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    Looking for a compact folding wheelchair

    What folding wheelchairs are available that are really compact?
    I?m 6?3 and it?s really hard, almost impossible, to remove my rigid chair from my car.
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    My girls Aero X is pretty small. Fold down back. If you had removable foot rests it would be smaller yet. I have an old Quickie HP. I can get it in about anything, (,honda, fit; Hyundai accent: Buick century) but my Jeep. I have to take the wheels off for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldfatdad View Post
    My girls Aero X is pretty small. Fold down back. If you had removable foot rests it would be smaller yet. I have an old Quickie HP. I can get it in about anything, (,honda, fit; Hyundai accent: Buick century) but my Jeep. I have to take the wheels off for that.
    I just googled the aero X and they listed the folded width as 12". That seems absurdly wide and maybe wrong since you say the Aero X gets pretty small. Hell if I pop the wheels off of my chair it's only about 13.5 inches wide at the widest point and it's a rigid chair, maybe they are listing the width with the wheels still attached.

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    Invacare Champion and Progeo Yoga are both worth a look - both behave like rigid chairs but have a folding system.

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    What car do you drive? And do you mean it's difficult for you, or to get it in the trunk?
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    I have a motion composites folder and its very light and easy to put in and remove from car, frame is around 10 pounds
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    I measured my 35 year old Quickie HP its 11 1/4 inch folded. 6 inches wide with the wheels off. The widest part is the caster housings.
    I measure my girl friends Aero x and it was 11. I said hers was smallish because the back folds down, which makes it no taller than the wheels.
    I started using a folder, because of a rigid. That screwing around taking the wheels off and putting them back on, in the rain, cold. Beating the hell out of the inside of the door. No thanks. I less than a minute, I can snatch the chair in the car and be gone. If someone made a cushion that would fold with the chair it would be even quicker.
    When the OP asked about chair size I took into consideration all the measurements. Height, width, length.
    What rigid do you have. Most of the new rigid's have the caster sticking out 3-4 inches.
    I remember a thread years back that was titled "Cleaning your chair with your T-shirt" about the joys of hauling a rigid frame in your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldfatdad View Post
    I measured my 35 year old Quickie HP its 11 1/4 inch folded. 6 inches wide with the wheels off. The widest part is the caster housings.
    I measure my girl friends Aero x and it was 11. I said hers was smallish because the back folds down, which makes it no taller than the wheels.
    I started using a folder, because of a rigid. That screwing around taking the wheels off and putting them back on, in the rain, cold. Beating the hell out of the inside of the door. No thanks. I less than a minute, I can snatch the chair in the car and be gone. If someone made a cushion that would fold with the chair it would be even quicker.
    When the OP asked about chair size I took into consideration all the measurements. Height, width, length.
    What rigid do you have. Most of the new rigid's have the caster sticking out 3-4 inches.
    I remember a thread years back that was titled "Cleaning your chair with your T-shirt" about the joys of hauling a rigid frame in your car.
    Ok, this makes a lot more sense to me. I figured 12 inches was way too wide.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I’m looking for s chair that can either come apart like a Marvel (I don’t fit in an Icon wheelchair) or collapses like the Quickie Revolution that folded at the metal tubes that bend next to your knees.
    Last edited by TheAbleChef; 04-16-2018 at 12:03 PM.
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