DRIVE FROM YOUR WHEELCHAIR
VANS & CARS MOSTLY!
As an guy that used to build V8 drag race cars and bikes and SERIOUS race engines for my own customers, I know a good deal about vehicles... So when I started looking around for adapted vehicles that I could easily drive from my powerchair things got interesting!
My own van that I drive from a wheelchair at a local pub in my home town in the summer evening.Lowered suspension not activated so ramp is steeper than usual
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My van details:
My older van here:
A powerchair needs a van to transport it for longer trips. This may be one where you have a driver and ride in the passenger compartment or where you drive FROM your wheelchair. As I do. Trust me driving from a wheelchair, especially a GOOD powerchair is very liberating.
I now have my life and independence back. These things are not just a good idea they are essential! There are many new designs, and quality manufacturers in 2011/12 as I write this. Unlike the stagnated powerchair market wheelchair accessible cars and vans have become well developed, and there's lots of choice!
I drive from a power wheelchair. A simple electronic tie down locks the powerchair in position.
Roll mouse over image to deploy the ramp and lower the
This took me ages. Notice Arnie on guard duty...
He is waiting for his
walk and wondering what I am wasting time doing.
ITS EASY TO JUST BITCH AND MOAN, The difference here is that I know how to do this stuff LOTS better than anything that I could buy. So, I put my own money and skills where my mouth is.
As such I build my own far superior power wheelchairs in my BEDROOM since there doesn't seem to be any choice. As usual I have to do it myself. As a paraplegic guy this really isn't easy, but I can do this for about 1/3rd of the cost of a cheaply built "proper" chair...
And while using modern far better technology as well as hugely better build quality and design, such as Kevlar lined tubeless tyres for smooth ride, and no punctures, stainless bearings and bolts so nothing corrodes or fails, a huge but light lithium battery power for massive range or to just charge weekly like your phone, 150 Amp 45 volt control system for more speed, power & efficiency and much, much more.
Including less weight, very compact truly indoor capable design, rearward C of G good for control and wheelie capability and soft ground, etc.
WAY more of "everything good" in fact than all the chairs offered by the REAL manufacturers. And built to a standard that really should embarrass them. In total it costs me about 2.5 to 3k UK Pounds per chair! (4 to 5k US Dollars?) PLUS my time and effort obviously, doing one at a time at full retail prices. And you wonder why I bother? #
I can build 3 of these power wheelchairs for the same price as one "official" mobility company bought powerchair!!!
BM2 REDESIGNED AND BUILT IN A BEDROOM - a heavily modified sunrise F55 powerchair! Very heavily! But still lead powered and slow.
BM3 - A LITHIUM Powered, 15MPH, 45 MILE RANGE, INDOOR/OUTDOOR POWER WHEELCHAIR built by me, and for me, only for my own use. Only the round tube frame is from an F55 powerchair. And a few other minor insignificant bits.
But I do post all the info and details on here to help others do the same. And to encourage the real manufacturers to get with the show! (10 years late!)
Have done this for myself for 10+ years since landing in a wheelchair and discovering that all powerchairs were frankly useless, under engineered, overweight, badly designed and unreliable!
The one at the top of this page for e.g. is my BM2 or previous generation chair and the one I am sat in, in the pub, typing this page from. Scroll down to see more info and pages/versions of my own powerchairs should you be interested.
I am just in the process of finally assembling the 3rd incarnation of my latest powerchair! Called BM3 (for Burgerman 3) Its quantum leap better in every direction than anything you can actually buy (and follows on from the BM1 and BM2 powerchairs) for the following reasons:
HERE, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, EXCEEDS ALL SPEED, SIZE, WEIGHT, RANGE, CONTROL, BUILD QUALITY, RIDE COMFORT, POWER 7 TORQUE PARAMETERS OF EVERY OTHER POWERCHAIR AVAILABLE.
IT ALSO USES A 3000 WATT HOUR LITHIUM BATTERY WITH 10 YEAR LIFE FOR 45+ MILES REAL WORLD RANGE. WANT A DECENT POWERCHAIR? YOU CANT BUY ONE. YOU NEED TO BUILD YOUR OWN LIKE THIS!
More important than all of the above, it is designed SO ALL OF IT WORKS TOGETHER to create a tight, light, capable, compact indoor/outdoor all day (all week!) powerchair that just WORKS WELL, GOES ANYWHERE, GOES FAST, GOES THE DISTANCE...
Ask YOUR wheelchair manufacturer why your chair doesn't do all the above?
LINKS TO MY HOMEBUILT POWERCHAIRS BM1, BM2 & BM3
SO WHAT'S NEW?
This Transmitter booster: JR 12X + Wi-Fi Booster
Its for my Quad Copter here: TBS Discovery
Lots of stuff is changed and updated daily, so its hard to say exactly but these are interesting! Just added a page showing where I build these powerchairs. I do it in a bedroom! + Pride's Quantum "Rehab" Q6 "Edge" Powerchair review & Drive from VW + Review of the horrid "Spectra Plus" + Ultimate do everything charger + My T-Rex 500 helicopter! + Why all powerchairs should be off road capable! and manual wheelchair "add on" power-packs (and powered wheels) + Disabled transport - Peugeot E7 - Save cash! LED home lighting - convert Hyperion charger to Bluetooth and tons more. See below: