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Old 03-11-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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The wife and i are planning a major cross country trip this summer and as my walking ability is limited to about 100 ft,she suggested i buy a wheel chair for the trip, would need something light and portable any one have experience with packing a wheel chair for a trip and how light and portable can they get?
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:52 PM
 
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The wife and i are planning a major cross country trip this summer and as my walking ability is limited to about 100 ft,she suggested i buy a wheel chair for the trip, would need something light and portable any one have experience with packing a wheel chair for a trip and how light and portable can they get?
Thanks
There are very lightweight ones, easy to fold pack in auto. Amazon is a great source.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Is there any way you can work on building your stamina or walking ability? I met a man in a wheelchair, once, & he told me, getting in the wheelchair was the worst decision of his life, as he became totally dependent on it, & lost the little mobility he had. Some tourist or National Parks will have loaner chairs, which would be easier on your wife than lugging the chair in & out of the car.
I do sympathize with loss of mobility, ( I am a stroke survivor), but if at all possible, keep working on keeping what you have & gaining a little back. Maybe talk to your dr or see if a local senior citizen center offers exercise in a chair options, etc.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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Is there any way you can work on building your stamina or walking ability? I met a man in a wheelchair, once, & he told me, getting in the wheelchair was the worst decision of his life, as he became totally dependent on it, & lost the little mobility he had. Some tourist or National Parks will have loaner chairs, which would be easier on your wife than lugging the chair in & out of the car.
I do sympathize with loss of mobility, ( I am a stroke survivor), but if at all possible, keep working on keeping what you have & gaining a little back. Maybe talk to your dr or see if a local senior citizen center offers exercise in a chair options, etc.
I get your point but for me its too late to think im going to recover by physically pushing myself, i go to the gymn every day,do chair yoga twice a week and swimming twice a week yet after 5 years on this regime i'm
just deteriorating to the point walking from car to grocery store is a painful chore then actually walking around the store leaves me out of breath and needing to sit down every few minutes, with a wheel chair this wouldnt be such a problem. I'd really like to do this trip this year as my kidneys are down to 20% function and the need for Dialysis is fast approaching.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I get your point but for me its too late to think im going to recover by physically pushing myself, i go to the gymn every day,do chair yoga twice a week and swimming twice a week yet after 5 years on this regime i'm
just deteriorating to the point walking from car to grocery store is a painful chore then actually walking around the store leaves me out of breath and needing to sit down every few minutes, with a wheel chair this wouldnt be such a problem. I'd really like to do this trip this year as my kidneys are down to 20% function and the need for Dialysis is fast approaching.

I am happy that you are working so hard to keep your strength up. I am sure there are plenty of foldable wheelchairs, my Aunt used one, it fit in the trunk of the car. Or even those new rollator walkers have seats on them. Enjoy your trip & safe travels.
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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A transport chair is usually the lightest kind of wheelchair you can get. It's still going to weigh at least 25 pounds, and won't have the big wheels so you can push yourself. The ones with the bigger wheels weigh more, 35 pounds and up. My mom can get my dad's wheelchair in and out of the car (has to go in the back seat in her car, it won't fit the trunk) but it takes a lot of muscle and maneuvering and she usually struggles with it until someone walking past sees her distress and helps her with it.

Sitting in a wheelchair in hot weather is like going around with your butt and thighs wrapped in a coat. You'll sweat more, and maybe even get rashes from the heat. If you need the chair, you need it, but pack some Gold Bond powder to keep jock itch at bay.
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Old 03-11-2018, 03:36 PM
 
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I'll need one with the big wheels so i can get around on my own and not rely on the wife pushing me every where.
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Old 03-11-2018, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Oh, do I sympathize with you and your wife. My late husband was a "wheelchair driver" for the last five years of his life, although he was rarely the driver -- I was the pusher. I ended up needing physical therapy on my left shoulder from pushing him around.

Transport wheelchairs are lightweight and foldable, but someone has to be the pusher, as all four wheels are small and the person in the wheelchair cannot push him/herself.

Regular sized wheelchairs are much heavier, still foldable, but it's a struggle getting them folded up and into and out of the car. We had a wheelchair that was basically a transport wheelchair with removable larger wheels. All told it weighed 42 pounds. I used to take the big wheels off before folding the chair up to get it into the car, and then put the big wheels back on after removing it from the car.

In the house, my husband got himself around with the big wheels. When we were out, he wasn't strong enough to move himself along, especially if the ground was bumpy or grassy, so I always pushed him. This is where my shoulder gave out.

Have you considered an electric scooter? That's what a lot of people use when they can walk some, but not long distances.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:15 PM
 
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OP this is what you should look into:
https://www.sportaid.com/sportaid-wh...SAAEgJG4fD_BwE



Lightweight Titanium Folding Wheelchair.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: For Pig Latin Ess-Pray Ee-Thray
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There are lifts and carriers that mount on the back of your car. Looks a lot easier than folding and stuffing a wheelchair into your car. Heres some examples.

https://www.discountramps.com/wheelc...rriers/c/3200/


If youre looking at a scooter they have lifts for that too. Heres a how to video.


https://www.discountramps.com/tilt-a...p/350ARV-Mini/
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