Ramp for disabled

Jun 30, 2014
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2
We have had a carrier put on the back of our van for my husbands mobility scooter the only problem is we have to lift it on and off the carrier and it is heavy, we could do with a portable ramp to run it up and also for my husband to get into the van has he finds the steps difficult with crutches, has anyone any helpful suggestions please .
 

Steveonley

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May 14, 2014
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Bromsgrove
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Swift Sundance 636L
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Newbie
Ramp may be tricky as could be too steep to go from ground to level needed. How about a powered lift ?
 

Wildman

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May 30, 2008
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Amazon Ambassador
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Easy lifter could do the chair, a long enough ramp for the passenger could present storage problems. I guess you need to subscribe in order to answer. A long ramp would also need a handrail to be safe.
 

boyart23

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Feb 27, 2012
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Caravan
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since 2002
Lloyds Pharmacy web site has a 'better living' section, they offer a selection of ramps at reasonable prices and will, if appropriate, let you have it VAT free. OT's have advised us that best length for the ramp is one giving a 1:12 angle.
 
Sep 23, 2013
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Lincs
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Globecar Campscout PVC
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Since 2008 (started in a VW T4 campervan)
OT's have advised us that best length for the ramp is one giving a 1:12 angle.
Is that for a manual or an electric chair?

1:12 is fine for a permenant house ramp, if you've got the room. If you want to get into a vehicle, you may find that it suggests a ramp that's too long to be practical. Into any sort of van, it will work out at 18ft or more, which just isn't realistic - not if you then want to take the ramp with you.
 

boyart23

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Feb 27, 2012
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uk
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Caravan
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OT's answered my query 1:12 for a manual wheelchair and were quoting Building regs. They said that for assisted use the recommended gradient would be no steeper than 1:6. They also said that free advise on Wheelchair ramps can be found at http://www.wheelchair-ramps.co.uk tel no. 01608 663759. Hope that helps.
Social Services were't much help said leaving the house was"low priority" and said if we hadn't heard from them after 14 weeks to get back to them! We couldn't leave the house for a month, made my own ramp in the end from 18mm pli - 2ft long for 4inch drop. Works so far.
Good luck.
 

voyager 1

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Oct 25, 2012
92
35
Durham Tees valley
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c class Swift voyager
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30+yrs
Hi
I have a rack fitted to my motorhome at carry my mobility Scooter.
like you i was finding it difficult to lift it on and off, my solution was to purchase two motorcycle loading ramps of e bay. they weren't to expensive and made from alloy they are not to heavy. They fold so i carry them in my under bed storage locker.
 
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