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Updated:  10-June-09

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1. POWERCHAIR ONLY:
Detailed Full PowerChair Related ONLY Menu HERE

2. VEHICLE ONLY:
Detailed Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles ONLY menu HERE

3. EVERYTHING ELSE:
Detailed Menu of Everything else HERE!


MY OWN VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan


VW Caravelle VR6

MY HOME BUILT ULTIMATE POWERCHAIRS:
My SLIGHTLY Modified Improved Powerchair

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

My VERY Modified Off Road & All terrain DO ALL Powerchair!
Part 1 | 2 | 3


MISCELLANEOUS POWERCHAIR RELATED:
What Goes Wrong Power Wheelchairs

Powerchair Tyres

Drive your Powerchair by Radio Control

Powerchairs & Range


Off Road DO ALL Indoor & Outdoor Powerchairs

Off Road ONLY Outdoor Powerchairs & 4x4
Page 1 | 2

Manual or Electric Wheelchair?

Why ALL Powerchairs NEED  to be Off Road Capable!

Choosing  a Suitable Powerchair

Wheelchair Width


BATTERY AND ELECTRICAL (POWERCHAIRS & SCOOTERS + MOTOR VEHICLES):
Batteries for Both Vans & Power Wheelchairs


Inverters & Chargers

Very flexible charger!


Charging Batteries

Fast Charge Your Power Wheelchair

Which batteries to buy


"DRIVE FROM A WHEELCHAIR" VEHICLES:
Dodge Grand Caravan 1

Dodge Grand Caravan 2
Dodge Grand Caravan 3
Dodge Grand Caravan 4

Latest 2008 2009 2010 Disabled Converted Dodge Chrysler And Voyager Minivans
 
Chrysler Voyager Entervan Diesel

Suzuki Wagon R

More Here

Mercedes Vito - soon!
Kia Sedona - soon!


INSURANCE:
Modified Disabled Vehicle Insurance

Breakdown Cover

USED VEHICLES & OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Disabled Adapted Cars

WHEELCHAIR TRANSPORT
& DRIVE BY TRANSFERRING:


VW Caravelle

Dodge Grand Caravan can be used to transport up to 4 Wheelchair Seated Occupants

Fiat Doblo

Renault Kangoo - soon!
Citroen Berlingo
- soon!
Citroen Dispatch
- soon!
Kia Sedona
- soon!
Volkswagen Sharan
Mercedes Vaneos
Toyota Hiace
Fiat Multiplas
(Wheelchair
passenger travels in the front)

Kangoo ASSIST
(wheelchair
passenger transfers & drives)


ESSENTIAL DISABLED
EQUIPMENT STUFF:

Understanding
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Grabbers

Puncture proof tyres


Run Flat tyres

Tyre Weld Aerosol

Fuses!

Spare Key


Wheelchair Ramps

Small Generator

Tools!


VEHICLE ADAPTATIONS:
Control Systems etc
Hand Controls Manual
Hand Controls Electronic
Van / Car Door openers
Van / Car Wheelchair Tie Downs

 


OTHER STUFF:
Used Disabled Equipment for sale

How to lose weight  FAST!

Email about modifying powerchairs

Keep it looking new 1 2

My Accident!


Climate Change

Electric Cars are a Joke!

Disclaimer & About Me

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Contact

Links

John Williamson


Understanding Your Adaptive Disabled Equipment

When you are reliant on specialist equipment, as many of us are, be it a seriously modified disabled adapted vehicle, such as my van with on board computers and lots of extra equipment, or a powerchair or hoist, or an unreliable electric bed (yes I have one...)  it PAYS to really understand how everything works.

Its you that will be stranded or trapped!  Its you that will inevitably be cold or sat waiting hours or whatever. The more you know about how your equipment works the more chance of it getting fixed quickly and easily.  Knowledge is power.

You NEED to spend time and study the manuals or workshop manuals if possible of powerchairs, breathing equipment, accessibility equipment and your vehicle too!

My own van and powerchair for example has failed on a number of occasions. But knowing how and why it worked in every tiny detail allowed me to fix or remedy the situation one way or another and saved me from getting stuck in a strange town at 2 am.

If you know something can fail like a tyre, you can take suitable precautions. Your car should have at the very least a can of puncture "fix" aerosol.

But more importantly you should know the jacking points and the jack location and where the wheel brace and any locking nut adapter are!

Have a look now to make sure they are present and the spare  tyre is inflated You may need to tell anyone that can help you. Be responsible. Better still get a set of these  Or at least get your powerchair and your car/van tyres filled with this tyre puncture proofing stuff before you need it

A battery connection or plug and socket? You can fix it if you know where they are and what they do. Learn things like error codes that your cars dash can display,

If you have read all the books and handbooks you will have a good clue why your device isn't behaving as it should. If you still don't know what something does then unplug it and see what happens while at home in safety! Learn how your adaptive systems work in detail a home in the warm and the dry. When you break down at night in the rain and cold is a bad time to realise you need a fuse for xyz to get home.

Or even a computer crash (there's one in the luggage compartment that controls the automated door/ramp/lowering systems on my van) and you can reset it. It wouldn't let me in!

The ramp and door were all out of sequence. The book tells you what all the error codes and beeps mean. It let me in and got me home after it failed late at night because the information I needed to fix it was already in my head!

Keep basic tools on board your car!

Whatever your equipment may be - from oxygen equipment, valves, filters to electric beds you NEED to know it inside out. 

Then when it lets you down as it inevitably will do sooner or later you will know what is wrong. Or at least have some idea. Knowledge is power and when you are disabled or trapped in a wheelchair you may just need that power. And be prepared. Make sure you have any spare bits that may be needed. Its really up to you.

Obviously this stuff is technical which simply rules out many people. These people I cannot help. Or those too lazy to try. So make sure you have a interested teenager that likes taking stuff to bits and fixing them. Read and understand all about your equipment and have any spares and information ready with you in your vehicle when you go out along with his (her?) mobile number!

Even if you call out the AA or or some other rescue worker to get your power wheelchair, disabled modded vehicle ramp working then it helps them if you understand what's happening and can tell them what you think is wrong. Chances are they wont have a clue about specific bits of equipment. It pays to learn, understand and to help yourself.

Do you have a simple, house, car door, starting key cable tied to the underneath of your powerchair or wheelchair? Why not? You will one day need it Do it today before you forget. And look into key insurance! Its very useful.

 

 

 

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