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Old 12-29-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Wheel Chair Lifts

All,

I am looking at purchasing a nice clean used 2007 Standard Roof 144" WB Sprinter for Wheel Chair Application for an adult son. What makes and models of Side Mount Wheel Chair Lifts are people using and happy with. Throughout the years I've owned the traditonal domestic full size vans with raised roofs and doorways. So, does anyone have the floor to door opening height and the floor to inside roof height, keeping in mind this van has rear air venting and I'm not sure the 65" that I hear is taking that venting into acount.

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:16 AM   #2
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What makes and models of Side Mount Wheel Chair Lifts are people using and happy with. ............

Interior head room?

Erwin
Erwin,
Greetings from TN. I have a 2011 Sprinter with a low roof and rear AC.

I installed a braun wheelchair lift (tri-fold) and it works well. The nice thing is that usually I don't need to fold the lift because the door opening is so wide that even with the lift blocking the doorway, there is room for most people to climb in the van.

Unless your son uses a huge power chair and/or is very tall he will have plenty of head room in a standard roof van even with the rear AC. I'm 6'4" tall and have no issues with head room in my van. I use a manual chair and I've seen how some power chairs really raise people up substantially so it could be an issue if he is tall and uses a large power chair. I just went out and measured my van and the door entry height is 59" and the head room in the van right under the rear AC venting is 60".

I hope this info helps.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:04 PM   #3
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Hi Brian,

Thanks for the conformation from a user. I made an accepted offer on a 2008 144" Mercedes Sprinter in Texas. I wanted the standard top, not raised. It's pretty much loaded and has the not-needed extra air conditioner and heat, but all the basics are there and I was after the 28,000 southern miles. So, at 5,000 per year usage, this should work good for 10 years. Since it has not seen a winter, I'll get it undercoated and rustproofed as soon as I get it here. The dimentions you gave me match what the dealer measured also. As compaired to our 1998 Dodge Conversion Van with the raised roof and door, I pick up an extra 2 3/4" clearance on the door height and inside height from what I have now. This should be good. The lift information is priceless. We have had 3 equiped vans over the 27 years and the minivan had a Braun, the GMC full size van had a Crow River and the latest, the 1998 Dodge has a Ricon. I like the improvements on the platforms folding up in 3 sections. The Crow River we had folded in on 2 sections and was a rattle trap.

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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The Sprinter does not need additional undercoating and rustproofing, there is a really good system already in place. Save the time and money.
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The Sprinter does not need additional undercoating and rustproofing, there is a really good system already in place. Save the time and money.
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I agree. The undersides do seem to be OK. The money would be better spent on some good paint sealant/protectant. Especially important if it is Arctic White. FWIW. vic
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:54 AM   #6
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I have a 2011 144wb low roof with a Braun Under Vehicle Lift (UVL) fitted. Very nice lift as all the components are pretty much outside the vehicle, so there's nothing blocking any doorway or rear access.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:10 PM   #8
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Does the wheelchair lift ever get bottomed out like going over a driveway bump or maybe a sharp decline down a hill? How much clearance is there to the ground?
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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So far I have not run into any problems with speed bumps and inclines. My house is on an incline and it cleared it fine. My is at the dealer at the moment so I can't do any measurements. Will send an update when I get the van back.
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Got the van back from the dealer. So I have 6.5 inches of ground clearance under the lift.
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