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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rack and Roll Lift with or without a Swingaway

The Rack and Roll Lift was the second of the two lifts we sold when I first started. You could install one on any vehicle, car, van or truck, that would accept a class three hitch.  At that time and for many years of begging by the VA sales team, they were not available in class two, only in class three, because the engineering dept, we were told, didn't feel that class two was safe. In recent years we now have them in class two also, and they are as safe as the class three.
During the time that we were not offering class two Rack & Rolls, they were offered by several other companies, who had determined they were safe and warrantied them. But, as a salesperson, I am glad that Rascal took their time and had the engineers determine that they were safe before offering them. I'd much rather work with that kind of a company, that is concerned with their customers safety, than one that doesn't care and just throws something out there,  to hell with the consequences. End of commercial.  Also to be fair some pictures I'm using in this post came from Top Mobility dot com, as they're better than the ones from Rascal, I hope they don't mind.
The Rack N' Roll Lift can transport your fully assembled Rascal Scooter or PowerChair anywhere. Made of  strong welded steel, they are easy to remove/install, and adjust, once installed the first time by a qualified technician to make sure they're installed and wired correctly..  
An interesting story is a veteran I delivered to, who used his truck to tow his trailers and boat. He called me back a few months after the delivery to show me a very clever invention. He and his son owned a welding shop, and had designed and built a contraption, for lack of a better word, that allowed this guy to install and remove his Rack and Roll by himself. It was build of mild steel in a vee shape, one side long enough to support the lift and the other short enough to slide under the car. It had a floor jack in the middle and large castors on each end that allowed it to swivel. They had built a handle in the middle that allowed him to pull or push it without touching the jack handle. They had also welded a connector on the handle and the rear bumper of his scooter that let him tow it in his garage.  They were very proud of it, and should have been. He could push it under the lift, jack it up to take the weight off the hitch, pull the pin, disconnect the wiring, and using his scooter, or not, pull the Rack and Roll out and move it out of the way, or push it back in place when ready. 
This is not something that everybody can, or would want to, do. For pretty much everybody else, to take off or install the lift is a two or three  person job, not hard, or heavy, just a little awkward.  
The lift is powered by your vehicle's battery, it's never connected to your cars electrical system by trailer light connectors or rear cigarette lighter. Well they shouldn't be anyhow, although I've had people ask or suggest it when delivering.    If you want to change to a new vehicle, it can be reinstalled but call us or the technician, so it can be done correctly. The new vehicle needs to be wired. This applies to all electric lifts, not just the Rack and Roll.
It adapts to 3 or 4 wheel scooters without scooter modifications. One thing I mention when delivering, is that here in the northeast, the roads aren't always clean. Boy is that an understatement. Anyway, I suggest that it's a good idea to get a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood then cut and mount it under the Rack & Roll platform to keep the winter slush, dirt and mud off your scooter. Not everybody bothers, but those who did thanked me the next time they saw me. 
There is a swingaway for use on trucks, vans, and any vehicle where you need access to a rear door. You don't need it with a car trunk, since it swings up.  This does add a few pounds to the weight of the lift, but if you need to get to the back doors or tailgate, you'll want it. 
The platform automatically folds up against the back of the car, truck, van when lifted without scooter. You can drive in forward or reverse from platform. Platform depressions make sure of correct scooter positioning on the platform. Lighted license plate bracket and courtesy lights illuminate lift and trunk areas. Keyed operation for added security. Single rocker switch control. Manual crank in case of power failure. Attractive and durable metallic gray powder coated finish. Fits on most vehicles. Automatically folds up when not in use.

Attaches to a trailer hitch and lifts a fully assembled Rascal Scooter or Powerchair off the ground for transport

Platform folds up and out of the way when not in use

Robust welded steel construction and weatherproofing for durable, dependable operation

Scooter or powerchair locks into place when lift is raised; no straps or tie downs necessary, Although cable or chain locks aren't a bad idea when traveling.

You must have a Class II (1.25") or Class III (2") trailer hitch installed on your vehicle to utilize a Rack N' Roll.

Lee Murray

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