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Old 01-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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Protecting my Power Wheelchair

Due to bad knees and no health insurance, I use a power wheelchair instead of walking long distances. I carry it on a ramped carrier behind my Class C MH.

I cut a piece of pond liner (45mil rubber) to fit the floor of the carrier and cover the chair with a motorcycle cover. Is there anything else I can do to protect it?
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Make sure you attach the cover tightly. when a cover flaps it will make a mark in the paint
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #3
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Sounds like a good plan..

My wife uses a mobility scooter (Way less expensive, less powerful and slower but easier for her) and I use a grill cover on it, Grill covers come in all sorts of sizes.

Your motorcycle cover is kind of a grill cover on steroids so its' a good choice.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #4
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On our prior MH we did same. On the floor of the ramp we had one of those interlocking foam mats and used a grill cover with the pull strings to tighten it. Also had straps that went over the whole thing and ratched down to hold the scooter, over 4,000 miles on one trip with no problems or damage to the scooter.
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The most important part to protect is the electronic control. It takes very little moisture to destroy them. We lost one due to a leaky tarp. And at $600 to $1200 to replace, it is an expensive lesson.

I now fasten a plastic bag over the controls prior to covering the chair. Double protection never hurts.
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I found a used folding power chair for $320 on Craigslist while passing thru Tucson last Spring. I can remove the batteries and fold the chair. That way I can carry it on a tilt rack on my Smart Car. I carry it assembled behind the MH, but it's nice to have options. I looked at scooters, but this works better for me -- at least until I qualify for Medicare in 2016 and can get these old knees replaced.

Thanks for the suggestions. Those mats will probably work better.
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