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Old 02-18-2019, 10:13 PM   #1
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removal of wheel chair lift

hey team!
long time reader, first time writer. my name is death gripzzz from the frozen tundra of the twin cities. so, i wanted to start a thread with the name i've been searching for awhile.

from what i've gleaned in my research endeavors it's probably best to lower my lift and then dismantle piece by piece ... am i way off base or does that sound reasonable?
the evil little thing is close to five bills if i've understood correctly and can slam down with a thunderous fury promising to send fingers flying off from the hands to which they're attached should they have the bad luck to find themselves between the lift and it's resting destination ... therefore the best is too lower, cut off from battery power and commence the dismantling process???

so, if anyone has any other suggestions as to what would be easier and/or safer, please let me know.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:14 AM   #2
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Sounds right to me.

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Old 02-19-2019, 11:01 AM   #3
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We're also about to take out a wheelchair lift, so I'll follow this with interest (and crossed fingers for no crushed fingers)
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:46 AM   #4
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I just took one out.


old tv box was used to keep bus from getting scuffed, just in case.
After getting the lift unbolted from the floor we realized it wouldn't come out all as one assembly. The door was just a couple inches too narrow. So we took the lift apart as much as we had to. Wasn't a bad job but was way easier in our previous buses.



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Old 02-19-2019, 06:03 PM   #5
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Took mine out in one piece. Had a tractor with forks to lower it to the ground.
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Parked over some soft ground, lift was stowed and I pushed it out the door. No damage. A buddy is using it still.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:52 PM   #7
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Parked over some soft ground, lift was stowed and I pushed it out the door. No damage. A buddy is using it still.
I like that - I may do the same at this point!
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:20 AM   #8
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Grazie!

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thanks for all the advice, team. I feel pretty alright about yankin' it out. If there are any flying severed fingers, then I'll try to post some video for y'all. also, been out of the country for some time, so this death grips group is new to my ears ... thanks for the recommendation ... mola monton!!!
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:23 AM   #9
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from what i've gleaned in my research endeavors it's probably best to lower my lift and then dismantle piece by piece ... am i way off base or does that sound reasonable?
the evil little thing is close to five bills if i've understood correctly and can slam down with a thunderous fury promising to send fingers flying off from the hands to which they're attached should they have the bad luck to find themselves between the lift and it's resting destination ... therefore the best is too lower, cut off from battery power and commence the dismantling process???
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I'm kind of a freak and my wife is a worrier, so I waited until she was at a bridal shower, disconnected the electrical, taped over the ends of the heavy cables, removed all the bolts (I think one or two had to be cut), gave the lift a bear hug and lowered it to the ground. I'm sure there were smarter, safer ways to handle it, especially since the floor of the bus was basically at chest height, but I've lifted heavy things before. :P
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:43 AM   #10
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I cannot say how your lift is, but my lift that I sold took about 10min
1. Cut the power to the lift, if you are smart you will unhook the battery, me not so smart, but exposed the wires and cut one at a time and taped up the hot wire.
2. There were 4 bolts holding the lift in the floor, took the 4 bolts out, backed up the buyers pu truck and slid it right into the bed.
Took about ten min total. I got $300 and I advertised in craigslist
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:47 PM   #11
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Be sure to give the buyer all the parts.

If you are selling the lift, there are some braces under the floor. You will not need them. Be sure that you give those to the buyer. Otherwise, they will have to buy the brace kit.
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Old 02-27-2019, 10:57 PM   #12
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I dont have a bus yet, still lurking and learning.
Why wouldn't you want to keep the lift?
My thinking is, same as a truck lift gate, you can load and unload heavy things .
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:15 PM   #13
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I dont have a bus yet, still lurking and learning.
Why wouldn't you want to keep the lift?
My thinking is, same as a truck lift gate, you can load and unload heavy things .
If your long term plans include hauling heavy things, otherwise it is just in the way of valuable space that can be better utilized. That door can only be used for the lift.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:07 AM   #14
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If your long term plans include hauling heavy things, otherwise it is just in the way of valuable space that can be better utilized. That door can only be used for the lift.
Yep. And you get to listen to the lift rattle around while you drive.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:10 AM   #15
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eppa!
thanks for all the advice, team. I feel pretty alright about yankin' it out. If there are any flying severed fingers, then I'll try to post some video for y'all. also, been out of the country for some time, so this death grips group is new to my ears ... thanks for the recommendation ... mola monton!!!
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Hey the wheel chair life should be removed af one piece. If you still got it. Id be interested!
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:46 AM   #16
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We have kept ours due to the fact we also use this bus for moving speakers for our DJ/Sound company. However remember if yours works it's worth anywhere from $4000 to $10000 to the right buyer. I would be very careful taking it out of the bus & would dismantle it & keep all the pieces.
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:37 AM   #17
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Hey the wheel chair life should be removed af one piece. If you still got it. Id be interested!
I've still got mine and we're looking to sell it! No idea where you are. We're in Portland, Oregon
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:21 AM   #18
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I removed mine in one piece and all alone with the use of a single metal ramp that I slid safely to the ground. before doing so I knew I wanted to sell it so I took a video of it in operating procedure to show potential buyers. That thing is a heavy SOB and I should have probably had help sliding it down 3 or so vertical feet to the ground on a single narrow 6 foot ramp. I wonder if I took pics. I will look and post if I did. FYI I sold it on Craigslist for $300.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:49 AM   #19
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My lift was very easy to remove - I disconnected the wiring - unbolted the 8 bolts underneath - then pushed it out the door. It fell nicely on the yard.
I listed it on craigslist - and it was gone within the hour
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:06 AM   #20
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if I find a bus of the right size that has a lift in the right place, I would consider adapting it to make a morning fold out coffee deck
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