Vista Wheelchair Lift Frequently Asked Questions

The Vista Series wheelchair lift design is one of our most popular lift designs. Through iterations and optimizations, the Vista Series design is a powerful lift with a strong and stable lifting platform. What sets the Vista Series lift apart from the pack? See our most frequently asked questions about the Vista lift here.  

What are the advantages of using the Vista lift?

The Vista lift is built with the same high quality as our other lifts with bonus additional customization, allowing for the 33 or 34 wide platform width and a 51-inch length. The difference is when the lift is in a stowed position, it allows the occupants or the driver to look out of the windows with an unobstructed view. The upper portion of the platform slides down towards the floor when stowing to open the view out the side door or rear doors.

Can the lift be ordered with the pump on either side?

Yes, The IB or FIB designation in the model number indicates on which side of the ramp the pump will be located. The IB is a pump on the left side as you're looking into the vehicle or towards the rear of the vehicle. FIB is on the right looking into the vehicle or towards the front of the vehicle.

Why would it make a difference on what side of the lift the pump is located?

If you're installing a lift in the side door of a van or bus and there is a seat or floor mounted heater or air conditioner in the way, you will want the pump on the opposite side so the lift can be more easily serviced.

What is the weight capacity of the Vista lifts?

Vista lifts are rated at 800 lbs. This lift cannot be ordered with a 1000-lb lifting capacity.

Listed below is an outline of the lift model number breakdown and description to aid in your shopping and ordering process.

Example: NL917IB-2

Model Number broke down    




NHTSA Compliant          

All BraunAbility lifts for human transport NHTSA Compliant



2 piece platform





Model Series

This series used for special order lifts


Inboard Barrier

Pump on left if looking outside to the inside vehicle


Front Inboard Barrier   

Pump on the right if looking outside to the inside vehicle


Tower Brackets

Upper tower support brackets (normal rear-entry)


Non-Electric Lift

Microswitches and NO computer boards


Platform Size

Special order


Hand Belts

Adds 6 inches to the door height requirement


Raised Pump

Pump up higher on the lift to have room for a stepwell


Lift Tight

Put on inside of the platform. Used for narrow door


Yellow Paint

Barriers painted yellow