Power scooters are among the best 21st century inventions, allowing senior citizens and those with physical disabilities to move around confidently and comfortably, while also helping them maintain a certain sense of security and independence.
However, there are times when your electric scooter needs an “extra arm” to help it travel even further – such as taking a long trip to visit your family in another city, or perhaps going on vacation. And just because you’re in a different place away from home, this certainly doesn’t mean that you should be deprived of your mobility in any way.
Fortunately, mobility scooter lifts help you efficiently transport your power scooter, so that you can maintain the same degree of freedom and independence that you’re accustomed to, no matter where you are. Power scooter lifts can also be an excellent support system for caregivers – ensuring that the elderly person they’re looking after is always ready to go to appointments, or do other activities that they like to regularly engage in such as shopping or day trips.
Understanding the Importance of Carriers for Scooters
Getting out of the house on a daily basis, moving around, maintaining a sense of freedom, doing the things that you love to do – these are all an integral part of living. And this is especially important for seniors whose freedom is limited by mobility issues. Luckily, with the proper electric scooter lift, your loved one can make going out an everyday affair.
If you have a family member who uses a power scooter on a daily basis, or if you’re a caretaker who has devoted their time and energy to taking care of the elderly, a mobility scooter lift can introduce all kinds of new adventures into the affected person’s life. Together with you, they can go shopping, dine at their favorite restaurants, take in the latest movies, and much more – all made possible by using a robust high quality vehicle lift.
Lifts for scooters can also prove very handy if you’re a senior citizen or have certain physical handicaps which require multiple doctor appointments from time to time. And we totally understand some of the negative vibes associated with going to the doctor – it isn’t always enjoyable but you have to do it, for your own sake and for the sake of those who love you dearly. By taking your mobility device effortlessly with you wherever you go, you can enjoy a sense of independence and confidence that you probably have not experienced before.
Mobility scooter lifts never have to be a burden – for a modest upfront investment, you are making the life of your loved one that much more enjoyable and independent. And even if you prefer to drive your loved one around in a leased vehicle, the best part is that most vehicle lifts integrate very well with just about any leased car.
Our power scooter lifts are designed to be easily integrated with a range of vehicles without the need for any special modifications. Just to quickly give you an example:
Power Scooter Lifts for Vans, Minivans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks and Sedans
You don’t have to forgo your minivan’s family-friendly seating and cargo versatility features just to accommodate a power scooter lift for minivan. We have scooter lifts that are designed specifically to be integrated with vans and minivans such as the $1,750 WheelChair Carrier XL4 large scooter lift.
With its 350 lb. weight bearing capacity, all steel e-coated and power finish, the 106 lbs. platform can easily accommodate a Class II or Class III hitch. It offers a wide usable platform measuring 48” long and 34” wide, which is suitable for not only small to mid-sized power scooters, but also relatively large 4-wheeled ones. If your mobility scooter has a wheelbase of 40-42” from center to center and it has a maximum width of 32”, the XL4 can easily accommodate it.
Once you have unloaded your scooter, the platform will automatically fold up to a stowaway position. A switchbox integrated inside the car allows you to easily operate the power scooter lift while the four retractable ratchets and optional swing-away feature ensures optimum security.
Our power scooter lifts can also be integrated seamlessly with your SUV with the ability to be easily detached and installed on another vehicle of your choosing. The $3,499 Backpacker Plus Interior Van Lift by signature US brand Pride Mobility has been specifically engineered to help you transport your power scooter, while also providing adequate security and privacy from prying eyes, as well as weather elements.
The single-piece, low-profile design allows for very simple loading/unloading – all you have to do is drive your power scooter on/off the steel platform. The quick install process is explained through easy and hassle-free instructions, and there’s no drilling or modifications required as such.
If you want to move your mobility scooter lift experience up a notch, the $4,699 Backpacker AVP 2.0 Interior Van Lift by Pride Mobility will meet your needs quite admirably. It features a durable 12V motor along with a two-button wired and wireless hand control which provides for effortless and reliable operation. And as with the Backpacker Plus, there’s no vehicular drilling or modification required.
The hand control lockout which prevents unauthorized operation, along with strategically placed lights for proper illumination in low light conditions, as well as a rear hatch safety sensor which disables the left when the rear hatch is closed – are all standard features.
If you prefer to do most of your travels in a pickup van or sedan, then the $1,999 Outlander Exterior Scooter Lift by Pride Mobility allows you to take your power scooter with you on the road with the utmost safety and reliability. With an optional extra-large platform as well as a larger optional battery, the Outlander Power Scooter lifts are known for their robust all-steel frame, quality construction and durability, as well as key features that are integrated with ease-of-use in mind. These make the scooter lift capable of easily withstanding a maximum of 325 lbs.
