I personally always keep a small two
foot long folding ramp in my
van at all times.
Because you can guarantee that there is some curb or step somewhere ready to spoil my
I don't need it very often, but on the odd occasion I do need
it, then it is absolutely invaluable.
It pays to be prepared and get get one of these BEFORE you are stopped
from getting into that shop/bar/courtroom/wedding or whatever. Be
I just got mine out of the van.
Its a typical example. Its short at two feet, because that is adequate to get up
the majority of steps or curb stones, or up a step into a shop or onto a dance
floor to chat up that fit bird! It folds in half as most do, and weighs
very little so I can easily carry and deploy it alone from my wheelchair. I can
even pick it up again using my Grabber!
There are many manufacturers of these things and sellers all
over the internet. Do yourself a favour and go buy one online! If you are a full time
wheelie then you cant really justify NOT having one!
One hand is enough to lift or carry it much like a suitcase
once folded up.
Longer ones are available of course, in multiples of feet. So
3 feet, 4, 5, 6 are all available. But what's the point of a longer ramp that
you wont leave in your vehicle since its too big? And longer than 3 feet
tend to be a little flexible and weak for a full sized powerchair with an adult
in it anyway. Or too heavy.
The step that this one is leaning on is my staircase. Now
obviously I can get up that! It was meant to show how it works and how steep it
That step is tall at 10 inches. The ramp looks quite steep.
But I use it on similar steps and curbs all the time in
my powerchair without any bother. If its too
steep then I just reverse up! Better than tipping out the back!
A 3 feet long one is both too big for leaving in the van and
not long enough for two steps. A four feet long one folds twice. As does the 5
feet long version so is heavy.
These larger ones CAN do 2 steps. But while they fold up quite small but
thicker and heavier they struggle with the weight of an adult in a heavy full
size power wheelchair. At least all the ones I have tried. If any other
manufacturers wish to send some for me to check out then feel free!
So for automotive "keep with you" gear then longer ones are a step too
far. The weight and inconvenience seems too much and they take too much space.
Much better to stick with the small light 2 foot long one shown below.