It might have taken you a while to research and purchase the right mobility scooter for your needs. Now that that part is taken care of, you might have to deal with making sure your environment is suitable for making use of your mobility scooter. Especially for making sure that using your scooter is easy and convenient for you.
One problem you might encounter while using your mobility scooter is that not all places are mobility scooter friendly. You might find it difficult to lift your unit into the back of the car, or to even bring it from your porch into the house. The little elevations from the one area to the next could be problematic.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions to the problem. You just need to invest in mobility scooter ramps. This way you will never get stuck at the curb again or find it difficult to move up a step. Let’s take a look at some of the best mobility scooter ramps the market has to offer from Prairie View. All the ramps featured here were tested at a 3X safety factor.
Some Of The Best Mobility Scooter Ramps by Prairie View
1. PVI Multifold Reach Ramp
With this ramp you can load your wheelchair or mobility scooter onto a vehicle without hassle. Although it is almost similar to the multi-fold ramp from Prairie View, this ramp has an extension on the one end that stretches all the way from the bumper to the inside of the vehicle.
This ramp is quite sturdy because it has a strong welded design and can carry a weight of approximately 800lbs. It is foldable and can be broken into two pieces that you can carry just about anywhere. The surface of the ramp is anti-slip.
2. PVI Single Folding Ramp
This is a great ramp for both wheelchairs and scooters with varying wheel configurations. It is quite solid and strong with an anti-slip surface offering good traction. These lengths, although long, can easily be transported. They fold in the form of a suitcase allowing for easy carrying.
It comes in lengths of 2 to 5 inches. The overall width is 30 inches while the folded width is 16 inches. The PVI Single folding ramp has been tested at a 3X safety factor.
3. PVI Solid Ramp
The PVI solid ramp is ideal for when you need a more permanent solution for a ramp. This ramp is a one-piece design and is perfect for 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled scooters or wheelchairs. It is made of aluminium and has a surface that is slip-resistant.
The PVI solid ramp can take a load capacity of 800lbs. This ramp comes in sizes of 3-5 inch of strong welded construction.
4. PVI Threshold Ramp
These small threshold ramps are specifically made for doorways. To ensure that they are properly installed holes are made in the four corners. They are light in weight but made of aluminium, a strong material. The PVI threshold ramp can take a weight capacity of 300lbs per axle.
The threshold ramp is perfectly designed for doorways that swing in and have an anti-slip surface. It also comes with the necessary hardware to fasten the ramp to a surface.
5. PVI Multifold Ramp
This ramp has an original design allowing you to easily use it or carry and store it. It can separate into two pieces which can be carried apart. It can also fold in half and be carried like a suitcase. This ramp is lightweight and is made of aluminium.
It has pins that rotate to unlock or lock ramp sides together. It also comes with closure straps for locking ramp panels together. To make sure that you’re on a safe slope there are safety guides that indicate as such.
6. PVI Stonecap Rubber Threshold Ramp
This threshold ramp by PVI is made from a strong recycled rubber. It is easily adaptable to your specific threshold by cutting it for your use. It comes in two different attractive colours, which will easily fit to your home décor.
Since it has no load weight limitations, you can roll mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs over it with no hassle. It was designed to withstand and resist slip, has molded miter ends and is fitted with cutting tools.
7. PVI BigHorn Plastic Threshold Ramp
This ramp is almost similar to the rubber Stonecap threshold ramp, with a couple of minor differences. It is very simple to install. It comes with butyl rubber peel-and-stick tape at the back for easily installation, and with the cutting tools provided you can cut it to the right fit for your doorway.
The BigHorn is made of recycled plastic and comes in five different colours. It has a weight capacity of 1000lbs and can thus accommodate all manner of mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs. It comes premolded with miter ends and is slip resistant.
8. PVI Folding Rear Door Ramp
This van ramp is operated manually and is designed to be mounted to the floor of your van. No need to assemble anything as it can be installed easily. It is made from aluminium and comes with four springs for easier handling by an individual.
