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 go 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 for appointments, or other activities that they like to regularly engage in such as shopping and 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 around your loved one 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 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. This make the scooter lift capable of easily withstanding a maximum of 325 lbs.
The $3,595 Commander 400 Internal Lift my 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 left 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 of 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 set 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 are, 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 for your precious mobility scooter
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 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.
Electric Wheelchair Lifts
At Scooters ’N Chairs, we understand that your mobility is important to you – especially when you’re away from home. Our mobility researchers have helped many people across the nation maintain their away-from-home personal freedom.
We offer a varied selection of electric wheelchair lifts to help you move your favorite mobility product with your vehicle. If you’ve never heard of a power wheelchair lift, then it is classed as an assistive vehicular accessory that’s used to help get your electric wheelchair in and out of trucks, vans, cars, etc.
We offer mobility wheelchair lift solutions from leading US brands including Pride Mobility, Wheelchairs Carrier and E-Wheels.
Your Electric Chair goes where you go
Having the ability, and we’ll go as far as to say – even the luxury of taking your mobility wheelchair with you wherever you want – is something that guarantees your personal freedom. We offer a variety of power wheelchair lifts to help you move your electric wheelchair – such as a behind the car attachment, a wheelchair carrying arm and also a lift platform which allows you to transport your wheelchair from ground level to a higher platform such as a porch or patio.
If you want to attach your power wheelchair lift inside the cargo area of your van, minivan, truck or SUV, then the Commander 400 Wheelchair Lift priced at $3,595 is the perfect solution. It consists of an actuator which securely carries your electric wheelchair from the ground and into the cargo area of your vehicle.
All our mobility wheelchair lifts feature a very sleek and contemporary design that seamlessly integrates with your vehicle’s styling. And even though they look compact and lightweight, they are powerful enough to carry almost any power wheelchair securely, with no drilling or modification necessary on your vehicle.
The entry-level $919 Electric Tilt ’N’ Tote by Wheelchairs Carrier, for instance, weighs just 80 lbs. and has the ability to carry lightweight power wheelchairs that weigh up to 150 lbs. It can also accommodate a 1¼ or 2” square hitch receiver and comes in an all-steel, e-coated powder finish. The two retractable ratchets secure your wheelchair into position, while the platform automatically folds up to a stowaway position when you’re ready to move.
Even though the Tilt 'N Tote was originally made to accommodate manual wheelchairs, if your current electric wheelchair measures up to 20” x 13” wide and has a maximum length of 29”, then you can easily take it with you.
The $3,750 E-Wheels Electric Carrier happens to be one of our best-selling lifts for electric wheelchairs – with its all-steel construction, black powder coating, and a powerful A12 volt DC motor that effortlessly raises and secures electric wheelchairs. It is capable of automatically tilting up into a storage position and comes with an 18” actuator as standard, although upon request, a 24” actuator can also be had. The wiring harness, locking hitch pin and twin cargo buckles ensure that your mobility product stays nice and secure throughout the journey.
One of her best sellers for quite some time has been the Wheelchairs Carrier Mini Electric Lift which is now available for $959, saving you $241. It’s a fantastic electric wheelchair lift that support any power wheelchair that weighs up to 150 lbs. and has 37” x 22” dimensions. A simple up/down switch located at the top of the lift allows you to operate the platform, which has a 24” ground clearance, which makes for easy driving on rough, undulating surfaces.
This electric wheelchair lift has been designed to withstand all kinds of weather conditions and is made entirely of steel. In fact, the e-coated steel with powder finish is scratched-resistant, keeping your power wheelchair lift looking like new even after several years of use.
With an optional swing-away feature and compatibility with Class II and Class III hitch, the Mini Electric Lift is a fantastic option for everyday power wheelchair transport if you’re on a budget.
At times, you may not need to take your electric wheelchair with you on long journeys but rather have a simple and effective way to move it from sea-level to a raised platform, so that the stairs can be bypassed altogether – allowing you to effortlessly drive your wheelchair into your home’s main entrance.
In this case, the $5,800 Passport Vertical Platform Lift by Ez-Access is the answer: a beautifully engineered steel platform that has been ETL-certified, independently tested and approved for safety. With 52” and 72” lifting heights, it offers straight, turn or dual-access platforms which offer a quiet and smooth ride and high energy efficiency.
It weighs an estimated 300 lbs. which is lighter than other steel power wheelchair lifting units in the same range, and in fact, features the lightest VPL on the market. Featuring plug’n’play technology and an integrated smart charger that plugs directly into a standard GFI outlet, the Passport Vertical Platform Lift with its 750 lb. maximum weight capacity is a smart solution for raising your power wheelchair above ground/sea level so that you can easily enter your cozy home.
The Benefits of owning a Power Wheelchair Lift
Whether you need an electric wheelchair lift for your home or office, or need one at your care center to better facilitate patients – at Scooters ’N Chairs, we offer a variety of mobility wheelchair lifts to meet your needs.
