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    Beach wheelchair

    Hi, can anyone who has used a beach wheelchair before tell me how difficult it was for someone to push through the sand? I understand a lot depends on how firm the sand is, the weight of the person, etc.

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    Most beach wheelchairs cannot be pushed by the person in the chair. There are some power beach wheelchairs that allow you to control the chair. Most need to be operated by a walker.

    Here are videos of a couple of popular manual models:

    http://www.beachwheelchair.com/

    http://www.landeez.com/?page=products

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8zL0lXWPLc

    Here are some power types:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMfjbWLDGMY

    http://www.hotshotproducts.org/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMzhTAIdFrw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdfnyNMPhqc

    This one can be pushed (with certain wheels) by a user who is strong:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iShrnJOTDTg

    (KLD)

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    Sorry, I was referring to the person behind pushing the chair.

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    Thanks for the videos KLD, I'm going to add that list to my site if that's ok with you?

    Hi Landrover, I have a manual wheelchair and have a set of off-road tyres for the back, and a freewheel for the front which handles sand fairly well, although if the sand is really powdery and dry it can still be tough going.

    Saves getting a dedicated beach wheelchair, although you wouldn't want to go into the sea in your own manual wheelchair.

    Regards

    Simon.

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    On Pensacola Beach, my old fart brothers got wore out real quickly, and that was with 2 at a time pushing. We conscripted my nephews to be the designated pushers after that, and even they were quite winded after just one trip from the beach house down to the water. The sand there is pretty loose above the water line, so the chair plowed quite a bit.
    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    On this subject -- I know my son is looking forward to getting into the water (Gulf of Mexico) when it warms up. There are some places here that rent beach wheelchairs, but getting in and out of the water...errr. I don't think that's doable with the pvc ones they rent. Any buying one of the chaise lounge floaters is not a possibility. Anyone got any tips?

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    Whatever you do, don't buy a hippocampe beach wheelchair. Yes they float some but not very well. I don't know his age but have him where a life jacket or floaters for kids. I am 51 and use a life jacket .

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    The rental ones float too well, and will flip you out in a hurry. I got into the surf but did not get out of the chair. My family kept a grip on the chair to keep it stabilized. If you had a life vest on, you might be able to get out of the chair if you got past the surf, otherwise you'd just get rolled in the sand. But it sure felt good to get wet in the rolling waves on a hot day.

    "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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    There are a couple "beach" wheelchair manufacturers that come to mind, which actually make great custom rigs. They are "Box Wheelchairs" and "Lasher Sports".. Google should bring up their info. Hope this helps!
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