Notes:

  • The Dodge HDG prep package includes OEM fittings connected under hood with hoses that terminate under the vehicle (approximately under the driver seat area).
  • Air conditioning/heat mechanic with proper recovery and refrigerant equipment is necessary.

Option 2:

ProMaster van with front AC/heat only (no OEM rear AC/Heat system or prep package). Order optional rear AC/heat kit PT-A-406.

Notes:

  • Air conditioning/heat mechanic with proper recovery and refrigerant equipment is necessary.
  • ProMaster van does not have an OEM rear AC/heat option, and therefore, a vent adaptor kit is not available.

Can I remove an old Havis Prisoner Transport Insert from an old Ford Econoline or Chevy Express van, and install it into a new ProMaster van?

Old prisoner transport inserts cannot be used in ProMaster vans, because the wheel wells are too tall to fit underneath the prisoner bench. The new 60" high inserts include 16" high bench seats for proper clearance in ProMaster van applications.


Why does Havis not recommend the optional PT-A-902 (old part # KK-ST-FLIP) flip down step on the Dodge Ram ProMaster?

The OEM bumper includes backup sensors that work with the standard prisoner transport rear step, but the sensors detect the optional flip step when it is in the stowed/closed position. The flip step can be used; however, it will require the driver to push the OEM sensor deactivation switch every time the van is in reverse. In addition to the sensor issue, the ProMaster cargo floor is lower to the ground than other vans, because it has front wheel drive, which allows the cargo floor to be lower. If the flip step where used, it would be approximately 5" off the ground.


Will my old Havis Prisoner Transport Insert for the Sprinter work in a new Sprinter?

Sprinter inserts manufactured from 2007-2014 can be used in the 2015 Sprinter van.


Will my old Havis Prisoner Transport Insert for the Sprinter work in other vans?

Old Sprinter inserts measure 60" high x 120" or 119" long with 13" high benches. Sprinter inserts will NOT fit into the Chevrolet Express, GMC Savanna, Nissan NV or Dodge Ram ProMaster because of overall height, length or bench height.


Will my old Havis Prisoner Transport Insert for the Sprinter work in a new Ford Transit van?

The old KK-S-120-0X or KK-S-119-0X Sprinter inserts will only fit into the van as noted below:

Ford Transit long van with 148" wheel base (not extended) and medium roof (100.7")

However, you cannot use the optional OEM rear AC/heat system, because the KK-S-120-0X and KK-S-119-0X rear doors are too wide. New diamond plate floor trim, rear step, side step and rear AC/heat system would need to be purchased. The aftermarket AC/heat unit must be mounted forward of the driver side wheel well, where the bench seat access panel is located.

The following new parts will be needed:


Is plywood or rubber matting needed on the van floor prior to installing the prisoner transport insert?

We highly recommend installing a ½" plywood sub-floor under the insert. This will provide the desired flat surface over top of the OEM ribbed metal floor. The plywood also greatly reduces interior road noise. Plywood is not provided with the insert and must be supplied by the installer. Rubber matting between the OEM floor and insert is NOT recommended, because it will trap moisture and can compress over time, causing floor screws to loosen.


Should we get the optional PT-A-904 sound deadening insulation?

Sound deadening material with insulation qualities has proven to be very important if you want to minimize noise and maximize HVAC efficiency. Many different methods to solve these concerns have been tried and tested. The material used for the PT-A-904 is 1" thick foam with a Mylar moisture barrier. It also includes pre-applied adhesive, so the installer only needs to measure, cut, peel backing paper and stick to the walls of the van. Spray on foam or fiberglass insulation is not recommended.


Do I need one optional power vent for each prisoner compartment?

For many years, we have recommended only one PT-A-903 power vent for any insert configuration. This has proven to be adequate for exhausting undesirable odors. Additional power vents can be installed if desired, but it is not necessary for most applications. If you choose to block off the upper mesh area of the rear insert doors with the optional PT-A-913 cover panel, then additional vents should be considered. Roof power vents are not an adequate solution for air conditioning.


Can I install a Havis Prisoner Transport insert into a Ford Transit Cargo van with 148” wheel base, long-extended length and high roof?

This van is also known as a "jumbo" van. Single and double compartment inserts will work, but the 120" long triple compartment inserts would need to be positioned further forward, so the prisoner transport side compartment door will open. This van also has a high roof that our inserts are not designed for. The large overall size of this van has proven not to be a desirable chassis for most prisoner transport applications and is not recommended.


Can I install a Havis Prisoner Transport Insert into a Ford Transit Window Van (Wagon)?

Prisoner transport inserts are designed for cargo vans with windows in the doors only. The insert would fit into a window van if parts of the interior were removed or modified, but it is not recommended.


I am told that Havis does not recommend the ProMaster Van with the OEM HVAC Prep Package option. Why is this OEM option not recommended?

We do offer kit PT-A-405, which will work with the OEM HVAC Prep Package fittings; however, the installation is difficult because of access to the fittings. Our HVAC option PT-A-406 works on the ProMaster non-prep package van and the prep package van, and installation is easier. OEM prep package fittings would not be used. PT-A-405 is available if desired, but PT-A-406 is recommended.


Will the Prisoner Transport Rear Step work on a Dodge Ram ProMaster van with a trailer hitch?

Our PT-A-104 rear step will NOT work with a trailer hitch. If your ProMaster van has a trailer hitch, you will need to remove the hitch/bumper assembly, and order the standard OEM rear step bumper. The PT-A-104 rear step only works with the standard step bumper.


Can I replace the existing grab straps with the optional PT-A-901 seat belts or vice versa?

Havis Prisoner Transport benches manufactured in and after 2007 include 1/2" threaded nut inserts built into the bench. This allows the grab strap/seat belt bolts to be removed using proper tools without the need to access nuts on the back side of the bench.

Havis Prisoner Transport's older than 2007 have nuts on the backside of the bench that will require a wrench for loosening the nuts. Getting to most of the nuts cannot be done unless access holes are cut into the bench or walls. Cover plates would need to be fabricated to cover the access holes.


Is the HVAC kit for a gas engine different than a kit for a diesel engine in the Ford Transit or Dodge Promaster?

Ford Transit and Dodge Promaster vans do not require different HVAC fittings for gas and diesel engines.