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Old 07-21-2016, 03:56 AM   #1
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Is it possible to Adding a lift for a mobility scooter to the back of Jayco Whitehawk

We have a new Jayco Whitehawk travel trailer 24RBS. Which we haven't been able to yet do to my husband illness. My husband now has to use a mobility scooter..
We have a hard topper on our pickup truck so are unable to use a lift boom as there is not enough clearance between topper and bed of truck. So a lift on the hitch is the way we have to go.

Is it feasible to install a hitch on the rear of our Jayco Whitehawk. The mobility scooter with lift will be 500#s. Is that okay to carry of the back of our ultralight trailer.
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Most of the scooters I looked up don't usually give a weight of the scooter itself, they just list capacity. I don't believe your husband has a 500 pound scooter, that is close to the weight of a golf cart, not a mobility scooter.

I'd think a 500 pound weight on the end of the trailer would seriously effect trailer handling. The tongue weight is less than 500 pounds, so adding 500# to the other end would remove almost all tongue weight. Also, the frame of a light weight trailer isn't designed to add a large weight on one end, I'm not sure you could have proper support to anchor a lift on the tail end.

Carefully measure the width of the scooter and the entrance door opening, perhaps you could use ramps and 'park' it inside the trailer. Then you'd need anchors to fasten it in place for travel, but at least the weight would be more in the center of the trailer and less likely to cause stability issues.
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Having had an ultralight trailer, adding 500# to the back end would compromise its structure & completely mess up handling to the point of being dangerous.

To answer your question: No.

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Most of the scooters I looked up don't usually give a weight of the scooter itself, they just list capacity. I don't believe your husband has a 500 pound scooter, that is close to the weight of a golf cart, not a mobility scooter.

I'd think a 500 pound weight on the end of the trailer would seriously effect trailer handling. The tongue weight is less than 500 pounds, so adding 500# to the other end would remove almost all tongue weight. Also, the frame of a light weight trailer isn't designed to add a large weight on one end, I'm not sure you could have proper support to anchor a lift on the tail end.

Carefully measure the width of the scooter and the entrance door opening, perhaps you could use ramps and 'park' it inside the trailer. Then you'd need anchors to fasten it in place for travel, but at least the weight would be more in the center of the trailer and less likely to cause stability issues.
The scooter weighs 280 pounds and the lift another 100. I figures the balance would be the weight of the hitch we would have to have installed. We don't want to give up our new trailer. But maybe even that's too heavy for the back of the trailer.
We wouldn't tow a trailer off the hitch as it is illegal in Florida.
We have never used our RVs just for camping. But as ends to a means. Travel, sightseeing and explore the USA.. Then being able to come back to the comfort of our own RV for the night.
The scooter is 26" wide but there is not enough room for the 4' length before the kitchen cabinets. So that is out. Even if it would fit inside well then that would cause another problem where to store the ramp.
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Mobility Scooter

That would definitely be too much weight on the back of that trailer for a number of reasons. Don't do it.

Before we bought our toy hauler, I used a "front" mounted hitch on my 2500 Silverado to haul my Scooter. I used a drive on scooter hauler in the hitch, one that folds up vertical when not in use. Very easy to load and unload. I only wrapped the tiller while traveling to keep the electronics from getting wet in case of rain. I think wrapping the whole scooter may interfear with the truck's cooling. Never had a problem. Front mount hitches are available for most trucks.

We bought the toy hauler so we could haul two Mobility Scooters. DW doesn't have to use hers as much as I, but it's there when she needs it.
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Way too much weight on back of TT. Have you considered ramps to the back of the truck? They make light weight aluminum ramps that could be set up to go into the back of the truck. That's what we did for my FIL. You can't get it in or out while hooked up but otherwise it works well.
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