A new thread for this might be wise.My apologies for digging up an old thread, but I could really use some help here.
My wife has some mobility issues, and we are looking into a power wheelchair for her, as well as a vehicle to transport said wheelchair. We have been to our local Mercedes dealer, and my wife thinks the Metris is perfect for her, with only one issue - both the barn doors and the liftgate are too heavy for her to manage on her own. The whole point of the chair and the vehicle are to give her full independence to be out and about on her own, so we really need a solution that she can use by herself. A powered option for the liftgate would be ideal, and so far I haven't seen an option other than the one listed above. Has anyone actually installed it? Does it work, and are there any issues? Any advice, positive or negative, would be gratefully appreciated.
Wait, you originally wroteCut a hole into a carefully designed monocoque body and tell me it doesn’t structurally compromise it...
You do realize that the MB upfitters do this work to MB specs, right?Cut a hole into a carefully designed monocoque body and tell me it doesn’t structurally compromise it...
Don't worry, friend. The debate isn't about the person in the wheelchair or the poster interested in a van for the wheelchair. It's about "purpose built units offer severe structural compromise" and whether that is factual or reckless hyperbole.Wow, slow down everyone. You have all jumped to conclusions. He never said she was confined to the wheelchair. He never even said she would be riding the chair into the van or while the van is in motion. I believe he said exactly what he meant, he wants to transport the chair.
In that case, the Metris is perfect without modification beyond a powered lift gate.
I’m not implying that the wheel chair conversion van market consists entirely of Bubba and Jeff Foxworthy using hacksaws in their backyard. I’m sorry if I am giving that impression.You do realize that the MB upfitters do this work to MB specs, right?
These vans are certified for commercial use.
You are making some assumptions about purpose build wheelchair vans and are just plain wrong. You could be right about some bozo at a flee market using motorcycle ramps and a lawn chair with wheels, but the folks that make these vans are serious about their work and spend a great deal of time meeting safety standards.
When I said prove it I mean it. Don't just talk around it and guess and suggest some bs hyperbole.
Back on topic, did you ever installed it? How did you like it?Sorry this has taken me so long. We had a baby in December and I have been slammed at work since around the same time. I did finally dig the box out and the instruction manual says version 1, so I’m not sure if that answers your question or not.
Here are some pictures of the buttons. The one on the left goes up front in the dash. The one on the left goes in the bottom of the liftgate next to the latch. They are not as ugly as I remember them, but they are still not very OEM looking either. I guess it doesn’t really matter since I haven’t found any thing better.