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    Ridgid frame vs. a folding frame

    hello everyone, I still don't have my wheelchair after 4 months, so in this 4 months i've been thinking... The chair i'm suppose to get is a Quickie GT ridgid frame. I'm a c7 incomplete with little ab return but I can move my right leg and walk with a kfo on my left leg w/walker. I'm trying to get back to school in the fall and I want to be able to drive myself but i've discovered I can't get a ridgid frame chair into my car. Once i take off the wheels i don't have enough ab control to bring the wheelchair in and I can't use one of those devices that put the chair ontop of ur car because the frame isn't a fold up. So i've been thinking about going for a folding chair because i don't have 40k for a van. Does anyone have a folding chair and liked it better then a ridgid frame? Right now i'm in a demo chair which is a Ti Lite and its not very comfortable. DOes anyone find the folding chairs uncomfortable? Thanks, if u know of a good folding chair please let me know!

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    I have seen adaptive lifts that can pick up a a rigid chair and lift it onto a car or into a truck bed. I will do some research and find a dealer local to you who may do this, or might have better suggestions. What city and state are you in? What type of vehicle do you have?

    I have always folding chairs because I find them less comfortable and less stable for transfers.

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    Jeffrey - like: www.bruno.com

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    ab control shouldn't have a whole lot to do with being able to get a chair in/out of car. plenty of folks here ur same level do it but that maybe due to their level of "imcompleteness".
    i've got a tilite x folding chair, the front footrest is the center hinge design so when i'm in it, it's more like a rigid. a lot handier to store and travel with, plus it doesn't handle any differently than my rigid. not sure what your finding "uncomfortable" about the folding you're tryin out now except it's probably not built to fit you. believe the X also comes in a customized XC model so it's built to fit your exact measurements. i wanted to be able to adjust mine so i got the X model.

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    Thanks for the responces jeffrey and others, i live in Brockway, Pennsylvania. Its a really small town so you might want to look under Dubois or St. Marries.

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    Bruno has great line of lifts I've got a call into their techs regarding car lifts and finding a dealer local to PA.

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    Abdominals really arent needed to get the frame in the car...the trick is to hold on with your right arm up on the roof near the door frame to keep yourself from falling out when lifting the frame with your left arm. I'm T6 complete (no abs at all) and it works for me doing it this way. Do you have a way to hold onto the chair with one hand? (I'm not sure how that works at a C7 level)

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    at c7, no need for a lift, im inc c4/5 and always have put a rigid in the car........folding chairs are at best crap.
    heres the link to my video, getting rigid in car
    http://carecure.org/forum/showpost.php?p=227944

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    Mr Coffee-

    I'm not a quad so I don't know about the ab issue you speak of. But I did recently buy my new chair & went through a long process to do so. My best suggestion is to demo lots of different chairs. A big thing I noticed with the Quickie chair I had & others I looked at is that they have a very bulky frame. There are soooo many chairs out there, with such different structures. I tried a Kuschall chair, the frame was essentially shaped like a 7. I decided on a Colours Spazz, which has a slightly different shape. I found that I couldn't load the Quickie that I had into my truck from the driver's side. The Kuschall was effortless & the colours was almost as easy. There are a lot of factors that go into the choice of chairs. One biggie for me was being able to load it inside my truck cab independantly. I hope that this was helpful in some way.

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    I have not used this chair but I have heard others say it is good - handling more like a rigid chair than a folding one but packing up more like a folding chair than a rigid one.

    http://www.davinciwheelchairs.co.uk/compact.html

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