How Can I Transport a Wheelchair?

How Can I Transport a Wheelchair?

As a current or future wheelchair user, you may be asking yourself, “How can I transport a wheelchair?”. The ability to travel with your wheelchair and take it with you everywhere you go can help you regain your mobile independence. In this article, we are going to go through a number of ways that you can transport a wheelchair, so you can make an informed decision on what will work best for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Foldable Wheelchair

Folding wheelchairs come in at number one on our list of ways that you can transport a wheelchair. This is because, without a doubt, it is the easiest and most affordable for wheelchair users. Here at EasyGo Mobility, we provide foldable electric wheelchairs that fold in 3 easy steps, so you don’t have to fidget with disassembling pieces. With the ability to fold into a compact size, you will still be able to use your trunk for shopping bags. Additionally, our folding wheelchairs are more affordable than any other option mentioned on this list, not to mention we offer various financing options.

Disassembling Wheelchair

The second most popular way to transport a wheelchair is by using a disassembling wheelchair. As the name implies, this type of wheelchair can break down into multiple parts. This makes them more manageable to lift up and put into the trunk of your vehicle. Keep in mind that disassembling may be difficult for some people who have limited mobility or arthritis in their fingers, wrists, and/or arms. Additionally, if you have a hard time bending over, disassembling wheelchairs could be difficult to manage if you plan on using it fairly regularly. If you want to read a comparison on foldable vs disassembling wheelchairs, check out this article.

Platform Lift

A platform lift, like the Bruno Joey Platform Lift shown below, is able to lift up your wheelchair or scooter from the ground and into your vehicle. A platform lift is very convenient as you can drive your wheelchair right onto the platform. They have a 350-pound weight capacity, so most scooters and wheelchairs under this weight are compatible. Then, use the remote to automatically raise the lift, and bring it safely into your vehicle. This can be a good option for those that have difficulties bending over. But, as you can see, this lift requires a large SUV or van in order to accommodate. Additionally, you lose out on storage in your trunk as it takes up a lot of space. Keep in mind that platform lifts can be on the more expensive side.

Hitch Lift

Hitch lifts, like the Bruno Out-Sider seen below, can carry wheelchairs or scooters on the outside of your vehicle. This can be helpful if your vehicle has a towing ability, but not enough space for a platform lift. Additionally, you will still have access to your trunk for storage. Again, this type of lift can accommodate wheelchairs or scooters weighing 350 pounds or less. A hitch lift is generally more affordable than a platform lift as it is easier to install and has fewer mechanics, but is still fairly expensive.

Wheelchair Accessible Van

Of course, a wheelchair-accessible van is always an option if you are looking to transport a wheelchair. These types of vans are converted specifically for wheelchair users. They offer either rear ramps or side door ramps to help the wheelchair user drive right into the van. This is a great option if you have assistance with you when you are looking to use it. Wheelchair-accessible vans can be upwards of a hundred thousand dollars, so keep this in mind if you are considering it. Some may be able to get insurance coverage or grants from charities.

Accessible Taxi Services

Most taxi companies in your area will have a handful of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But, they can be difficult to book from time to time and you typically have to book at least a few hours in advance, if not more. Recently Uber has come out with UberWAV, which can accommodate electric wheelchair users who do not use foldable electric wheelchairs. Simply download the Uber app to your phone, and choose the option UberWAV when you are selecting which type of ride want. UberWAV is not available everywhere and still may require pre-booking due to how new it is. But, it is a step in the right direction for taxi companies to become more accessible.

Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Portable wheelchair ramps can be a good option for those with a heavy wheelchair that does not disassemble. A lot of smaller wheelchairs can fit in the back of an SUV or van with the seats down. If you have the space, a ramp might be a good option for you. Ramps are definitely one of the more affordable options on this list, but require a decent amount of strength and stability to roll your wheelchair up the ramp and into your vehicle.

Public Transportation

One of the less-fun options on this list is public transportation. Public transportation, like city buses, can accommodate most sizes of wheelchairs. Every city will have different size requirements for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment, so if you’re unsure, it’s best to reach out to your area’s transportation office. Public transportation is the most affordable option on this list, but it comes with its cons. Bad weather, a full bus, indirect routes, and unfriendly passengers can all make public transportation a less-than-ideal option.

Roof Chair Topper

I left this option for last, as it’s not a super popular way to transport a wheelchair. But, it’s still good to mention it because it might be convenient for you. One of the most popular versions of the roof chair topper is by BraunAbility, seen below. This specific chair topper is essentially a capsule that sits on the top of your vehicle. Then, it is able to lift the wheelchair up, and then turn it horizontally so it sits inside of the capsule while you are driving. Not every roof chair topper is this fancy, you can find some that are more manual, which will be more affordable. Keep in mind that this might not work on all vehicles, and will add weight and height to your vehicle as well.

Practice Makes Perfect

The first time that you load up your wheelchair, no matter how you do it, it will be difficult. Every way that you can transport a wheelchair will have a learning curve. But, the more times you do it, the easier it will be. You will get faster and more comfortable transporting your wheelchair in no time. 

Closing Statements

There are a number of ways that you are able to transport a wheelchair. Hopefully, in the future, there will be even more as accessibility options become more available. If you are between a few different options, try to make a chart and weigh out the pros and cons of each option. This can make it easier to visualize how you will transport a wheelchair on a regular basis. If you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility’s foldable power chairs, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Loading EasyGo into a vehicle with the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels

Loading EasyGo into a vehicle with the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels

Loading EasyGo Powerchair into a vehicle with the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels

Want to make loading the EasyGo Powerchair even easier and more convenient? Not possible, you say? Think again! We offer the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels as an additional accessory to go with your EasyGo Powerchair.

