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    Ricon VMI Slideaway lift

    Today I looked at and tried a VMI Slideaway lift. On the positive side it seems absolutely rock solid compared to the old Vanagator I tried. But once inside the van it took up a lot of space. Neither of those vans had 6 way seats so I could not test transfering, but I am positive it would not have been an issue in the Vanagator equipped van. The Slideaway, however took up what seemed like a lot of floor space and now I am having second thoughts if I can maneuver my chair into position to transfer into the passenger seat since the Slideaway lift sticks out so far into the cab.

    Does anyone have one of these Slideaways or experience with them? If I was using a smaller chair I might not be so worried, but this Iglide has fairly large presence.
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    i would never get one of these lifts.

    jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
    i would never get one of these lifts.

    jim
    its the only option for passenger transfer seat now since vangator is no longer made isnt it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuentejps View Post
    its the only option for passenger transfer seat now since vangator is no longer made isnt it??
    it isn't a option i'd ever go with.

    vangaters are easily overhauled.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
    it isn't a option i'd ever go with.

    vangaters are easily overhauled.

    Jim
    Hi, Jim. Why exactly don't you like the Ricon slide-away lift? We are trying to create access for the wheelchair in the passenger slot, but the conversion guy we're working with isn't a fan of single-post lifts. With your professional experience, I'm very interested in your take (if you can share here). Thanks.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spitzbub View Post
    Hi, Jim. Why exactly don't you like the Ricon slide-away lift? We are trying to create access for the wheelchair in the passenger slot, but the conversion guy we're working with isn't a fan of single-post lifts. With your professional experience, I'm very interested in your take (if you can share here). Thanks.

    John
    Hi John,

    Feel free to call if you want (mid week afternoons are usually best)

    From the first day i saw them and how they worked i knew we'd never install one.

    It was the same even after they stopped building them for a while.

    Get a Vangatter II you will be much happier.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Ricon Uni-Lite is a double post lift but it's not too intrusive. It does prevent the passenger seat from reclining all the way. But there is room for the seat to travel back all the way and swivel. I suppose the size of the van also matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by August West View Post
    Ricon Uni-Lite is a double post lift but it's not too intrusive. It does prevent the passenger seat from reclining all the way. But there is room for the seat to travel back all the way and swivel. I suppose the size of the van also matters.
    Ricon Uni-Lite is a great lift.

    especially for quads that can't roll up the endgate on a steel platform lift.

    jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Ricon seems to make good stuff in general. My Ricon transfer seat looks clean and simple compared to the rat's nest under my friend's Braun transfer seat. The Ricon RDO2500 sliding door operator is the only part of the conversion that doesn't work flawlessly. It can't open the door when the van is parked facing downhill. No problem when parking uphill. I had the door checked out and it works fine. Maybe the motor is giving out. I guess that's still pretty impressive for a 26 years old motor.

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    I've had a Slideaway lift in my Sprinter for 6 years (over 7000 cycles) now and I think it is a good lift. I've only had one issue with it when the wire bundle got loose and broke a couple of wires but it was easily fixed. I use a manual chair and I can completely turn around in the van so the size of the lift has never been a problem for me. I would hate to have a lift that blocked the doorway all the time.

    If only my sprinter was as reliable as the lift.....

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