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Old 06-06-2008, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheelchair / Scooter lift and carrier

Hi. I have a friend with a 2005 Camry. He is having problems with his mobilityand needs a wheelchair/scooter lift solution put on his car.

He purchased a motorized scooter that fits in the trunk but with his health he can't lift it out to use it. We found a local company that sells the motorized carrier and lift that attaches to a trailer hitch attachment. Our problem is that they do not think the Camrys rear suspension is going to perform well with all the extra tail end weight. No one locally seems to have a solution for beefing up the rear suspension. I have called muffler/suspension shops, the Toyota dealers locally, but no one has a solution. Closest thing I got to my idea of the solution was having custom springs made by a local company.

Has anyone on these forums had a similar situation and maybe found a solution for the suspension concerns? Are there any kits out there that address trailer hitches and rear suspension modifications?

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Old 06-06-2008, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Majority if not all vehicles that have lifts or capability to hold/wheel scooters are minivans or vans. I have never seen a car do this. The person would use the lift to get in the car and lift himself into the driver seat.
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Agreed. I think your friend should consider getting a Sienna for this purpose.
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He has plans for a Sienna but is awaiting the release of the Hybrid Sienna. He can get from driver seat to rear of vehicle and such ok. Just cant lift anything into or out of trunk. The lift he is looking at is one of the external platforms that can raise and lift off the ground to a level for transport. He is trying to keep his trunk space by getting one with a swing-away arm. All those things we have found that will work like he needs but the concern is ultimately the suspension of the rear of the car.
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A car is and was not built to handle or withstand that much weight. Thats is why you wont find anything that will support that. Either wait buy a (mini)van or wait until the Hybrid Sienna is available.

If he cant lift, can he pull? Maybe come up with something that allows him to pull the item out of the trunk instead of lifting. Something like a ramp in the trunk or a pulley system? Same goes for putting it in the trunk.
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air ride suspension!!! drop it righ down to the ground...then raise it back up!
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They make a lift that can go in the trunk to lift out the scooter but he travels a lot and needs the trunk space for luggage and such. He is just trying to hold out long enough to wait for the hybrid sienna because of the mileage he accumulates and the price of the ol' petro.

Ha ha. Yeah, air all the way around would be funny as hell for him.

Well, if we find someone that gets him something that he is looking for I will be sure to post waht our solution ends up being.

Thanks for the input.

I am hoping I can talk him into selling me the Camry once he decides to get a van.

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read the manual. what is the tongue weight on a camry? how much is the total wt of the lift? maybe the camry can handle it.
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How heavy is this scooter and the rack? I think the tongue weight limit on the Camry is 100lbs.
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According to the superior van and mobility crew, 350lbs for the electric lift , swingarm and the hitch. I am not sure on the weight of the scooter.
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