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    Driving with Power assist wheelchair

    C7 quad, weak triceps, trunk control is ok, no grip other than tennodesis


    I have a manual chair with the power assist wheels and I'm trying to find the right car configuration for it.
    My current vehicles:
    2003 Braun dodge van.
    I can take the driver seat out and pull in with the wheelchair.
    there is an EZ lock already but they do not make a bracket for under my ti lite chair and I have no additional way to tie down
    2007 honda element
    also has an Ez lock but I am not able to fit the chair in quite right

    getting a car that I transfer into and break down the chair won't work because the power assist wheels are too heavy for me to easily move

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    Could you transfer to a driver seat in van and leave chair assembled? That's what I do with my chair that has power assist wheels. The driver seat is a "transfer seat" so I can slide it back & rotate it to make the transfer from inside van. I use several bungee cords to hook my wheelchair to back of passenger seat and make sure wheel locks are on tight. Not as safe as EZ lock but because I'm not riding in the chair it works for me.

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    i was thinking about that but isnt the transfer seat conversion expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steaksauce View Post
    i was thinking about that but isnt the transfer seat conversion expensive?
    $169 https://www.discountvantruck.com/rvv...eseatbases.htm Thumb down to your year.
    You just swap out your old base for theirs.
    Last edited by nonoise; 07-08-2015 at 11:32 PM.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    about 3k-3500. im c6 no tri's and just went to a full size van after 20+ years driving a car. the transfer seats are cake once you get used to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steaksauce View Post
    i was thinking about that but isnt the transfer seat conversion expensive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steaksauce View Post
    C7 quad, weak triceps, trunk control is ok, no grip other than tennodesis


    I have a manual chair with the power assist wheels and I'm trying to find the right car configuration for it.
    My current vehicles:
    2003 Braun dodge van.
    I can take the driver seat out and pull in with the wheelchair.
    there is an EZ lock already but they do not make a bracket for under my ti lite chair and I have no additional way to tie down
    2007 honda element
    also has an Ez lock but I am not able to fit the chair in quite right

    getting a car that I transfer into and break down the chair won't work because the power assist wheels are too heavy for me to easily move

    How is you seated height in the Braun Dodge van?

    Can you see over the steering wheel no problem?

    Give me a call later today or tomorrow and i'd be more than happy to talk about options.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steaksauce View Post
    i was thinking about that but isnt the transfer seat conversion expensive?
    You could more than likely find a used one.

    A used 6 way transfer seat would more than likely cost about the same as setting it up for you to drive from the chair.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    $169 https://www.discountvantruck.com/rvv...eseatbases.htm Thumb down to your year.
    You just swap out your old base for theirs.

    One of these wouldn't even come close to woking in a lowered floor mini van application.

    Jim
    Jim, MA, MMET
    Bridgewater, MA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Automotive Innovations View Post
    One of these wouldn't even come close to woking in a lowered floor mini van application.

    Jim
    Thanks, I just learned what a " Braun dodge van" is. When I woke this morning I was going to post that the OP should call and make sure it would fit anyway, but you folks are three hours ahead of us.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    I drive from a quickie gp swing away chair that uses the Extender power assisted system and has an easy lok bracket mounted below. In fact I was lucky enough that I am able to use this chair or my permobil power chair, though the fit is better with the power chair, which is my primary care.

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