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The following pictures are of a simple van conversion that has worked extremely well. This family purchased the vehicle and had the lift conversion done in September of 2003. Since then they have logged over 60,000 miles in both city and long distance highway traffic. To date, no complaints with either the vehicle or the lift system have been noted.

The owner does recommend keeping all equipment maintenance appointments for both the vehicle itself and the lift system.

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The power wheelchair anchors into an E-Z Lock system (similar to a fifth wheel hitch system) bolted to the interior floor of the van in a direct line with wheelchair entry into the vehicle off the lift. With a simple 90 degree transfer from the wheelchair, the passenger is seated in a comfortable, harnessed, manufacturer approved passenger seat in the forward-facing position. The lift is mounted on the exterior under carriage of the vehicle resulting in very little vehicle modification. This decreases additional blockage and trip hazards in the doorway providing an extra safety buffer for passengers.

It is important to note no changes were made to the vehicle frame, nor the body, in attaching this system thus ensuring the safety features built in by the manufacturer remain intact. The integrity and safety of the vehicle has not been compromised.

Vehicle owners will need to check with their insurance company for any possible coverage they may have, or need to add, for a vehicle lift conversion. Many Insurance companies require a separate rider policy for expensive lift equipment. This does vary by company so call your Agent and ASK!