Elkhart II Wheelchair Lift Tutorial
Elkhart II Wheelchair Accessible Shuttle Bus Tutorial
Hi! I’m Josh Davey with Davey Coach. This is our Elkhart Coach EC II Wheelchair Accessible Shuttle Bus. For anyone who has taken delivery of one of these and wants to incorporate some additional driver training or a general how-to with some of the options or features, we wanted to take a couple of minutes and put something together for those of you that don’t have the opportunity to visit our Colorado Location.
Starting at this box on the forward of your entrance door, there is a silver key fab. You can insert what we call a Kubota Key Switch and open and close this exterior entrance door from the outside of the bus.
Operating the Wheelchair Lift
To operate the wheelchair lift, follow me in here. It’s important to have the vehicle running because if you don’t, you’re going to drain the battery down to the point where you won’t be able to start the vehicle again. The first thing you want to do is set the parking break. Then you have to initiate the wheelchair lift safety interlock switch and the fast-idle switch. The fast idle isn’t necessary, but it’ll keep your battery from dying.
You’re going to hear the engine amperage kick up from there. It’s going to sound like you have your foot resting on the gas pedal. What it’s doing is making your alternator spin faster to keep your batteries from dying while you’re operating the wheelchair lift, with the air conditioning blowing and your entrance door open. The vehicle is working really hard to maintain all of your electrical requirements so it’s a good habit to get into the practice of putting both of those on at the same time. Let’s go back and check out the wheelchair lift.
Now that we have the interlock engaged and the park brake set, the vehicle’s in park, we’re going to come back here. There’s a power on and off switch on the bottom of the lift pump. You’ve got to turn that to On. You’ll get a green indicator light and the lights will be shining down into the platform area. From there, you want to grab your pendant. Make sure you keep the cord clear of the lift mechanism because that scissor action will cut this like scissors.
We’re going to unfold the lift from the ‘Stowed’ position. It’s going to come down. This is what we call level. It’s level with the interior of the bus. That’s the ‘Unfold’ button on the lift pendant. From here you go ‘Down.’ Once you get to the ground level, this kick plate is going to deploy that is going to open up so you can roll your wheelchair occupant onto this platform, up to the limit barrier, in the back of the platform lift.
Once you get them onto the platform, we’re going to reverse this and go up. It’s important that the attendant for the wheelchair lift not ride the platform up with their occupant of the wheelchair itself. This lift has an 800lb capacity and you don’t want to add any extra weight onto it. Between your wheelchair occupant, their chair and any additional equipment that they might have on their chair, you don’t want to overload the platform with additional passenger weight.
From here, you go into the fold position and that’s going to stow the lift back into the interior of the bus. Once you hear that little squeal, you know you’re in all the way. Secure that. Close your doors. Secure your handle. Let’s go in and check out the wheelchair securement positions.
Wheelchair Securement Positions
There’s a cycle counter on the top of your wheelchair lift pump. Every 750 cycles is when you want to have your lift serviced. This hole here is where you have the manual override for the pump. In case the lift stops working and you are out in the field, you’re going to get your handle off the back side of the pump. There’s a little notch on both sides here. Stick it into this hole and you’re going to twist it until it catches, at which point you can pump the lift and it’ll come back into the vehicle. Or you twist the handle to release the hydraulic pressure and that’ll lower the lift from stowed to ground. You then pump the lift back into the bus and when you’re completed, you stow this handle and you’re on your way.
With the wheelchair securement belts, there’s 4 securements to a set. These are interchangeable. You can put these on any one of the four corners. You have a little cleat here that you’re going to secure your lat belt to on the opposite side of your shoulder securement belt for where the occupant is. So, if I was sitting in a wheelchair and this were on, this would be my back-corner position. You’re going to lift this lever here and slide it into your floor track. Slide it over until you see it click and now you’re in place.
The red button on here is going to release your rubberized hook. This is the hook that hooks to the wheelchair itself. You don’t want to put these on a spoke for a tire. That’s a big no-no. Get this on a welded, corner anchor securement point for the chair. Something that’s a piece of tubular metal or where a connection point comes together, but you’re looking for solid securement there. Once you hook it on, this will swivel to give you the best angle. Hit the release switch and it’ll suck up the tension. If you need to tighten it down one or two extra cranks, there’s a manual retractor on the side. You can give that a couple of cranks.
When it comes time for you to unsecure the chair, hit the red button. That’s going to release the tension. You pull that off of the chair from all 4 corners and now the chair is released. To get these out of the floor, simply lift up on the Q-Straint catch and it comes out.
If this were in the back corner, we would secure this onto the cleat. This is going to come up and across my lap. I’ve got the shoulder belt that is going to have a cleat that secures on the bottom wheelchair securement belt. Then we have my shoulder securement that is going to come across my chest and hook into the female end of the receptacle. So I am secured into my chair. The chair is anchored in all four points on the corners. You’ve got a seven point securement system and that’s the way that you put a wheelchair into place in the back of your bus.
These are really easy to store. You definitely want to take those out when you’re done using them so they are not a trip hazard and you aren’t running over them with a tire to a chair, damaging these. They do have a warranty protection coverage, but it’s a good general practice to take them up off of the floor. All of the vehicles that we ship out of here, you should have a black storage bag on the back walls so you store the belts in the bags when they’re not in use.
In closing, that’s a walkaround of our Elkhart Coach Wheelchair Accessible EC II. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 873-1856 and check us out at www.DaveyCoach.com online and we appreciate your business and support.