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    I was wondering if I could get some help. I was having an idea of putting a lift from a van in my garage. I am looking to get rid of the wooden ramp due to space reasons and wanted a lift but I didn't want to pay 7000.00 dollars for one. So I thought if I could get a van lift and utilize a converter for power or maybe utilize a car battery with a trickle charger. I was wondering if anyone else has attempted this and had success or no success. Let me know either way. I can get a van lift for 1500.

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    Look at local classifieds, I found a real house elevator for my aunt in very good condition for 500$ and there were many other used ones under 1500$, a much better solution IMO, good luck.
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    I see porch type lifts all the time on eBay.

    (KLD)

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    I've seen van lifts used the way you describe hooked to a car battery.

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    Did they look like they worked. I'm looking to put one in to save on room. Also to save on money.

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    I apologizefor not replying sooner, I haven't been on here. The lift I saw was mounted to a wooden frame. All you'd need is a sturdy platform to bolt to. I'd look for an all electric (non hydraulic) lift. I just picked up a ricon unilite; all electric, weighs 160lbs and can handle 600lbs. for a low price on ebay. Something like that could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYCUE View Post
    I just picked up a ricon unilite; all electric, weighs 160lbs and can handle 600lbs. for a low price on ebay.


    how much $$ was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pruett View Post


    how much $$ was it?
    $760 but almost half of that was shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJP View Post
    I was wondering if I could get some help. I was having an idea of putting a lift from a van in my garage. I am looking to get rid of the wooden ramp due to space reasons and wanted a lift but I didn't want to pay 7000.00 dollars for one. So I thought if I could get a van lift and utilize a converter for power or maybe utilize a car battery with a trickle charger. I was wondering if anyone else has attempted this and had success or no success. Let me know either way. I can get a van lift for 1500.
    I had a similar situation a few years ago; was amazed & distressed at how expen$ive porch lifts were (about $10k). I didn't need to ascend a full flight - just a few steps in the carport. A eureka moment occurred when I realized the distance needed to raise was similar to that of a full-size van lift!

    I bought a used van lift (for $550); a carpenter removed the steps, built a stout platform & frame within which the van lift was mounted; a car mechanic friend hooked up a 12volt battery/charger/wires/switch. It works GREAT!!

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    Lifts

    Thanks for the info. The cheapest one I can find is 2k. I've been looking on ebay but this one is local from a dealer and the gurantee that it works so I don't know.

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