By Jason Stark
If you are a mobility scooter user and want to extend the reach of your scooter, you will want to read this article.
Even if the spring was not in full spring as it is, the idea of going for a trip to some distant city and using your mobility scooter there is intriguing. You could drive in a whole new area, visit shops and cafes, and who knows what interesting new people you could meet! In this article I’ll describe the most popular kinds of mobile scooter carriers. These enable you to simply and effectively load your scooter into a car without the need to disassemble your mobility scooter to components, and without the need to lift them in and out of the car. The traveling will be fun and easy once again!
The three types of mobile scooter carriers are Ramp Based Carriers, Tilt-a-Rack based Carriers, and Lift Platform Based Carriers. Let’s look at the advantages and the disadvantages of each one of them. Regardless which type, keep in mind that all of them will allow you to never need to disassemble your scooter to transport it.
Ramp Based Mobility Carriers
These mobility scooter carriers consist of a fixed platform that is attached to the hitch of the car, truck, or van. It is at a fixed height. Hinging on it to the side is the ramp that can be lifted or dropped. In the dropped down position, you can drive the mobile scooter up on the ramp and onto the fixed platform. The upside of the ramp based carrier is the simplicity of driving the scooter up the ramp. It sure helps further if you can lower the ramp to the curb, thus reducing the angle of the incline. The downside of the arrangement is that, in most cases, some strength is needed to get the scooter up the ramp.
Tilt-a-Rack Based Mobility Scooter Carriers
These are similar to Ramp based, but the platform on which the mobility scooter resides is not fixed, but can be rotated around the axe, and it can serve as a ramp itself when tilted. The procedure then would be to tilt the platform first, drive the scooter on it, and then rotate the platform back into the horizontal place where it is locked in.
Obviously, unless you can find a high enough curb, the disadvantage of the Tilt-a-Rack based mobile scooter carrier is a relatively steep angle of incline, even when compared with the ramp based scooter carrier. The upside is a lower weight as the carrier platform doubles as a ramp as well. Finally, the third kind of the mobility scooter carrier requires no physical strength upon loading the scooter. It is a lift platform based carrier.
Lift Platform Based Mobile Scooter Carrier
This carrier is attached to the hitch of the car just like the previous two. The difference is that the lift platform includes an electricity-powered lift with a motor and actuators that allow for a push-button lowering and raising of the horizontal carrier platform. Just lower the platform to the ground, push the mobile scooter onto the platform, secure the scooter and lift the platform back up. That is it. Compared to the tilt-a-rack and ramp based solutions above, the only disadvantage of this solution is its steeper price. This is by far the easiest and most convenient way to load and unload a mobility scooter carrier.