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Several types of vehicle lifts are available to lift mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters into vehicles. There are two basic styles:
Outside Mount Lift
Outside mount lifts are mounted to the vehicle hitch and require a tongue capacity weight of at least 500 pounds. They can be battery powered or hard-wired into the vehicle. With this system, the
mobility device is transported on the platform outside of the vehicle.
Inside Mount Lifts
Boom Style Inside Mount Lift
The boom arm is mounted to the floor of the van or truck. The boom arm swings past the rear bumper and attaches to the docking device mounted on the mobility device. The arm is then raised, lifting the mobility device into the vehicle where it can be stowed. The advantage of the boom style inside mount lift is that is takes up less space in the vehicle.
Platform Style Inside Mount Lift
The platform lift is mounted on the vehicle floor. The platform comes out past the bumper and lowers to the ground so that the mobility device can be driven onto the platform. A docking device, which is mounted on the mobility device, attaches to the docking device on the platform. The lift is then raised, lifting the mobility device into the vehicle where it can be stowed. The advantage of the
platform style inside mount lift is the simplicity of the docking mechanism and the simplicity of use.