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How to carry a mobility scooter in the car?

How to carry a mobility scooter in the car?

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JohnnyJones

Original Poster:

1,265 posts

84 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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A friend's dad, while being otherwise fine, has great difficulty walking.

He drives fine, the problem is that once at his destination he can't really walk around. So he'd like to have an electric scooter with him.

I've Googled it and found some platform things in the states but I'd really like to try one out with him.

The reason I'm involved is my friend has asked me to make a little trailer into a tiltbed for this scooter. I don't think towing a trailer everywhere is a good idea really.

Thoughts?

gedG

88 posts

134 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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I'm pretty sure that someone my parents knew had some sort of crane system fitted to their big Volvo estate for excactly this.

Engineer1

10,485 posts

115 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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You can get small lightweight travel scooters, otherwise has he looked into shopmobility schemes, I know in some areas you can ring in advance and they will have a charged scooter waiting near your parking space.

Hitch78

4,652 posts

100 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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There are a number of specialist coachbuilders who do this sort of thing, though generally it is for wheelchair users as those full size mobility scooters are pretty big and heavy so getting them over a standard boot lip is the effort. They used to use those car versions of the berlingo type things, no idea what they offer now. Not very cheap though.

Agree that towing a trailer everywhere is not the most practical solution.

JohnnyJones

Original Poster:

1,265 posts

84 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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Yeah, I know about the shopmobility places, problem is we're out in the sticks here and there's nothing like that around.

I'll check the lightweight scooters out but he still has to get it in the car somehow.

Thanks for replies.
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Matt Harper

4,496 posts

107 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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This company definitely used to have a dealer or two in the UK - their products are very popular in the US.

http://www.bruno.com/bruno-vehicle-lifts.html

Another manufacturer that makes good mobility products is Harmar Mobility, in Sarasota FL

http://www.harmarmobility.com/products/viewCat.cfm...

ninja-lewis

2,504 posts

96 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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gedG said:
I'm pretty sure that someone my parents knew had some sort of crane system fitted to their big Volvo estate for excactly this.
My grandparents have exactly that for an electric wheelchair. Motorised arm that swings in and out of the back of their Nissan X-Trail then lifts/lowers the folded up wheelchair.

IIRC they originally got the car on Motability but bought it at the end of the lease to privately fit the lift.

S Line Luxury

91 posts

72 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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surely somehthing like a berlingo is perfect, low rear boot with a nice light weight ramp, then just us a spare seatbelt bolted somewhere sensible to tether it

dan19evans

4,945 posts

73 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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S Line Luxury said:
surely somehthing like a berlingo is perfect, low rear boot with a nice light weight ramp, then just us a spare seatbelt bolted somewhere sensible to tether it
yikes You must be either ill or an imposter.. the real S Line Luxury would've suggested an Audi...

S Line Luxury

91 posts

72 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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couldnt really think of anything audi that would of done the job, if they did people carriers they would of taken this into consideration as part of the design im sure

OnTheOverrun

3,965 posts

83 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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S Line Luxury said:
couldnt really think of anything audi that would of done the job, if they did people carriers they would of taken this into consideration as part of the design im sure
Best the OP's friend actively avoids any S-line Audi as the poor bugger already has trouble walking, the concrete suspension might just finish him off! hehe

DangerousMike

11,327 posts

98 months

Sunday 11th July 2010
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what if you could make a scooter faster, so that you didn't need the car? chip it and give it some beefy batteries, perhaps a roll cage and a bit of a weight loss programme.

Elskeggso

3,039 posts

93 months

Monday 12th July 2010
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S Line Luxury said:
surely somehthing like a berlingo is perfect, low rear boot with a nice light weight ramp, then just us a spare seatbelt bolted somewhere sensible to tether it
S Line Luxury in "French car recommendation" shocker

aclivity

3,867 posts

94 months

Monday 12th July 2010
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My father in law has something a bit like this: folding scooter

Fits into the boot of his Corsa when folded. I suppose the only addition he could do with would be an in-car charger (and a power socket in the boot) so that it charges the battery as he drives.

tcmobility

1 posts

71 months

Saturday 17th July 2010
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Hi,

Try this link for the lift that I Believe you are looking for:: www.easylifter.co.uk

Regards,
Gary.
Three Counties Mobility