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Seon

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Took delivery on the cl IV trailer hitch yesterday so will be installing it today and post pics later.

At any event, this van has a wheel chair lift that's in very good condition.  OP said they used the van and lift only for Doctors appointment thus the low mileage.

I'd like to donate the lift to someone or an organization that can use it. I'm located in the Sacramento, Ca area.  I called a couple local handicap businesses but aren't interested.



 

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Lynx0849

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The DOT Private use marking would certainly preclude any business from using it.
Maybe there are volunteer groups that try to find medical equipment for those in need?
 

Seon

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I called several handicap businesses with no luck. I've listed it on craigslist but no replies.
I'll give it another week or two then it goes to the dumps. I have no room to store.
OP said they paid over $5k installed.
Sad...I'm sure someone could use it.

BTW I finished the hitch installation.  Quite easy.

 

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Lynx0849

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When my mom & then my wife passed, it took me a bit to find a group that takes ?durable medical equipment? that was pleased to be able to give my walkers, crutches and such to needy people.

Check out the companies that install lifts like you have. Perhaps they would like to do a good deed?
 

Seon

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I finally found a taker for the lift for his wife.  He and I unbolted the fasteners and I disconnected the wiring.  Was relatively easy and took about 40 minutes to remove and load in the bed of his truck.
I haven't done anymore on the van other than putting the dog's crate for the dog I rescued.  He loves to ride when I drive to town on errands. I got him about the same time I bought the van.





 

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edjunior

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Seon said:
I finally found a taker for the lift for his wife.  He and I unbolted the fasteners and I disconnected the wiring.  Was relatively easy and took about 40 minutes to remove and load in the bed of his truck.
I haven't done anymore on the van other than putting the dog's crate for the dog I rescued.  He loves to ride when I drive to town on errands. I got him about the same time I bought the van.

Cool dog.  That's an Airdale Terrier, right?  Neat little dog.
 

ChasA

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That looks like a Bull Terrier to me.  Airdales are large dogs.
 

SpencerPJ

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Your van and project look great.  I'll bet it tows your trailer well.  Keep us posted on pics, we love to help spending others money  ;)
 

Seon

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Although I have a finished sofa bed that I placed in the van already, but the problem is that I need to modify the legs wider so I can install a 48"wide x 72" long "slider tray" underneath that'll make it easier to load and unload camping gear.
So I found a "frame only" sofa bed on craigslist that I cleaned and painted.  Then I'll cut, place and re-weld the legs wider.

Then buy bed cushions, fabricate and sew covers for it.

 

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Seon

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Stripped cushions off the sofa bed frame, cleaned and painted.
Using the old cushions cut and sewed upholstery material. New cushions to be delivered next week then will permanently install the seats on the frame.
 

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