Scooter Lifts for Vans or SUVs: Different Styles Explored
Before You Buy
- What type of mobility device do you own, including the make and model?
- How much does it weigh? Will you be on the device when it is lifted?
- What is the make and model of your vehicle?
- Are there length limitations for your vehicle?
- Will you be operating the lift yourself or will you have help?
- Who else will you be transporting in your vehicle?
With this information in hand, it’s time to consider your options.
Manual vs. ElectricMobility lifts can be operated manually or electrically. Manual lifts use strictly mechanical force to lift the scooter from the ground. While these lifts don’t need to be plugged into a power source to work, operating them does take considerable strength, which is a challenge for many users. Electric lifts rely on battery power from the car to do the lifting; putting the scooter in place takes no more strength than pushing a button, but users need to be aware of the potential for draining the car’s battery.
Interior or Exterior Storage
Interior:Interior lifts for SUVs or vans can be hoist lifts or platform lifts. The one you choose is largely dictated by your vehicle and its configuration.
Exterior:Exterior lifts are generally platform style lifts. Your vehicle needs to have a tongue capacity sufficient to handle the weight of the lift plus the weight of your mobility device.
Pros: Outside carriers leave the interior vehicle space free for passengers of cargo. Exterior lifts are also generally less expensive than interior lifts.
Cons: Exterior lifts add length to the vehicle which can make garage storage difficult. In addition, exterior lifts leave the device exposed to weather and offer less protection overall.
Freedom to Go Where You Want to Go
When a wheelchair or scooter becomes part of your life, it can often feel as if you’ve lost the freedom to go where you want to go. An automobile lift simplifies car travel and lets you get out and explore and enjoy time with friends and family. If you’re in the market for vehicle lifts in Louisiana, contact K N Enterprise. Our team of mobility experts is available to answer your questions and help you and your scooter get on the road again.