It’s time to take your freedom to the next level by having the ‘luxury’ to take your electric wheelchair with you, no matter what part of the country you are. And when you’re back home, you owe it to yourself to make your favorite place as livable and comfortable as possible, with a vertical platform lift for electric wheelchairs.
Just imagine the look on your friends’ faces when they see that you have the latest electric wheelchair lift installed at your premises to help you effortlessly negotiate the porch or front entrance stairs. However, these are just some of the “face value” benefits that immediately come to mind when we talk about mobility wheelchair lifts of all kinds.
The ability to transport your favorite mobility product around the house and between different locations during your fun and exciting travels is something that will greatly simplify and improve the overall quality of your life. You’ll never ever get the feeling that your personal freedom or ability to do what you love doing is restricted. With an electric wheelchair lift that helps you take your mobility companion everywhere you go – you can visit distant friends and relatives, dine at your favorite restaurants or just go to the local cinema – all of which become everyday activities.
If you happen to be an elderly caretaker, then using a mobility wheelchair lift can drastically cut down the amount of energy you spend while transporting your beloved one. Doctor’s appointments become easier than ever, and not only that but you will also instill a better sense of independence, self-esteem and confidence in you clients.
Important to Know before Buying Your Power Wheelchair Lift
Deciding on what kind of power wheelchair lift to buy squarely depends on the kind of electric wheelchair you need to transport as well as your own personal needs and limits.
Manual electric wheelchair lifts, for example, can easily be attached to the rear or side entrance of your SUV or minivan, and can be conveniently folded down to create a ramp. All you need to do is drive your power wheelchair up the ramp, secure it with straps and other appropriate equipment that comes with the lift, and kick it up in an upright position. Your electric wheelchair lift will conveniently fold against your vehicle when not required.
Manual mobility wheelchair lifts tend to be more affordable for this reason because there’s a little bit of effort required from you to lower and raise the platform.
With that said, majority of folks prefer a fully automatic or powered lift for electric wheelchairs, as this is a very practical solution for those who lack the dexterity or strength to do it manually.
At the touch of a button, your power wheelchair platform will automatically lower itself to the ground, at which point you’ll move your electric wheelchair into position, strap or lock it down into place, and then at the press of another button, the platform will raise itself to a reasonable height, allowing you to drive safely. Automatic lifts for electric wheelchairs can be integrated with your vehicle’s rear or side door and generally run higher prices due to the technology that goes into them.
The next thing you must consider is whether you’re better off buying a power wheelchair lift fixture that permanently stays on the back of your vehicle or one that can be retracted and concealed completely inside it, or even removed temporarily.
Many people enjoy the ease-of-use and practicality that comes with attaching their favorite mobility product on the outside of their vehicle for quick and easy transportation. External power wheelchair lifts integrate with your vehicle using hitches and securely remain outside the vehicle. You can always put a dust cover on your wheelchair to conceal it from weather elements, normal wear and tear, or prying eyes for that matter, when parked. When not in use, your lift can be folded up or removed entirely if need be, and then reinstalled again when you’re ready to move.
Internal power wheelchair lifts have a mechanical arm that is installed inside your car or SUV, typically in the cargo or trunk area. An actuator on the lift effortlessly loads the wheelchair right inside your vehicle, provided there’s enough room, which certainly provides for additional security and even protects your mobility product from possible damage, should you ever find yourself in a road accident pile-up, or should someone accidentally rear-end your vehicle in dense traffic.
Top 3 Commonly Asked Questions about Power Wheelchair Lifts
There are so many choices when I do an online search – where do I start?
Power wheelchair lifts are the ultimate accessory to help take your mobility product everywhere with you. At Scooters ’N Chairs, we have mechanical wheelchair lift solutions like the E-Wheels Electric Carrier to fully automatic/powered ones like the Pride Mobility Commander 400 – and more. If you browse around our electric wheelchair lift section, you can surely find a model that fits your specific needs.
If you’re still unsure about what kind of electric wheelchair lift is ideal for yourself or a loved one, don’t worry. Our mobility researchers and experts have spent years tracking down the best electric wheelchair lift solutions which cater to a variety of user needs. They would be more than happy to understand your needs at length, and recommend a wheelchair lift that wholeheartedly meets your unique needs and preferences.
Will the mobility wheelchair lift even work with my specific make and model?
The majority of power wheelchair platforms and lifts we offer are capable of integrating seamlessly with a variety of cars, SUVs, trucks and minivans. However, just to be sure, before you place your order, please let us know the type of electric wheelchair you’re currently using as well as the make/model and type of vehicle you drive. Within minutes, our helpful staff will hand-pick an electric wheelchair lift that’s right for you.
What’s the best way to install my lift?
Many manual electric wheelchair lifts can be installed by simply following the installation instructions that come with them. In many cases, all you have to do is slide the lift into a hitch on the back of your car, truck or SUV, and you’re all set.
However, certain powered lifts for electric wheelchairs may require professional intervention, in which case we’ll send out one of our experienced power wheelchair lift installers to your designated address.
If you have any other questions at all about the quality mobility wheelchair lifts we sell at Scooters ’N Chairs, please contact our helpful customer support staff today.