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  • #75583
    new wheels…..

    Which wheels do you prefer?

    I have a sales rep coming to see me on Tuesday afternoon with a selection of mobility scooters for me to look at and try out.

    I really have no idea which type to go for. There are fold up ones said to be lightweight enough to carry onto public transport. There are 3 wheelers for shopping etc, They have off-road ones (I do live in a very rural area), 4MPH or 6MPH. Anyone wish to share their experience with any of them please.

    I doubt a self propelling wheelchair would be good as my arms are quite weak and I have breathing problems, but then again the exercise may do me some good if I were to get one of those.

    I don’t drive due to the wobbly legs, so something that folds up to go in the boot of a taxi or friends car would be needed. As for manual wheelchairs, well, I really don’t like the idea of being pushed around by someone, I want to go out alone sometimes and I value my independence too much to be pushed by someone. I need to be in control of where I want to go in my wheelchair.

    Any advise would be helpful, thanks

    7rainbows
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    #96560
    Re: new wheels…..

    Steer Clear (pardon the pun) of anything three wheeled, particularly if you intend going shopping with it. You’ll be surprised how little additional weight can make it unbalanced, especially as you’ll be tempted to use the basket they tend to put on these things on the steering columns, which is a disastrous combination on three wheels. You will also need considerable strength in your arms to steer these things if you put shopping in that basket on the steering column. You’ll find you have to hit inclines dead straight or you’ll find yourself either rolling off your seat or the whole thing rolling over ! Important on four wheels, critical on three. It’s hard to do but, not impossible… that’s not a dare :D :D :D

    You’ll find living in a rural area that nothing is obviously close & you’d probably benefit from one of the larger type scooters as you will want the reassurance of battery life & range & being able to handle uneven/slippery surfaces. And I’m assuming dropped kerbs won’t be in abundance.

    Also, I imagine they’ll be a lack of suitable street lighting so you’ll need bigger batteries to make the most of the lights fitted on scooters. Power chairs don’t all come with these factory fitted & for the battery drain issue, I am grateful & tend to use my own rechargeable bike lights I’ve bought for myself. Depending on the weight of the scooter, I’m thinking 70amp batteries & above. 50 amp is fine if you’re based in town. Always bear in mind this when using your lights, if you get small capacity batteries. Once the first light has gone out, the others tend to follow pretty quickly.

    All of those requirements will contradict the functionality of something being supplied that’s foldable I’m afraid & can be transported easily but, hopefully it’ll give you food for thought & some idea of the things to ask about when having scooters demo’d for you.

    All of this is based on my Wife’s struggles with her own scooter. So, we hope you find it helpful ;-)

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    I, Disabled Bloke
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    #96561
    Re: new wheels…..

    Hi, this is probably a bit late and maybe you’re all sorted now but have you considered an electric wheelchair eg Otto bock, much more versatile than a scooter in my experience.

    amaladhi
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    #96562
    Re: new wheels…..

    Well, I got myself a big, chunky, 4 wheeled scooter that goes 8mph and can do up to 20 miles on a fully charged battery. Iv been out on it a couple of times to get used to it. Yet to tackle the roundabout and main road that runs into town though.

    Iv also got a powerchair ordered from my GP, which is foldable to take in a car, of course I will be able to use it on public transport as well. Still waiting for that.

    7rainbows
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    #96563
    Re: new wheels…..

    Will done!

    This will improve your quality of life!

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #96564
    Re: new wheels…..

    @7rainbows wrote:

    Iv also got a powerchair ordered from my GP, which is foldable to take in a car, of course I will be able to use it on public transport as well. Still waiting for that.

    I am liking the sound of this :yes: I might be in the market for one before too long, be really interested to hear how you get on with it [and how the person huffing it in and out of car boots does too]

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    AM
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    #96565
    Re: new wheels…..

    Wheelchair cars can give you that boost in your freedom, and improve your independence.

    AndyWheels
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    #96566
    Re: new wheels…..

    I have just taken charge on my new powered wheelchair. What a god send, it has made my life so much easier. Once I stop banging into the door frames, there isn’t much paint left. Looks like I will have to have the decorators in. Did anybody else have this problem, maybe because I have never driven a car, that might be it.

    checkout.no7

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    #96567
    Re: new wheels…..

    @20-59-57+64 wrote:

    I have just taken charge on my new powered wheelchair. What a god send, it has made my life so much easier. Once I stop banging into the door frames, there isn’t much paint left. Looks like I will have to have the decorators in. Did anybody else have this problem, maybe because I have never driven a car, that might be it.

    lol you can always tell a wheelchair users house from the condition of the door frame.. i even skelp the doors walls with my walker. they only way to cut down on bumps is to turn speed way down. and practice. eventually your body can work the tight turns without you really thinking of it. have fun and ditch any rugs

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #96568
    Re: new wheels…..

    Thanks for the advice, I will get rid of the rugs and turn the speed down, until I get use to it.

    checkout.no7

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    #96569
    Re: new wheels…..

    Just the other day I scraped the wall when manoevring and I’ve been using a power chair on and off since I was a teenager. My issue is I have to visualise things like when I am back up or taking a tight corner as I cannot turn my head or look down/to the side.

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    sar78 sar78
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    #96570
    Re: new wheels…..

    I have low down and long mirrors on my tightest corners and in areas I need to reverse any great distance.

    """""""What doesn't kill you makes you stronger""""""

    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #96571
    Re: new wheels…..

    I have been fortunate enough to have two types. A small one that lives in the care boot and is removed with a small crane. I have also just bought a second hand Road King with 13″ wheels (I also live in a rural area too). This has been a blessing to me, allowing me to get out and about in the village and see things I have not seen in years because I have always used the car. I could have used the small one but there are so many cars parked on the pavement that I could not have even got out of my driveway. So I added that in to the melting pot too when considering a larger, and road legal scooter. I need to make some mods to it yet for the camera and iphone, and then of course there is the radio and ………..!
    Well on a different note, what does everyone thing about insurance? I have been looking at the costs and they do not seem too prohibitive, are they any recommendations?
    A final thought. I did contact the AA about my new vehicle, and despite having number plates, a V5 and if necessary a tax disk it is not considered a vehicle and is not covered by their recovery facilities.Motorbikes, mopeds, caravans and lots of other things are but scooters no. Ho hum. I did make a formal complaint but as usual there is no reply. Does anyone know if any of the other recovery firms include scooters?

    Best wishes

    Mike

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    embayweather embayweather
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    #96572
    Re: new wheels…..

    You could try royal sun aliance they do motability cars. And motability do wheelchairs and scooters someone must insure the bigger road chairs.

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