First a Tailgater lift is an Equalizer. The difference is that the Tailgater is designed to be used in a pickup with a dual offeset upright and comes with a weather package. Othwise it's pretty much the same as an Equalizer 3.
There are three Equalizers, 1, 2 and 3...duh. The Equalizer 1 is the basic unit, it lifts the scooter or powerchair but requires you to rotate it into the vehicle, making it essentially a larger thrunk lift. It comes with a weight capacity of either 250 or 400 lbs. Which are the same as the trunklift. So if you're buying for yourself, and can handle the manual rotation into the vehicle you'll pay less for a trunklift and get essentially the same thing. But, the Equalizer 1 is the foundation of a modular system that can grow with you as your needs change.
The strap saver feature and patented gimbal roller eliminate most handling issues associated to trunk lifts, preventing folds or twists.
The Equalizer 2 is the same as the Equalizer 1, but adds power rotation, which makes it better than the trunklift for those who don't have the strength to manually rotate, or push and twist the scooter or powerchair into the vehicle. There is a hand control that's designed to be comfortable to use, making it easier to control the lift. Two wireless remote control key fobs are included at no extra charge.
The Equalizer 3 is the same as an Equalizer 2 with power lift and rotation, but adds a powered boom that moves 12" allowing it to clear the rear bumper of larger vehicles, or pickup from the curb, as well as place the powerchair or scooter exactly where you want in the vehicle. Like the Equalizer 2, the Equalizer 3 offers an ergonomic hand control and two wireless key fobs at no additional charge.
The Equalizer 3 is an ideal lift for use in pickup trucks when the chair or scooter is handled from the curb. Please specify the weather package, (which makes it a Tailgater), when installing the Equalizer 3 in pickup truck's without tonneaus or caps.
You'll also want a Seat On Lift Hook with your Equalizer or Tailgater to make removing the seat unnecessary. There is a False Bottom Kit which makes it possible to install the Equalizer in those vans that have seats that recess into the floor.
When using any electric lift, Trunk Lift, Equalizer/Tailgater, or any other that lifts your Rascal into a truck or van, ask for a Seat On Lift Hook, which allows your scooter to be picked up with the seat in place. It's much easier than removing and replacing the seat each time. It consists of a bracket that attaches to the seatpost under the seat, and a C hook one end of which goes in the bracket, and the other is above the seat, where you attach your lift.
The only case where you wouldn't use one is putting the Rascal in a car trunk, because the seat needs to be taken off to fit it in the trunk.
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.
Born about 15 miles from where I was living when I started blogging, at the Norwich NY Hospital. Grew up in Oxford and Tyner NY, we moved to South New Berlin. We had lived in town in Oxford until my father decided he wanted to be a farmer. So we moved to a farm in Tyner. The house burned which is when we moved to South New Berlin onto another farm. Then to Southern Calif. in Fullerton, went to Buena Park High School. My Aunt lived out there in Anaheim, had from her time in the service (WWII). My interest in the occult (it means unknown) stemmed from hearing her talk about Edgar Cayce.
Lived there for next 30 years or so. Got into sales f/t.
Moved to NY in 12/91 figuring to stay awhile and go back to Calif. Still here 18 years later, selling Rascal scooters in home in 98, then the new VA div selling to VA hospitals in 99. Still there covering 98% of upstate NY. Working on raising the money to get back to Calif. 2011, finally back to Calif couldn't take another NY winter. Living in Fullerton again, still in sales, a great job in Orange.