The EasyLoad is a set of two wheels that attach to your EasyGo. These wheels make loading the EasyGo Powerchair into your vehicle even easier with added convenience.

First, start by unfolding the EasyLoad wheels from the battery.

Second, line up the chair and EasyLoad with the edge of your trunk or flatbed.

Third, lift from the bottom and allow the chair to use the EasyLoad Wheels as leverage to lift.

Loading EasyGo Into Vehicle

Fourth, finish loading the EasyGo by pushing the chair into the trunk or flatbed and into your preferred position.

In addition to the EasyGo Powerchairs, we offer the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels which can be used to make loading easier.

You are now an expert at loading the EasyGo Powerchair! Give yourself a pat on the back. If you have any questions and want to talk to the real experts, give us a call at 1-833-709-3499 or send us an email at cs@easygomobility.com.
We can’t wait to hear from you and how we can help you and your mobility!

How to Fold the EasyGo Power Chairs

How to Fold the EasyGo Power Chairs

We wanted to provide Americans with a power chair that was not only one of the lightest available, but also easy and quick to both use, and fold. This is the inspiration behind creating the EasyGo Powerchair. Other power chairs are either not portable, very heavy, or unable to fold. But EasyGo has it all.

We are going to walk you through exactly how to fold the EasyGo Powerchair.

Stick around, it’s going to be a smooth ride…

Folding your EasyGo Powerchair may seem daunting at first but we promise, it is like learning your ABCs, once you know how, it will be second nature!

First, start with folding down the top of the backrest to expose the casters. (Keep in mind, these casters are very useful when pulling the folded chair behind you as you walk.)

Second, fold the anti-tipping wheels by pulling on the round lever and folding the wheels inward. You will hear a click when they are in the correct place.

Third, pull on the cord at the back of the chair, behind the seat cushion, and pull the chair towards you. This allows it to rest on the casters while the chair folds and automatically locks in place.

For further security, the seat strap can be used to wrap around the chair. Once your EasyGo Powerchair is fully folded, you can use the convenient strap handle to wheel the chair behind you. Or, lift it to load into a vehicle.

For further security, the seat strap can be used to wrap around the chair. Once your EasyGo Powerchair is fully folded, you can use the convenient strap handle to wheel the chair behind you, or lift it to load into a vehicle.

See, folding your EasyGo Power Chair is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

You are now an expert at folding the EasyGo Powerchair! Give yourself a pat on the back. If you have any questions and want to talk to real experts, give us a call at 1-833-709-3499 or send us an email at cs@easygomobility.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

How to Unfold EasyGo Power Chairs

How to Unfold EasyGo Power Chairs

Welcome to the EasyGo Powerchair!

 

Unfolding your EasyGo Powerchair is just as easy and fast as folding it. In just a few short steps, your EasyGo can be unfolded and you will be on your next adventure in no time! Not having to re-assemble your power chair and being able to unfold and go gives you more time and more freedom to enjoy your life.

We are going to walk you through exactly how to unfold the EasyGo Powerchair.

First, begin by locating the unlocking lever on the left side of the battery. Pull the lever towards you and gently push the seat down.

Second, With the chair fully extended, lift it by the backrest

Third, once the chair clicks back into place, unfold the anti-tipping wheels by pulling the round lever and straightening the wheels..

Fourth, unfold the top of the backrest into the seated position and you are ready to start your day!

This simple four step process is just another reason why we are so proud of our product. The EasyGo Powerchair will only make your life easier. The only question you’ll be asking yourself is, where do you want to go first?

You are now an expert at unfolding the EasyGo Powerchair! Give yourself a pat on the back. If you have any questions and want to talk to the real experts, give us a call at 1-833-709-3499 or send us an email at cs@easygomobility.com.
We can’t wait to hear from you and how we can help you and your mobility!

You are now an expert at unfolding the EasyGo Powerchair! Give yourself a pat on the back. Want to know how to fold your EasyGo Powerchair? Take a look at this article. If you have any questions and want to talk to the real experts, give us a call at 1-833-709-3499 or send us an email at cs@easygomobility.com.
We can’t wait to hear from you and how we can help you and your mobility!

How to Load Your EasyGo Electric Wheelchair into Your Vehicle

How to Load Your EasyGo Electric Wheelchair into Your Vehicle

In this short guide, you will learn about two options on how to load your EasyGo Electric Wheelchair into your vehicle for safe and easy transportation. Easy to fold and easy to load, the EasyGo Powerchair does it all. Loading the EasyGo Powerchair into your vehicle is simple and convenient due to its lightweight design. At only 45-50 pounds, depending on the model, the EasyGo can be picked up by the frame and loaded into a trunk.

 

With the Help of EasyLoad

Step 1: Fold the chair down as you would normally. If you’re not sure how to fold it, check out this guide.

 

Step 2: Unfold your EasyLoad wheels from the bottom of your chair, near the battery. Below is an image of what the wheels look like when they are properly unfolded.

Step 3: Place the wheels at the edge of your trunk, then pick up the bottom of the chair and carefully guide it into your trunk. Adjust the placement of your chair if necessary.

Without the Help of EasyLoad

Step 1: Fold the chair down as you would normally.

 

Step 2: Pick up the chair by the the upper back bar and the bar behind the wheels, as shown below. Place it in the back of your vehicle. To help prevent scratching the chair or your vehicle during the transfer, we do offer a Scratch Resistant Vehicle Pad.

Now you know how easy it is to load your EasyGo Electric Wheelchair into your vehicle!

 

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