There is traction tape on the top of the ramp for easier slip resistance. It can easily fold into three sections and be stored in an upright position inside a van. The folding rear door ramp has a width of 27 inches and accommodates both wheelchairs and mobility scooters of various wheel sizes.
Mobility Scooter Ramps Buying Guide
It is obvious that it might be a problem to move over a threshold with your mobility scooter, whether you are at home, at the shopping mall, or visiting a friend. Getting onto or off sidewalks, or around kerbs is also not the easiest thing when riding a mobility scooter. Therefore, carrying around a threshold ramp or a handicap scooter ramp is a way for you to eliminate that problem. They are easily transportable, and some are foldable, making it easy to just put them in the trunk of your vehicle.
When shopping for a mobility scooter ramp, it is important that you look for one that can accommodate the needs you have, with those needs meaning the design and weight capacity. Because there are a ton of different products, and each of them with different functions, you must take the time to do your research properly. Here are a couple of pointers to help you in the right direction.
Is It Foldable or Is It Solid?
One of the first things you have to look at is whether the mobility scooter ramp is solid or foldable. A foldable mobility scooter ramp is ideal for use on cars, porches and steps, and therefore can be folded into a smaller form for easier transportation. The way they are able to fold is to double down in the middle, and then latch it to carry as if in briefcase style with an attached handle. Carrying the folded ramp this way makes it very easy to move from place to place or pack it into a car. You can also store it away when you have limited space and it is not in use.
A solid ramp, on the other hand, does not fold and is very comfortable to have when you are not planning to move it around. Therefore, it is best placed at places where you know it will not be in the way. They also have a more stable feel to them.
However, one is not more superior than the other, as both serve the same purpose for your mobility scooter needs. It is just a matter of whether you want a folded one or not, and whether you’d like to change it into a smaller size for easier transportation or not.
What Is It Made Of?
All mobility scooter ramps and most other wheelchair ramps are made out of aluminium, compound plastic or rubber. These are of the lightest materials that allow for easy transportation and for more effective management. Since you would initially want to move your mobility scooter ramp around, it is just logical that they should be made out of material that is light.
Ramps that are needed for higher surfaces are made out of aluminium since aluminium is a strong and sturdy material that can be left outside at all times. Aluminium is easily attachable with screws and bolts. Aluminium is also quite easy to keep clean and one of the biggest positives about it is that it does not rust.
When it comes to looks, aluminium has a very stylish look and is also extremely functional. Mobility scooter ramps are in most cases covered with no-slip tape in order to ensure that it can safely be used during rainy and snowy days.
Other mobility scooter ramps might be made of heavy-duty plastic or rubber. These are great as well as they have a natural anti-slip effect and remain where they are placed. Mobility scooter ramps made of these latter materials are more of the solid type. They are used to get over thresholds or over other low objects.
Length and Width of Ramp
Next, you have to look at the size you’d like your mobility scooter ramp to be. While electric wheelchair users might need a wider ramp, users of mobility scooters might only need a thinner version. When shopping for a mobility scooter ramp make sure to take note of the listed measurements because you will not be able to use the ramp if it is a few notches thinner than the width of your mobility scooter.
Also, make sure that mobility scooter ramps you are looking at can fit into your car. Measure the dimensions of your car door opening or wherever you are intending to use your ramp.
Mobility scooter ramps are quite important for people with disabilities or some form of paralysis. Moving from place to place and enjoying your liberty requires the lifting of your mobility scooter, which requires the need for a mobility scooter ramp. Hence our review of these 8 ramps by Prairie View for your mobility scooter. We have looked at one of the best manufacturers for this type of product, Prairie View Industries, as they are world-renowned for quality.
Please feel free to ask if you have any questions or if you feel we should have another mobility scooter ramp added to this list. See our product pages for details and should you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 800-682-9444. One of our agents will be happy to assist you. We are open every day from 8 AM - 8 PM EST.
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