The $3,595 Commander 400 Internal Lift by Pride Mobility is a high-quality power scooter lift that’s perfect for pickup truck applications and heavy-duty use. Named aptly, it can easily lift up to 400 lbs., thanks to its highly mobile, flexible and versatile design. This particular vehicle lift can prove very useful if you want to load up your mobility scooter from the rear or side door of your pickup truck, as well as the trunk of a number of other vehicles.
Owing to the multi-hinged lifting arm, it can effortlessly transport your mobility scooter over the truck bed and put it back down on the ground. In fact, it is even capable of performing the same action in reverse.
The $2,499 Harmar Premier 2-Axis boom-style lift is another immaculate piece of engineering that has the capacity to transport up to 400 lbs. From its highly adaptable design to its visually eye-catching appearance, this power scooter lift sets a new standard for interior lifts when it was first introduced. With a fully powered lifting and rotation mechanism, combined with an optional wireless remote, it is one of the easiest to use interior vehicle lifts ever made. It offers the perfect solution to stow a mobility scooter inside your truck, van or SUV.
If for some reason you’re limited by space, the EZ-Detach Seatback accessory can convert your mobility product to a lower profile, so that small cargo areas can easily accommodate it.
The $1,899 Harmar AL300 Fusion Lift is another power scooter lift that has been a hot seller for quite some time. It has the ability to transport virtually any kind of power scooter, while safely securing them using the dedicated self-tensioning retractors.
The AL300 is a power lift for vehicles that can easily be raised and lowered at the touch of a button. With its large aluminum deck and self-tensioning retractors, users can easily load up their power scooter in the back of their van or SUV without the need for any drilling or modifications whatsoever. This power scooter lift is ideal for mid-sized mobility scooters that have a maximum wheelbase of 42”.
Which One to Buy: Interior or Exterior Vehicle Lift?
When you’re in the market for a power scooter lift, it is important to know whether an interior vehicle lift or an exterior vertical lift is more appropriate.
Interior lifts, for example, are ideal for SUVs and vans. They can either be rear access or side-door access, depending on how the doors on your vehicle work to accommodate loading/unloading something like a mobility scooter. In this scenario, your power scooter can easily be transported directly and ‘tucked’ away inside your SUV/van. Therefore, an interior vehicle lift is a great option if you want to keep your power scooter protected from daily wear and tear while covering long distances.
Depending on your personal preferences, you might prefer a side door scooter lift, because they can be somewhat of a safer alternative to a rear loading lift – your scooter gets additional protection in case of an emergency, should someone ram into the back of your vehicle by accident.
Exterior vehicle lifts, on the other hand, are compatible with almost any kind of car and they can only be mounted or attached to the back of the vehicle. They can easily be folded against the tailgate or trunk when not required, and when you need to load up your power scooter, it extends alongside the length of your vehicle. The only downside perhaps, is trying to find a parking spot that has enough space to accommodate a large power scooter that’s loaded up behind your vehicle.
Benefits of “behind the car” Power Scooter Carriers
Interior vehicle lifts or ‘behind the car’ power scooter lifts have become a very common accessibility tool today among seniors and those with physical handicaps.
By offering the best US brands here at Scooters ’N Chairs including Harmar Mobility and Pride Mobility, we are committed to making life easier, more enjoyable and more rewarding for those who have special every day mobility needs.
If you already own a mobility scooter, then our range of lifts for scooters will allow you to take your mobility companion with you, no matter where you want to go. In that light, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a lift for your power scooter.
Let’s be honest here: there are many times when you just don’t want to disassemble your power scooter or ask someone to help load and unload it from your car. In fact, even the mere thought of it can be overwhelming.
The right inside vehicle lift is simple and user-friendly enough to help you conveniently take your mobility scooter anywhere with you, simply at the flick of a switch. With the touch of a button or two, high-quality power scooter lifts like the ones we have at Scooters ’N Chairs can effortlessly do all the lifting, moving and loading/unloading for you.
Protection with a power scooter lift
A power scooter lift fitted inside the back of your vehicle which can retract and keep it safe while travelling can help it from not just weather elements, but also damages, theft and vandalism – particularly if you have a nice dust cover over it and prefer to drive with the windows tinted. Take care of your power scooter this way, and it will take care of you!
More safety for users and caregivers
Making an attempt to load/unload a mobility device yourself can lead to a serious injury. Don’t wait for accidents to happen as a mobility scooter is a fine machine that often comes with a respectable weight of its own. Why risk a life-altering back injury when you have a range of high-quality vehicle lifts to choose from?
At Scooters ’N Chairs, we are all about improving quality of life and wellbeing. For any questions at all about how to use an electric scooter lift or which one is best suited for your needs, please get in touch with us.