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Updated:  26-Mar-09

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MY OWN VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan


VW Caravelle VR6

MY HOME BUILT ULTIMATE POWERCHAIRS:
My SLIGHTLY Modified Improved Powerchair

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My VERY Modified Off Road & All terrain DO ALL Powerchair!
Part 1 | 2 | 3


MISCELLANEOUS POWERCHAIR RELATED:
What Goes Wrong Power Wheelchairs

Powerchair Tyres

Drive your Powerchair by Radio Control

Powerchairs & Range


Off Road DO ALL Indoor & Outdoor Powerchairs

Off Road ONLY Outdoor Powerchairs & 4x4
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Manual or Electric Wheelchair?

Why ALL Powerchairs NEED  to be Off Road Capable!

Choosing  a Suitable Powerchair

Wheelchair Width


BATTERY AND ELECTRICAL (POWERCHAIRS & SCOOTERS + MOTOR VEHICLES):
Batteries for Both Vans & Power Wheelchairs


Inverters & Chargers

Very flexible charger!


Charging Batteries

Fast Charge Your Power Wheelchair

Which batteries to buy


"DRIVE FROM A WHEELCHAIR" VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan 1

Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Dodge Grand Caravan 4

Latest 2008 2009 2010 Disabled Converted Dodge Chrysler And Voyager Minivans
 
Chrysler Voyager Entervan Diesel

Suzuki Wagon R

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Mercedes Vito - soon!
Kia Sedona - soon!


INSURANCE:
Modified Disabled Vehicle Insurance

Breakdown Cover

USED VEHICLES & OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Disabled Adapted Cars

WHEELCHAIR TRANSPORT
& DRIVE BY TRANSFERRING:


VW Caravelle

Dodge Grand Caravan can be used to transport up to 4 Wheelchair Seated Occupants

Fiat Doblo

Renault Kangoo - soon!
Citroen Berlingo
- soon!
Citroen Dispatch
- soon!
Kia Sedona
- soon!
Volkswagen Sharan
Mercedes Vaneos
Toyota Hiace
Fiat Multiplas
(Wheelchair
passenger travels in the front)

Kangoo ASSIST
(wheelchair
passenger transfers & drives)


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Understanding


Grabbers

Puncture proof tyres

Run Flat tyres
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Tyre Weld Aerosol

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Wheelchair Ramps

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Tools!


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Hand Controls Electronic
Van / Car Door openers
Van / Car Wheelchair Tie Downs

 


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How to lose weight  FAST!

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A RUNFLAT Dunlop tyre! (tire)Run Flat Tyres!  

As a full time wheelchair user getting out of my van to change a wheel in the event of a puncture or flat tyre isn't really an option! 

I just cannot afford to get stranded in the middle of nowhere waiting to see if a repair guy can get to me. I have potential pressure sore and ileostomy issues to worry about!

Fortunately for us they now make tyres that you can drive on even when you do get a puncture.   That's right you can do 100 miles or so at 50 mph all the way home safely!

And they fit on standard wheel rims like yours!

I just ordered a set of these Dunlop 245/50 18 Sport Maxx GT ROF tyres. (Tires if you happen to be an American!) Click image for a bigger view.  They look exactly the same as the Dunlop ordinary tyres do.  But they allow me to drive safely home in the event of a puncture.

 If you are a wheelchair user and you drive a car consider buying a set of these now!  Before it happens!  No more wheel changes needed leaving you stranded and waiting for rescue... 

Call  your friendly tyre shop today!

For e.g. the cheap Korean "Ecsta" tyres fitted to my van at the moment come in exactly the same style, tread pattern, and sizes both in normal tubeless and these "Run Flat" versions.

The run flat ones are around 30 pounds more expensive than the normal ones are. A small price to pay for peace of mind and ability to get home easily! 

 

How they work
In the beginning there were all kinds of experimentation, with everything from multiple tubes, canisters of gas strapped to the wheel centre with gunk to fix the puncture and blow it back up, to a heavy solid rubber inner "tyre" that the weight sat on when the normal tyre deflated.

All of these previous methods required special wheels and expensive equipment.

Today there are many tyres on the market that allow you to drive a hundred plus miles at sensible speeds on a flat tyre on your stock rims. They do this by having specially stiffened sidewalls.

They fit onto your stock wheels and look exactly the same as standard tyres. They require no special wheels or equipment. 

Technically you should also fit an aftermarket tyre pressure monitor as well and these are pretty cheap. Ranging from fancy valve caps to electronic systems that display pressures inside the vehicle.  Otherwise you may not notice you actually have a puncture. But if you are an alert driver you can feel it as a SLIGHTLY soggy tyre... And you can see it as you walk (wheel) around the vehicle too. Looks like it needs some air!  So as long as you understand this you could probably not worry about the pressure monitors...  Unless there are legal requirements in your country that is.

Downsides: They cost more, they are slightly heavier, they give a slightly harsher ride. Its not easy to tell though so don't let this put you off.  All small prices to pay if you are a wheelchair user...

 

  Positives: Punctures are no longer a worry, essential practicality and no need to carry a spare freeing up some space in our modified cars and vans! .

And its a good excuse to fit those bigger fancy alloy wheels you wanted anyway! 

And since you now need to carry no spare wheel you can have a LPG conversion where the donut shaped tank replaces the original spare wheel.

Which is my next step since LPG is far less than half the price of Petrol or Diesel.

 

Menu:

Detailed PowerChair Only Menu

Detailed Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Menu


Related:

Powerchair Tyre Pressures  What should they be and why?

Tyre Weld Aerosol Punctures. We just love those! At least get et a can of tyre repair foam today!

Puncture Proof Tyres I mean real puncture proof, like the military use. NOT solid, foam filled, inserts or and of the other  "mobility solutions" that jar your spine every few feet outdoors. There are better ways.

Powerchair Tyres
A page discussing the types of powerchair tyres we have, can get, and which are best and why. Advantages and disadvantages of each type. So you know what to look for or to swap over to!

Powerchair Tyres Solids or Pneumatic?
Advantages and disadvantages of each type
. Which should you fit?

Run Flat Tyres for your car or van.


 

 

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