When it comes to selecting a scooter lift for your vehicle, proper installation and product selection are important. This will result in a safe and stable driving vehicle and exterior platform scooter lift combination.
When getting an exterior Bruno scooter lift, you need to have a hitch installed onto the vehicle to accommodate the lift if you don’t already have one. The class hitch that is installed is determined by what you are towing and the tongue weight of your vehicle.
When determining lift compatibility, the weight of the Bruno platform scooter lift and the weight of the scooter or power wheelchair that you are transporting are added up. The total weight cannot exceed the tongue weight of the vehicle.
Each vehicle manufacturer defines an acceptable tongue weight for each vehicle. Proper conformance to the tongue weight will not affect proper steering or traction. Tongue weight is just one of the many towing terms. It’s the downward force that the tongue of the platform lift applies to the hitch of the vehicle. Most experts agree that an acceptable tongue weight must be maintained so you do not affect the handling of a vehicle.
The platform scooter lift on the rear end of the vehicle acts like a lever, and the axle of the vehicle is the fulcrum or pivot point for the lever. If the tongue weight is too heavy you will lift the front of the vehicle. It is just like trying to balance the weight of two kids on a seesaw at the playground.
The class of hitch and the proper hitch design must be executed properly. The class of hitch and securement to the vehicle should be per the manufacturers recommended specifications. These issues will affect the stability of the platform scooter lift in use. At Best Accessibility Solutions we rely on an outside vendor that specializes in hitch selection and installation.
Scooter Platform Lift Selection
There are several excellent platform scooter lift products. They vary in size and weight as well as weight capacity and platform size. The evaluation of which lift to use includes the weight of the platform lift, the weight capacity of the lift, the platform size and the weight of what is being transported. Click here to see the selection of Bruno exterior scooter lifts.